Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Black Series [Phase I]
Source: A New Hope
Availability: August 2013
Luke Skywalker is awarded a medal for his part in destroying the Death Star.
You can tell how spoiled collectors have become in recent years just by how they immediately accept or reject an action figure without finding out exactly why a re-release (or in the case of The Black Series Luke Skywalker action figure, a refresh) is necessary. It’s hard to believe we received a “close but no cigar” version of Luke Skywalker as he appeared at the Yavin medal ceremony more than a half of a decade ago. 2007’s TAC Luke Skywalker (30 12) figure was an exciting release at the time and if you’re able to overlook some of its blatant faults, it still holds up fairly well today. But it is those blatant imperfections that necessitated Hasbro to revisit the action figure. Trust us when we say it was worth all of our whiles that Hasbro revisited this action figure. The steps they took to make it fresh and new again are nothing short of staggering. That isn’t an exaggeration. You’ll probably be tempted to toss your 2007 figure in the trash receptacle now. If you were one of the many collectors who sighed when Hasbro announced the “re-release” of this action figure, then get ready to suck that sigh back in because not even we expected to be this impressed with a figure that we thought was going to be a seemingly relative repack of a figure from the 30 (77-07) line. Luke Skywalker is more than “new enough to make you mad”. He is new enough to be considered a new figure.
There are three key features to The Black Series version of Luke Skywalker (in his Yavin gear). The first and most obvious is the all-new head sculpt. It’s remarkable how much this looks like “Luke Skywalker”. While that statement may seem outlandish, it’s no secret that Hasbro often has great difficulty with the task of making their Luke Skywalker figures resemble actor Mark Hamill. (There are exceptions of course and this is one of them.) The sculpting of the hair as well as the sedate expression on his face all tie in the characteristics that make Luke who he is. We’re impressed. You may be flabbergasted to know that Hasbro also sculpted and all-new torso and belt for this version as well. While completely unnecessary, we’re ecstatic about the extra details Hasbro chiseled into the tooling to give the black shirt texture and details that weren’t present on the 2007 figure. The belt is more fitted this time around too which gives Luke Skywalker a cleaner and more tailored appearance. The final tooling enhancement (which is one that we’re confident most others will overlook) is the repositioned legs. While no new edits were added to the tooling of the legs, the legs are now at a wider stance which not only helps with posing the figure much more easily. It gives Luke a much more natural stature. Look at our comparison shots. You’ll see how much better the wider stance looks.
Status: Luke Skywalker is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the arms, legs and cod section from 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (30 12) figure with an all-new head, new torso, new hands and new belt/holster combination. The legs have also been repositioned for a wider stance this time.
Articulation Count: 18 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, removable jacket shell, Yavin medal (all-new sculpt), blaster rifle (all-new sculpt)
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: A5078/A5077
Retail: $9.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
The Black Series 3¾" Wave 1
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