The Rediscovered Childhood: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight (Kenner, 1983)

During a brief excursion into the Attic of Childhood Treasures, my sisters and one of my nieces recently rescued my Darth Vader Collector’s Case.

As any child of the 1980s will tell you, the Vader case was the coolest way to tote around Kenner Star Wars figures.

I also used the carrying case as an ominous Imperial base in the post-Return of the Jedi era while Rebel forces tried to wipe out what was left of the Empire.

This conflict remained a stalemate for a few years, but Kenner eventually stopped providing reinforcements, and I moved on to other interests. Somewhere along the line, I lost track of the case.

Nearly three decades later, I started collecting the original Kenner figures again in 2014. I’ve been hoping my Darth Vader case would reappear, as I was sure most of my old figures would still be in there.

I was initially disappointed to find that about two-thirds of my Star Wars action figures must have gone off on secret missions elsewhere, taking all weapons and accessories with them.

However, my dismay soon faded when I realized that the case still protected my favorite figure of all: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. Santa Claus gave me this one back in 1983.

This is a job for Shotbox. I had a few minutes over the weekend to practice a bit more with this device – combining an old interest with a new one.

My favorite action figure of all time, Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, was recently rescued and returned to my collection.

My favorite action figure of all time, Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, was recently rescued and returned to my collection.

“Your weapons – you will not need them.”

As you see, poor Luke has lost his weapons and Jedi cloak. Over the years, he has also developed nose and other facial issues. Meanwhile, his left hand is slowly turning black.

A Luke in this condition is worth next to nothing in collector circles. Yet, I would not part with this particular figure for any price.

Back home, my childhood version of Jedi Luke Skywalker

Close-up of my childhood version of Jedi Luke Skywalker.

In my current wave of collecting loose Kenner figures, Jedi Luke was one of the first I sought out (below). Though in far better condition than the one from my childhood, even this Luke is starting to display a nose issue. At least he has managed to hang onto all of his accessories.

Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit), Kenner, 1983. (From the author's collection.)

Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit), Kenner, 1983. (From the author’s collection.)

I now have two Jedi Lukes ready to carry on the battle against the evil galactic Empire. The Imperials don’t stand a chance.

2 thoughts on “The Rediscovered Childhood: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight (Kenner, 1983)

  1. Luke Jedi is one of my favourite figures from the Kenner vintage line – mainly due to his figure and accessory variations like the snap cape, the blue lightsaber etc. I’m still looking for a moulded face version without the nose rubs. Ultimately you can’t beat still having your childhood figure whatever condition it’s in… that’s priceless.

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    • Exactly! I’d trade in the “better” one if I had to, but the one from my childhood I’d keep.

      It is an interesting point you raise about the figure’s variations. When I bought the better condition figure in 2014, I was trying to find one that was basically the same variant as I had in childhood – but I only had my memory to go on. Other than condition, they are actually pretty close.

      Once I finish my loose Kenner figures collection in a couple of years, I am thinking about starting a Luke Jedi focus. There is always something else to collect. . . .

      Thanks for commenting. I love your site and enjoy your twitter feed as well.

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