Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit)

June 30, 2012 | By | Reply More


 

Hasbro had been promising a cold-weather Luke ever since they first announced a newly sculpted Taun Taun, over a year ago, and they pretty much delivered with their latest Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) figure, numbered as 95th in the Star Wars Vintage Collection and released as part of the third wave of figures from 2012.

This is another completely original sculpt depicting Luke in his padded, cold weather patrol uniform. The clothes look appropriately bulky and have a good deal of sculpted details and the face is among the best portraits of Mark Hamill I’ve seen in this line.

There is one piece included with this figure that narrows down the timeframe this Luke comes from to around the first five minutes from The Empire Strikes Back, while he is patrolling the icy plains of Hoth, but I’ll go into more detail when I discuss the accessories. Since this figure is meant to go onto a riding creature, the articulation goes all the way up to ultra-articulated with:

 

• Ball jointed neck.

• Pegged hinge shoulders.

• Pegged hinge elbows.

• Swivel wrists.

• Floating torso.

• Pegged hinge hips.

• Pegged hinge knees.

• Pegged hinge ankles.

All of the joints work very well and are subtly integrated into the costume design, even the hips, despite the rubber skirt piece used to represent the lower edge of the isolated vest. This piece also houses a functional holster for Luke’s blaster pistol.

And speaking of accessories, apart from the pistol, Luke comes with a blue bladed lightsaber, a deactivated lightsaber hilt, a removable vest collar and a scarf with goggles sculpted as one piece.

This last one item is possibly the most interesting of the bunch, because it is the first time ever that we get Luke as he actually appeared in those first scenes from The Empire Strikes Back, before his encounter with the Wampa. The piece is made from green translucent plastic and almost fully painted, except for the actual goggle lenses.

The piece is ingeniously designed to cover the face of the figure, so to put it on, one has to pop-out Luke’s head, slide it into the scarf and then pop the whole thing back onto the body. At a glance, the end result is a fairly non-descript rebel officer but, then again, How many of them had a lightsaber hilt dangling from his belt?

The paint applications are generally good on figure and accessories alike. There is a good deal of extra colors applied mostly for small details on the uniform, although the general color scheme is fairly subdued.

Luke’s skin is painted on and on my figure there is a tiny amount of flesh colored paint spilling over the left side, but the scarf covers it and the rest of the facial detailing is applied neatly.

The only thing that would have made this Luke Skywalker figure perfect is an extra scarf that mimicked the style of the post-Wampa scenes, tied to the hat with the loose ends falling to the side, but that doesn’t diminish the awesomeness of this action figure.

 

Errex Score: 98/100

 

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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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