Saturday, August 11, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 462: Princess Leia (Bespin)

Power of the Force Princess Leia Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 66935 No. 66938
Number: n/a
Includes: Han Solo figure with Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: 1998
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: The formidable sight of Darth Vader strikes a reflex reaction in Han Solo's trigger finger, but the Dark Lord's power proves too great and princess leia and her band of Rebels are taken captive. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: By 1998, Kenner was brainstorming for new ways to sell basic figures, like this line designed by the Kenner Girls team. Princess Leia features a normal pose, soft goods, and bloodshot eyes-- for whatever reason, they made these figures look a little whacked out. (I'm leaving any jokes to you.) The figure's sculpt was nothing to write home about-- good enough, but not fantastic-- while the figure could do things like sit with no problems due to the cloth robes. What you see is basically what you get-- there's not much to point at and ooh and aah over, but it was a nifty figure for its time and one of Kenner's more interesting pre-Episode I experiments.

Collector's Notes: Due to the glut of product, you could find this set on clearance if you were lucky. It was a decent enough set and the first Bespin Leia in the modern line-- and the only one, until 2004. The mold wasn't reused and the figure has yet to be reissued.

Day 462: August 11, 2007

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