Ooh Star Wars, how do you get grown man to feel excited for toys, movies, video games, books as if they are little boys… It is amazing! The cool thing about Star Wars is that it’s something that you can get introduced to by your father (at least my generation). Being a little kid, I saw my Dad watching the Original Trilogy at home numerous times. This is how I caught the Star Wars bug. With the newest trilogy underway, I hope I can introduce my own son to the Galaxy far far away. So yeah, Luke Skywalker.
Being a Star Wars black series figure, Luke comes in a standard window box packaging. Nothing special here, it looks good and you can easily put the figure back inside for storage. Or to resell it, if you’re that kind of person (just kidding ;)).
I wonder why Hasbro does not put any of the other figures from the same wave anywhere on the packaging. Maybe it’s because they want to keep the box plain and simple, since these figures are for the “adult collector”. Also, the big “WARNING” on the front is not very esthetically pleasing. I can imagine, that if you are a MIB collector, that this can bother you. Moving on.
Poor Luke has almost no paint on him. He’s mostly cast in solid black plastic. The minimal amount of paint that we do get, is serviceable but nothing really worth mentioning. Thank God that the eyes are painted on straight. A wash and a dry brush finish on the hair and some light grey dry brushing on Luke his outfit would have done wonders to bring out the sweet sculpt. It really is a pity that Hasbro does not put more budget towards painting their figures.
As already mentioned; I do enjoy the sculpt. The likeness to Mark Hamill is very convincing and all the wrinkles of his outfit are nicely done. There is also something about his proportions, that makes this figure look particularly realistic to me. It’s obviously nowhere near NECA-level sculpting, but it’s nice for what it is and it compensates for the lack of paint.
This is where this figure really comes together. You can put Luke in a variety of dynamic poses. Probably even more dynamic than Luke actually was in the movie. So the articulation is great and Luke is really fun to pose around, with, or without his lightsaber. The only gripe I have with the articulation is that I wish that Luke had double-jointed elbows and more outward range of motion in his hips.
Luke does not come with a lot. What we get is a lightsaber and an interchangeable piece of his shirt. Obviously the lightsaber is essential for Luke and luckily it is done well. The “blade” is made out of a nice translucent plastic that does a good job of conveying the illusion of an ignited lightsaber. It is removable for the extinguished look. The hilt has a nice sculpt and a decent amount of paint to it. A nice feature, that could have been easily skipped by Hasbro, is that you can store the lightsaber hilt on Luke his belt. It’s perfect for the relaxed style poses.
The interchangeable shirt piece is somewhat of a non-accessory. The reason I say this is because, the default piece which Luke comes with is just too boring in my opinion. The peeled down grey part of the secondary piece gives the figure just that little bit of much needed contrast. It’s nice to have the option, but it would have been fine by me if Hasbro decided to leave out the interchangeability feature, used the peeled down shirt as the default and gave us an alternate hand for different posing options.
In closing: gauging the sentiment on the internet, I get the feeling that a lot of people dislike this figure for being too bland and boring. Sure, there is a lot of black plastic and very little paint involved. But to be fair, that is the costume which Luke wore towards the ending of Return of the Jedi. Personally, I absolutely love everything about this figure. The likeness of the head sculpt and the great possibility being the clear highlights. I definitely recommend this version of Luke to every Star Wars fan and action figure collector who would like to add this classic character to their collection.
+ Great likeness to Mark Hamill
+ Tons of useful articulation
+ Huge fun-factor