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The Black Series [Phase II]

Luke Skywalker And Wampa - TBS [P2] - Six Inch Figures (Deluxe)

Name: Luke Skywalker And Wampa
Collection: The Black Series [Phase II]
Number: N/A
Scale: 6"
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2015
License: Hasbro

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While on patrol, Luke and his tauntaun are attacked by a vicious wampa. The creature hangs Luke upside down in its cave, but Luke uses the Force to escape.

"Steady. Hey, steady, girl. Hey, what's the matter? Do you smell something?"

The Black Series 6” line is all over the map. That is probably in and of itself enough to consider the line a failure for the collectors’ market. Despite claim after claim that the line is performing extremely well by folks at Hasbro, you can literally find most of the line, with very few exceptions, for below their normal MSRP. How many The Vintage Collection figures (and even older The Black Series 3.75” figures) can you call out with similar trends? The question is rhetorical really. You can’t count that many for sure. When it comes to The Black Series 6” Deluxe line, controversy takes on a whole new meaning. The Speeder Bike With Biker Scout was an admirable effort, but did Hasbro really think that Jabba The Hutt packed with NOTHING would sell equally well for a laughable $40? Clearly this Deluxe format is unbalanced and Hasbro once again is all over the map with ideas, quality and poor character choices that have become more and more predictable as time moves forward. You have to keep something in mind here. This disdain you hear in our voice is fixated upon the truth that adult collectors never asked for a 6” line of figures. Apparently Hasbro is going to tell us what collectors want in this day and age. We have been very vocal against the Han Solo And Tauntaun Deluxe set. We have never come across a poorer execution for a beat. With today’s technology, the Tauntaun should have rocked our world. Instead, we get a hollow piece of garbage with a likeness that might looks a tad better than the 12” Action Collection from The Power Of The Force “2” era. Are we the only ones concerned with the future of our Star Wars collectibles? We find it all very frightening.

We are however equally ready to praise the Luke Skywalker And Wampa set as equally as we have ripped apart the Han Solo And Tauntaun set. We’re pleased to report that the Luke Skywalker And Wampa set meets our stringent standards for assessing it as a quality of a collectors’ item. Well, let us be really clear with you. The Luke Skywalker figure’s portrait sucks. There is no getting around it. The rest of the figure is well designed and well articulated and you probably won’t complain too much about the soft-goods scarf they added to the cap to make it more screen accurate when he is hanging upside down. But between the generic likeness and the sloppy paint operations, you’re probably going to hope that Hasbro tweaks a better figure without Wampa battle-damage for a future release. We just feel that this figure’s likeness is totally crappy. Again, Luke Skywalker is just reassurance that The Black Series 6” line is all cookie cutter. Luke Skywalker has the EXACT same articulation system as Han Solo. As a result, Luke Skywalker has the same limitations. Despite Luke Skywalker’s setbacks, you’re probably going to forget about them rather quickly. Firstly, Luke Skywalker satiates the need for a figure to nicely complement the Wampa. And secondly, the Wampa is unequivocally the ONLY reason to buy this set. The creature is awesome and is has superseded our expectations. In fact, if Hasbro can get the rest of The Black Series 6” line up to this caliber of quality, collectors will probably have very little to complain about because this is the way a toy company makes incredible action figures. Like the 2004 Star Wars “Saga” Wampa (With Hoth Cave) Ultra figure, the Wampa’s right arm is completely removable and possesses swivel articulation as a result.

The most important point to make is that the Wampa weighs a ton. We could simply not believe how heavy the packaged sample was even before we removed the figures from the box. Unlike the crappy Tauntaun, the Wampa is completely solid plastic. The creature is built like a regular humanoid action figure, and because it is bigger it just weighs proportionately we imagine. But the larger size translates into a lot of extra weight. And we’re thankful for that. We were actually concerned that we were going to receive a terribly empty and hollow Wampa in this set. We couldn’t be happier about being proven wrong about our assumptions. The sculpt of the Wampa is extremely nice. We have to admit that we’re not crazy about the raspberry sauce awkwardly placed around his mouth and chest, but unlike the prototype images we saw, Hasbro has corrected major paint operation issues and the final deco really brings out the detail in the sculpt. The fur is white and cream and at times in certain light borders on being a light yellow in some instances. The claws, horns and lips are all gray and if you spend some time looking at the intricacies of the sculpt, we believe you’ll find an incredible action figure as well. The Wampa is loaded with 26 points of articulation and much of that movement is ball-jointed and ball-socket articulation. This allows for a wide range of movement. If we had to complain, his heaviness compromises the rigidity of the articulation points. This makes the creature feel “jiggly” and “unbalanced” at times. Please know it’s not a deal breaker and is just something we noticed. Luke Skywalker And Wampa is an impressive set. It’s exceeded our expectations. Hopefully it will exceed yours too.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker And Wampa

Assortment Number: A8725/A7808

UPC: 630509267576

Retail: $39.99 USD

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Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 26 points (16 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head (2), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), ball-jointed waist (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: N/A

Wampa

Status: Wampa is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 27 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), swivel right shoulder* (1), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), swivel upper torso (1), ball-jointed lower torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None (*right arm is removable)

Date Stamp: N/A





 

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Added: June 19, 2015
Category: Black Series [Phase II], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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