LUKE SKYWALKER – JEDI KNIGHT
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Under the tutelage of Obi-Wan and Yoda, Luke Skywalker learned the ways of the Force and became a Jedi Knight.Using his newly-developed powers, Luke successfully led a campaign to rescue Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt. After Yoda confirmed what Luke feared most – that Darth Vader was his father – he decided to confront Vader, not to do battle, but to reach whatever good remained in the man once known as Anakin Skywalker. The diabolical Emperor Palpatine wanted Luke’s power under his tutelage, but the young Jedi was strong and resisted the potent allure of the dark side – though it nearly cost him his life. When the Emperor rose to annihilate Luke Skywalker, Vader hurled Palpatine to his death, sacrificing himself for his son.”
Wow, spoilers much? Not only do we know that Darth Vader’s Luke’s dad, but also that he kills Palpatine *and* sacrifices himself? This is a lot to process, you guys. Or it would be if I hadn’t seen the movies, I guess. But then, what are the odds of me buying an action figure of Luke Skywalker? I’d say slim. But I have and I did, so now onto the review!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jedi Knight Luke was released during the second year of Kenner’s Power of the Force II line. He was the fourth version of the character in the line, and the second that year. He’s based on his Return of the Jedi appearance. He’s sort of an amalgamation of the looks from that movie; for the most part, he’s from Luke’s introductory scene, hence the vest and the cloak. However, he’s also got the glove covering his damaged right hand, which he starts wearing after the scenes on Tattooine. He’s a horrible monster mash! Who could ever love him!?! Nah, it’s not really that big a deal. Anyway, the figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. His sculpt is actually pretty tame for this line. Sure, he’s still got the same head sculpt that never looked much like Hamill, and sure he still looks like his pecs are about to burst out of his shirt, but all things considered, he’s really not bad. The proportions aren’t terrible, and he’s just in a fairly basic standing pose. The paint work on this guy is largely very basic. Mostly, it’s just black plastic, with a little bit of paint for the hand and some work on the face. There’s a tiny bit of glossier finish on the boots, which is a cool touch. The earliest samples of this figure actually had a tan/grey color for the vest, which made it stand out more, but this was eventually replaced with what’s seen on the figure in this review. The second figure is a little blander, but is also the more accurate look, so that’s fair. This figure was packed with his trusty green lightsaber, as well as a rubber cloak piece. Both pieces are fairly decent for the time, but do look slightly goofy by modern standards.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jedi Luke was the third version of Luke I got, after the Dagobah and Tattooine versions. I recall making a special trip to the local Toys R Us with my mom and dad, sitting in the middle seat of their Ford Ranger pickup truck. I also recall the figure’s distinctive smell wafting through the car on the ride home. Not long after I acquired this figure, it served as the inspiration for my Jedi Luke Halloween costume, which has the notoriety of being one of my favorite Halloween costumes pretty much ever. A lot of good memories are attached to this figure is kind of what I’m getting at here.