LEIA ORGANA (HOTH)
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (KENNER)
My last bunch of reviews has veered towards things released fairly recently, but today, I’ll be jumping back to 1980, for a look at a figure from Kenner’s The Empire Strikes Back toy line. The figure is of main character Princess Leia Organa in one of her looks from the film. Let’s have a look!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Leia was released as part of the initial assortment for Kenner’s ESB line to coincide with the movie in 1980. There were two Leias released, but I’ll be looking at the one that depicts her in her cold weather look from the ice planet Hoth. The figure stands just shy of 3 ¾ inches tall, and has 5 points of articulation. The sculpt is actually pretty detailed for a figure of this scale and time-period, with all the padding and such being handled quite realistically. The head doesn’t have much of a Carrie Fisher likeness, but it’s in line with what most of the rest of the line looked like. The paint was fairly basic, I assume, although, as you can see, mine has seen better days.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, for those of you rapidly fumbling with math attempting to piece together my age, no I didn’t get this figure when it was initially released. I wasn’t alive when it was released!
When I was small, my Dad gave me his collection of vintage Star Wars figures. They were exclusively from the first film, so this Leia wasn’t among them. But, I got to really liking them, so over the years, I picked up a few others to expand the set. The ice planet Hoth (I’m pretty sure you always have to say it like that) look has always been my personal favorite look for Leia, so a while back, I found this figure at an antique store, along with a few others.