The Good: Costume looks more or less right.
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy, Does not have accurate features.
The Basics: The Mighty Muggs toy line continues to disappoint me with the Bespin Luke Skywalker figure that is another poor rendering of a beloved character!
The Mighty Muggs Bespin Luke Skywalker figure is an inexplicably lame toy. While many of my other Mighty Muggs figure reviews have expressed a general loathing of the toy line, like the review of the Emperor Palpatine Mighty Mugg (click here for that!) my problem with the Bespin Luke Skywalker is simple: the rendering is below even the generic, terrible standards of the line. Quite simply, in order to have one of the painted details be accurate, the figure would have to be missing something else. Fear not, I'll explain!
For those unfamiliar with Mighty Muggs, these are ridiculous toys which they are all physically identical, they just have different faces and costumes painted on the standard form. Mighty Muggs toys look like they might be plush as they feature animated versions of recognizable Star Wars characters. However, the cartoon-like heads atop disproportionately smaller bodies simply revealed that the heads and toys were solid, like ceramic (they are, in fact, made of a super-hard, heavy plastic).
For those unfamiliar with Luke Skywalker as he appeared on Bespin, at the climax of The Empire Strikes Back (click here for my review of that!), Luke arrived at Bespin in a clean gray flightsuit and got the crap kicked out of him by Darth Vader (physically as well as emotionally). This figure represents Luke Skywalker after he was pounded on by Darth Vader, as the black eye would attest to.
The Mighty Muggs Bespin Luke Skywalker figure is poor and anyone who has seen how Luke Skywalker actually looked will recognize this bears little resemblance to him. This looks like a cartoon version of Luke and the only way one might know it is him from Bespin would be the color of his outfit and the black eye. But here is where the figure is completely generic to the detriment of the figure: if Luke had the black eye, he should be missing his right hand. By the time Luke was so beaten up, Darth Vader had also slashed off his hand with his lightsaber. But because Mighty Muggs are such a cheap, generic form, this detail is neglected on this toy.
Luke Skywalker is a human Rebel, seen on Bespin using his lightsaber with general efficiency to hold his own against Darth Vader. Even so, he can't win and Darth Vader pretty much pounds on him. Like all of the Star Wars Mighty Muggs, the figure stands 7" tall. Luke Skywalker is dressed in a gray outfit that is painted solidly onto the puffy body of the toy. There are no rank insignias on the toy.
This toy is a poor sculpt which looks like an oversized, fattened up LEGO figure and Mighty Muggs only has the black eye on Luke so one might know it is him. The hands are open slightly and this allows Luke to hold his ridiculous plastic lightsaber. Luke's hair is painted on in bright colors that look ridiculous.
Luke Skywalker, ready to battle Darth Vader as he is, comes with one accessory, his lightsaber. The three inch long choking hazard fits in Luke Skywalker's right hand. This is a monolithically molded silver and translucent blue cylinder which looks vaguely like a lightsaber.
The Mighty Muggs toy line was designed because of a world excess in super-hard plastic (I can only assume). This heavy toy can be harmful to children, especially if it falls on them from any height, and is more intended as a display statue. It is a ridiculous display statue, but that’s about it.
Luke Skywalker comes with only five points of articulation, all of which are simple swivel joints. He has joints at the groin socket, shoulders, and neck. The elbows do not extend, so all arm posing is straight-armed. To be fair, the figure does stand up.
The Bespin Luke Skywalker is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars collection, which I've only ended up with because people seem to know The Empire Strikes Back is one of my favorite films. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly.
Want ridiculous and harmful in your Luke Skywalker figures? Then the Mighty Muggs Bespin Luke Skywalker toy is the one for you!
For other lame toys, please check out my reviews of:
Comic Images Super Deformed Yoda
Watchmen Kubricks set B
The Gorn and Battle Damaged Captain Kirk Minimates Set
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