Name: Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
* Wave 1 of The Vintage Collection was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010
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.)
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
Retail: $7.99 USD
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The Vintage Collection Wave 1
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