The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. E7549 No. E8076
Includes: Lightsaber blade, lightsaber hilt, blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January or April 2020, depending on who you ask
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Along with his companions, Princess Leia Organa and General Han Solo, Luke Skywalker served on the side of the Alliance to Restore the Republic—an organization committed to the downfall of the Galactic Empire. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The reason you want to buy this figure is for the head - and hands. The slightly less pale figure looks more alive, with a different head sculpt. The hair is a bit more saturated, while the skin is significantly rosier with the "hyper real" face printing on the new sculpt - which is still pretty good. And I also realized both the new and the old heads remind me a bit of New Values-era Iggy Pop. The Jedi trainee has a bit more make-up and a hint of a pout, plus his unmistakable chin. The face is a bit wider than before, and you can see that the hair is now a separately sculpted piece. This probably costs a tiny bit more, but it looks better and helps prevent weird doll-like hair paint. The hair style is very similar, but it's not just a plastic wig from the previous head -but you can see a lot of similarities.
Packaging Notes: I like it! It doesn't have fake weathering, and it adds a nifty 40th Anniversary ingot in the top left corner - it's obvious this is not a 3 3/4-inch figure, if you know these things at all. The back of the package is also a lot better, showcasing the first wave of this line... with still too dang much text. It may also interest and not surprise you that this line is a limited engagement, with plans to return to the Archive Series in some form next year.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,695: June 2, 2020