LUKE SKYWALKER – JEDI MASTER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“After tragedy destroyed his attempt to rebuild the Jedi Knights, Luke Skywalker vanished from the galaxy. Now, the Resistance needs his help to thwart the efforts of the evil First Order.”
FINALLY!!!!!! I got the freaking Black Series freaking Jedi Master freaking Luke freaking Skywalker! And it only took me two freaking months to find it! *deep breath* Okay, it’s out of my system. Sorry, it’s been a long journey to getting this guy. But I have him, so now I’m gonna review him. I thought about putting him in a nice casserole, but I didn’t really fit the formula. So, hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the review we go!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jedi Master Luke Skywalker was released in the first assortment of The Last Jedi-themed Star Wars: The Black Series figures. He’s figure 46, which makes him the second to last figure in the set numerically. This figure also saw an early release at SDCC this year, in a two-pack alongside Jedi Training Rey. As far as I can tell, the only difference is the packaging; the actual figures are the same. Like the smaller Jedi Master Luke, this one is sporting his garb from the end of The Force Awakens, which is certainly a solid design. The figure stands a little under 6 inches tall and he has 25 points of articulation. The joints in his legs are obviously a little bit restricted by the lower portion of his robes, but you can still manage some fairly decent poses, and the rest of the joints are thankfully left unrestricted. Luke’s sculpt is all-new, and does a pretty respectable job of capturing Luke’s look from the two films. The likeness on this figure is a reasonable approximation of Hamill, though I think I might actually like the smaller figure’s take just a little bit more. Similarly, I do find myself drawn to the detailing of the smaller figure over this one. It’s not that this one’s bad at all. He’s actually quite well-done. There’s a lot of nice layering and wrinkling to the clothing. I just find it to be a little softer than the smaller figure, and I’m not a huge fan of that. I’m also not a huge fan of the generic gripping pose on the hands, especially since he doesn’t include anything to hold. It just seems to me that some more specific gestures might make for more dynamic posing options. Also, like the smaller figure, this one had a loop from which to hang a lightsaber hilt, albeit one that’s not included. I’m still appreciative of the forward thinking on Hasbro’s part, though; it’s not like I don’t have any Skywalker sabers laying around. The paintwork on Luke is decent enough. The best of it’s definitely on the head, which has some nice accent work on the hair and beard, as well as some of the cleanest eyes I’ve seen from this line so far. In terms of extras, Luke’s got his cloak, which is a fabric piece. It’s not great. There’s no real way to keep it in place on the figure, so it just really flops off of him a lot. I can’t see myself using it much.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Luke, and by extension the rest of the first assortment of Last Jedi Black Series figures, has been quite difficult to find around these parts. They were practically nonexistent on Force Friday, and they never really showed up after that either. When I found Series 2, I was pretty much convinced I wasn’t finding Luke. And then I did find him at an out of the way GameStop, about a week later. Unfortunately, I’d dropped over $100 on action figures the day before, so I just couldn’t bring myself to buy him. So, back to the car I went, with the hopes that he’d still be there at a later date. I mentioned this to my dad, who pretty much immediately turned the car around, said “I didn’t buy anything yesterday” and marched into the GameStop to purchase this figure. I swear, I try not to always buy stuff, but my family and friends won’t let me escape. Because they love me or something. It’s frustrating at times. I’m happy to finally have this figure, especially after the long wait. Is he perfect? No, but he’s still solid, and definitely worth your time if you like this line.