Star Wars icon Mark Hamill has seen his likeness appear on several different tie-in products over the last 40 years, and now he's revealed which Luke Skywalker toy he thinks is the goofiest of them all - an action figure depicting one of the most famous scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts at the end of the year, Disney won't be just hoping for big box office returns. The franchise that pioneered modern movie merchandising back in 1977 continues to capitalize on a whole range of Star Wars-branded products, with The Force Awakens' raking in an estimated $5-6 billion in addition to their hefty box office haul.
Mark Hamill, who reprises his original trilogy role as Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, is no stranger to having his likeness used in Star Wars merchandise. Along with the usual action figures and posters, recent leaked product information includes Luke in an upcoming LEGO set with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the newest collection in an 18-year span of LEGO-Star Wars tie-ins.
But of all the toys, games, cereal boxes, comforter sets, soda cans, and more, which item did Hamill think was the "goofiest"? Responding to writer/critic Scott Weinberg, via tweets you can see below, the actor revealed that despite there being "too many to choose just 1," a toy that stood out was Luke residing inside a disemboweled Tauntaun figure.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 22, 2017
This one?? pic.twitter.com/fjeFM5cwuK
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 22, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 23, 2017
While the Skywalker Hoth figure wasn't included with the somewhat disturbing, open-bellied creature made by Kenner, it's obvious from the image above that any kid recreating scenes from The Empire Strikes Back was going to tuck Luke in there. Hamill may be amused to discover that there was also a Halloween costume where one could step inside the rear legs of an inflatable Tauntaun which, while thematically less gory, is still pretty goofy.
Fans replying to Hamill's tweet also reminisced about "Diaper Luke," recreating the character's time healing in the bacta tank in Empire. Other favorites included the newer buff action figures that made Luke look like he'd participated in the same "Super-Soldier" experiment that created Captain America, and a sculpture that looks something like a severed head. Whatever weird new merchandise results from The Last Jedi, it's a good bet that history will repeat itself and profits will soar for Disney and any other company on the Star Wars tie-in bandwagon.
Source: Mark Hamill, Scott Weinberg (see tweets)
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