Thursday, October 12, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 159: Luke Skywalker

Power of the Jedi 25th Anniversary Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. 84485 No. 84668
Number: n/a
Includes: Base, blaster, Leia, hook
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: Spring 2002
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Luke and Leia, trapped in the Death Star by pursuing Stormtroopers, attempt a daring escape as they swing to freedom across an endless chasm. Using only Luke's grappling hook, Leia hangs on for dear life as they barely escape the clutches of the Empire. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: While Tatooine versions of Luke Skywalker have been done to death, there are few moments more fitting of a tribute than the chasm jump in the original Star Wars. This figure was part of a set that recreated this moment in plastic, but due to the nature of the scene, the figures are essentially statues. Without Leia, Luke looks very awkward and all the articulation in the world wouldn't help the figure anyway due to unusual hair coloring and arguably poorly chosen plastic. The figure is what it is-- if you like the two figures on a display base, they're nice enough. But with less than 6 meaningful joints, this is a figure best left in the packaging.

Collector's Notes: It's also really common. These items didn't sell well in some markets so there are pockets of them looking for homes. If you want this item to keep in the box-- and it is a very nice boxed item-- you should consider tracking one down before people realize that it is, in fact, a very nice boxed item. Just don't open it.

Day 159: October 12, 2006

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