Saturday, October 10, 2009

Star Wars Legacy Collection: Princess Leia (Slave Girl Outfit) Review

Having been quite the fan of Star Wars (and especially fond of Return of the Jedi) as a kid, I'm really glad to see these updated ROTJ SW figures being released this year. Ever since I started collecting SW figures from 1995 and then on-and-off (I think 2001, 2008-2009) I always hoped for updated versions of many of those old Kenner POTF figures. Thankfully, Kenner has kept not only their ears and eyes open to what the fans desire, but they've also managed to keep lines of communication open to people like us. And I think I speak for most (all of us) that having a re-sculpt of Princess Leia in Slave Outfit is truly a great thing to behold. Who can resist the beautiful Carrie Fisher immortalized in plastic form?



Flavor Text:

"Princess Leia BD17

Made a slave by Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia bides her time as the plan to free Han Solo comes together. The resourceful and courageous princess uses the very chains enslaving her to put an end to Jabba's corrupt reign as the crime lord of Tatooine."



The Good:
  • Princess Leia has 22 points of articulation: ball-jointed head, ball-jointed/swivel shoulders, ball-jointed/swivel elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed upper chest, swivel legs, ball-jointed/swivel knees, and ball-jointed/swivel ankles.
  • The number of detailed accessories makes this figure one of the highlights of this ROTJ (Return of the Jedi) wave: 1x bottom-half portion of Princess Leia sitting down on a cushion (as seen in ROTJ where she is forced to sit next to Jabba the Hutt), 1x staff, 1x "bling" cup, and 1x BAD (Build-A-Droid) torso of R3-M3.
  • The detail work on Leia is pretty amazing. Although the details of her [sexy] skimpy bra and waist band decoration are minimal, Hasbro's sculptors didn't leave out anything.
  • Not surprisingly, there are relatively few to none bad paint applications, bleeding, etc.


The Bad:
  • This is really nitpicking, but the facial sculpt barely resembles the beautiful Carrie Fisher. However, the sculpt is far, far better than Kenner's release of Princess Leia as Jabba's Prisoner. Hasbro's version of Leia gives her a far more feminine look.
  • Although you can't tell from looking at the picture, viewing Princess Leia (in person) her legs look a bit out of proportion to her body (her legs seem to be slightly shorter). Also, her right leg (from the knee down) is crooked. It looks as if Leia is leaning on her right leg, as opposed to balancing her entire body on both legs. *NOTE: Leia is only 3 1/4 inches tall as opposed to the regular 3 3/4 inches tall for most SW figures.*
  • Leia's cloth skirt is a bit too long. In fact, it's so long that the cloth actually covers her entire feet! Hasbro needs to trim the cloth so that Leia isn't dragging her skirt all over the place.
  • This isn't really a bad thing, but I wish Hasbro included a long flexible chain that would cling around Leia's neck as opposed to sculpting only a piece of it on her neck. (If you don't know what I mean, look at Kenner's version of Princess Leia as Jabba's Prisoner).
  • The cup accessory doesn't fit easily into Leia's right hand. Actually I didn't even try to force it in, because I fear that it will alter the tight grip she has on the staff accessory.
  • If you remove Leia's skirt (guilty as charged), you can see that she suffers like all the Star Wars figures from the "square crotch" area. I hope Hasbro can implement changes for future SW figures to make it more shapely (such as the "V-shape crotch" at least for the female SW characters).
  • This is another nitpicking observation, but there are at least two inaccuracies regarding the paint scheme of the figure. The first one has to do with Princess Leia's earrings. Hasbro has them painted silver when in fact (in the ROTJ movie) they are gold. Also the skimpy bra straps are supposed to be colored black, not Hasbro's gold-colored ones.
  • Also, Leia's broken chain is actually supposed to be longer (it's supposed to reach just slightly over her belly button).


The Ugly:

  • If anything, it's the price-tag for these figures.

I purchased Princess Leia online via eBay for a total of $22.90 (price includes S&H). At this time, (if they are available) I recommend searching through eBay for these. Most online retailers such as BriansToys and BigBadToyStore* will be selling them for $11.00 (not including S&H). Better yet, I would visit your nearest Walmart or Toysrus (if you have the patience and long for the adventure), which may sell them for $7.00 a piece.

*Unfortunately, BigBadToyStore has already sold out their pre-orders for Princess Leia.

NOTE: I DO NOT REPRESENT eBAY, BRIANSTOYS, BIGBADTOYSTORE, AND OTHER PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED STORES. I HAVE NOT BEEN PAID TO MENTION THEIR NAMES. I AM ONLY RECOMMENDING THEIR SERVICES BASED UPON MY PAST EXPERIENCES WITH THEM.



Overall, Hasbro's Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) is the highlight of the ROTJ Wave from the Legacy Collection. Knowing from previous experience, seeing this figure in stores will be quite rare. If you're a Star Wars collector and manage to see this hanging on the pegs, get it then and there. Don't pass it up because that'll be the last time you'll see it in person. I'm really glad to see Hasbro finally releasing these fan-favorite figures.

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