LUKE SKYWALKER — ENDOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Utilizing stolen schematics, the Rebel Alliance formulated a plan to destroy the new Death Star. Luke Skywalker joined his friends for this mission to Endor.”
Last year was the 40th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back, which translated to a lot of toy coverage for that particular movie. Though it’s not an anniversary year, this year looks to be shifting to its follow-up film, Return of the Jedi. Right out of the gate, we’re getting proper coverage for the film’s versions of the three main characters. No stranger to Jedi-based figures in The Black Series, Luke has gotten yet another one, which I’m going to be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke Skywalker (Endor) is part of the second assortment of the relaunched Star Wars: The Black Series, officially slated for an early 2021 release, but it hit some places a little earlier. Luke is part of the RotJ-sub-set of the line, and is figure #4 in that set. The same figure was also previously available as part of the “Heroes of Endor” set that Hasbro released as an online “con” exclusive mid last year. As the name denotes, he’s based on the attire Luke wears during the mission to the forest moon of Endor. In Luke’s case, it means he’s wearing a poncho and helmet atop his standard Jedi attire from the movie. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. For the most part, he’s made out of pieces re-used from the first Jedi Luke figure. From the neck down, he’s the same as that figure, although, like last year’s Jabba’s Palace variant, he’s only got the standard flap attached to the front of the chest, and it’s glued in place. Like that figure, he also ditches the belt piece from the first figure. In an effort to fully differentiate the various releases, this one gets a new head, helmet, belt, and a cloth poncho. The head’s not a bad piece. It’s our third attempt at a Jedi Luke in this scale, and aside from the hair being a little bit matted down in order to fit the helmet (which is admittedly pretty minor and not too far off of his on-screen appearance), and the face in particular seems pretty good for a Hamill likeness of this era. The helmet piece is just a touch rounder than it was in the film, but it’s not terribly far off, and the detailing is pretty sharp. It fits nicely over the head sculpt and stays pretty securely in place. The poncho piece is a cloth piece, and that’s honestly the best way to handle it. The tailoring is pretty decent, and the belt helps to keep everything in place and looking pretty good. The paint work on this guy is largely pretty basic. It’s just molded plastic for most of the underlying body, but he gets the printing for his face. It’s slightly misaligned on my figure, but isn’t terribly far off, and honestly looks okay from most angles. The helmet also gets some extra detail work, with some scarring and weathering in place. In addition to the removable helmet and poncho, Luke also gets his lightsaber. It’s a shame didn’t also throw in his standard belt to allow for a full final duel Luke set-up, but the belt for the poncho still works in a pinch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I quite like the Endor Luke set-up, and I’ve been hoping to get him since early on in this line. I’m actually a little bit surprised that it took quite this long to finally get him, but he’s a nice way of getting another Jedi Luke figure out there. The Endor parts are all nicely put together, and the underlying figure’s not bad either. Of course, I’m kind of expecting to see another variant on Jedi Luke sooner than later for…reasons. Until then, this one will do well for all those people suddenly looking for a Jedi Luke for…reasons.
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