Name: Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2012
What Star Wars collector doesn’t get excited about an all-new Princess Leia action figure? That excitement normally turns to elation especially when it’s a version of her from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Way back in 1980, Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) was the very first version of the character from the new The Empire Strikes Back Kenner basic figure line. And even back then Hasbro had to tweak the figure to correct a major issue with its authenticity. Inevitably, the first “turtle neck” version wasn’t accurate to the costume in the film so Kenner revised the figure and changed it so she would be sporting a “crew neck” instead. The ornate design of her gown was achieved by utilizing pink vinyl with an orange/red pattern silkscreened onto the outer side. Not really different at all to the earliest Star Wars figures like Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia (Bespin Gown) utilized the vinyl cape technology before soft-goods became a staple. In 1980 this figure looked fantastic. And now in the modern era, the nostalgia of it looks fantastic. Hasbro knew they had to update this figure at some point, but it took a while before they released her as a basic figure. Although the first iteration came in 1997, the very first “basic carded figure” wasn’t released until 2004. The very first neo-classic version of this particular iteration of the character was released in the popular Princess Leia Collection two-packs in 1997. Instead of vinyl, Princess Leia was given a real soft-goods gown. The lace was beautiful but not accurate at all. And all of the Princess Leia figures in this collection were “dolled up” in the sense that they wore heavy makeup and had exaggerated features like extra large eyes. Still, they were “good enough” for the time until Hasbro was able to revisit most at a later date.
The next version of Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit) was released in 2004’s The Original Trilogy Collection and as we’ve stated above, this was the first basic figure version of this character. Released simply as “Princess Leia”, Hasbro gave this action figure a much more accurate scale and ensured excellent aesthetics by abandoning soft-goods and instead sculpted a molded gown. The final result looked spot on, but the figure lacked terribly in its articulation. But honestly, that was the least of the figure’s problems. Besides being a “statue”, it was nearly possible to find samples of it in the wild with decent paint jobs. Most lacked in some way or another with a lot of bleeding and misapplied applications. (Some even looked like she was growing facial hair!) Thankfully, Hasbro updated the paint job and tightened it up tremendously when Princess Leia was again released in 2007’s TAC Betrayal At Bespin Battle Packs set. While vastly improved, Princess Leia was obviously far from definitive…. until now. The Vintage Collection has been excellent for updating long-awaited action figures for our “final” collection and now Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit) is next up! Part of 2012’s The Vintage Collection, Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit) is the answer to all (most) of our prayers. It made its debut in 2012’s TVC Carbonite Chamber Collector’s Pack released as that year’s SDSCC exclusive in the variant packaging. Unofficially dubbed the “Lost” line look, Princess Leia comes with two distinct card back options both of which pay incredible tribute to this classic Star Wars action figure. Now the “Lost” line look version and the version from the classic The Vintage Collection line look are available at retail! A great case assortment and a great cast of action figures make up wave 15 of The Vintage Collection!
Status: Princess Leia is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: blaster rifle, removable collar, removable soft-goods gown
Date Stamp: 2012
Assortment Number: 37512/37499
Retail: $9.99 USD
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