Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (POTF2)

Luke Skywalker Power of the Force (1995) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Grappling Hook Blaster
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their Tatooine moisture farm, young Luke dreamed of being a pilot for the Rebel Alliance. He realized his destiny after being saved from the Tusken Raiders by the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi, who told him of his past and began to teach the boy the ways of the Force. When the Empire killed Luke’s family, he and Kenobi set off to find Princess Leia, whose message hidden inside the droid R2-D2 beckoned them to join the Rebellion.

With the aid of smuggler Han Solo and his ship the Millennium Falcon, Luke and Obi-Wan saved the Princess, but at the cost of Kenobi’s life at the hands of the evil Darth Vader. His sacrifice allowed them to deliver the technical readouts for the Empire’s deadliest weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel forces. The Rebel fleet used this information to find a weak spot in the Battle Station’s defenses and launched its attack. Luke then became a hero to the Rebellion by flying his T-65 X-Wing fighter through a furious dogfight to deliver the final blow.

They don’t make Star Wars card back bios like that anymore.

They also don’t make Star Wars figures like the 1995 Power of the Force Luke Skywalker anymore either, which is why this full-on action figure remains something of an anomaly – despite Hasbro releasing countless versions of the Tatooine farm boy since. So what makes the POTF2 Luke Skywalker so unique? Continue reading

Star Wars: The Power of the Force (1995) Wave One

Star Wars Power of the Force (POTF2) Wave One - 1995 | Green Card Back

POTF2 has had a rough ride since 1995.

The second Power of the Force action figure line, nicknamed POTF2 by collectors, brought the Star Wars saga roaring back to toy shop shelves after a ten year absence. The revitalised series featured all-new sculpts offering unparalleled levels of detail and depth, and for those of us young enough to be in the target market these figures presented the first step into a wider world of Star Wars collecting.

Yet at the time, the first generation of Star Wars fans were less than impressed with Hasbro’s offering…

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The Warrior & The Wookiee

3.75" Rey & Chewbacca Black Series figures from The Force Awakens | Green Card Back
As much as I’ve been enjoying the 6″ line, the discussion over at Rebelscum this last week has reminded me of how much I love the 3.75″ figures. The conversations have mainly focused on the future of super-articulated (SA) 3.75″ figures (which I speculated on last week), and being back in that mindset has prompted me to dig my collection out from storage once more.

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Days Late, Dollars Short: A Star Wars NYTF Wrap

Star Wars Black Series Darth Vader 2017

While Hasbro nailed New York Toy Fair 2017 with Marvel Legends, the Star Wars releases lacked anything truly surprising or exciting. The headline act was the complete reveal of the 40th Anniversary Collection, a subset of mostly re-released 6″ figures on distorted vintage style card backs that were already leaked before the event. The online collector reception has pretty much consisted of one big shrug, and it’ll be interesting to watch how the line sells over the coming months.

With an 18-24 month production time for new figures it’s easy to see how the ever-shifting release schedule of the new films is hurting what Hasbro can show and when. That said, I think a lot of people expected more than just repacks for the franchise’s 40th anniversary – but then there’s still plenty of time left this year. With Celebration and SDCC still to come (not to mention The Last Jedi in December), there will be more than enough new releases to get through.

Massive props to Hasbro for being organised behind the scenes though – these were revealed and put up for order at the weekend, and US collectors began receiving them yesterday. Can’t ask for any more than that.

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