What I Opened Today: Star Wars 6″ Black Series Luke Skywalker

starwarsFinally, I’ve gotten around to opening my last wave 5 Star Wars Black Series 6″ figure. I’ve seen Luke a ton of times at Walgreens, but managed to hold off until Entertainment Earth sent my case. Let’s take a look at the Black Series’ 3rd Luke – dressed in his Jedi best.

Package Bio: Luke goes to the second Death Star to confront his father, Darth Vader. Despite giving into his anger, Luke refuses to destroy his father and rejects Emperor Palpatine’s attempts to turn Luke to the Dark Side.

I’ll never turn to the dark side.”

Thoughts: This is the 3rd version of Luke Skywalker in the 6″ Black series line following the first wave’s X-Wing pilot Luke and the third wave’s Bespin Luke. This time around, Luke is sporting his black Jedi attire from ‘Return of the Jedi’. With the use of an interchangeable piece, you have the choice of displaying Luke with the front of his jacket closed or open displaying the white inside of the flap. This was a nice touch by the design team.

Luke’s body features articulated ankles, knees, thighs, hips, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. He can easily hold his lightsaber in both hands. While his body is at the standard set by previous Black series figures, there’s something off with his head. Comparing the figure to stills from Jedi, two things jump out at me…the first is that the blue part of Luke’s eyes seem too large. The second thing that jumps out is that I’m not sure his hair is right. Now through the course of the movie Luke’s hair does change a bit…on Tattooine the part is on his right side, on the Death Star the part is on his left side, but the figure really doesn’t have a well defined part and his hair is just sort of shaggy.  I wouldn’t have wanted wind swept sail barge hair, but maybe something more like this.

Luke comes with his lightsaber, where the blade can be removed from the hilt. Luke’s belt includes a place to hang the hilt, however it’s placed a little too far center and it doesn’t lay well. Both the hilt and blade are made of softer plastic, meaning you can expect bent lightsabers in your future.

Summary: I was a little rough on Luke in this review…he really is a fine addition to the line, but he’s the third Luke we have and the Bespin Luke set the bar high. I think Jedi Luke would have been just as good with a tweak to the head (sculpt, or maybe even just paint) and maybe with a cloak included. If you want to add Jedi Luke (and the rest of wave 5) to your collection, you can pick up the case from  Entertainment Earth or be on the hunt.

 

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