Friday, November 19, 2010

A Frowning Face For A Lousy Figure: Hoth Luke Skywalker Mighty Muggs Stinks!

The Good: Costume looks more or less right.
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy.
The Basics: A very poor toy, the Mighty Muggs Hoth Luke Skywalker toy is not worth buying for any reason.

A months weeks ago, I sat down and did my first review of a Mighty Muggs figure. The figure was the Hoth Han Solo Mighty Muggs and I loathed the toy. The problem I quickly found with continuing to review such toys is that they are all physically identical, they just have different faces and costumes painted on the standard form. This, I discovered, from comparing the Hoth Han Solo to the Hoth Luke Skywalker Mighty Muggs.

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). This is as true of the Hoth Luke Skywalker as it is of other Mighty Muggs figures.

For those unfamiliar with Luke Skywalker as he appeared on Hoth, at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back (click here for my review of that film!), the Rebellion has found refuge on the ice world Hoth. There, a bundled up Luke Skywalker got smacked around by a giant, furry Wampa creature. This figure represents Luke Skywalker bundled up, but with his face slashed by the Wampa.

The Mighty Muggs Hoth Han Solo figure is poor and anyone who has seen how Luke Skywalker actually looked will recognize this bears little resemblance to Luke Skywalker. This looks like a cartoon version of Luke and the only way one might know it is him from Hoth would be the color of his outfit and the slashes on his face.


Luke Skywalker is a human Rebel, seen on Hoth freezing and getting smacked around by the Wampa creature at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. The figure stands 7" tall. Luke Skywalker is dressed in a gray and tan 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 slashes on Luke’s cheeks so one might know it is Luke. The hands are open slightly and this allows Luke to hold his ridiculous plastic lightsaber. Luke’s goggles are painted into his forehead and this only enhances how silly this toy looks.


Luke Skywalker, trying to survive on Hoth 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 for no good reason I can find, perhaps just because someone realized Star Wars fans would buy anything (Which is not true!). This heavy toy can be harmful to children and is more intended as a display statue. Sure, it’s 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 Hoth Luke Skywalker is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars collection, which no one I know would ever spend money on. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly.


Want heavy, smooth and looking nothing like Luke Skywalker? The Mighty Muggs Hoth Luke Skywalker toy is the definitive in crappy playthings!

For other Mighty Muggs toys, please check out my reviews of:
Mola Ram (Indiana Jones Assortment)
Grand Moff Tarkin
Bespin Luke Skywalker


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