Sideshow Collectibles’ newest addition to their 12″ Star Wars line is Luke Skywalker, as he appears in Episode IV: A New Hope. The figure has been sitting on my desk, waiting to be reviewed since before Dragon*Con, and here it finally comes!
Most or all of the Sideshow Star Wars toys tend to excel in their likenesses, and this one is definitely identifiable as Mark Hamill. The figure’s hair ended up being a little darker than it appears in the prototype photos and in the movie itself, but it’s not enough of a variance to really mess up the figure. Luke comes in the standard Sideshow double-window box with the magnetic cover that I love so much. When you open the flap, you can see Luke in one window and his plethora of accessories in the other.
Luke comes dressed in his iconic white tunic with tan pants and boots. He also comes with a desert poncho that will be a welcome addition for any fans who pay attention to the details and the cut scenes. The Sideshow exclusive edition also comes with Luke’s floppy hat and goggles. I have the standard version, so I can’t speak to the quality of the hat and goggles. The rest of the outfit, however, is as expertly crafted as the rest of Sideshow’s 12″ lines’ costumes. One detail I really like is that there is some hidden articulation in Luke’s boots. At the point where his feet bend at the ankles, there is a subtle line in the boots that allows for full motion.
Sideshow didn’t skimp on the accessories for this one. Luke comes with two sets of hands: a right and left hand both grasping, a right hand posed with a trigger finger, and a left hand relaxed, fingers extended. He also includes his electrobinoculars and the droid caller. In the way of weaponry, Luke has two versions of the blue lightsaber Obi-Wan gives him: one with the blade lit and the other unlit and hangable from the notch on his belt. He also includes an Imperial blaster, plus a long desert rifle. To complete the package, there’s a display stand that matches the rest of the stands in the series.
Slight hair coloring issue aside, I like this Luke figure a lot. He’s the last piece of the main Rebel trinity (Han, Luke, and Leia) from Episode IV to be released in Sideshow’s 12″ line and therefore was an anticipated collectible. Both the regular and exclusive versions have been sold out at Sideshow for a while now, but you can still get on their Wait List in the hopes that they get a cancelation and have some figures become available.