The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.: Asst. 87504 No. 87773
Includes: Lightsaber, blaster, Deena, comic book
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January 2009
Appearances: Star Wars Rebellion comic books
Bio: Luke receives a message from his old friend Janek Sunber, a lieutenant in the Imperial Army, saying he wants to join the Rebellion. Everyone thinks it's a trap except Luke. The Jedi goes on an unauthorized mission to find Sunber and is joined by Deena Shan, who is looking for adventure, and a chance to prove her worth. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam's TV tray.
Commentary: It's great to see Hasbro consistently coming up with new versions of Luke Skywalker that are more than an existing figure with a new hat or belt. This particular version is based on a comic book which takes place before The Empire Strikes Back in which Luke goes to track down his old pal Tank. The thing is, though, the figure looks a little bit older. Or rather, a lot older. Our hero has wind-swept action hair, a few marks to age him, and a simultaneously neat and goofy black suit covered in blue and copper colored markings. I like the fact it has Rebel faction logos on it, as few toys do, and the design does look like it stepped right off the comic page. The figure is essentially super articulated, with 12 places he can be moved. The figure doesn't have articulated ankles.
Luke sports a working holster for his blaster, and a lightsaber which he has to carry. Oddly, the lightsaber doesn't match the one he was using on the comic cover, or in that era. What gives? Odds are the factory in China just used whatever mold was hanging around, I'd wager. This figure is a great addition to your collection if you're looking for something different or if you're a huge fan of the recent Dark Horse comics. Otherwise, it's something you could probably skip, if you really wanted to.
Collector's Notes: This set is newly available. Deena Shan comes with Luke in a similar costume. Other characters also wore the suit, and I'd expect to see them eventually in future comic packs or in an exclusive boxed set of action figures.
Day 1,008: April 24, 2009