During my hiatus from the Star Wars Black Series, Hasbro started cranking out some impressive looking figures. I’ll dive back into some of the older figures, but since this one was relatively new, I thought I’d resume the SWBS reviews with this guy — Luke Skywalker from the Yavin Ceremony in Star Wars.
This was a look as a kid I wanted in action figure form so I’m excited to finally get it now. Let’s see if he’s worthy of a medal.
Packaging: The Black Series won’t win many awards for its packaging. The red stripe on the right side with the number (100 in Luke’s case — congrats on the milestone Skywalker. Way better than some random character in Attack of the Clones that had 30 seconds of screen time) can be hard to see depending on the height of the pegs if you’re not familiar with the corresponding number for the figure.
Peg searching is easier with a portrait on the side, but Hasbro keeps it limited to the front and back. Still, I like the portrait as it definitely captures the look of a young Luke Skywalker fresh off of destroying the Death Star. The bio actually has some thought to it with a nice write-up of the significance of this attire.
Likeness: Has Hasbro finally mastered the Mark Hamill head sculpt? Yes and no. The Hamill likeness is obvious as it’s not some guy dressed like Luke Skywalker now. Yet there’s something a little bit off here that’s making the head sculpt look like an older Luke, not the fresh face boy from Tatooine that saved the Rebellion from extermination.
Otherwise, this is an excellent translation of Luke’s Ceremony attire with precise piping along the sleeves and sculpted trim along the “zipper” and pockets area. This is something that could have been done with paint, but I appreciate Hasbro taking the time to sculpt it.
The boots are appropriately high and Hasbro even got the right amount of length for the sleeves as Luke’s hands were barely peeking out of them. Luke’s holster rests just right against his hip as well.
To be super nitpicky, I think Luke wore his belt somewhat like Han Solo so it should be slanted somewhat. I appreciated that subtle Han influence on Luke’s attire so I would notice that ridiculous detail.
Paint: I feel like no brand has any many color eye tests than Star Wars — at least with the Original Trilogy. Han’s Empire Hoth parka is either blue or brown. Now the latest “controversy” is if Luke’s pants are chocolate brown or dark brown.
I feel like they should be a little darker than the brown on the figure so they appear closer to the black. Again, this is not a big deal, just something that I thought was a little off.
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I could go into that kind of detail as there’s nothing to complain about with the paintwork. Nice job Hasbro. Even better, that holds true with both the Hasbro line and the SH Figuarts series.
Scale: Luke stands shorter than the Han Solo figure, which is of course a prerequisite with Han and Luke scaling.
Articulation: Luke moves very well even without double jointed elbows. I was able to get a double hand grip on a lightsaber (not included) and he can hit some deep stances.
The torso articulation isn’t great, but it’s not a major hindrance on poses.
Yavin Ceremony Luke Skywalker has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Hasbro released a special convention edition of this figure that came with a lot of goodies including a lightsaber, a training droid and helmet and Ben Kenobi’s journals. Those extras are cool, but it was pretty impossible to turn down this figure at the price I got him for even with a lack of the goodies.
Luke does come with a blaster, that’s somewhat similar to Princess Leia’s blaster from Star Wars. This one has an extended barrel. I really wish Disney+ would do a post Star Wars pre-Empire cartoon like Clone Wars.
I’d love to see Luke in action alternating between a blaster and his lightsaber.
Naturally the final accessory is his medal. It actually has a nice amount of sculpted detail and hangs around his neck well.
Worth it? I got this guy for under $10. For a figure of this quality this was a no brainer for me especially for one of my most anticipated figures from last year.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I kinda want a Yavin Ceremony Han with the cleaned up attire and buttoned up shirt. And a Ceremony Leia while I’m at it.