Patience is always the name of the game for Luke Skywalker figure fans. Arguably no other character in any franchise has so many iconic attires. I tend to have to wait longer for my preferred outfit — the Bespin fatigues from Empire Strikes Back. After getting his Return of the Jedi first from SH Figuarts, I had a hunch his next figure would feature his Star Wars Tatooine outfit.
I’ve been on an Attack of the Clones review run for my Figuarts Star Wars collection, but now it’s time to go old school and see if this debut Luke Skywalker figure delivers. Spoiler: it does, but let’s see if it’ll be the last time I’ll need a Star Wars Luke figure in the six-inch scale.
Packaging: Figuarts isn’t spending a lot of time on the box design. It’s very basic with a big window to see the figure and some images on the back showing various poses and display options.
Likeness: As was the case with most of this line, the likeness is the best you’ll find at this scale. The default head is that farm boy on Tatooine who would become the most important character in the Galactic War. Mark Hamill’s likeness is hard to miss here. Using the Michael Crawford test, if you showed someone just the head they’d be able to tell you this is Luke Skywalker.
Luke’s belt is nicely detailed with the pouches, buckle and hoop for the lightsaber.
Figuarts sculpted the shirt/tunic with a reasonable amount of natural looking folds. They also did a wonderful job with the pants folding into the boots. Even my Hot Toys figure doesn’t look this good and the boots come up just below the knee. The detailing of the various wraps around the boots also looks great.
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Scale: Luke is scaled properly. I always found it cool how the characters progressed size wise. Leia was the shortest. Then Luke. Then Obi-Wan, Han and Chewie. I’m glad Figuarts kept that scale correct.
Paint: Figuarts gives Luke a golden shade of hair. It doesn’t quite capture Luke’s dirty blonde hair color right. This is the most quibble-worthy aspect of the figure, but it’s hardly a big deal.
To replicate that Tatooine atmosphere, Luke’s outfit has a sandy brown wash. It’s hard to keep things white on Tatooine even with Clorox. It’s a great extra bit of attention to detail.
Articulation: Here’s the other major selling point of this line. The articulation is fantastic. There’s no iconic Star Wars pose from blasting the shield doors, training with the lightsaber or swinging across the Death Star the figure can’t accomplish exceptionally well.
- Elbows (double-jointed)
- Knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: It’s hard to cram all of Luke’s viable accessories into one figure. Figuarts got most of them though. He comes with the blast shield and training droid with blast effect for his Jedi lesson.
I’m kind of a Star Wars snob in the sense that Luke wasn’t using the lightsaber at all beyond this one scene so I prefer to keep Star Wars Luke with the saber on the belt. He doesn’t start regularly using it until post-Star Wars with the celebration attire in my mind. That said, the saber looks good even without a light-up feature. Instead of a translucent effect, I’d love to see a company paint the saber to appear how it does when it’s lit.
Luke also has an odd smiley head. This isn’t based off any moment in the film I can remember and I’ve legit lost count of how many times I’ve seen Star Wars. It looks real goofy and it’s one alternate head I’m pretty sure I’ll never use again. I would have preferred trash compactor wet hair look.
Additionally, there’s a gripping, open and fists sets of hands.
My biggest complaint by far with Figuarts figures is the difficulty in swapping out the hands. It’s an endlessly frustrating ordeal for me, which is a side effect of small pins and pegs designed to maximize articulation.
The blast helmet has a separate neck peg to swap out, but you’ll need either face plate to complete the look. Once you swap the hair and face plates it won’t be a hassle again.
There’s two notable missing accessories — the Stormtrooper belt and blaster. The latter I can borrow from any Stormtrooper figure, but it’s an odd omission.
Worth It? I got Luke for around $55. Considering the likeness, articulation and accessories and the underwhelming Star Wars Black Series figure, this seems like a solid price.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Despite the lack of a blaster and hand swap struggles, this is pretty much a definitive Tatooine version Luke. With the Hasbro Sandspeeder, the poncho and hat complete all the major accessory needs. This is a must-get for any Star Wars fan.
Where to Get It? I think some online retailers still have him in stock, but you can do what I did in this case and just get a good deal on Amazon.com.