Sunday, December 8, 2019

Road to the Rise of Skywalker: Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Two days ago I reviewed the exclusive Luke Skywalker (Skywalker Strikes) figure which features Luke in his snazzy yellow jacket and comes loaded with accessories. That figure was based on Luke's appearance in the first six issues of Marvel's Star Wars comic series that started in 2015. Today I'm checking out the standard release of this figure which is called Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony). OK, actually it's called Luke Skywalkwer. Yes, Skywalkwer. With a typo. This is the 100th numbered standard figure in Phase III of the Black Series and Hasbro misspelled Luke's name. That's pretty crazy, right? Anyways, this figure is nearly identical to the exclusive/ deluxe release although the accessories are different: The Skywalker Strikes version comes with all kinds of cool stuff while this version only comes with Luke's Defender blaster pistol and Luke's medal from blowing up the Death Star. Let's check this guy out and see out he fares after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 5 5/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljonted mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Blaster and medal.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars


*On the left is the Yavin Ceremony Luke while the Skywalker Strikes Luke is on the right. The only physical difference I notice is that the Yavin Ceremony Luke has slightly darker hair. Otherwise, these two figures are identical. If you're really picking up both of these, like me, then you know you're doing it for the accessories. That medal was just too irresistible. Hopefully someday we'll get Leia in her Yavin Ceremony outfit. Heck, I'd love a set of the cast in their publicity still photos. Luke in the black shirt and Leia with her hair down.
 The Positives:

* This is one of my favorite Luke Skywalker outfits and Hasbro did an excellent job of capturing it. They didn't do anything different with this figure from the exclusive Skywalker Strikes release, so they are pretty much exactly the same figure with different accessories, but it's accurate to both the film and the comic look. I love the subtle lighter stripes on the jacket and the design of the black shirt underneath. This is such a cool outfit!

*The articulation is the same on this figure as on the Skywalker Strikes release, which means it's excellent. Hasbro is bulls-eyeing Womp Rats in their T-16 

 * I don't know what it is but Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill both have fairly difficult likenesses to capture. That being said, this is a pretty good Luke likeness. Yeah, in pictures it looks like he's wearing a lot of makeup, but in person I really think the photoprinted face looks excellent. It's a solid sculpt and the printing is very realistic. I've heard a few complaints that he looks kind of David Bowie-ish, but I fail to see that as a negative.

* I've always loved the look of Luke's outfit in this series of publicity stills (I'd love another variant of this figure without the jacket). In these, you can see Luke is carrying a Defender sporting blaster, just like Princess Leia. Luke's is just a little different than Leia's, though. This is blaster also comes with the Skywalker Strikes version of the figure, by the way.
* Here's the unique piece: Luke's medal! Admit it. You've also always dreamed about Leia giving you a medal like this and then giving you this look. This is a cool piece and it just feels like a vital Star Wars accessory to me, so I couldn't pass it up.

The Negatives:

*Let's be honest, though: Hasbro essentially held the medal hostage to get us to buy this figure again. Skywalker Strikes went on preorder before this guy released, just FYI.

   Luke Skywalker (or Skywalkwer) is a Great figure. He's definitely not as cool as the Skywalker Strikes variant but if you're not interested in all of the crazy cool accessories that guy comes with, then this is still a very worthy choice. I do wish he had come with his lightsaber, though. I still think it's a little rotten that Hasbro gave both figures different accessories, though. Imagine if this guy had some extra arms with the black sleeves instead of the jacket? That would be amazing! As it stands, yeah, some folks will want one Luke and some the other. And then some of us need a small plastic medal. It's out lot in life.

I've reviewed so many Luke Skywalker figures that Luke now has his own review archive. Check out Tosche Station for all things Luke Skywalker!

For more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III figures, check out the following:
0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Battle Droid
Baze Malbus
BT-1 (Beetee)
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Cal Kestis
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Cara Dune
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Chopper (C1-10P)
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Fox
Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Doctor Aphra
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Jet Trooper
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Grievous
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Mimban)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Luke Skywalker (Skyalker Strikes)
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Padme Amidala
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Rio Durant
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Second Sister Inquisitor
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
Wedge Antilles
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 

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