Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,230: Princess Leia (Infinities Sniper)

PRINCESS LEIA and Darth Vader
The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87699
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #11
Includes: Sniper rifle, pistol, poncho, belt, companion Darth Vader figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: Fall 2008
Appearances: Return of the Jedi: Infinities

Bio: The Infinities series explores tantalizing "what if" stories about what might have happened to Star Wars characters if events had occurred differently. In this tale, the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba's palace fails, so Princess Leia goes after Boba Fett in order to save Han. The climactic events on the second Death Star also take a different turn that sees Darth Vader changing his allegiances and fighting alongside his children. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam's big Millennium Falcon.

Commentary: Nothing was really more painful than Hasbro's using the very expensive "Vintage" figure molds in comic packs, where you would get two for the price of one. This Princess Leia figure with sniper gear was originally a $13 "Vintage" figure from the movie, but had her hands and head redesigned to more accurately represent the Rebel sniper from Return of the Jedi: Infinities comic books. She can still stand and sit, and is loaded with articulation. Slightly recolored, she wouldn't really work as a perfect substitute for the movie version, but she may be close enough if you have a spare Endor helmet laying around in your parts drawers. I personally think this one is a better looking figure than the movie version, as the coloring is a big more interesting to look at and the gloves give her a more action-ready feel. I like this set, but if you're all Leia-ed out you may not feel the same way.

Collector's Notes: No reissues and limited interest from fans made this a marginal release. The white Darth Vader she's packaged with is largely the selling point as a curiosity more than anything else.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,230: March 2, 2010

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