Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Mark Hamill appears to be very happy with the latest Luke Skywalker action figure from Hot Toys. Over the past 40 years, Hamill has arguably had more action figures produced in his likeness than any other actor alive, thanks to his groundbreaking role as the Rebellion hero Luke in the first Star Wars film in 1977.
First produced as a yellow-haired 3 3/4-inch action figure by Kenner that really didn't resemble Hamill at all (but was cool nonetheless), the likeness of Hamill in plastic form has increased dramatically in realism over the years. Hamill's portrait has been realized by companies like Hasbro with its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series line, as well as Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys in 1:6 scale (12-inch) form – and the latest figure of Luke from the latter has caught the attention of the legendary actor in a big way.
While attending the New York Comic-Con Thursday, Hamill stopped by the Sideshow Collectibles booth to see an upcoming 12-inch action figure of Luke from The Last Jedi from Hot Toys (which is distributed stateside by Sideshow). Hamill apparently was so proud of the work the artisans had done on the figure that he posed for a photo with the mini-version of himself, which was subsequently posted on Sideshow's Facebook page. See the post below:
The upcoming figure of Luke is Hot Toys' second iteration of the character from the new Star Wars trilogy. The first captured Luke as he appeared at the end of The Force Awakens, where he wearing a beige-colored Jedi outfit and robes; while the new 12-inch figure is of Luke in a dark brown outfit and hooded cape that he wears in The Last Jedi. Unlike previous releases of Luke as he appears in the films in the original Star Wars trilogy, the Jedi master does not have a lightsaber as an accessory.
It's always fun to see actors react to their action figures, which undoubtedly is a surreal experience when their likeness is captured as perfectly as it is by Hot Toys and Sideshow. It's clearly the ultimate for Hamill, though, since he's been a longtime fan of movie collectibles himself; which explains, perhaps why he hosts the online show Pop Culture Quest, which fans can stream on Comic-Con HQ.
Source: Sideshow Collectibles
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