Unproduced Luke Jedi Micro Collection Sculpting
The Death Star Throne Room was one of the five Micro Collection playsets Kenner was planning to release in 1983 prior to shutting down the line. It was intended to be incorporated with the Death Star Trash Compactor and Death Star Escape sets released the previous year. But while those sets replicated environments from the first Star Wars film, the Throne Room was to represent the Emperor's eeeeevvvvillll lair in the second Death Star--that is, the one from Return of the Jedi.

Kenner documents from the time indicate that the following figures were to be included with the Throne Room set: the Emperor (seated), the Emperor (shooting eeeeevvvvillll finger lightning), Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, two Emperor's Royal Guards, an Imperial Commander, and a Death Star Gunner. All of these figures have surfaced in one form or another, although obviously none was ever released.

Here you see the sculpt for the Luke figure from the set. As you'd expect, it shows the character in the black pajamas that he wore throughout most of Return of the Jedi.

I believe the pose, showing Luke parrying a lightsaber blow, is meant to represent the moment in the film right after Vader says, "You are unwise to lower your defenses" and then resumes dueling with Luke. But it could really represent virtually any point during that saber fight. It's a cool figure: I think it's the most dynamic of all the dueling Micro figures, with the outstretched arms and slight bodily twist giving it a sort of elegance and torque. The face is odd, though; it looks almost Asian.

Although you can make out a parting line, drawn in pencil, on the figure, no silicon molds or hardcopies of this figure are known to exist. I think it's unlikely any were ever made.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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