Friday, April 9, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,258: Luke Skywalker (Hoth Pilot)

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 88879
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD51
Includes: Helmet, lightsaber hilt, grapple gun, hook
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: Late 2009/Early 2010
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Luke leads an attack on Imperial AT-AT walkers that are moving toward Echo Base. He instructs the other snowspeeder pilots to use their harpoons and cables and aim for the legs in an attempt to take out the Imperial walkers. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's yard. It never snows here, so enjoy Spring.

Commentary: Hasbro hasn't given Luke Skywalker in his cold weather pilot outfit much love since 1995. The 2002 release just resculpted the collar. The 2007 version was Zev's body with a Luke head. This one? Not so much recycled. The head has a hood up, which is pretty unusual for most pilot figures. He includes only the lightsaber hilt-- a real bummer given he uses the full weapon on-screen-- but hey, it's something. While his hand was sculpted to hold the Jedi weapon, his belt wasn't, and the saber (as usual) was designed with a tab to plug into a belt. Oh well. If you need a figure for an AT-AT diorama or just someone to pilot a Snowspeeder, it's pretty good. The sculpt is, without question, a huge improvement but as always there's room for a few tweaks to make it better. But for now? This is the best. The sculpt is a little funky, but he dangles from a rope nicely. His lightsaber could be better-- a blade, for example-- but as it is, if you have a million figures and some spares, it'll do just fine.

Collector's Notes: This figure is new and should be back in new packaging this Fall.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,258: April 9, 2010


Philip Ayres said...

Love this figure. Even better with a lightsabre in his hand, he's got hand inclined away from the body which gives a much nicer look to a figure holding a lightsabre.

Chris said...

I love this figure too. Awesome head sculpt, sits perfectly in a Snowspeeder and can hold his grappling gun to propell up to the AT-AT. You mention toy synergy alot Adam, and this works a treat with the BAT-AT. My one criticism of this figure would be the amount of movement for the head, he should be able to look straight ahead when sat in the Snowspeeder but he seems to look up at the ceiling.