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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker and Wampa from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
Height: 5 3/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: DL-44 Blaster pistol, lightsaber hilt, and a lightsaber blade.
Height: 8 1/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel calves, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, swivel chest, swivel right shoulder, swivel/hinge left shoulder, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Removable right arm.
Non-Scalper Price: $40-$42 dollars (for the set).
*The Wampa is without a doubt a very sturdy and durable figure. He also has a decent amount of articulation, which is great as monsters are always really fun to pose. He has a two different joints on his torso which allows for a good range of subtle motion. He's much more dynamic than the Wampa from the original release of the film, that's for sure.
* Luke is also well articulated and features most of the joints seen on nearly every other Star Wars: The Black Series figure. Considering that this is a guy in heavy winter clothes, he moves pretty well. Luke is a ton of fun to pose, particularly since he includes both a blaster and a lightsaber. He also feels extremely durable and thus you can play with and pose him without fear of breakage!
* The rest of Luke looks pretty slick, too. His vest has an appropriate quilted texture and also looks just a bit bulky, which I imagine something warm worn on Hoth would. The insignia's on his outfit are accurate and quite neat looking, too, especially for the scale.
* Not only do Luke's accessories look cool on their own, but they also can be stored nicely on his belt. The blaster pistol tucks right into the holster on his right while the lightsaber hangs on the small hook on his left. I love when a figure can carry all of their accessories like this!
* This figure clearly captures the likeness of the Wampa after he was already feasting on a Tauntaun since there's blood dripping down his mouth and onto his chest. He's a pretty fearsome looking creature and nicely matches what is seen on screen in The Empire Strikes Back.
* The rest of the Wampa is pretty incredible, too. He's really, really hefty and bulk with a nice, detailed fur sculpt. Like Chewbacca, the Wampa's joints are hidden by all of his fur. He's a great, fearsome looking toy. Other than the Micro Machines, Action Fleet, and Star Wars Buddies Wampas, this is the first Wampa I've owned since picking up the original 1980 Wampa toy at an antique shop in the mid 90s.
* Here's a close-up shot of the Wampa's fur. Not only is it a nice sculpt but you can see the subtle shading on the fur. The Wampa is a mixture of white, whitish gray, and a dirty yellow, and Hasbro did a pretty good job of capturing that here.
* I do like the fact that the Wampa has a removable arm, but I don't like that it means this guy only has a swivel joint at his right shoulder. I always want to pose my Wampa with both arms up and out, like an attacking bear, but I'm always disappointed when I remember that a swivel join just can't do that.
* When you remove the Wampa's arm there is a very simplistic "bloody" paint application to show where his arm was severed. Doesn't it make sense, though, that all of the gory muscle and flesh that's sculpted here would be painted read? Whoever was painting my figure must have ran out of red paint 3/4ths of the way through.
* Oddly enough, Luke does not have swivel/hinge wrist joints; only swivels. Weird, huh? As far as I can tell, Luke might be the only figure to have swivel wrists. Not sure why the decision was made here to do this. The gloves look good, though.
While this is the first Wampa I've reviewed on this site, it's not the first Luke Skywalker figure I've reviewed. I've also looked at some other Black Series versions including Luke Skywalker in his Bespin duds, Luke Skywalker in his X-wing gear, and the Hero Mashers Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader. I've reviewed plenty of other Black Series figures, including:
Star Wars: The Black Series (6 inch) by Hasbro (2013)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II (6 inch) by Hasbro (2014)
Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III (6 inch) by Hasbro (2015)
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5