Posted by Chris on July 18, 2001 at 07:54 AM CST
Now that Star Wars.com has posted an image of the upcoming and much anticipated Bacta Tank Luke we are finally able to take the wraps off the pictures below. This is an image of a prototype Bacta Tank Luke our own Philip Wise shot at this year's Toy Fair in New York City. It was mighty painful to keep this one under our hats - which we had to do until there was some manner of official confirmation.

Not only do the thumbnails below offer larger, more detailed images of our fallen hero Luke, but also some interesting differences between this and the image posted at Star Wars.com. The most obvious thing is the addition of a Bacta Tank control console. No word yet if this console will actually ship with the final toy - though this is how it was displayed at Toy Fair. If it doesn't end up shipping with the console, this would be an excellent example of how a toy can change as it moves from early prototype to final product.

The other main difference (besides Toy Fair's upside-down Tank top) is the robot arm clamps holding Luke aloft. A safe bet that these simply were not ready when it came time to show this terrific toy at Toy Fair. You can fully expect to see them in the final production version.

Click the thumbnails below for larger images, or click this link for a hefty 220k file.




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Moving into our nineteenth year of shooting Star Wars collectibles, we pause for a moment to consider legacy. Our photography is obviously recognizable because of the blue background, but looking further back, especially after we published The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker galleries last December, we've put our minds to offering more classic Kenner backgrounds to our galleries. Follow this link to have a look and then let us know if you'd like to continue to explore this train of thought.
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