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The Black Series [Phase III]

Luke Skywalker - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (21)

Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: 21
Scale: 6"
Source: A New Hope
Availability: March 2016
License: Hasbro

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Casting aside his humdrum life on Tatooine in favor of galactic adventure, Luke Skywalker learns the ways of the Force under Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and quickly ascends to Rebel leader.

Wow. Well, we’re impressed. We had pretty low expectations for The Black Series [Phase III] Luke Skywalker (21) figure, but after finally getting one and holding it in hand, we think it might be our most favorite in wave 6. And that includes competition with the beautiful Ahsoka Tano (20) and Kanan Jarrus (19). We’re convinced now that wave 6 of The Black Series [Phase III] line may be the strongest yet. It’s evident to us that Hasbro has really ensured that these figures look the best they can. And all three figures reinforce this strongly. There was quite a bit of criticism directed at Luke Skywalker because of his baggy soft-goods shirt. You know what? It IS a tad too baggy, but with the proper amount of futzing, you can make it look quite nice and very screen accurate. And while a part of us would have preferred molded clothing as opposed to what we received, the “thinking” part of us believe that there was some forethought put into this figure to bring us future figures. For example, and we could be way off here, many parts of Luke Skywalker would befit a “Dagobah training” version of Luke Skywalker sometime in the future. Hey, it could be pie in the sky, but we’re determined to think positively about this line whenever we can. It wouldn’t be entirely correct to say that Luke Skywalker is flawless. He definitely isn’t. However, we are SO HAPPY about some of the details that Hasbro got right straight out of the gate that it nearly brings tears to our eyes.

For us, we couldn’t be more thrilled that Hasbro nailed Luke Skywalker’s hair color. Remember The Black Series [Phase II] Luke Skywalker (#03) figure with red hair? Remember The Black Series [Phase I] Luke Skywalker (#01) with orange hair? Well, Hasbro mixed together the correct formula of colors to produce a screen accurate dirty blonde and it looks spectacular on the figure. While we’re on the topic of the figure’s head, we must express that we’re quite impressed with the head sculpt. This feature has been VERY difficult to assess in package and with the photography Hasbro provided to the media. It’s only out of the package just how close and accurate Luke Skywalker’s features are. Maybe his expression isn’t completely perfect, and maybe the paint detail directly on the eyes hasn’t been applied as perfectly as we would have liked to see, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that we’re extremely impressed with the portrait of this final production figure. When you remove the soft-goods shirt, Luke Skywalker looks excellently bare-chested. We’re applauding Hasbro for creating “nakedness” with subtle joint cuts that really don’t interfere all that terribly with the figure’s overall aesthetics. You’ll be comfortably confident posing him with or without his shirt while being reassured that he looks equally good either way. That’s a rarity sadly, but we think Hasbro has done an admirable job and has succeeded here.

Luke Skywalker comes with five accessories. At face value this appears generous. But they could have provided more. Little perks go a long way for collectors, and if Hasbro would realize that an extra head sculpt, an extra accessory here or there and a little more value for the $20 average purchase of these figures, everyone, including Hasbro, might be a little bit happier. So Hasbro, please include “more stuff” in The Black Series 6” line. The competition is putting you to shame. Included with Luke Skywalker is the aforementioned soft-good shirt. He also comes with a removable belt, a lightsaber hilt, a blue lightsaber blade, and macrobinoculars. All of these extras interact perfectly with Luke Skywalker. We don’t have any complaints about them at all. Again, we would have loved to see more added. Luke Skywalker is loaded with articulation, and you can pretty much attain and pose or position anything you want with him. Many collectors will be relieved to know that he comes with double hinge-jointed elbows which allows you to touch his hands to his shoulders. The range of movement with this type of articulation is quite astounding. We’re happy about it too. Luke Skywalker is nicely scaled and fits in with the rest of the TBS6 figures quite nicely. Although we have quite a few already, we’re accumulating a nice collection of figures based on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and many more are on the way. Don’t overlook Luke Skywalker. He is better than you think he is.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 30 points (18 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head (2), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), double hinge-jointed left elbow (2), double hinge-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (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: 5

Accessory Details: soft-goods shirt, belt, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, macrobinoculars

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: B6332/B3834

UPC: 630509394579

Retail: $21.99 USD

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The Black Series [Phase III] Wave 6 (Wave 15)

Kanan Jarrus (19)

Ahsoka Tano (20)

Luke Skywalker (21)

Added: April 2, 2016
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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