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Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot - TSC - Vintage

Name: Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: April 2006
License: Hasbro

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Luke Skywalker is obviously the most popular character in the Original Trilogy. And while he maintains this status through the years, Hasbro sometimes ignores some of his most popular outfits for too long a time (years even) in between action figure releases. But usually the wait is very worthwhile because when that update finally gets revisited, it is usually something that makes collectors very happy. Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot from the 2006 "vintage styled" collection is a figure that was a fantastic choice for the royal treatment, but is unfortunately still isn’t perfect and could use another few tweaks. This doesn’t mean it’s not a phenomenally constructed and designed action figure, but it needs a few more things before it can be classified as definitive. It offers a lot and is pretty awesome as far as articulation is concerned, but the color of the skin and the look of the portrait just isn’t perfect enough in our opinions. This "vintage styled" figure was part of a 2006 Ultimate Galactic Hunt promotion which included a foil sticker (and the certificate) to send away for a George Lucas (In Stormtrooper Disguise) action figure (also in vintage packaging).

Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot is an all-new figure (save for the head which has been used again from the 2004 "vintage styled" version of Luke Skywalker). But interestingly, Hasbro gave this pilot version of Luke a very bizarre skin color. Looking as if he has been soaking in the sun in Hawaii or the Bahamas, Luke is much too dark and it is very inaccurate. In fact, we did a double take, but we could swear tht Hasbro has added some eyeshadow as well. What's worse for more collectors is that he comes with the incorrect lightsaber hilt: Darth Vader’s to be exact. And back to the head sculpt, we wish Hasbro didn’t reuse the 2004 VOTC Luke Skywalker head. Let’s be honest. It doesn’t look like Luke at all and the crazy zigzag bangs are just a bit too much to accept. There is a plethora of excellent Luke heads that could have been used. And we’re not even sure why this head has made it so far with Lucasfilm, Ltd. approval. It is just so way off in our opinions. The figure is scaled perfectly well and despite the wrong lightsaber hilt, the figure does still come with the correct blaster pistol and lit lightsaber that fit very well in his hands.

Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot has a brilliant orange flight suit that is well fitted (which really means well sculpted) on his small sized body. Even better is his unique helmet complete with extremely accurate Rebel insignias washed in various battle-damaged markings. The whole figure as a package is wonderful and it is clearly the best figure to date. Loaded with 14 points of articulation, Hasbro gave given this figure ultimate mobility and it’s not really needed since he will serve most of his time in your collection piloting and X-wing fighter. One small issue that bothers us is the color of his straps. They have been colored in a gray that is much too flat and too dark. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro actually fixed this issue in the 2008 TAC Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 Droid Factory Walmart exclusive set. They changed the color of the straps to silver. And a bonus, they also lightened his skin color, but with the same old portrait.) So while this is the best Luke for now, he isn’t definitive. We want a slightly better one before we consider it definitive. But until that happens, this figure certainly warrants your time, consideration and purchase. Even if they change the skin color will be a tremendous update to this pretty excellent version.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot

Status: Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 87060/87129

UPC: 653569136866

Retail: $9.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Vintage The Saga Collection (2006)
Biker Scout
Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot
Sand People

Vintage The Saga Collection (2007)
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

Added: May 30, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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