Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: October 2009
Luke boards the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor to face his father and the evil Emperor Palaptine, in a confrontation that determines the fate of all three. Young Skywalker calls upon his Jedi skills to save himself – and his father.
There have been more than a few Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight/Death Star II) figures in our collecting lifetime. In fact, it seems that we can be treated to one at least once a year. And since we [collectors] tend to be a high maintenance group of people, it matters greatly whether we are getting a "Jabba's Palace" Luke Jedi action figure or a "Throne Room Duel" Luke Jedi action figure. (This time the focus is the "Throne Room Duel".) We like all of the specifics to be in place (like open tunic, closed tunic, Jedi cloak, lit lightsaber, unlit lightsaber, et. al. – you know the drill and we can relate) to make sure our current figure at hand is as accurate as it can be. While we hope to proverbially close the book eventually on our favorite characters, but we know deep down inside that this may never happen. While nice in theory, it is rather likely that Hasbro will continue to do something new to an existing popular character that renders the current "definitive" version outdated or obsolete. Hasbro always manages to edge out the previous "competition" with each new release and we really have no complaints about that. As time moves on, attention to detail gets better and better and new technology also aids this process as well. So it would make sense that same is true (for the most part) with the 2009 Legacy Collection version of Luke Skywalker. At first, we were on the defensive with this figure, but once we took it out of the package and started playing with it, well, it appears to be constructed not as well as we first thought. Hasbro should have impressed us with this figure but we sadly can't come to that conclusion. It needs a strategic revision before we can go anywhere near the word "definitive" to describe it. Between the bulky upper body needed to make the gimmick work, to the awful legs, Hasbro must come through for us because this figure didn't deliver as expected. And while we probably haven't full digested it yet (that could take years), our initial thought is that this figure has a long way to go.
While Luke Skywalker is a retool of 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (30 25) figure, he has enough new parts to warrant this figure being considered almost all-new, but technically he is a kit-bashed figure instead. Actually, he is a lot more than "new enough". This time around, Luke Skywalker has an all-new torso and head that honestly were well designed, but out of proportion in spots. One thing for sure is that these new parts have increased mobility and movement than any previous Jedi Luke figure has had in the past. Our initial concerns for the figure focused on his newly sculpted torso. Production photos led us to believe that he had a very barrel shaped and too much too large chest and this is definitely the case. We appreciate the effort to kill two birds with one stone, but it falls short here and honestly doesn't work as well as Hasbro may believe it does. It is certainly more rounded than we even expected. And it looks too big for his medium to small frame which is not a good thing. From both front and side views, Luke still manages to look lean, agile and has all of his parts completely in scale with each other. So at certain angles the figure's issues are forgivable. But we know Hasbro can do better. While we would have preferred the omission of the interchangeable chest plates, (one solid black, one open showing white undershirt) the figure's quality isn't encumbered by this design. The only issue we have with this feature is that you can see a big square block on his chest where these pieces can be removed and replaced. It is aesthetically distracting and puts an unnecessary flaw in a figure that had the potential to be nearly flawless. If we were to complain about anything else, we would draw attention to the legs. They are still at an awkward "A" shape (or more like an upside down "V") and it severely limits all the poses he would have been able to achieve were they designed to be more straight (or if he had ball-jointed hips). But we will obviously have to wait longer for this addition or improvement to be made. You will be happy to know that his joints for the most part are very tight. But we would have wished for more resistance in his ball-jointed torso (it's not loose, but it could be a tad tighter).
Status: Luke Skywalker is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the arms and legs from 2007's TAC Luke Skywalker (30 25) with an all-new head, torso and cod section.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 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), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: lightsaber, binders, "flap open" interchangeable chest insert, "flap closed" interchangeable chest insert
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R3-M3 dome/third leg
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: 93126/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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