HEIGHT: 1.72 meters
STATUS: Pilot and Jedi in Training
AFFILIATION: Rebel Alliance
WEAPON OF CHOICE: Lightsaber, Blaster Pistol
VEHICLE OF CHOICE: T-65B X-wing Fighter
Galactic history is full of heroic Jedi Knights, protectors of peace and users of the Force. Perhaps none were as influential as Luke Skywalker, a young Tatooine farmboy who was heir to a legacy of dark and light.
Strong in the Force, Luke had begun his training with Obi-Wan Kenobi. After his teacher was struck down by the evil Darth Vader, Luke was left without a way to reach his full Jedi potential. That changed when Obi-Wan appeared to Luke in a vision, telling him to go to the Dagobah system, where he could train with Yoda, the Jedi Master who had taught Kenobi.
Luke and his trusty droid R2-D2 went to the dense swamp planet of Dagobah, where Luke met Yoda, a small, mysterious green creature. Luke began his Jedi training almost immediately, learning discipline from Yoda while performing rigorous physical and psychological exercises. He confronted the evil possibilities that lay within the dark side of the Force, and later learned to use the Force to move objects and see into the future. It was there that Luke was jarred by visions of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa in great danger.
Against the advice of Yoda, Luke left Dagobah in his X-wing to rescue his friends, promising to return to emphasize his Jedi training. Ahead lay the floating Cloud City of Bespin, and a trap instead of his friends, Luke found Darth Vader. In the tremendous lightsaber duel that followed, Luke lost his right hand and his innocence as he found out the horrifying truth about Vader's identity.
Not only did The Power Of The Force “2” line allow Kenner to update the amazing cast of characters from the vintage Kenner era, it allowed them to spread the wings a little wider and introduce first time offerings into the line that the vintage Kenner line either overlooked, or didn’t thing they were too important for the time. As we all know, a slight outfit change should translate into an all-new figure, so Kenner experimented with this very early in the launch of the modern line. One of the more notable examples of this was Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues). We’re all probably more familiar with him as Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) from the 1980 collection of Kenner figures. But instead of just copying what was done in 1980, Kenner made Luke Skywalker scene specific to his actual Jedi training on Dagobah. They also removed the word “Bespin” and replaced it with Dagobah. But the more aggressive changes happened on the actual figure. They removed his jacket, revealing a beige tank top underneath, muddied up his pants somewhat and gave him and provided him with an exaggerated pose to accommodate another release, a wave mate in fact, Yoda, for one of the first interactive duos in the modern line.
Let’s cut to the chase. Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) is far from perfect. He still suffers from the superman sized proportions which are especially evident for a character that is wearing a tank top. The same head sculpt has been carried forward. We don’t think it looks like Luke much at all, but whatever. And the ridiculously thick hands make his fingers look way too chubby. The thing to appreciate with Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) is that Kenner actually made this action figure. It means that Kenner has set a precedent that figures outside of what were made for the vintage Kenner era are eligible to be candidates for the modern line. It also gives us confidence that better versions will come in the future. Kenner is already listening to collectors that the bodies should be trimmed down and screen accurate, not a huge caricature of the characters. So good things are in store. With that being said, is there anything to appreciate with Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues)? Well, in our opinion there is. The interactivity it provides with Yoda is pretty darn cool. It’s not perfect, so please don’t misinterpret our tone, but the engineering that went into assuring these figures can be balanced while “together” is pretty noteworthy.
However, that also works against Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) as well. By himself, Luke appears silly. You have to angle his body and leg in a way that prevents him from falling forward. He’s been designed this way so that when you place the Jedi training backpack (this comes with Yoda) and Yoda on him he will be able to maintain an upright position. Obviously you don’t have limitless posing with six points of articulation to begin with, but the pose limits this even more. It’s OK, this is an experimental figure. And we feel that the experiment shows what can be done in the modern Star Wars line. We’re hopeful to see what Kenner will introduce in the future. In the meantime, Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) is what’s been offered and he will be a success since this is technically the first time we’re getting this exact version of the character in the modern line. or those of you who like variations, Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) came with a long lightsaber which was changed to a short lightsaber in long lightsaber packaging, which was then transitioned into a short lightsaber with a revised packaging which accommodated the shorter lightsaber. Yeah, it all becomes blurry after a while.
Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues)
Status: Luke Skywalker (In Dagobah Fatigues) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 6 points (6 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 1996
Assortment Number: 69570/69588
Retail: $4.99 USD
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