Friday, April 13, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 342: Luke Skywalker

LUKE SKYWALKER Escape from Mos Eisley
The Saga Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 86820
Number: 036
Includes: Lightsaber hilt, chest, poncho, binoculars, hat
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Summer 2006
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: When Luke Skywalker discovers that his aunt and uncle have been murdered at the hands of the Empire, he tells Obi-Wan Kenobi, "there is nothing left for me here." Luke agrees to join Obi-Wan on an idealistic crusade to the planet Alderaan. Now driven and focused, Luke is determined to learn about the Force and become a Jedi Knight like his father before him. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: Over the years, there have been many figures of Luke Skywalker from the original film. In 1998 alone, there were four-- and this figure is based on a 1999 version of the figure. They took that body (with its swivel-elbows and jointed knees) and tweaked it into this figure. The good news is that the 1999 version was pretty good-- the bad news is that they dropped a few good features that came from other, earlier Lukes. For example, the macrobinoculars were originally designed to clip on to a figure's belt-- we have the accessory, but not the belt. The figure's head is, in some respects, an improvement, but the decoration gives him unusual looking lips with hair that, by most fans estimates, seems to dark when next to his skin. It's not a bad figure, it just looks... well, like he's wearing a little bit of make-up. (There was a similar problem with the Battle Pack Clone Wars Anakin in 2005.)

The figure, though, is almost inconsequential. You're buying this one for the extras, which are pretty good. He has a lightsaber that plugs into Obi-Wan Kenobi's hope chest, a poncho, the aforementioned chest, a hat, and binoculars. Short of an ignited lightsaber and a blaster, this Luke pretty much has anything you could hope for, even if some of the accessories look better on other figures. It's still a fun figure that offers multiple play opportunities through the wonder of accessories, so if you like figures with lots of gear this should be a must-buy. However, if you already have 10+ unique Tatooine Luke figures, you won't miss this one too much.

Collector's Notes: This mold has been re-released with new accessories many times over, but this version is unique with the new head and added accessories. This configuration of the figure itself, and its accessories, have yet to be rereleased. I especially like the poncho-- especially on the Early Bird version of Luke. It just looks better, trust me. I have a feeling I'll be using these accessories with the upcoming 2007 Luke Skywalker with Moisture Vaporator figure coming out in early Summer. (They're just nice accessories-- arguably the best extras given to any basic figure in 2006.)

Day 342: April 13, 2007

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