The Retro Collection Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. E9646 No. E9649
Includes: Black pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Leia Organa was a Force-sensitive human female political and military leader who served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Imperial Era and the Resistance in the subsequent New Republic Era. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The original 1980 figure has variants aplenty, with three different names appearing in the pillbox - "Leia" or "Leia Organa" or "Princess Leia Organa" in the old days. Her rank badge could be smooth black or sculpted. Her hair could be a lighter almost red color or darker brown. There were two different head sculpts, too. And weirdly, these were generally things fans didn't fawn over in the 1970s-1990s - you'd hear about red cloak Bib Fortuna, or maybe blue lightsaber Jedi Luke, or of course Vinyl Cape Jawas and the rocket-firing Boba Fett every third kid claimed to have as a child. But the Leia variants? These were rarely catalogued or discussed in the old days.
Sculpted details like her quilted vest and pants aren't quite as sharp as the 1980 release, but they're still remarkably good. Most notably, the wrinkles on her pants beneath her vest in between her legs have been completely smoothed out for 2020. The wrinkles on the back of the legs are looser, and her pants are seemingly not quite as tight either. I don't know if this was a result of how the replica was scanned or sculpted, or an intentional choice on the designer's part. As I am not the biggest fan of remakes as a thing, seeing any kind of visual sculpted change to make it easy to spot a change from an original to a reissue is always welcome.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart through my pal Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich! Did you see his new Spector Creative YouTube channel yet? Click here.
Day 2,702: June 25, 2020