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TheFrankEinstein
08-21-2002, 11:45 PM
First things first, his head. I assume it's the head off of the Tatooine Luke (I assume because I don't have the Tatooine Luke), and it doesn't resemble the older Mark Hamill in the least. Secondly, his blaster has those huge ring things on it, I can only guess it's to help his gigantic rubber hands grip it. But the point of the thread -

Why are his fatigues green? Is this some sort of error that was corrected later in the run? The photograph on Tony DiTerlizzi's customs page (http://www.rebelscum.com/tony1.asp) shows more appropriate brown fatigues, and he doesn't mention altering the color. So I understand that the yellow hair on my Luke isn't a global standard, but are the green fatigues? And don't even get me started on the boots.

derek
08-22-2002, 12:00 AM
i don't have a problem with the color of luke's outfit. mine is greyish-tan, just like the movie version, and the boots are OK, they just need a weathered look.

TheFrankEinstein
08-22-2002, 12:33 AM
Well dagnabbit! Mine's got sort of an olive green outfit. But I guess your response answers my over-all question, Derek, in whether or not olive-green was the only color he was released with. Thanks.

derek
08-22-2002, 12:59 AM
frank,

if you aren't happy with the color, you can change it. i recently bought a blue box WW2 british soldier because the uniform is exactly like the one luke wore in episode 5, except for one pocket on his leg. the only problem is that is is olive drab. well, after 5 bleaching cycles in the washing machine, one grey dye job and one tan dye job, i have the perfect outfit for my custom luke figure.(thanks to super serg)

you could easily dye the hasbro outfit in the same manner.
i'll post a pic when i get another camera battery.:)

Beast
08-22-2002, 01:50 AM
The strangest thing is, that the outfit is actually the correct color. Luke's Bespin fatigues are not actually tan, but khaki. It's a similar situation with Han: Hoth's coat. When movies are filmed, the camera and lighting can alter the color of things. So while the actual prop costume is Khaki, it looks tan on film. I remember Hasbro mentioning that in a Q&A ages ago. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

TylerD
08-22-2002, 02:17 AM
JarJar, your vast amount of Star Wars knowledge amazes me!!!

derek
08-22-2002, 12:54 PM
jar jar,

aren't tan and khaki just about the same color?

Beast
08-22-2002, 01:04 PM
They are close, but khaki has a greenish tint to it. The film camera, lighting, and filters that were used, removes that color and makes it look like a tan color. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

TheFrankEinstein
08-22-2002, 04:36 PM
Thanks for the tip, Derek. If I can build up the courage, I'll give it a shot ;)

And Jar Jar, this isn't khaki we're talking about here, it's, literally, olive green. Yikes. I'll get a picture later. :)

derek
08-22-2002, 04:55 PM
hey frank,

if you mess it up, no big deal. you should be able to find a MIB bespin luke on ebay for under $15.:) and i swapped out the luke head from "hoth luke" for this figure. it looks a lot better than the yellow hair version.:)

TheFrankEinstein
08-22-2002, 05:39 PM
Thanks, Derek, I'm getting more and more gutsy by the minute. And hey, say I accidentally dissolve some of the outfit with bleach, "battle damage", right? ;)

And here's that picture I promised (notice I'm having a little trouble with Dagobah Luke's head :p and yes, it is cold in here). The quality's not the greatest, but hopefully Dagobah Luke's more appropriately-colored outfit will contrast the difference between the colors.

edit - I forgot to mention that Luke seems to have two left boots. Now all that's left for him to do is burst into flames because of faulty chemical mixtures in the plastic. So much for Kenner quality control.

derek
08-22-2002, 06:06 PM
frank,

yea, when the 2 lukes are set side by side, the original does look really dark.

i see you've put your bespin luke on a new body. you can also fit the dagobah luke on the same joe body. just get an exacto knife and cut out the inside of the head, and it can be glued on a better body.

JediTricks
08-23-2002, 03:27 AM
Why does everybody leave the collar on their 12" Bespin Luke down? Just because it came like that in the box doesn't mean it's accurate, but everybody I know who has this figure does that! It's a factory mistake, the collar is supposed to be up. Putting it up makes it a lot more like the movie costume while leaving it down makes it look like a cheesy '70s leisure suit.

Sinister Lord
08-28-2002, 08:04 PM
Just so you guys know... many of the 12" Star Wars figures' heads can be swapped onto better bodies. The Hasbro GI Joe basic soldier is more poseable, and the head post is identical to the one used for figures such as the Bespin Luke. And there is no need to use an x-acto blade to cut anything. Just dip the head into boiling water and pop it off. Then buy a basic GI Joe (around 10 bucks or cheaper at retail) and pop off the head of that figure. Luke's head will fit perfectly on the new body. The main trick is getting the boots to fit, since Joe's feet are generally bigger, but I can usually make the boot fit with enough effort. I'm currently in the process of upgrading most of my 12" Star Wars figures with new bodies using this technique. The "Action Man" style bodies they come with stink for the most part in terms of articulation, so a "GI Joe" upgrade is necessary if you really want to put your figures in dramatic poses.