“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
~~~ Introduction ~~~
In addition to reviewing the Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise action figure I am also adding a review about the Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise Figure ...
Both action figures originate from Star Wars: Episode 4 (A New Hope) in a sequence that sees the two heroes disguise themselves as Imperial Stormtroopers to infiltrate the Death Star's Detention Block to rescue Princess Leia. Whilst Han Solo is busy holding back the waves of Imperial Forces who try to stop them it is Luke Skywalker who first discovers the Princess.
Luke blasts open a cell door and when the smoke clears we see a very startled looking Princess Leia because standing in the doorway is a Stormtrooper. It is the first time that the two have ever met and seeing as they later discover that they are both twins and that Darth Vader is their father it is also a key scene in the entire Star Wars Saga !!!
LEIA: Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?
[Luke takes off his helmet, coming out of it.]
LUKE: What? Oh...the uniform. I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue
LEIA: You're who?
LUKE: I'm here to rescue you. I've got your R2 unit. I'm here with Ben
As soon as Luke mentions of Ben Kenobi the Princess is on her feet and the heroes escape and eventually pass the stolen Death Star Plans to the Rebel Alliance.
~~~ Hasbro's Star Wars Legacy Collection ~~~
The most recent wave of Star Wars action figures from Hasbro is aptly named "The Legacy Collection" ... and is a collection of action figures from all six movies in the Star Wars Saga. This collection aims to produce a number of previously unreleased figures of minor characters as well as including some great new versions of fan favourites.
However, this isn't the first time that Luke Skywalker disguised as a Stormtrooper has been released as an action figure. He first appeared as one of the "last 17" action figures released as part of the original Kenner toy range and later during the nineties as part of "trash compactor" playset (together with Princes Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca).
~~~ Luke Skywalker (disguised as a Stormtrooper) ~~~
With the helmet on this action figure may look like a Stormtrooper but take off the helmet and you reveal Luke Skywalker ... farm boy, unlikely hero and the last of the Jedi Knights. The actual likeness to Mark Hamill is pretty good but isn't as accurate as the Han Solo version of this figure. However, unlike previous versions of this classic action figure this version has a multi-poseable body (which is a massive improvement as it can be posed in a variety of postions).
The action figure comes complete with an Imperial Blaster ... so why not recreate the scene where Luke removes his Stormtrooper Helmet to reveal himself to a rather surprised Princess Leia or put this figure in amongst a handful of Stormtroopers and see if anyone realises that there is a hidden Rebel amongst the Imperials !!!
To be completely honest, Hasbro haven't actually had a great deal of work to do in creating this action figure as they have simply used a standard Stromtrooper body and added Luke Skywalker's head and a removable helmet. However, this doesn't take away from the fact that Luke dressed as a Stormtrooper is a fan favourite and this action figure looks fantastic.
~~~ Build-A-Droid Factory Bonus ~~~
In addition to the action figure of Luke Skywalker you also get a bonus in the form of a droid part. This is part of Hasbro's Build-A-Droid Factory promotion where each figure in the Legacy comes with a different droid part that can be added to other droid parts to create a limited edition action figure.
Each droid is made from six parts and with Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise you get the left leg from R5-A2 (an astromech droid similar to R2-D2). The idea is that the more figures you buy the more droids you can build ... it's a great idea too as all the droids you can build have ever been released so this is the only way of getting them. If I was being cynical I would also say that Hasbro have come up with a cunning way of getting fans to buy more figures ... because once you have a couple of droid parts you find yourself buying more action figures to complete that particular droid !!!
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
Luke Skywalker In Stormtrooper Disguise retails between £6 (ASDA) and £10 (Toys R Us) but can picked up for a lot less on eBay. It is a well made and movie accurate action figure and looks fantastic displayed next to Han Solo disguised as a Stormtrooper (which I have also reviewed). This would be a great gift for any Star Wars fan and is one of the biggest sellers from Hasbro's Legacy Collection.
We already have the Han Solo kitted out in his fantastic Stormtrooper costume and here is his mate, Luke Skywalker sporting the exact same costume, only with a different head! Luke and Han donned the disguises towards the end of the first Star Wars movie, where they mounted a rescue of Princess Leia. Aided by Chewbacca, they broke into the detention block dressed as stormtroopers. The concept of them dressing as bad guys thrilled fans and one of the most in demand figures was the Luke in Stormtrooper, which didn't come out until a few years later.
Hasbro's newer range of Star Wars figures includes Luke in Stormtrooper and he is a big improvement on a pretty satisfying original toy from toymaker Kenner. Luke's hair is a closer shade to that of actor Mark Hamill's and his facial features show a little more anguish this time around. The costume has been bulked out, which looks much more authentic. Some great armour padding around the torso and shoulders, which highlights the prowess that the stormtroopers have.
Luke's legs are defined and athletic, suggesting he is poised for battle, plus his arms also have a fluidly about them which appeals. Hasbro have also developed and improved his belt, which looks sturdier and more robust than ever before.
A huge draw to the figure is the fact that the helmet can be removed. This means play scenarios are better and Luke's facial features can be revealed in a gradual fashion. More value is added to the toy with a unique blaster weapon which bears more than a close resemblance to the blaster Luke uses in the film. The figure can be moved at the head, arms and legs.
A much sought after figure, he will set you back around seven pounds if you want to buy him new boxed. A must for collectors worldwide.