The Black Series Publishing - Shared Exclusive
Item No.: No. F3006
Includes: Lightsaber, Ysalamiri (for Thrawn)
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2021
Appearances: Dark Horse Comics
Bio: Five years after the destruction of the Death Star, Luke Skywalker fears there is no hope as the remnants of the Imperial fleet are readied for war under the command of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Using ysalamiri to sever a developing Jedi clone's connection to the Force allowed mentally stable Jedi clones to be created - a discovery Thrawn would use in his war against Luke Skywalker and the New Republic. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Luke is, as I said, the same as last year - which is good. Now black instead of brown, the Jedi master-to-be can still stand perfectly with arms that look great and can be easily posed to grip his lightsaber. The legs hide the joints nicely, and can swing forward with no fuss. There's very little paint to speak of - this was a very cheap figure to produce, so I'm not crazy about the mark-up - but it's perfect. Everything about him just works - the legs bend nicely, there are no belts or cloaks in the way, and I immediately got him balanced and standing on my desk without a fight. It's almost nothing like Hasbro's other super-articulated figures which generally had fussy joints and would typically fall over if not leaned against something.
The lightsaber is his green-bladed Return of the Jedi rebuild - he holds it well, and the silver hilt has cleanly painted gold and black trim. Short of actually making it light up through some alchemy, I don't know how they could have done much to improve it. It's great. It's also very amusing because this is, for all intents and purposes, Luke from an alternate timeline to his appearance in The Mandalorian. (It's been seven months, spoiler gloves were off around February.) The one thing the old Expanded Universe and Disney agree on is that Luke was clearly in a goth phase after he burned his dad's corpse and helped take down the space government.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,840: July 22, 2021