STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
Oooooh, I bet you *really* thought I was done with the Galaxy of Adventures stuff, didn’t you. Well, I mean, I was for a while…like almost a month…so I guess I kinda was. I did get this guy before finishing the prior round of GoA reviews, and I did very much consider throwing him at the tail end of them, but ultimately thought that it might be a little much. Would have made this intro funnier, though. But that’s okay, I don’t like to be funny anyway. As I noted in those reviews, the overwhelming focus of the first series of the line was on the newest trilogy, but the Original Trilogy isn’t getting overlooked entirely, and is in fact getting more focus in the next assortment. It’s also getting more focus via the line’s very first exclusive offering, Luke Skywalker!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke Skywalker is a Walmart-exclusive Galaxy of Adventures figure. He’s shipping in solid cases and started showing up about a month after the first round of product hit. He’s not marked in any way as an exclusive, so it’s possible he may not remain so, but for the time being, that’s where he is. There are a few versions of Luke to choose from, but for this release Hasbro’s opted for the Jedi Knight appearance, which pairs well with the Vader from Series 1. The figure stands 4 3/4 inches tall (he’s shorter than everyone but Rey) and he has 25 points of articulation. Luke is an all-new sculpt, and matches stylistically with the rest of the line. Like the others, his articulation is quite well implemented, allowing for a surprising amount of range, and the figure is also very sturdy on his feet. In terms of level of stylization, Luke’s not quite as cartoony as Rey was, being more in-line with Finn’s sculpt. There’s some definite changes made, but there slightly more restrained. Similar to the others, there’s not really a Hamill likeness, but he still has a proper character likeness. I will say, the eyes seem a touch wide for my taste, which is the only real complaint I have. I was initially going to complain about his torso being a little bulky, but that was before I took him out and realized that the vest is actually a removable piece. This allows for both major looks he sports from the movie, since there’s a fully detailed torso beneath. I’m okay with the slightly bulky torso if it means having the extra option, and it certainly works a bit better here than on a more realistically styled figure. The paintwork on Luke is overall pretty decent. It’s certainly sharp and clean in its application. Again, the larger eyes seem a little off to me, and I feel like he’s got a bit too much color in his face, but I can’t fault Hasbro for their attempts to keep him from looking under-painted. Luke is packed with his second lightsaber, which is a fairly decent piece, but unlike all of the other sabers I’ve gotten from this line, the silver of the hilt from this one chips off really easily. I don’t know why it’s different, but it’s my only true complaint about the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After getting and loving the whole Series 1 run of figures, I was definitely down for this guy, but wasn’t having a ton of luck finding him at first. Fortunately, Max was able to point me in the right direction, and I boy were there a lot of this guy to choose from. There are some slightly minor issues that I feel hold Luke back ever so slightly, but admittedly, Luke’s the one character in the line-up I really had any expectations about going in. He’s still a really solid release in his own right. I look forward to filling out more of the OT cast.