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Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun - TVC - Exclusives

Name: Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2011
License: Hasbro

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Despite the many frustrating things like poor distribution and lack of many Original Trilogy toy concepts that we have experienced during the duration of The Vintage Collection, we really have to step up to the plate and give credit where credit is due. Sometimes Hasbro really does catch us off guard and offer to us some amazing treats and even if they're slightly out of price range once in a while, there is no denying what awesome additions these pieces are to our collections. And an example of where we need to buck up is with Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun, a TARGET exclusive that is part of the awesome The Vintage Collection. Hasbro necessarily reinvented the sculpt from the ground up to produce a marvelous specimen that has more articulation than you probably expected and with an authenticity not expected in the least. Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun is pretty much exactly where you want this creature to be and we're having no problems at all calling it definitive. A mixture of an incredible sculpt, superior articulation and a brilliant paint job work together to drive the point home that Hasbro is no longer playing games with collectors and that they mean business. This creature is amazing and while some may want to see a few more points of articulation incorporated into the mold (and we bet most of will want a lower price point), there is absolutely no denying that this is a great toy as is.

You’ll be absolutely mesmerized when you analyze the Tauntaun’s face. We’re simply blown away by how perfectly Hasbro has captured the likeness and expression of this beast of burden. The wariness of lurking snow creatures and other unknown enemies are locked into its eyes and the coloring in the face is simple but poignant to make the point that it is rough surviving on the icy tundra that is known as Hoth. The sculpt and art of this piece is literally overload for the senses because all of the details are so incredibly realistic and they work together to leave the collector with a stunning toy that you'll want to carefully place on a shelf up high instead of leave in a toy box. Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun is more collectible than toy as far as we're concerned. The wrinkling in the Tauntaun’s face and skin as well as the bunching up in the fur is all here for us to enjoy. The gray color of the fur is exactly matched to what we see in the film and although the claws appear too shiny, they’re well painted and don’t look too much out of place. Hasbro has given the Tauntaun a ball-jointed head and fortunately its movement is quite generous. The Tauntaun also comes with ball-jointed shoulders, ball-jointed hips (but the hips have inhibited movement) and ball-jointed ankles. Believe it or not, this is enough to pose the Tauntaun pretty much freely in your collection. Hasbro was quite clever with the points of articulation they decided to add to this creature.

Interestingly, Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun comes with a “scar” on its belly. This of course makes sense for a future update to put the open belly battle-damage (but on Han Solo's Tauntaun instead). But for now it’s sealed tightly shut and not meant to be removable for this particular release of it. We are curious to see what plans Hasbro might have for this on a future release. In a wonderful gesture, Hasbro made the saddle a completely separate piece, not something we have seen since the “vintage” days. Unfortunately the bridle is permanently attached (or if it is removable it's something we're not going to try to remove). It is an impressively sculpted saddle and fits like a glove around the Tauntaun’s midsection. It’s double strapped and snaps closed with four separate plugs. There is a ton of detail in the saddle and we're thoroughly impressed with the final results. The tail sticks straight back behind the animal and has no mobility. This is fine because it will serve as an anchor for some of the more aggressive poses you choose for the Tauntaun and will help to balance it when needed. And last but not least, Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun comes with a signature broken left horn to differentiate it from Han Solo’s. There isn’t too much not to like here and we think you'll be nitpicking should you decide to complain about it. This is absolutely a definitive update to the classic Tauntaun toy from the 80s. The price is steep at $24.99, but you just can’t compare this one to previous versions. It’s infinitely better. And The Vintage Collection packaging it comes it knocks it out of the park!

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun

Status: Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: removable saddle

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 36664

UPC: 653569664932

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Added: October 20, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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