The Retro Collection Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. E9646 No. E9654
Includes: Blaster pistol, yellow 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. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Commentary: Hasbro's Luke Skywalker (Bespin) is a good reissue. It's a bit different, but aside from one strange change largely is as good as your memory of the original. The joints aren't nearly as stiff, the lightsaber is nice and bright, the pistol is sculpted a bit differently, but everything else is pretty good. I even like the head more - it's not as round and has a slightly different facial expression. The brown Bespin fatigues are a little browner, the boots are a little less saturated, and the lightsaber on his left leg actually adds some detail. There's an extra protrusion on it. I kind of like this approach more - augmenting the original figure, rather than an identical (or weirdly changed) rerelease. Hasbro could've also colored the belt buckle for all I care, just to make it more glaringly obvious that This Is New.
Everything else is where it should be - the wrinkles are all there. There's an extra line in the flap on a pouch over Luke's butt, which is new, but by and large it's all here and different enough so that you can tell this is not the original - even if you missed the new copyrights on the back of the leg. Along with the very good Hoth Han, this is a nice rerelease - it's close enough to the original that you young people will never know the difference.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart thanks to my pal Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich! Did you see his new Spector Creative YouTube channel yet? Click here.
Day 2,699: June 16, 2020