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Luke Skywalker - TSC - Basic (SAGA 044)

Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 044
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: September 2006
License: Hasbro

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Luke Skywalker
Battle Of Endor

Determined:
To save his father
Wanted:
By the Emperor
Almost gives in to:
His hate

Luke at first volunteers for the mission to Endor out of his native idealism, but when he senses the presence of Darth Vader aboard the Executor, he reaches a critical decision that nearly renders futile all of the work of the Rebel Alliance. Surrendering himself to the Imperials on Endor, he is taken by Vader to the Emperor, in whose presence he learns the final lesson that allows him to truly be called a Jedi Knight.

If there was one thing collectors could take away from The Saga Collection, it would definitely be all of the great upgraded updates to figures we haven’t seen in the basic figure line for almost a decade (and in some instances at all). Many modern updates to the original Kenner vintage run were executed beautifully in The Saga Collection. And with the quality of figures like Momaw Nadon (SAGA 031), R5-D4 (SAGA 035), Chief Chirpa (SAGA 039), Princess Leia (Boushh Disguse) (SAGA 001), AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) and others, collectors really began feeling confident that the basic figure line was looking up in many positive ways. Another great update following this trend is Luke Skywalker (SAGA 044) which is based on the 1985 POTF Luke Skywalker (Combat Poncho) figure of yesteryear. Hasbro made a few futile attempts at updating this classic figure in the neo-classic era, but the last time this version of Luke Skywalker was attempted, weapons were oversized and likenesses weren’t of much concern. All that has changed and we truly have a solid version of Luke in his Endor gear. He may not have the best points of articulation, but there is no denying that this figure looks fantastic despite its limitations.

The base figure is a retool of 2004’s SW Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace) ('04 #04) figure. It’s not a bad version of Luke Skywalker to use. Loaded with many points of articulation, this will be an ideal Luke for easy positioning on a speeder bike or just the forest terrain of your Endor dioramas. Just like the vintage figure, Luke Skywalker comes with a nice helping of accessories. Included are a beautifully colored soft-goods combat poncho, removable helmet, brown utility belt, blaster and lightsaber. This is a healthy dose of accessories and although Luke is still wearing his vest from Jabba’s palace unfortunately, you can’t deny just how awesome this figure looks once he’s all geared up for action on Endor. This is absolutely one of our most favorite action figures in The Saga Collection. Luke Skywalker is a simple and long overdue update to the classic action figure, but time has ensured that all the fine points are in tune and the resulting product is something that will likely age well throughout our collecting years. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro has made this version of Luke Skywalker obsolete now. The Luke Skywalker figure in 2009’s LC Battle For Endor Battle Packs set is now the definitive version of this character.)

As we have mentioned, Luke Skywalker looks fantastic once fully assembled. His poncho isn’t bulky in the least and it properly gathers where the utility belt cinches it at the waist. It also hangs at the perfect length right at the wrists and due to the natural nature of the fabric used, the drape couldn’t be more realistic. Although Luke Skywalker comes with 14 points of articulation, it’s hard to categorize him as super-articulated. No premium ball-joints have been used and instead Hasbro makes good use of swivel-joints and hinge-joints. Admittedly, the combination of hinge-jointed knees and swivel calves allows for a great deal of usable movement for this action figure. It definitely isn’t ideal, but much worse could have been applied here instead. The functioning holster is a nice touch, although, we prefer to have Luke with the pistol in his hand. And the fitted and removable helmet is nicely painted albeit a little too shiny. This Battle Of Endor interpretation of Luke Skywalker is a most welcomed addition to The Saga Collection. It checks off another on the list of the vintage figure we’d like to see updated in the modern line and it rounds out the Battle Of Endor group of figure perfectly.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is a retool of 2004's SW Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace) ('04 #04) figure and this time comes with extra accessories.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 swivel calves

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: soft-goods combat poncho, utility belt, helmet, blaster pistol, lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2006

Assortment Number: 86950/85770

UPC: 653569126591

Retail: $6.99 USD

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Luke Skywalker    Luke Skywalker

The Saga Collection Wave 7
Luke Skywalker (SAGA 044)
Darth Vader (SAGA 045)
Rebel Trooper (SAGA 046)
Rebel Trooper [Gunner] (SAGA 046)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SAGA 047)
Holographic Darth Maul (SAGA 048)
Rep Been (SAGA 049)
Naboo Soldier (SAGA 050)
Dud Bolt & Mars Guo (SAGA 051)
Gragra (SAGA 052)

Added: October 8, 2011
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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