Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing)

July 2, 2011 | By | Reply More


 

If there ever was a figure from the Vintage Collection I didn’t want to buy outright, it’s this version of Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing). The reason, basically, was that the figure is a kitbash made from the Snowspeeder Pilot Luke Skywalker figure with newly sculpted head and forearms, and I’d rather get the ones that are completely new sculpts.

 

However, since worldwide distribution has been rather spotty in this first half of the year, I’m at the point of buying almost anything new that turns up at local retailers, which this figure was.

 

To be fair, the basic mold for this figure is among Hasbro’s finest. The pilot uniform is insanely detailed and looks just like the costume prop. In addition to the new glove-less forearms, the rubber skirt piece that conforms the lower edge of the tunic was also re-sculpted to include a belt with a pistol holster that also has a strap to secure the piece to the thigh, as well as a functional peg hole to attach the deactivated lightsaber hit included with the figure.

 

One common complaint I have read about this figure is that the arms look freakishly long, but I think it’s more of an optical illusion caused by the swivel wrist cut is placed rather high on the forearm. Objectively, the overall arm length is more than that of the Snowspeeder Pilot version although in Dagobah Luke the arm proportions are actually more in line with the Vitruvian standard, meaning that it is Snowspeeder Luke who actually has rather short arms.

 

The new Luke head is really good at capturing the resemblance to Mark Hamill in that specific scene. I kind of prefer the unpainted plastic skin look of this figure to the painted flesh of the Snowspeeder version.

Te articulation on this version of Luke goes like this:

• Ball jointed neck.

• Pegged hinge shoulders.

• Pegged hinge elbows.

• Upper forearm swivels.

• Floating torso.

• Swivel hips.

• Pegged hinge knees.

• Pegged hinge ankles.

 

Hip and torso joints do have some range limitations due to the various straps and accessories hanging from and connecting those areas, but for the most part articulation works just fine.

 

The paint operations on this Dagobah Luke are minimal but neatly applied. The one immediate difference one sees is that the plastic used has a considerably more intense orange hue than in previous releases, although this can be explained as the normal appearance of the flight suit material after being submerged in swampy water.

 

Dagobah Landing Luke Skywalker comes armed with a lightsaber, an alternate lightsaber hilt, a blaster pistol and his helmet. The lightsaber hilts on both the deactivated and the ignited one are painted in silver with a few black accents on them. Both pieces have sculpted pegs on them to attach them to the belt, although this is something that the ignited version should not have.

 

The black pistol has only the tip of the weapon painted bright silver, lacking any kind of detail for the handle, but the helmet is fully painted with all of the characteristic markings seen in the movies. Something that I wasn’t expecting was that the markings on this helmet are not the exact same as in previous releases of this helmet mold. The main difference is the inclusion of the yellow lines running alongside the red ones at the sides, although the small pointed red markings over that same area are also applied differently.

 

Bottom line, even though this is not an indispensable figure to have, it is a good, solid design and a remarkably versatile Luke in pilot gear if you happen to have missed any of the previous releases of this character.

Errex Score: 85/100

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I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Nowadays, I still collect pretty much anything that catches my eye.

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