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Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) - TBS [P4] - Six Inch Figures (TESB02)

Name: Luke Sywalker (Snowspeeder)
Collection: The Black Series [Phase IV]
Number: TESB02
Scale: 6"
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: September 2020
License: Hasbro

 

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During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker, led the Rebel defense against the Empire's ground forces, including massive AT-AT walkers, giving the Alliance time to evacuate the planet.

Like clockwork, Hasbro reissued the Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) figure into the basic The Black Series [Phase IV] 6” line, just months after its original release in The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] line, complete with vintage Kenner-inspired packaging. A significant figure in any packaging, Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder), helps make the figure easier to acquire at retail. And Hasbro is smart to re-release the Star Wars saga’s greatest hero to help meet the demand. This time, Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) comes in trapezoidal and angular packaging, colorfully coded by Star Wars source. For The Empire Strikes Back, the packaging gets the color blue. There are no differences between the 40th Anniversary of Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) and this version. Essentially, it’s a straight repack. And that’s all. We’ve always been overly fond of this iteration of Luke Skywalker, and it’s probably in our top three favorite outfits the character wears in the Original Trilogy. We love it more than the X-wing fighter pilot gear. The Black Series [Phase IV] Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) is an example of the organic evolution of the 6” line as the figure sports two terrific enhancements of past releases. The shoulders have butterfly joints (although inhibited because of the bulky jacket) and new pin-less knee joints, although this update results in standard ball-jointed knees for the figure, not double hinge-jointed knees that we’ve been used to for years now.

Visually, Luke Skywalker (Snowtrooper) is a fantastic looking figure. Admittedly, we’re disappointed in one aspect of the figure, and that’s its deco. The figure doesn’t necessarily have a poor paint job. But Hasbro missed the most critical detail. And that detail is that the orange color used for the jacket varies dramatically from the tone of orange used for the pants. In all fairness, Hasbro only got this correct on one Star Wars action figure. The kit-bashed Luke Skywalker figure from 2007’s TAC The Battle Of Hoth Battle Packs set, a TARGET exclusive, has the correct deco. You can see how the jacket and pants differ in color from one another clearly on this 3.75” figure. Unfortunately, as fantastic as Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) looks to the eye, it’s technically screen-inaccurate. We wish that Hasbro noted this crucial detail before finalizing the figure. That said, the only other complaint we have is that the figure doesn’t have enough “dirt” on it. Luke Skywalker’s outfit had a significant collection of dirt on it during the Battle of Hoth. But this 6” figure is relatively clean, except for the helmet, which did receive a dirty final paint wash on it. So, we have some deco issues with this figure, but it still comes off as a great-looking Hasbro Star Wars action figure regardless. You’ll have to decide whether or not the missed paint operations will affect your purchase of this figure or not. The costume is screen-accurate, aside from the color, which is perhaps more important than any other detail.

Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) comes with a removable helmet, lightsaber hilt, and lightsaber blade. The accessories interact with the figure wonderfully. Besides wishing they included the grappling hook gun here to take down the Imperial AT-AT, there’s nothing else missing from this release. We will say that Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) is a wonderful choice for The Black Series [Phase IV] lineup. Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) feels at home in the mainline of 6” figures, and we love how the blue color makes the figure pop in the packaging. 2009’s Legacy Collection Luke Skywalker (BD51) figure is a tremendous release. Hasbro developed an incredible version of this version of Luke Skywalker. Collectors have been asking for years for Hasbro to add it to The Vintage Collection, and yet, we still don’t have it. With Photo Real part of the process, it would make a fantastic update for the line. We hope they’ll pay attention and get this figure out to the collecting community. A quintessential character in the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) accomplished much while wearing this outfit. If we had to pick it apart, we wish Hasbro would have given the figure a removable skullcap because we don’t see the on-screen character wearing it without the helmet. That would have been the best option here. Hopefully, Hasbro will produce a “Dagobah Landing” version of this figure, remove the skullcap portrait, add ungloved hands, and add another existing portrait. That would be a fantastic variation!

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder)

Status: Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) is a straight repack of 2020's TBS [TESB40] Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) figure.

Articulation Count: 28 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel "butterfly left shoulder (1), swivel "butterfly right shoulder (1), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-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: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: E9325/E8908

UPC: 5010993749188

Retail: $19.99 USD

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The Black Series [Phase IV] Wave 1

Admiral Ackbar (ROTJ01)

Clone Trooper (Kamino) (TCW01)

Darth Vader (TESB01)

Imperial Stormtrooper (TM02)

Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) (TESB02)

The Mandalorian (TM01)

Teebo (Ewok) (ROTJ02)

Added: September 18, 2020
Category: Black Series [Phase IV], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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