Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,332: Princess Leia Organa (The Black Series 6-Inch)

PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA The White Dress
The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.:
Asst. B3834 No. B9803
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #30
Includes: Stormtrooper blaster, sporting blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: November 2016
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Princes Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance's greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  We lost Carrie Fisher the day I wrote this.   I got this action figure a couple of weeks before her death, but she died before I could open it.  Similarly I picked up Bowie's album just before he died.  This is a pattern I never quite expected, but you might guess that the new Princes Leia Organa action figure is already having an interesting relationship with the secondary market.   The 1995 Kenner figure was released eighth out of the first nine figures, resulting in countless untrue rumors about why she was tough to find.  A few years, ago, Disney stated they were going to retire the metal bikini look for merchandise - leading to soaring prices of the existing figures, the most recent of which was actually selling below cost because nobody actually wanted it upon release.   This very figure jumped from about $30 to about $55 within hours of the news of Ms. Fisher's death, which is a pattern we've seen a lot over the years.   It's nice to see people care, particularly since this isn't a shabby figure.

This time around, Hasbro crafted a cloth dress around a pretty spectacular plastic armature.   I assume this figure was prototyped in 2013 or 2014, because she has double-jointed elbows and knees- a real rarity these days.  The likeness is decent, the hair is spot-on, and the make-up is about as good as it often gets.   Perfection is beyond the grasp of possibility, but it's Leia, that's for sure.  The cloth outfit looks good, and as such any sculpting problems are basically masked.   There are no real problems posing this figure, and she can easily grasp her new sporting blaster or the specially decorated Stormtrooper blaster.


This is a good figure.  I hope it's the figure that you want.  She reminds me a tiny bit of Carmine Infantino's comic art, particularly in the eyebrows.

With the loss of a celebrity, people express their grief in all kinds of ways - merchandising is a common one.   Perhaps by now the furor has been toned down a bit, but with time things often and somewhat sadly return to normal.  People forget, people move on, that grief-demand fades a bit as we start getting used to referring to someone in the past tense.  We'll get to see her at least one more time in December, and in case you never saw her on talk shows, or in the first Austin Powers, or with a flamethrower in The Blues Brothers, these are just some of the things you should consider doing this weekend.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.  

--Adam Pawlus


Day 2,332: January 11, 2017

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