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Luke Skywalker

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Luke Skywalker

General Analysis

Although my first taste of Star Wars “collecting” was in kindergarten in 1979, thanks to a friend's Luke Skywalker: X-wing Fighter Pilot figure, I quickly became obsessed with all of the Star Wars action figures Kenner released. Every birthday and Christmas for most of the 80s focused on them. In a relatively short couple of years, I had a healthy dose of Star Wars “men,” as I called them. One of those earlier figures was, of course, Luke Skywalker from A New Hope. I so desperately wanted to recreate all of the scenes from the film. Although I hadn't seen Episode IV until the early 80s, once I did, I had to recreate those amazing scenes! To recreate the Death Star chasm swing, I ingenuously “borrowed” a jack from my Jacks set and then tied a string to it to make my own grappling hook. My little creation worked better than you might have expected. For the "swing to freedom," I tied the string (with attached jack) to the curtain rod which was affixed equidistantly from my desk and record player stand in my bedroom. The jack worked like a charm, and I was able to swing Luke Skywalker (and Princess Leia Organa, but mostly just Luke Skywalker) back and forth until I was bored. But frankly, I rarely got bored. Many years later as a young college student I would pick up the many variations including multiple shades of brown hair and the double-telescoping holy grail. But I probably received the most enjoyment from my $.99 or $1.99 figure that I received for my birthday. Good times.

Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: Luke Skywalker from 2009's LEGACY COLLECTION RESURGENCE OF THE JEDI Battle Packs set.

Collector Notes

Name: Luke Skywalker

Source: A New Hope

Release: 1978

Status: Luke Skywalker is a repack of the figure from the Early Bird Figures set.

Assortment: No. 38180


Retail: $1.99 USD

Alternate Card Art Details:

• Luke Skywalker

• Trilogo

• Packaging features alternate RETURN OF THE JEDI image from running change Kenner release

• Character name pill and figure backer are red.

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Figure Release Information

Major Figure Variations (loose):

  1. blond hair / double-telescoping lightsaber
  2. blond hair / normal lightsaber
  3. brown hair / normal lightsaber

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

blond hair — double-telescoping lightsaber

  1. SW-12A
  2. SW-12C

blond hair — original picture

  1. SW-12A
  2. SW-12B
  3. SW-12C
  4. SW-12D
  5. SW-20E
  6. SW-20G
  1. SW-21A
  2. SW-21B
  3. SW-21C
  4. SW-21D
  5. ESB-21A
  6. ESB-31B
  1. ESB-32A
  2. ESB-41A
  3. ESB-41C
  4. ESB-41E
  5. ESB-47
  6. ROTJ-65B

brown hair — original picture

  1. ESB-41E
  2. ESB-45A
  1. ESB-47A
  2. ROTJ-48

blond hair — gunner picture

  1. ROTJ-77A

U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

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Added: May 4, 2018
Category: Star Wars
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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