The Retro Collection Hoth Ice Planet Board Game Pack-In
Item No.: No. E4042 (but the figure's card says Asst. E9646 No. E4042)
Includes: Grapple gun, blue lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Luke Skywalker, a Force-sensitive human male, was a legendary Jedi Master who fought in the Galactic Civil War during the reign of the Galactic Empire. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Much like the other Retro Collection figures, the details on Luke are a lot softer than the real vintage counterparts. You can just see rounder, more fuzzy wrinkles and buttons on the computer. I never realized just how crisp Kenner's old figures were until I compared them this go-round, so even though it's basically the same head, it's not. The visor is down and the details are a bit more soft, but the proportions are all the same and it feels like a cousin (or bootleg) of the original.) Snowspeeder Luke's hands seem to be mirror-flipped from the X-Wing Luke original - the right hand looks like the other's left hand, and vice versa. Well, with the glove enhancements, otherwise the fingers seem to match up surprisingly well.
The figure stands up well, and has decent tight joints. Unlike most original Kenner figures, both hands grip the accessories quite nicely - and it's a tight fit. The new grapple gun is a perfect fit in the left hand and an excellent design on Hasbro's part, capturing the vocabulary and simplified proportions while axing some elements to keep it easy.
Aside from this being a new costume variant for Luke, the selling point for a lot of fans is an official blue Kenner lightsaber. Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker legendarily has a blue lightsaber variation which most fans don't have and have never actually seen outside of product catalogs. Grabbing this just to throw with their old Lukes might be a selling point for a certain kind of old-school collector, with smaller dots on the hilt so it's not obviously the same as the original. I appreciate this.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,698: June 11, 2020