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The Original Trilogy Collection

Princess Leia Organa - OTC - Vintage

Name: Princess Leia Organa
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: July 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

Poor Princess Leia Organa! She didn’t get a fair start in the modern Star Wars action figure line. Hailed as “monkey faced Leia” in 1995, the first modern attempt of her in The Power Of The Force line proved to collectors that we should be concerned about how well Hasbro could imitate likeness in the mid nineties. Hasbro admitted defeat with the 1995 release and got to work on an all-new version that they were sure would impress the newly developed collecting market. And it did. Blatantly advertised with the subtitle “All New Likeness” the 1998 The Power Of The Force Freeze Frame figure was worlds apart from Hasbro’s first offering. The face was “pretty” although the figure lacked in articulation. But that was standard for that time frame. We appreciated the update to Princess Leia Organa, but we quickly found at that this Freeze Frame version would be the “go to” figure for years to come. Frankly, collectors became increasingly sick and tired of seeing it. Another Princess Leia Organa came a couple of years later in the Comm Tech phase of The Power Of The Force line. Sadly, it wasn’t widely released and Hasbro never released it again. (It was scene specific, so perhaps that was the reason we never saw it again.)

In 2004 when it came time to produce The Original Trilogy Collection line of action figures, Hasbro once again rereleased the 1998 The Power Of The Force figure for the OTC basic figure lineup. But then they created an all-new sculpt for the premium collector-focused “vintage styled” The Original Trilogy Collection figures that were packaged in clamshells for extra protection. The all-new Princess Leia Organa action figure isn’t entirely perfect, but it is without a doubt the best version of her on the market to date. Hasbro seemed to take this version of her so far and then just stop. Slightly frustrating, we wish that a few more bells and whistles made it to the budget so that collectors could have a definitive version of her in their collections for years to come. As a result, we’re all going to need another update before a definitive Princess Leia Organa action figure is deemed that way. However, all is not lost with the new and improved Princess Leia Organa action figure. It is has become the best version of and Episode IV Leia on the market to date and it has a refreshing likeness that doesn’t necessarily look like Carrie Fisher as much as it does Princess Leia Organa.

Princess Leia Organa comes with 12 points of articulation. Although missing ankle articulation, the real issue is her swivel elbows. No matter what you do, you just really can’t get any meaningful movement out of them. They’re not terrible we suppose, but elbows really need a full array of movement to attain all of the necessary poses you wish to configure the action figure. Princess Leia Organa has great proportions. She has a rounded face and simple makeup that are both traits of Carrie Fisher in Episode V. The buns in her hair are perfectly sculpted as well, and the hood of her gown is lying flatly down her back. The lower half of her is decorate with soft-goods. This skirt is close-fitting, but you can pose her in multiple ways thanks to the way it’s been cut. Her hands are delicate, yet can hold the included blaster without issue. She has a lot going on for her, but we wish that we could dub her the ultimate version of an Episode IV Princess Leia Organa action figure. We still have a short ways to go before we can all say that. Just like so many other action figures in The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection premium line, the most exciting aspect is the packaging. Princess Leia Organa is made to appear better than she is thanks to this. It’s amazing what good packaging can do.

Collector Notes

Princess Leia Organa

Status: Princess Leia Organa is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 85225/85213

UPC: 076930852255

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 3, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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