Monday, June 26, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 51: Princess Leia Organa in Hoth Gear

Power of the Force Collection 3
Item No.:
Asst. 69705 No. 84143
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster Pistol, Freeze Frame Action Slide
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $1.97-$9.99, Fan Club Exclusive later blown out at Toys "R" Us
Availability: Fall 1998
Appearances: Primarily Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Imperial snowtroopers have been spotted inside Hoth's Rebel base. Little time remains for Princess Leia and Han Solo to make it to the Millennium Falcon and escape with their lives. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: TV trays oh boy!

Commentary: As one of the last non-prequel era action figures, Princess Leia Organa in Hoth Gear was one of many figures shuffled off to the Fan Club to be an exclusive because American retail, allegedly, did not want to sell them. The figure itself was one of the better figures of the POTF2 era, with a better-than-normal face sculpt, a normal pose, and an overall decent representation of the costume. With the normal six points of articulation, she can't do much but stand and sit, but standing and sitting are things Hasbro has trouble making figures do properly these days. As one of two Hoth Leias, the other being a Toys "R" Us exclusive from 2003, this is arguably the better of the two-- but the other is shorter. So if you like normal, 1980s-style poses, this is the figure for you. If not, get the gift set. This one has a more authentic recreation of the costume.

Collector's Notes: This figure was originally to be the pack-in bonus to the Complete Galaxy Hoth Globe toy, one of many toys eliminated due to SKU reduction in 1998. The issue was that too many toys were in the marketplace, which was apparently true as many toys from this era, including this Fan Club-exclusive Leia, were blown out for pennies on the dollar in 2000 during a massive Toys "R" Us clearance sale.

Day 51: June 26, 2006

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