Well I've decided to start this a day early. Two reasons, first I've had a lot of positive feedback about doing this and second I'm not out camping tonight like I thought I would be. So let's get going. Please forgive any spelling or grammar errors. This is a longer than normal post for me and my english skills decrease exponentially with the size of the post.
The first figure in our weekly discussion is Luke Skywalker , the whiny farm boy turned whiny hero. Luke was one of four figures sent out in the early bird kits in the first half of 1978. Originally he came with a yellow double telescoping lightsaber but was quickly replaced with a single telescoping version. Other variations are hair color, the most common being yellow. But a light and dark brown were also made. Luke was available from 1978 to the end of the line and can be found on most of the major types of card backs.
Trying to write a modern review for a vintage figure is like trying to learn a new language, its hard but can be done. The sculpting isnít as good as a modern figure, but it works. The thing looks close enough to Luke from the movie to be played with. The telescoping lightsaber I think was a novel solution to a difficult problem, but without the added length of the double telescope itís too short and I think ultimately fails. The fact that the saber is yellow rather than blue has never bothered me. For years Iíve thought the Lukeís lightsaber looked white in SW. I donít like the hair color, its too yellow. The light brown looks better in my opinion. I think the neck is a little too small for the head and I wish the left hand could hold an accessory better.
As a kid I never really wanted this figure very badly. There were other versions of Lukes I want more. Not that I would have complained about getting one. So as a result I never had one as a kid. A couple of my friends had the original Luke. But they wouldnít let me play with their Luke for some reason (probably the same reason I wouldnít let play with some of my toys).
This was one of the last figures I got. I picked it up off eBay in late 2000. Its loose with a broken tip (I donít care about the tips) and a yellow hair version. The arms and hips have yellow and a some paint wear on the left hand. Pretty unremarkable. I've had fleeting moments when I've thought about getting a DT version. But with so many fakes out there and this figure being so expensive, they've only been fleeting moments.