POTF2 Strikes Back!
The second wave of Power of the Force (POTF2) hit retail in late summer 1995 (at the same time as wave one for those of us in the UK). This assortment comprised of just three figures: Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett.
It was a character selection that took the fledgling line beyond A New Hope and straight into The Empire Strikes Back, with Snowspeeder Pilot Luke Skywalker (ignore the card back nomenclature and look at the grey gloves and boots) becoming the first new version of a character produced since 1985.
At a third of the size of wave one, this selection worked more as a addition to the first nine figures than a like-for-like follow up. Yet it still added a new dimension to the play possibilities. Lando Calrissian was another pilot for the Millennium Falcon, and Boba Fett another foe for the Rebels to fight. Meanwhile the new Luke Skywalker looked right at home in the cockpit of the X-Wing Fighter. This figure also became the first signal that we were going to get a whole lotta Luke in this line… but then that’s a topic that deserves an article to itself.
It’s true that Lando embodies the worst muscular excesses of early POTF2. Was the slimmed down Power of the Jedi Lando Calrissian (Bespin Escape) welcome by 2001? Of course. But as the picture shows, these toys still work together as a collective whole.
The second wave of POTF2 brought hype and new characters to the fledgling line – in other words, it did exactly what it needed to do. Not bad going for a stop-gap release.