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Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture [Jedi Knight Outfit]) - TVC - Basic (VC23)

Name: Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture [Jedi Knight Outfit])
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC23
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2010
License: Hasbro

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We guess third time is indeed the charm, at least when it comes to Hasbro perfecting the Episode VI look of Luke Skywalker. (Well, at least the "Endor Capture" version of him.) Hasbro has tirelessly come up with new ways to revisit Luke Skywalker in his Jedi gear and can make some very specific versions of the outfit as it slightly changes form scene to scene in the film in the basic figure line. And because Luke did have so many slight outfit variances from one scene to the next, this allowed for a proverbial cash cow to come into Hasbro for Luke action figures. With each derivation, Hasbro did their best to create aesthetics that would please fans. And for the most part the final results were good to excellent. But as good as they were, there was always a feeling left inside of collectors wanting more from the figures. Fans and collectors alike, you’re prayers have been answered. Hasbro has created the definitive Jedi Luke Skywalker action figure. We're not talking about the completeness of the figure, but the design of the core outfit. It is flawless. One important thing to note is that this version of Luke Skywalker is based on his capture on Endor as well as part of the scene with his duel with Darth Vader. Hasbro has recently confirmed that they goofed and placed him on a vintage Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) card back. But they also confirmed, a lot like the Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] (VC13) figure, that a running change is in the works to fix this. So don’t get cranky that Luke is missing a cloak or a blaster. This is not Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) in the truest vintage sense. That one is coming “down the road”. We encourage you to look at this figure as the Death Star II Luke Skywalker instead. (Editor's Note: Hasbro has officially confirmed that there will indeed be a running change called "Endor Capture" and that another "Jedi Knight Outfit" Luke Skywalker will be coming to us with a twist. It is based on the deleted scene of Luke making his new green lightsaber; a scene that was shown at Celebration V.) This is a figure that should make your knees buckle, just like the Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) did for us. Hasbro mastered the action figure of Luke Skywalker is his extremely popular black duds and this version will absolutely serve as a basis for all the other version of Luke in the film. We can’t wait to see what Hasbro has in store for us.

When the prototype of this figure was shown at San Diego Comic Con 2010, collectors grew immediately concerned over the portrait. Believe it or not, we had good case for concern back then. It really just didn’t look like Luke at all and we became frustrated by that since a new significantly upgraded body was created for him. Those fears can be alleviated because the final production portrait (being found at retail) is just spectacular. We are already getting whispers that some fans are not too impressed with it, but we just cannot believe what we are hearing. This is indeed the best Episode VI Luke portrait has done yet. And what makes it even better is that it is very reminiscent of the vintage figure’s head….but better of course! We brag about a figure when its proportions impress us. But when it comes to Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture), we go from impressed to it-knocked-our-socks-off real quickly. Luke has amazing balance and can be posed infinitely thanks to his marvelous articulation. He is so lean and athletic looking and his frame is the perfect width and height. Because you can essentially get him into any configuration you want, he will be essential to any “Luke Jedi” display you have with a little bit of creative thinking and borrowed parts. You have tons of Luke figures already with accessories to complete him as needed, so be sure to take full advantage of this arsenal of parts. At some angles, we feel we are staring directly into Mark Hamill’s eyes. This head sculpt is something we just can’t stop talking about and we’d be surprised if there are that many people who are not crazy about it. But between the leanness of his body to the incorporation of completely functional ball-joints, Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) is undoubtedly the consummate version of this character from Return Of The Jedi. It’s all here folks. And we are humbly thankful to Hasbro for designing a Jedi version of Luke Skywalker that exceeds our expectations so powerfully.

Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) is the Commander Gree (08 03) of Luke Skywalker figures. Blessed with a stunning 14 points of articulation including ball-jointed wrists and hips, this is the action figure we have been dreaming to get for years now. Hasbro has ensured that these enhanced points of articulation interact with the figures parts flawlessly. So if you decided to pose Luke with his legs spread, you can without affecting the posture of his chest (or some other body part). This is ingenious design and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Gone are the disproportionate features like a barreled chest and annoying prepositioned limbs or gimmicky features like an alternate chest plug as they have been replaced with simple artistic aptitude and grace. We kid you not. Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) is perfection at every level. We are blinded to its faults, but if it does have any, they’re certainly not enough to impact your overall satisfaction with it. Luke comes with a lightsaber, lightsaber hilt and binders. It’s all the stuff you need to recreate his face to face encounter with Darth Vader on Endor and ultimately the second Death Star. You'll be interested to know that there is a variation of this figure already. One has a hole in his belt and a plug on the hilt to plug into his belt while the first version came without a hole on the belt and a hilt without a plug. The hair color has changed as well! One version has rich blond hair while the other has much darker streaks. (Editor's Note: See our photo gallery for comparison shots. There is also a new date stamp on the figure with the lightsaber hole as well.) We are chomping at the bit for when Hasbro decides to take this figure to the next level and create a premium version of Luke’s entire Jedi Knight outfit with vest and cloak (and skiff guard blaster). But that doesn’t mean that this figure cannot be enjoyed to the fullest right now. Actually, if you don’t enjoy this figure, well, then there is little hope for you. Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) is a reason to get up in the morning and the absolute best version of him money can buy (and will be so until Hasbro outdoes this version). We suggest getting a few of him and utilize some of the soft-goods and accessories you have from other figures like the Luke in the Battle For Endor Battle Packs or 2007’s Luke Skywalker (No. 25) from the 30 (77-07) line. Do whatever you need to do to get this version of Luke up to snuff for your collection. We’ll take him as is and adore him as is. We suggest you follow suit.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture [Jedi Knight Outfit])

Status: Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture [Jedi Knight Outfit]) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles, 2 ball-jointed wrists, 2 ball-jointed hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, binders

Date Stamp: 2010

Assortment Number: 21484/97568

UPC: 653569549024

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture [Jedi Knight Outfit])

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Added: November 20, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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