Monday, January 28, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,989: Lumat the Ewok

LUMAT  Return of the Jedi
The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 37499 No. 38526
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #VC104
Includes: Hood, spear, 3 arrows, bow
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: October 2012
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!  (Taken from the figure's packaging.  No specific character information.)

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: As a kid Lumat was one of my favorite figures, so this long-in-development update is something I was super jazzed for late last year.  He was one of the later batches of original Ewoks, and when we got Graak in 2007 Hasbro made mumblings that made it feel like that might be our vintage Lumat update.  Thankfully, it wasn't, and now we have one.  based on the Logray 2011 body, this figure has elbows!  Seriously, elbows! Did you ever think we'd see an Ewok with 12 points of articulation when the line rebooted in the 1990s?  I didn't.  This is pretty amazing stuff, and the fur texture and painted detail is incredible.  The head and face are colored similarly to the cardback photo, and the hood has a swell quiver attached to it.   You can actually remove the arrows, or even clip one to the bow!  It's a great improvement over previous toys and gives you more bang for your buck, which short Ewoks really do need.

What's more, he has a spear if you'd prefer that option.  For a figure which could have just been a 2007 Graak repaint, Hasbro did a nice job using a new sculpt with tons of nifty new accessories too.  If you like Ewoks, buy this one.  You'll be glad you did.

Collector's Notes: Also a less-desirable figure from the last wave, it's going cheaper on the secondary market.  $7 or less in December.  For that you're a fool to pass this one by!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,989: January 28, 2013

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