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Review : Luke Skywalker Jedi, Wave 5 (2014) Star Wars Black Series

Updated: Nov 24, 2018

Wave 5 of the Black Series see's a big move from Hasbro to new packaging which can accommodate taller figures. They also move from orange to blue trim and most controversially have reset the numbering system back to #01 onwards.

Wave 5 has not really hit the UK as yet, but having seen these with our friends in the US for some weeks I dived in and picked up two from eBay and had them imported over.

The first thing to notice is the new box, which now has a clear window right to the top of the box and wrapped over. This means that taller figures like Chewbacca can stand fully without heads being obscured - a must for MIB collectors. The change to the blue trim is nice, but likely an annoyance to MIB collects, as will be the bizarre numbering system which has now been reset. The grey shaded image of the character remain in the top corner as does the blurb on the back. The only other significant change I noticed is the addition of the Disney logo.

I extracted Jedi Luke from packaging first. He comes with two shirt options and a light sabre. Those who saw how Darth Maul or the Sandtrooper were packed in wave 1 would be right in expecting a little bit more from this figure. Perhaps the Endor helmet and Poncho, or the Jabba Palace Cape, blaster and skin toned hand? Unfortunately Hasbro seemed to have moved away from loads of accessories to represent multiple scenes, and I expect both a Jabba's palace Luke and Endor Luke (likely with Speeder bike) in the future.

Putting this aside, Luke is a stunning figure. The two shirt pieces work really well. My preference is the open flapped version, just to add a little bit of difference to his black outfit. My head was painted pretty well and for me is a decent likeness for Mark Hamill. The beauty of this figure is pose-ability. After failing with Obi Wan and Anakin to get any decent poses for light-sabre duels or action poses - Luke is a joy, specifically holding the sabre with both hands.

Luke, for me, gets a strong 4/5. Only let down by a lack of accessories and the rather rubbery feel of his light-sabre.

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