Thursday, May 30, 2013

"I'm a Jedi, like my father before me."

I've had all kinds of distractions for the past couple of weeks, which has led to me starting and stopping this post about a half dozen times now. Hopefully I'll get it all out this time. Of course, if I don't, I guess nobody else will know about it.

Today, I'm showing off what was one of my grails as a kid.


Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, at your service. When I first saw Return of the Jedi, one of my favorite parts was seeing Luke lightsaber his way through a sail barge full of palace guards. It was a scene I re-enacted many times with my G.I. Joe figures, though I think I may have used Snake-Eyes in Luke's place. I guess the comparison isn't too far off, since Luke was pretty much a space ninja by this point.

I first discovered this version of Luke when I was 11 years old, and I wanted one up until I stopped buying and playing with toys. We didn't have any comic shops or toy stores around here, so I couldn't get my hands on him that way. My only other option was to buy from one of the companies that advertised in the toy price guides. I was too young to have a checking account, and I didn't think my parents would approve of me spending that much money on one figure, so Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight went unpurchased.

Fast forward to 2012, and I saw the new Vintage Collection Luke Jedi Knight hanging on the pegs. Frankly, he looked a bit weird. The sculpt was very skinny, and it looked like the figure would break with the slightest touch. They also didn't include his palace blaster or his cloak. How can you not include the cloak? It was the coolest thing about the vintage figure. Almost out of spite, I went on eBay and started looking around. A couple of bids later, and I have my own Jedi Knight.

It's as simple of a figure as you can get. Five points of articulation, and the only painted parts are his head and left hand. Luke originally came with a blaster and a lightsaber, but mine only had the lightsaber. He also came with his cloak, so I can re-enact that whole, mysterious stranger scene from when he first entered Jabba's palace.

I'm glad I got this one now, and not when I was 11. I honestly think I would have been disappointed by him at that age. But now, he's definitely one of my favorite figures of all time. Now I just need a Jabba the Hutt for him to threaten, and a Rancor monster for him to kill.

6 comments:

  1. Congrats on finally getting one Chris and I rather like that bright neon color of his lightsaber.

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    1. That lightsaber does stand out, doesn't it? I like it so much more than the yellow ones his other version came with.

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  2. I was out of Star Wars when Jedi rolled around. I just somehow knew they could never top Empire. And I was right. But I DO enjoy the Emperor quite a bit.

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  3. I also coveted my Jedi Skywalker as a kid- definitely an all-time favorite!

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  4. I never had this Luke as a kid. My go-to was usually his pilot gear version.

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