LUKE SKYWALKER (Bespin Fatigues)
Date Stamp: 1980
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Assortment No. : 39780
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Point of Interest:
The image has changed three times for this figure's card back. The first image was switched out for the second on The Empire Strikes Back 32 back card and was later switched again on the Tri-logo card back.
This figure fist appeared on The Empire Strikes Back 31 back card.
Comments: Here is a figure that marked a new age of sculpted detail awareness. When Kenner released new figures on The Empire Strikes Back 31 back cards, they offered better, more accurate sculpts, and in the case of the Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) figure a new much improved –though still incorrectly coloured- Lightsaber. Gone was the eternally-classic, however ill-conceived, telescoping blade with the little tip that seemed to be designed strictly to break off and annoy. This figure, and the assortment in which it was released, is the real reason there are still Star Wars action figures on the shelf. To the casual observer these figures may seem lackluster, but to the original Star Wars Generation they were the best example of hyper-detailing.
Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) figure has a couple of notable variations. The figure is available with different hair colors. Basically it shipped with either yellow or brown hair. Beyond the generalized description, there are a few minor variations in the shades of yellow and brown. Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) was also manufactured using slightly different sculpts, but nothing drastically different from one to another. To spot the sculpt variations, pay close attention to the details on Lightsaber molded onto the figure's left leg.
There are three known Lightsaber sculpts. Two of them were released domestically, but the third has only shown up with Lili Ledy figures.
Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.
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