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Luke Skywalker,
Jedi Knight
Set: Rebel Storm

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2006

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Rating: 2.15
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

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I was very excited the first time I saw Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight come out of a booster pack. He’s got that dynamic pose, and back in the Rebel Storm days, having an ignited lightsaber was extremely rare (seriously, any piece in RS that has translucent plastic in it is a Very Rare, presumably because they weren’t sure about the manufacturing process yet). Nowadays, there can be Common figures with lightsabers (Young Jedi Knight, Universe set), so it seems silly, but a mini with a laser sword was a Big Deal back then.

The honeymoon was over once we started playing with him. The obvious enemy for Jedi Luke, both from a movie standpoint and from a gaming standpoint, was Darth Vader. Tragically, either Rebel Storm Vader can easily demolish him (and they’re not great pieces, mind you). Undaunted, I tried setting him up to cut down hordes of Imperial troops with his Lightsaber Sweep. This worked okay, except that it required the opponent to play hordes of Imperial troops, and Luke got shot a great deal in the head along the way. Lacking any sort of defensive powers, and with a modest Defense score and Hit Point total, Luke can be substantially hurt even by the scrubs on your opponent’s squad (true story: I actually had Luke finished off by an Ewok recently) (and the Ewok had already hit him once or twice in the game).

It’s really a shame that the main hero of the original trilogy, presumably at his apotheosis of Jedi hotness, really just falls over if you look at him funny. It’s also a shame that Han was always the better recipient of Ben’s Force Spirit power, because how can that be right?

Anyway, they’ve made a couple of Lukes now that are pretty playable (Luke on Tauntaun and Luke, Young Jedi), but I’m still looking for that guy that beat the stuffing out of Darth Freaking Vader at the end of ‘Return of the Jedi.’

Overall rating in 100: 2
Overall rating in 200: 2


Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Cost: 27
HP: 90
Def: 18
Atk: +10
Dmg: 20

Unique / Double Attack / Melee
Force Leap
Lightsaber Sweep

The Good: With Obiwan Kenobi, Luke is one of two Jedi available to the Rebel faction. And if you even think about using one of them … you better consider using the other. His Force Leap ability will enable him to strike and run without having to worry about attacks of opportunity.
The Bad: He not built defensively enough. Lightsaber Deflect and one more force point would have rounded out this character.
The Ugly: You’ll use him as a hit-and-run character, which doesn’t cling to any image of Luke Skywalker.

100 pt. game: 2 (You’ll use him with Obiwan Kenobi, and not have many points left to build more support, or you’ll build a squad without Obiwan and not use his full potential.)
200 pt. game: 3.5 (He’ll have more support in the larger game and will be able to use his “hit-and-tactics” with greater effect … more targets)


Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight (Rebel Storm)

Faction: Rebel
Cost: 27
HP: 90
DEF: 18
ATK: 10
DMG: 20

Double Attack
Melee Attack

Force 3
Force Leap
Lightsaber Sweep

Continuing on with Rebel Scum Week (that's what I call it), we have the ever-so popular Luke Skywalker. He is a valuable piece being a very rare, but is he a valuable piece to be played in a squad? Instead of rating the stats of Luke, I will instead compare this Luke Skywalker to Luke Skywalker on Tauntaun (and definitely NOT Luke, Rebel). Here are Tauntaun's stats:

Luke on Tauntaun (Universe)

Faction: Rebel
Cost: 16
HP: 60
DEF: 17
ATK: 8
DMG: 10

Speed 8

Force 3
Use the Force 3

In other words, here is what you would be getting if you choose Jedi Knight over Tauntaun:

Cost: +11
HP: +30
DEF: +1
ATK: +2
DMG: +10
+Double Attack
+Melee Attack
+Force Leap
+Lightsaber Sweep

So, is all this worth an additional 11 points? I believe so. However, now that Champions of the Force has been released, so has another Luke Skywalker. Here is the new Luke's stats:

Luke Skywalker, Young Jedi
Faction: Rebel
Cost: 21
HP: 80
DEF: 18
ATK: 9
DMG: 20

Melee Attack
Double Attack

Force Altar
Jedi Mind Trick
Lightsaber Deflect

So, here is what you get when choosing Jedi Knight over Young Jedi:

+6 PTS
+10 HP
+1 ATK
+1 Force Leap
+1 Lightsaber Sweep

However, you don't get Force Alter, Jedi Mind Trick or Lightsaber Deflect. Is it much of a loss? Some say yes, and some say no. Nonetheless, I still think its a decent piece compared to the other Lukes, but I only wish that it could be better. Oh well...

In 100 PT squads, he is okay to be used as he is cheap to run. However, I would rather stick with Young Jedi with using different force powers plus having to spend 6 less points. As for 200, once again your choice. Its all based around what your team consists of and what you need. So, here is the final ratings:

100 PT: 2.5/5
200 PT: 2/5

"May the force be with you."

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