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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Action Figure Review: X-34 Landspeeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Height: 5 3/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Tunic, belt, lightsaber hilt with removable blade, macrobinouclars, poncho, hat, and rifle.
Length: 12 1/2 inches
Accessories: Removable windshield and hovering stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $90 dollars (but good luck finding it for that price)
* First we'll take a look at Luke Skywalker. This version of Luke is an upgraded version of the standard Black Series and 40th Anniversary release with a new headsculpt, a better quality tunic, slightly different paint applications on the legs, and more accessories. Other than the headsculpt, the base body is pretty similar, so you might want to check out my review of the original figure. The articulation is still pretty impressive and definitely makes me wish more Star Wars figures has double jointed elbows.
* One negative is that there is some weird scuffing or paint rub on Luke's stomach. I'm not sure where it came from, but it's there. I mean, since he's usually wearing a tunic it's not a big deal, but if you're wanting to recreate the classic Star Wars poster you might be disappointed.
* Here's a look at Luke's new tunic. It's tough to see from a picture but the tunic material is a different and seemingly higher quality material than that of the standard release. It really looks pretty nice.
* Luke features a new headsculpt and it's....OK. Mark Hamill just has a face that everyone seems to have difficulty replicating. There are some parts that look good, but the composition of the face overall just seems off. There's also a weird mottled paint job on the face that might be Hasbro's attempt to make the face look like it's covered in dust and grime, but it looks off.
* Luke's hair does look really good, though. Hasbro did a nice job here with the texture and the color.
* Luke includes two of the same accessories as the standard Luke Skywalker release: A pair of macrobinoculars and a lightsaber. They feature the same details as the previous releases: A belt clip on the binoculars and a removable blade on the lightsaber.
* Luke comes with some new accessories that allow us to have a fully fleshed out Tatooine Luke Skywalker. The first is his 6-2Aug2 hunting rifle that he carries into the Jundland Wastes in A New Hope. It has a simple paintjob, but the sculpt is nice and quite accurate. This thing is really long, too!
* The second new accessory is Luke's floppy hat with goggles. The goggles are not removable (they're just sculpted on). The hat fits Luke nicely and looks really good on the figure. It definitely helps to give him a very unique appearance that sets him apart from the standard figure. I've always loved this floppy hat and I'm so thrilled to have it in the Black Series.
* Last, and certainly not least, of Luke's new accessories is his poncho. Luke doesn't wear it long in A New Hope but I feel it's a pretty iconic outfit when couples with the hat. It's a very simple poncho, really. It looks OK, but I wish the fit were a bit better. The material feels like it flows out too much. Maybe there's something I could do to make it fit better?
* What I am disappointed is that there really isn't a way to get Obi-Wan Kenobi in here. of course, that's more of a problem with Obi-Wan's hard plastic tunic than with the Landspeeder itself. Still, seems worth pointing out. I've seen folks post pictures of him riding in the seat, so I'm assuming that someone cut off or trimmed the bottom of the robe to make it work. I almost think Hasbro should have released a redone Obi-Wan with this set to compensate for this issue rather than Luke.
* The droids can ride, too. While C-3PO can sit on the back with his legs down in the storage well, R2-D2 just lays flat across the back. We all know that the Black Series R2 is too small but I'm not sure how a larger one would fit as this guy seems to want to fall off. There is a hole where the plug on the back of R2-D2's dome can plug in but it doesn't work all that well.
* Time to talk about some good stuff now, right? First I'm going to admire just how nice this looks. It's very worn and weathered with a nice mixture of painted and sculpted detail. The velocity sensor (the light brown scope) can rotate while the power booster circuits visible on the hood are nicely painted.
* There's also a clip to hold Luke's rifle on the driver's side (which, is on the right).
* Here's another view of the front of the Landspeeder, this time from the left.
* Here's a view of a massive dent on the front of the Landspeeder. I wonder what Luke hit? Maybe this is why Wioslea didn't give Luke full Blue Book price for his X-34, huh?
* Because the vintage and POTF2 Landspeeders featured opening hoods, I would except no less from Hasbro's Black Series release. Underneath this thing is really impressive. There's just so much junk and wiring and dirt and whatnot. I love it. This is just such a fun feature!
* The SDCC exclusive Landspeeder also features a spinning turbine. Press the silver button (middle right in the picture) and the turbine spins a bit. It's not a very strong spin, but I like it. It's not intrusive and it adds a bit of cool factor.
* Here's a view of the vents on the side. They're not made of metal, but they really look like they are due to the paintwork. Very impressive!
* Let's move back and check out the cockpit. The windshield is easily removable which makes putting figures in and taking them out so much easier.
* The interior is fairly accurate although it does seem a bit "toyish" in spots. The floor just looks too plain and flat. I love the middle display, but I wish the too side displays had some sort of detail as well.
* What kind of leather do you think these seats are supposed to be? Nerf leather? I think it's definitely nerf leather.
* Here's a view of the storage well I mentioned earlier. It gives passengers riding on the back (like C-3PO) the ability to tuck their legs in and ride on the back. It also provides a handy place to store Luke's poncho and hat. Or a bunch of blasters. Make Luke Skywalker run guns and spice across the deserts of Tatooine in your own crazy version of Star Wars: Infinities.
* Here's some more damage across the back rear. The damage looks great (nice job Hasbro) but it definitely reminds us that Luke is essentially driving around a beater. Still, it's cooler than any car I've ever driven.
* The back right features an opening hatch. I love little storage areas like this as they add so much fun to a toy. I remember how cool I thought the opening hood was on the POTF2 Landspeeder was, so I can imagine how much fun I would have had with this as a kid.
* On the left side is another opening hatch, this time filled with the repulsor-field generator.
* This exposed turbine looks awesome. The detail is not only painted well but it has a three dimensional effect thanks to the use of multiple lairs of parts on top of one another.
* How do you keep the Landspeeder on display? By using this handy flight stand of course! It's a clear plastic flight stand that plugs in to the bottom of the Landspeeder and keeps it hovering comfortably above ground. Much cooler than pop out wheels.
* Another difference that you may or may not care about is the box. The SDCC exclusive includes this deluxe box that looks really nice on display. I rarely keep anything in the box long but I did make sure to snap a picture before opening this one up. Surprisingly, it's very collector freindly; the top can be opened by only removing two pieces of tape.
* The box is very heavy and is built to last (it reminds me of the material from a high end 1/6th scale figure). It's also covered with nice graphics showing off the schematics of an X-34 Landspeeder.
* Is the box truly collector friendly? Not really, but you can use it like a display case. I really like this feature and I need to find a way to implement it in my display. It's certainly not perfectly easy to open (there is cardboard, plastic, and ties holding the speeder and accessories in place) but this is a box that does feel like an actual accessory and not just pretty packaging.
Looking for more Landspeeder and Luke Skywalker reviews? You're in luck! A few months back I reviewed the Funko POP! Luke Skywalker with Landspeeder! I've also reviewed micro versions of Luke from the Galoob Micro Machines Classic Characters (2nd Edition) set and the Hasbro Endor Forest Battle, multiple Black Series Lukes including (Bespin Outfit), (X-Wing Pilot), (Jedi Knight) , (Stormtrooper Disguise), in Hoth Disguise with Wampa, and the standard classic Luke Skywalker, and the Hero Mashers Luke Skywalker and Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader.
If you're looking for more Black Series: Phase III figures, why not check these out?
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Imperial Royal Guard
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
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
Princess Leia Organa
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Rey (Starkiller Base)
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
X-Wing Pilot Asty