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Monday, October 31, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,664: Princess Leia Organa (Endor)

PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA in Ewok Celebration Outfit
Power of the Force Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 69570 No. 69714
Manufacturer: Kenner
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, Freeze Frame Action Slide
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: January 1998
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: An accident during a furious speeder bike chase leaves the princess without a way of finding her Rebel companions. Befriended by Endor's Ewok civilization, Leia is once again united with her friends, but under different circumstances. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' old apartment... one of them.

Commentary: There weren't a ton of previously-unmade figures in the early days of the line, but Princess Leia in her Endor dress stood out as something even the old-timers didn't have at the time. With six points of articulation, she's pretty good-- the sculpt isn't bad for its day, but this is a design which straddles the fence between the early days of the line, when everything functioned as a toy, and a more collector-friendly era where things like being to sit aren't as important.

She was repainted in late 2006, and retooled in late 1998 to include some cloth bits and pieces. The original release is pretty good, and since there's really no better sculpt you may as well get this or any of the versions on the market today.

Collector's Notes: The figure wasn't a huge seller, and her price remains low. There aren't many figures from the pre-Phantom Menace days which haven't been revised, but this is one of them.

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,664: October 31, 2011

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