LUKE SKYWALKER’S DESERT SPORT SKIFF
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
Power of the Force II was, at its heart, very much a product of its time. And that time was the ’90s, a time for goofy, pointless variants of main characters. While Star Wars has always had its own particular take on such things, and PotF2 tended to stick that, the line did dabble in the more traditional goofy variants territory, courtesy of its first round of “Deluxe” figures. The first four figures in the set were all re-workings of standard figures, each with a big gimmicky variant. Today, I’m looking at the Luke Skywalker of the set, packed with his Desert Sport Skiff. Perfect for all those Desert Sport needs.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke Skywalker’s Desert Sport Skiff was released as part of the first Deluxe assortment of Power of the Force II figures in 1996. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. The sculpt on this figure is very similar to that of the line’s first Luke figure. There are some minor adjustments; notably the legs are a little closer in stance, and the torso has had a peg hole added. Not sure why on the peg hole, since there’s not practical reason for the addition, or anything, but it’s there. Other than that, it’s the same basic sculpt as the first figure, with all that entails. He’s still super buff, and not particularly similar to Mark Hamill in terms of look. But, uhh, it’s consistent, right? Who didn’t want another chance to get a real swoll Luke? The paint work on the figure, much like the sculpt, is different for the sake of different. Not very different, mind you. The base colors are the same, just the exact shades are slightly tweaked. It accomplishes the same end goal overall, so the changes are likely more of a difference in production year, and not something that was an intentional change or anything. The main “selling point” on this figure, if you can call it that, is the Desert Sport Skiff, which was totally new to this release. It’s a big skiff thing. He stands on it, and it can fold up the sides, as well as having a missile at the front that can launch. Truly thrilling stuff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I discussed in my review of the Crowd Control Stormtrooper, these figures always seemed kinda odd to me as a kid. They’re ultimately a little bit pointless, being mostly re-hash, at least at the core. That said, there’s kind of a cool vibe of a road not travelled with these releases. Sort of an alternate path that could have been taken had Kenner stuck to doing more conventionally toyetic variants of the main characters. The big Skiff thing is goofy and silly, but also kind of amusing, and it’s fun to get another stab at the swoll Luke figure.
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