Thursday, March 5, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 972: Princess Leia Organa

PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA with Sporting Rifle
Power of the Force CommTech Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 84185 No. 84361
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, CommTech Chip
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Early 2000
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Her ship under attack from Darth Vader's Star Destroyer, Princess Leia downloads the secret Death Star plans into R2-D2 for safe-keeping . After being stunned by a stormtrooper blast, Leia became a prisoner of Darth Vader. R2-D2 avoids capture by fleeing with the valuable data in an escape pod. (Taken from the toy's cardback.)

Image: Adam's desk.

Commentary: Over the years figures from Star Wars get more and more specific. It isn't just Princess Leia, but it's Leia from the opening scenes in the movie during the few frames where she had a hood over her head. Since it was released in 2000, this was one of those figures that was still designed with the toy-ness as a priority. She's taller than more recent Leia figures, but she can sit-- and Leia figures typically can't. Hasbro's decision to give her a cloth dress from the waist on down helped this one a lot, giving it a distinctive appearance and allowing her to pilot any ship you so choose. This Leia is on par with most recent releases, as the likeness is pretty good, the outfit is fairly crisp, and there's a decent amount of articulation. She can even put her hand on R2-D2 to "program" him for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans liked this mold so much that they were understandably upset when it wasn't used as the basis of the Holographic Princess Leia figure in 2005. It's a winner, and one of Hasbro's finer overall works despite having only 6 joints. If you don't have a good Leia from the original film, consider this one. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Collector's Notes: To date this mold has never been reissued or resculpted. This is the only release.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 972: March 5, 2009


Ben Carthage said...

This figure was so hard to get that I gave up. She looks great, but she was impossible to find. Still never got one.

mogaarwok said...

Didn't they use this sculpt for the "Holographic" Leia figure?

Adam16bit said...

No-- that'd be the 1998 "All-New Likeness" Leia, which was a surprise. We wanted this figure to be the holographic one, but no. Hasbro basically said they couldn't do holographic soft goods for ages and now that we have Count Dooku, well, that's proven wrong.