Name: Luke Skywalker
Number: Item #3000131
Edition Size: 700 (Exclusive) 1000 (Regular)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: June 2010
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Following his defeat at Cloud City and Darth Vader's stunning revelation, Luke makes his recovery in the care of Leia and the Rebellion's finest medics. His new artificial hand is a sobering reminder of the power of the dark side, and his near brush with death. Resolving to complete his training in the face of these challenges, the young Jedi returns to Dagobah to seek answers from his old master Yoda, but arrives in time to find the ancient Jedi nearing the end of his long life. With his master's passing, Luke becomes the last of the Jedi... but a new hope is kindled when Luke learns of his twin sister, Leia, and the promise they both hold for the return of the Jedi.
Upon Luke's return, the Rebellion launches its final, desperate attack on the Empire, a perilous strike against the new Death Star. Luke and his friends form a covert strike team to disarm the Empire's crucial defenses on the forest moon of Endor. Luke feels the powerful presence of his father, Darth Vader, but rather than sewing doubt and fear, the Sith Lord's proximity only strengthens the young Jedi's determination to confront him one more time. Staking everything on his belief in the innate goodness that must reside somewhere within the Dark Lord, Luke leaves his friends and seeks out Darth Vader, giving himself up to the Empire as a prisoner.
Confronting his father, Luke appeals to the man Vader used to be, the courageous Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, but it is only when he makes the ultimate sacrifice, refusing to fight Vader in the full knowledge that this will mean his own death, that Luke's appeal reaches the Dark Lord's heart. Turning on his Emperor, Vader saves Luke and destroys the Sith in one action, thereby fulfilling his destiny and securing the future of the Jedi. But it is Luke's resolute belief in Vader and his commitment to the Jedi ideals that have truly saved the galaxy and the soul of Anakin Skywalker.
We are completely impressed with the very awesome Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) Premium Format figure from Sideshow Collectibles. And itâ€™s not because we think it has an incredible likeness to Mark Hamill, because while itâ€™s very good, itâ€™s not perfect. Instead, we are ecstatic and absolutely adoring over the versatility that Sideshow has incorporated into a â€śfigureâ€ť instead. Because Premium Format figures are essentially much closer to a statue than an articulated â€śtoyâ€ť, it isnâ€™t too often that they come with â€śoptionsâ€ť and if they do, it is just one extra option, nothing more. Not only can you recreate his exact look throughout the various scenes of Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, you can also have him brandish the different weapons he had in these scenes to make it completely accurate as well. Sideshow normally doesnâ€™t include so many switch-out parts with their high-end figures, but it looks like all of that is changing with the release of Luke Skywalker. The figure has an excellent likeness to Luke Skywalker, but the portrait looks much better at certain angles than others. We would say that a little bit more tweaking on the portrait would have made this figure basically flawless, but that doesnâ€™t mean it isnâ€™t extraordinary as is. Sideshowâ€™s products are so phenomenal that it makes us hold them up to â€śridiculousâ€ť standards now. But you will be thrilled with the final product because on top of a great likeness and awesome Jedi Knight uniform that we also are blessed with a mild action stance than also fits into every scene in the film one way or another. In other words, you wonâ€™t be forced to keep him dressed one way or another due to the pose. It is generic enough to apply to a variety (if not all) of scenes in the film.
Luke Skywalkerâ€™s vest is beautiful. Made from a material that copies the look and feel of fine linen, Sideshow has expertly tailored the vest with hidden Velcro strips on the underside to allow for a quick change and remove it for other posing options. It has also been dyed wonderfully and the final piece comes across as heather brown. There are lots of flecks and mottles in it and give it a very realistic â€ślived inâ€ť look. We are thoroughly impressed with the vest alone. The black-gloved lightsaber hand attachment piece may not work the best for this character since he didnâ€™t put the glove on until on his way to Dagobah. But if you can let this small detail go, you get one more option for display purposes. The real bonus is the exclusive hand attachment which includes a skiff guard blaster. When you pose Luke in his vest with this blaster it just looks incredible. We recommend getting the exclusive version for this reason alone. But if you do pose the â€śvestedâ€ť version of Luke with his signature lightsaber (which has an awesome hilt by the way), you may or not be happy to know that as a bonus, Sideshow incorporated electronics which light it up in bright green. We arenâ€™t huge fans of electronics in the high end collectibles, but it is a nice touch for those that do. This feature of course looks much better in the dark, but if you enjoy it in the dark, then you canâ€™t enjoy your figure. We are still waiting for Sideshow to â€ścopyâ€ť a lightsaber effect that was first seen on the Gentle Giant Ltd. chrome Darth Vader statue. That is the best lightsaber to date on a high-end collectible and it â€śburnsâ€ť white hot in the middle with red surrounding the outside of the white area. If Sideshow can somehow implement this feature in their Premium Format figure then we will all be very happy collectors.
Status: The Luke Skywalker â€“ Jedi Knight Premium Format figure captures every detail of the Rebel hero. Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Figure. Dressed in real fabric clothing, this figure comes with a removable vest and adjustable placard for versatile display opportunities, and the lightsaber features an electronic powered light-up glow. The Luke Skywalker â€“ Jedi Knight Premium Format figure is an outstanding addition to any Star Wars collection, the perfect centerpiece to any display.
Announcement: The Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) Premium Format Figure was announced on December 3, 2009.
Pre-order Information: The Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) Premium Format Figure went up for pre-order on December 10, 2009.
Assembly: 5 parts
Assembly Details: Luke Skywalker figure, interchangeable right hand (lightsaber), environmental base, belt, removable vest
Sideshow Exclusive: Switch-out Hand with Blaster Pistol
Date Stamp: 2010
Retail: $299.99 USD
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