LUKE SKYWALKER in X-WING FIGHTER PILOT GEAR
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
” Growing up on the twin-sun planet of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker had always looked tot he stars. He had been told that his father was a great star pilot, and it was clear that the young Luke had inherited some of his skills. In the arid deserts of the Jundland Wastes, Luke and his best friend Biggs Darklighter, would race their T-16 skyhoppers. Tagging womprats in Beggar’s Canyon or threading the Stone needle, Luke and Biggs were the best of friends, and daring pilots. Unfortunately, they were separated when Biggs went to the Academy, and Luke was forced to stay behind.”
Luke Skywalker figures are a hot commodity these days, due to his almost total absence from the main Star Wars toy lines for the better part of two years. For a good portion of the franchise’s run, it was hard to go anywhere without tripping over a whole pile of Luke Skywalkers. There were a dozen Lukes in the Power of the Force II line alone, and I’ll be looking at another one of that particular subset today, with Luke in his X-Wing Fighter Pilot Gear.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke was released in Power of the Force II‘s first year, as a later addition to the assortment. He was the second Luke in the line, and the second figure of Luke in this particular gear in general. Despite the claims on the package that this is Luke in his “X-Wing Fighter Pilot Gear,” which is a little bit misleading. The figure’s actually wearing his cold-weather flight gear that he puts on to pilot his Snowspeeder during the Hoth Battle from Empire. He does eventually wear it while flying his X-Wing later, but it’s still more commonly viewed as his Snowspeeder gear. Not that the two designs are that dissimilar, of course. The figure is about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. The sculpt was unique to this guy at the time of his release, however the body ended up getting re-used later down the line for both Wedge and Dak. Until around 2010 or so, this was actually the only Hoth flight-suited sculpt Hasbro had on hand. Just like the rest of these early figure’s, it’s a rather dated sculpt. He’s got the usual exaggerated proportions, albeit masked a little bit by the more padded nature of the design. He’s still got the insane bulging muscles, and the crazy thin waist, of course. On the plus side, the detailing on the costume is pretty decent; the ridges on the arms are pretty cool, and the helmet, while a bit on the tiny side, is quite accurate to the source material. Said helmet is permanently attached to the head, and missing the visor, but removable helmets were still a ways off at this point, so this isn’t bad. His face is a slightly different likeness than the other Luke’s from this line. It’s still a bit off, looking more like Ron Howard than Mark Hammil, but that’s a step in the right direction at least. The paint work on this figure is on par with the rest of this line’s offerings. It’s pretty clean overall, apart from a few fuzzy lines on the edge of the vest. Luke is packed with his lightsaber and a small blaster pistol. The lightsaber is a lot shorter than the initial Luke saber, but I choose not to judge him for that; Hoth is very cold.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this figure when he was relatively new. I had gotten the PotF2 X-Wing Fighter as a gift, and didn’t yet have the proper Luke to fly it, so I obviously had to buy this guy. Along the way, my original was lost, more than likely sold during one of my “purges” over the years. The one reviewed here is a replacement, picked up at Farpoint a few years back. He’s hardly the best pilot Luke figure out there, and he certainly shows the line’s flaws quite overtly, but he was my first pilot Luke, and he still holds an important spot in my collection.