Name: Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #29
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2002
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance continues the fight against the Imperial forces and suffers a defeat on the ice planet Hoth. Luke Skywalker journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader, lures Luke into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with Vader, Luke faces the startling revelation that the Sith Lord is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.
As Luke battles Darth Vader in Cloud City, he rebuffs Vader's attempts to make him submit to the dark side. Wounded by Vader, Luke heroically chooses to plummet to almost certain death rather than to yield to the dark side. Managing to grab hold of a weathervane, he shrugs to hang on until his Rebel friends can rescue him.
Original Trilogy purists sweated out 28 basic figures before Hasbro delved into the first three Star Wars films in the Star Wars “Saga” line. To our elation, they brought forth a new take on the 1980 Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) figure. This time, they tweaked the name a bit to Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel), gave him a battle-damaged appearance, and added plenty of accessories, including a hefty one which made the mere $4.99 MSRP feel like we were committing highway robbery as we got plenty of plastic for the price. The figure itself is far from perfect. It has an annoying action feature, but you may not mind as there are enough distractions here to prevent you from harboring on something that may ultimately be trivial in the grand scheme of things. Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) is definitely a completely new take on the character we have grown to love in the basic figure line, and because this figure has been presented in a very scene-specific way, we bet that it will be highly sought after because it technically is a first time offering. If you consider this figure by itself, and not by its purpose in the line, you may find that the figure has more merit than what it portrays on the surface.
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) comes with plenty of accessories. Included here are a blaster (with an awesome functioning holster), a metal lightsaber hilt, a removable blue lightsaber blade. He comes with a magnetic removable right hand (or a non-magnetic plugged hand) to recreate the battle between him and Darth Vader. The hand has been changed a total of three times since the figure’s release. The first release donned a bloody stump (with magnetic attachment). But because lightsabers cauterize, Hasbro quickly changed this to remove the red deco to reflect the blood. So obviously the plain magnetic hand attachment came next, and lastly the non-magnetic hand attachment was updated so it would fasten inside of his arm better. (The magnets weren’t strong enough and the parts with the magnets often fell out of their spots unfortunately). Once you remove the hand, you can place the tourniquet accessory (which is very well made by the way) over his stump to recreate the scene right after he was rescued from the Cloud City weathervane. There are a lot of parts here and all of them look great and befit the action figure quite well. We are impressed with the value of this set, if nothing else.
Status: Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist (action feature), 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, blaster, tourniquet, Cloud City weathervane (3 parts)
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 84525/84851
Retail: $4.99 USD
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