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Luke Skywalker - Star Wars - Figure

I think Hasbro has bitten off more than they can chew. Let’s play word association, just take a moment and picture the subject I type: Optimus Prime, Fire Truck, Jetfire, Airplane, X-wing, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, TIE Advanced. The first four have had many incarnations and you could have pictured any number or forms of O.P. from semi truck to fire engine, but there has only been one form of an x-wing and only one Luke Skywalker so combining the two into a transformer is a daunting task. How well did they do and was it worth the effort? Let me tell you.

Vehicle mode:

The X-wing looks as it has since the late 70’s, elongated nose, clear canopy, and flat rectangular wings with guns on top and bottom. There is even a little R2 molded and painted behind the canopy however I think it is a little small in scale. The whole thing is made from the off-white plastic that other X-Wing toys are made of. The wings have the red markings, as do the sides of the body with yellow on top of the body. The rear has grey wash while the back has silver. The nose has an orangey wash on it. All four guns fire by means of pressure release, the same as the Mini-con Sea Team. The missiles are shaped similarly to the satellite dish like blasters in the movies however two missiles have a grey swirl pattern on the shaft and two do not. They rotate rather freely because of the way they are connected. I don’t think the connectors will take much abuse. They are a split peg rather than a solid or mini-con peg. The S-foil will go into attack position and will go as wide as you’d like on top but the bottom is limited. If you’ve only viewed the figure from the top you’re now getting your first look at the robot mode as the orange arms and hand become visible. It should also be noted that the wings never quite line up to give them a singular wing appearance, not that important though. The underside of the body is wide open. Orange legs are everywhere. Also not important. This is where the light saber goes. It’s not a spring-loaded photon torpedo it just snaps into a c-shaped piece of plastic molded into the hip. It will be easily lost. Aside from this and the pegs on the blasters I think they did a good job for such an iconic vehicle.

Robot Mode:

The chosen motif is Luke’s flight suit, so the bright orange is appropriate. He does have some kibble issues but nothing too limiting. Starting at the legs, there are four pieces of body shell that fan out like the doors on Decepticharge, who I also reviewed. On the back the top wings hang while the bottom become shoulders. The shoulders do not rotate as illustrated in the directions, they will but it’s because you will be disconnecting the wing from the body. This joint also uses the split peg. His arms are rather boxy and short. They only reach his waist. The hands SUUUUUUUUUCK! They will only hold his light saber at the very base, even then it’s loose. They will hold his blasters but they are limited in the directions they can be aimed due to their size. Back to his legs, they are very narrow while his feet look like snow clogs. His ankles are also very thin and I can see them as a breaking point. The head is based on the Rebel Pilots’ helmets, white with red Rebel Alliance symbols and yellow visor. The visor looks rushed. I’m sure it’s supposed to be clear but it’s foggy instead. He looks like there is a very detailed face but you can’t see it. Pity. Aside from the shoulder rotation his articulation is good but there may be balancing issues.

Overall:

I like Luke. I needed someone for Darth to fight. If you’re expecting a great Transformer, this ain’t it. It’s mediocre in robot mode and really for more of the Star Wars fans… however as a Star Wars fan I’m offended as much by these cross over toys as I am by the M&M Star Wars figures. My friend Jonesy says:

I was originally intrigued and curious about this line, I've been of course a star wars fan as well as a transformers fan since back in the day. I HATE THESE TOYS!!! Seriously, I love star wars, but could they possibly whore themselves out any more? i mean I complain all the way to the check-out line (lucas still gets his $$$ from jonesy) but damn dude making them into transformers sucks!

At least with these we won’t get many repaints… how many ways can you paint Darth. BUT what about the cool characters not associated with a specific ship… Leia, Qui-Gon, YODA!



Reviewerslugpitcher  
DateFebruary 2nd 2006  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
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