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16 Aug, 2010

Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue review

Posted by: Dr_Teng In: Statues

Been a while since I did a video review, huh? It was tougher than I thought to knock them out while in the US, so I decided to put them on hold, but they’re back now! Coming at you this week is the Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format exclusive statue review. I won this from Sideshow in one of their month of SDCC contests. The original Luke Skywalker PF was a disaster in terms of likeness (which is why it still goes for UNDER $100 on Ebay) and while the Dagobah version was better, it wasn’t nearly as good as Sideshow’s recent efforts have been. Does Jedi Luke break this curse or is it the third in a trilogy of mediocrity? Let’s find out!

Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

I really like this pose. Luke like he’s battle-ready, but still cautious. It makes me think him and Vader are circling each other, each of them waiting for the other to act. The way his left hand is opened and his expression add to that effect.

Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

The base is a simple black at the bottom and the top of it has an interior industrial feel, with some grating. Nothing too fancy. Looking up at Luke, you’ll notice the clothing is nicer than many other premium format statues. It’s not restricted to one fabric type, it looks and feels good. On a statue where so much of it is covered in fabric, it’s nice that Sideshow didn’t cheap out. Kinda wish the little pouch opened up though. I might bitch about when I break one of Hot Toys’ little accessories, but they try their damn best to make sure they function.


Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue
Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

The exclusive is a switch-out hand with a blaster. The blaster is nicely sculpted, though there are some paint issues on the inside of the hand but it’s impossible to see these on display. The regular hand is Luke’s lightsaber, which unfortunately has a subpar light-up feature. It’s bad enough that they probably should’ve scrapped it until they figured out a better way to do it. The lightsaber looks just fine when it’s not lit up. I’ve heard Darth Talon is a little better, but I never tested hers.


Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

Let’s talk about what’ll make or break this statue, the head sculpt. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best Luke I’ve seen to date. Since it’s the older Luke from Return of the Jedi, he looks a little more worn out. Seeing plenty of your buddies die out over a war and making out with your sister will do that to a man. From certain angles, I definitely see Luke. From others, not so much. Some of his features seem a bit harsh. The paint is impressive, I felt they did a good job bringing out the sculpt. The hair looks great. It comes off as flowing instead of a big hair blob, with good highlighting work.

Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

It wasn’t everything I was hoping for, but it’s easily the best Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue to date. If the face were a weeeee bit closer in appearance and the lightsaber lit up fully, it would be damn near perfect. As it is, it’s still a fine addition to a Star Wars collection.

Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue

4/5

Buying Options : Sideshow still has the EX in stock. If you’d like to take your chance at getting it cheaper, try Amazon or Ebay.

6 Responses to "Sideshow Collectibles Jedi Luke Skywalker Premium Format statue review"

1 | Shanno

August 16th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

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Great to have the videos back Dr_T! AND BIG TIME CONGRATS on that win!! EXCELLENT!!….and a 4 out of 5 statue is a very nice win. (any win is a nice win. lol)
It’s funny that SS really can’t make the saber light up too well (hardly at all). Wondering if a really thinned out transparent fluorescent green paint kept as a liquid in the tube would amplify that little led. Have no clue but the techs should be able to solve this prob. Or how about a piece of fiber optic tube capped with a small reflector. You wouldn’t think it would be too hard, but then again I know nothing.

GREAT review ….as always!. Merci.

2 | Dr_Teng

August 17th, 2010 at 1:31 am

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I’m thinking the fiber optic wire or even EL wire (which I’m experimenting with for a project) would work much better, I imagine they’ll go with one of those two options.

3 | wilkins4niner

August 17th, 2010 at 10:20 am

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Looks better than i expected. Think Ill wait on this. I kind of remember Sideshow said they were making a new Vader PF? Wonder if itll be a companion statue to Luke?

4 | Shanno

August 17th, 2010 at 11:53 am

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EL wire?? VERY interesting. Are you also a mad scientist of all trades?
VERY COOL!
Hope we get to see some projects!

5 | Dr_Teng

August 17th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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Wilkins : That’s possible, I don’t believe they’ve said which movie it’ll be from.

Shanno : Haha, who knows, maybe that’ll be my new career path.

6 | Shanno

August 19th, 2010 at 11:13 am

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YOU’RE HIRED!

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