Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,215: Princess Leia Organa (Comic, Mandalore)

PRINCESS LEIA with Tobbi Dala
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87698
Number: #7
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Tobbi Dala figure, Blaster, belt, Marvel Comics #69
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: August 2008
Appearances: Star Wars #69

Bio: Princess Leia is captured by slavers while searching for Dengar, a bounty hunter with information that can help her save Han Solo. It looks like all is lost for Leia, until her new Mandalorian friend Fenn Shysa launches a daring raid to rescue her and his boyhood friend Tobbi Dala, who is also a prisoner of the slavers. But before the day is done, there will be death and destruction in the city of bones. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' living room.

Commentary: Hasbro may be one of the more resourceful companies out there, making a "new" Princess Leia out of a 1998 sculpt by adding paint and a belt. Sharp! Naturally, the older Kenner figure has aged slightly over the years, but she's from the end of the era where all figures could generally sit and stand without falling apart. Unfortunately, Hasbro's 2008 painting left her looking a little pale. While it brings a lot of detail out in her suit, her head is strange as the face seems a little off and pieces of her hair look unpainted. This is not Leia at her finest, but you do get six points of articulation plus a holster. Which, by the way, you will need because her 1998 hands have difficulty holding a blaster made after the 2001 resculpting of the weapons of most figures. So she'll probably drop it a lot. While not the worst figure ever, I wouldn't suggest you pick this one up unless you just want the Tobbi Dala figure... which you totally do, as it's one of the finest Hasbro has done recently.

Collector's Notes: The original body mold was used in 1998 as an exclusive of sorts, as the last wave of Power of the Force Freeze Frame Kenner figures went to the Fan Club in the USA. Clearly, she's the lesser half of a two-pack.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,215: February 9, 2010


Jason said...

I have to agree with your analysis of the figure. While I understand that Hasbro has to cut costs especially tooling costs to produce the great comic 2-packs that they have released. IMHO it is exactly figures such as this Leia, Dengar, the Darth Vader-Rebel Trooper repacks as well as nearly solid cases of figures we already have with a slight repaint that have been the prime contributor to the decline in sales of the 2-packs and the demise of the line. The Hasbro team unfortunately chose some real stinkers that have a large disparity between the modern articulated figures and those with six points of articulation for the go to repacks in the Comic 2-pack line that have caused such low sales turnover rates. The demise of the Comic 2-pack line is a huge bummer because some of the best new figures over the past couple of years had come from this line plus it had great cross-marketing potential with Dark Horse.

Rotten said...

The one I remember had orange and white armor.