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Leia (Hoth Outfit) - TVC - Basic (VC02)

Name: Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC02
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
License: Hasbro

* Wave 1 of The Vintage Collection was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010

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How is it possible that Hasbro can make the portrait of a Princess Leia action figure look better and better with each take? And we don’t even mean a revisit or upgrade of a previously made outfit. For example, look at 2009’s TLC Princess Leia [Medical Frigate] (BD 41) and 2009’s LC Princess Leia [Jabba’s Slave] (BD17) action figures. The figures on their own are relatively excellent to phenomenal action figures. And the likenesses to Carrie Fisher are very faithful to what was seen in the films. They may have little to minor issues, but overall they are quite impressive. Actually, they are pretty amazing action figures. But then Hasbro decides to take it up a notch and make the Hoth version of her even better. Hasbro is brilliantly making every collection of action figures better than the last. And it is so interesting that is has nothing to do with how many points of articulation they are giving the figures. No, their energies are focused on other more important things like sculpt, paint and aesthetics. For example, the face of this action figure is just gorgeous and we would say that this would be the sole reason to purchase this action figure. It is the most feminine and prettiest version of Princess Leia Organa we have ever seen in the basic figure line. We will get to her details more in depth in a moment, but the action figure’s eyes are painted so well and reflect the serene and captivating expression that the character of Princess Leia possesses. We know that back in 1981, Kenner released this figure with three different names. It’s true. She was first released as Leia (Hoth Outfit), Leia Organa (Hoth Outfit) and then finally as Princess Leia Organa (Hoth Outfit) and this is the way the name stayed until the vintage line ended in 1985 (and it just so happens that it’s our personal favorite designation of her name too). But it was certainly nostalgic of Hasbro to go with the first way the figure was released for its inclusion in The Vintage Collection. It’s just kind of a special thing to see things like this.

Leia is modestly curvy and slightly voluptuous but still maintains a very athletic build. How Hasbro was able to include all of these physical traits while keeping her slim and without any exaggerated features is quite an amazing feat. You already know we love her face, but her hairstyle has impressively been perfectly recreated from the hairdo seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The vertical braid encircling the back of her head is symmetrical and in scale with her head. When you look at this action figure, you don’t see some bizarre “bump” or “lump” on her head from the braid. In fact, with a straight head on view of her, you aren’t even aware of it. Her skin is milky white (this is not a knock) and it is complemented by her rich dark red lipstick and well-maintained eyebrows. Her calming brown doe eye just look spectacular and we hope that Hasbro will manage to reuse the head and just re-sculpt the hair portion of her portrait for all future versions of our favorite princess. Some may think her neck is a little too long, but we think it looks flawless. It certainly isn’t nearly as exaggerated as the 2007 VTSC Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho) action figure. In fact, we don’t think there is an issue with the head and neck interaction at all. But the awesomeness of this action figure certainly doesn’t stop at Leia’s head. She comes with 12 points of articulation. But you’ll have to just believe us that she isn’t in need of any more. Lacking ankle joints, it is not a point of articulation that this figure needs. With a slight spread stance that is barely noticeable, the figure has been designed with a rather static pose so she can stand well unassisted, so the need for ankle joints would have been an almost wasted cost for Hasbro. (Again, we know some of you may just simply disagree and want ever figure with 14 or more points of articulation.)

Leia’s Hoth outfit is another wonder. The cold weather gear is extremely impressive. Hasbro’s sculptors must have spent intensive lengths of time to sculpt all of the texture that you can see in the production version of the action figure. You can see the pads that have been sewn on the snowsuit in this tiny scaled action figure. And all of the lines are clean and equidistant from each other. And Hasbro has made up for all their errs throughout the years of clean clones by giving this Leia figure one of the most jaw-dropping paint jobs we have ever seen. While you can see her distinctly white uniform, there are beautiful layers of dirt smeared all over without making it look dirty. Trust us, this makes sense. It just looks like she has spent some time in the snow trenches on Hoth while still managing to lead the Rebel Alliance. The commlink device on her left forearm is amazingly miniscule, yet you can see every nook and cranny of detail on it. The removable vest has that yellowish pink hue to it and it contrast very nicely against her “dirty” white under suit. The outfit is completed with the standard issue Hoth boots, but this time they have been fitted for a more petite princess. She also comes with a Rebel Alliance blaster and while it looks the slightest bit too big for her, Hasbro has ensured that it fits in her hands fairly easily. You may need one quick shove to click it into place. Leia (Hoth Outfit) will quickly become a collector favorite figure. This updated figure was long overdue, but to say that it was worth the wait would probably be the understatement of the year. Leia is another perfect execution (in every way) from Hasbro. Don’t let the absence of ankle joints prevent yourself from enjoying this figure. This is not a reason to cop an attitude with this figure. Leia doesn’t need them and you would be cutting your nose to spite your face to pass on this figure because of that. And lastly, we have to say that buying this figure in The Vintage Collection packaging was almost as exciting getting the figure in our hands. What an amazing collection this is turning out to be!

Collector Notes

Leia (Hoth Outfit)

Status: Leia (Hoth Outfit) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable thermal vest, DH-17 blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2010

Assortment Number: 97570/97568

UPC: 653569498599

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02)

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Added: July 2, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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