Name: Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2011*
* Wave 5 of The Vintage Collection was available through online retailers in January 2011
The fifth wave of The Vintage Collection really came out of left field. It wasn’t expected or anticipated and Hasbro officially announced it through their Q&A session with Star Wars collector fan sites. Collectors in general determined right off of the bat that this was a fancy repack and repaint wave. And that ended up being the case. Every year Hasbro needs to pad the line with cost effective figures. And they were able to do so with this mixed hodgepodge of figures. Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) may be the one figure in the wave that is the closest to a new figure and some people (including us) unequivocally consider him to be a new figure due to the completely unique paint job, slight retooling, new parts and new accessories. It’s been a long time since we have received a “Death Star Escape” version of Luke Skywalker (unbelievably almost a decade ago) and Hasbro really delivered a great update that fits wonderfully into The Vintage Collection branding. A repaint/retool/rework of the Resurgence Of The Jedi Luke Skywalker figure, Hasbro made some significant improvements to that figure and added new parts and the final results are impressive. But how much does it deviate from that original Battle Packs figure?
It is WAY different. The biggest detail that thrills us the most is that Hasbro casted an all-new head sculpt. But more importantly, it has been cast in flesh colored plastic instead of painted in beige (or flesh color). If you recall, the Resurgence Of The Jedi Luke Skywalker figure has both a painted face and painted hair. When an action figure’s face is painted in flesh color paint, it never looks as good as the alternative. The skin, when cast ion flesh colored plastic, will look smoother and shinier and will appear more lifelike than porcelain. Luke’s outfit in general is much lighter but it is pretty much the same as the Battle Packs figure except for the stormtrooper belt affixed to his waist and the soft-goods skirt. Oh, and he comes with some very cool accessories! Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) of course comes with a neat little grappling hook. It is attached to a very long thread and while it is way out of scale for a figure of this size, it’s hard not to like it. Luke also comes with a droid caller. It both fits into his hand and plugs into the stormtrooper belt beautifully. If you can’t get excited about this figure, we’ll never understand why because Hasbro has packed a great amount of movie-specific detail here.
Status: Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) is a retool and repaint of the figure from 2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs but this time comes with a new head, belt and soft-goods skirt.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: grappling hook with soft-goods cable/cord, comlink, Imperial BlasTech E-11 blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 30150/97568
Retail: $7.99 USD
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