LUKE SKYWALKER w/ BLAST SHIELD HELMET
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Aboard the Milllennium Falcon, Luke Skywalker is instructed by Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the art of lightsaber battle and the ways of the Force.”
At the end of 1997, Kenner reworked their standard Luke Skywalker head for their Power of the Force line, in an attempt to bring him more in line with, you know, a real person, and not some sort of He-Man knock off. The following year, they got to work making this new version of Luke the new standard, which included going back and updating their take on “Farmboy” Luke. Apparently they really liked this updated Farmboy Luke. In fact, they seemed to like him so much that they just kept releasing minor tweaks to the mold, just all over the place. Lets, uh, look at another one of those, I guess?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke Skywalker with Blast Shield Helmet was released in 1998 as part of the Power of the Force line. This figure is designed to replicate Luke’s appearance while on the Millenium Falcon before they get brought in by the Death Star. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Construction-wise, this figure is more or less identical to the Luke included with the Purchase of the Droids set. The only real difference between them is the belt piece. While the Droids set version has a pair of binoculars on his belt, this one removes them. Yay? It’s different? Technically it’s less? Honestly, though, it’s not a bad sculpt, and a definite improvement on the original ANH Luke from the line, and this was the first single-carded release, so it was a valiant idea. The figure’s paint does change things up a bit as well. He’s decidedly got a cooler-toned color scheme. I’m not sure if that was an intentional thing, but it fits with him being on the Falcon as opposed to on Tatooine. Luke is packed with his father’s lightsaber and the blast shield helmet he uses while training. It’s too bad they couldn’t also throw in the training drone, but I suppose this isn’t a bad little assortment.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t have this figure as a kid (Gunner Station Luke was my on-hand version of this mold), and I can’t really say I had much of an undying need to get one, but as I’m trying to make my way to a complete run of Power of the Force figures, I have to pick up these guys at some point, right? This one came in with a bunch of others at All Time last summer, and I used some trade credit to pick him up. He’s not a bad figure, but it’s not easy to get particularly excited. Just wait til I get to all of the other versions of this mold…