Name: Luke Skywalker/R2-D2
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: No. 06
Source: Expanded Universe (Marvel Comics' Star Wars #4)
Availability: April 2007
Luke, Han, and Chewbacca have rescued Princess Leia – but now they have to escape from the Death Star! After being hunted by stormtroopers and narrowly escaping a crushing end in a garbage masher, the four are reunited with the droids and nearing the saftey of the Millennium Falcon. But tragedy looms as they watch Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi face each other in a lightsaber duel to the death!
By the time Hasbro knocked out the first three Comic Packs based on Marvels’ interpretation of Star Wars, collectors didn’t feel secure with any future ones based on this source. Hasbro for the most part chose figures with inferior articulation and many still couldn’t figure out why they brought over the blue shadowing from the comic inks to the action figures. Interest rose however with the release of the Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 Comic Packs set. Not only were both figures stellar sculpts with a great deal of quality articulation, the paint jobs were also excellent. In fact, once Hasbro eliminated the blue shadowing on Luke Skywalker during a running change, this set became one of the finest in the 30 (77-07) line. Based on Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #4 comic book, collectors are treated to new and interesting takes on two of the saga’s most famous heroes. With a replica comic book from the 70s and two premium action figures, this set is a steal for less than ten dollars. Besides, you know you always wanted a white R2-D2, right?
Luke Skywalker has been designed the same way Han Solo has from 2006’s TAC Chewbacca/Han Solo (No. 04) Comic Packs two-pack. A kit-bashed figure, Luke Skywalker has been cobbled together with 2004’s VOTC Stormtrooper arms and belt, the legs of 2006’s TSC Sandtrooper (SAGA 037) and the head from 2004’s VOTC Luke Skywalker. The figure has also been repainted in the colors of the comic book, and as we have mentioned, reissued with the blue shadowing removed from Luke Skywalker in later releases. The figure has its share of plusses and minuses, but overall is the best version of Luke Skywalker in his stormtrooper gear to date. (Editor’s Note: This figure was repainted and released as 2009’s TLC Luke Skywalker (BD 30) in movie accurate colors.) With a wonderful 14 points of articulation, the figure will certainly appease most collectors, but we feel that the legs are positioned too closely together to allow for much meaningful movement. Stormtrooper bodies must have ball-jointed hips and until this happens, there isn’t much need for ball-jointed knees and ankles.
Assortment Number: 87518/87504
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Luke Skywalker is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the arms and belt of 2004's VOTC Stormtrooper figure, the legs of 2006's TSC Sandtrooper (SAGA 037) figure, the head from 2004's VOTC Luke Skywalker figure and an newly retooled torso. The figure has also been painted to look like his appearance in the Marvel comic adaptation of Star Wars. There are two distinct paint jobs of this figure. The first version was highlighted in multiple shades of blue and the running change version has been left all-white with some red accents in the helmet.
Articulation Count: 14
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 abll-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster, removable helmet
Date Stamp: 2005
Status: R2-D2 is a rework of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 (Sneak Preview) figure painted to look like his appearance in the Marvel comic adaptation of Star Wars.
Articulation Count: 6 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet, sliding third leg (by twisting domes)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2004
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