Been pondering the Molded Head Jedi Luke variant in recent days. Can't figure this one out. Went back and looked at all my vintage figures. For all human characters with uncovered heads, the heads are almost always molded in a flesh color and the hair painted on.
Luke Skwalker Farmboy
Han Solo - big and small
Death Squad Commander (had a helmet, but still molded head)
Bespin Security Guard (white)
Then we have the few human faces where the face is painted on. Usually this is because of a helmet that would be the dominant color, so they painted the face to simplify manufacturing -
A-Wing Pilot (while B-Wing pilot got a molded face...)
Bespin Security Guard (African)
Cloud Car Pilot
Then there's Jedi Luke - a major character that would surely be seen as a high seller. Initially released with a molded head as per usual for all of the heroes (with the exceptions of the Hoth Luke and Han and X-Wing Luke - all of which have helmets). Then very quickly he's switched to a painted face which is super easy to scratch during play and leaves him with the fugly brown-nose look.
Has there ever been an explanation on why Kenner would make this change? I could understand going from painted to molded, but this one is weird to me. Any conjecture?