The Black Series Basic Figure
Item No.: Asst. A5077 No. B1059
Includes: Helmet, staff, cape/harness, backpack
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: June 2015
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: No bio due to new multilingual packaging.
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Star Wars: The Visional Dictionary and Dressing a Galaxy both show brown shoes. Interestingly, Star Wars Chronicles doesn't show her shoes - it has tons of slave bikini shots, but no shoes of either costume from Jabba's Palace. As such, it looks like Kenner and Hasbro probably had it right from 1983 until this figure - the darker shoes look fine, but are probably not authentic. (Neither is Hot Toys'. But Gentle Giant's Animated Maquette - an Entertainment Earth exclusive, thank you very much - got it right.) It's so strange, because the two Black Series Boushh Leias seem to come from the same digital sculpts - the arms and heads are from similar sources, with tweaks to the hands and other pieces to best fit the plastic tolerances at that scale. They should have very similar paint jobs, but the 6-inch one blows away the 3 3/4-inch one despite the similarity in price.
Personal preferences toward 3 3/4-inch aside, there's no argument that the 6-inch figure is a far better collector figure for the money. It's not even a close call. 3 3/4-inch Boushh is good for what she is, but so was the version from 9 years ago. She may also have the daintiest human hands in 3 3/4-inch adult-figure history, and I'd like someone to point me out to the ones I forgot. If Hasbro got the shoes right, this would be a perfectly nice figure. Since they didn't, the 2006 one is perfectly good and also cheaper. This figure's general adequacy shows improvement over the last 10 years, but we get a new Boushh Leia nearly every 10 years and the leap between 1996 and 2006 is huge, while the 2006 and 2015 ones show visible growth but nothing so spectacular. It really does show that the line at this size has largely peaked, with only the cloth cape and impressive backpack tampos being new elements for this go-round. I look forward to seeing what 2026 has to offer, my guess is they won't find a way to make a better face sculpt or improve the articulation at this scale by any big leaps or bounds.
Collector's Notes: I got this online - you can probably score one for $13-$15. Depending on where you bought her, she was sold in assortments or via solid-packed cases of 12.
Day 2,177: August 18, 2015