PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA – BOUSHH
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Hey, we’ve looked at two days of new and upcoming Star Wars stuff, why don’t we switch gears for a day and have a look at something a bit more old school. A ways back, in my very first Star Wars: The Black Series review, actually, I looked at the line’s first version of Princess Leia, which somewhat unfortunately presented her in Slave Leia get-up from Return of the Jedi. It’s not an outfit that really serves as a “definitive” version of the character, nor is it a design that translates all that well to action figure form. A lot of fans (myself included) have been clamoring for another, more action figure oriented (and more story prominent) design. It took a while, but Hasbro finally obliged, with Princess Leia in her Boushh disguise, a figure I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Leia was released in Series 9 of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series. She’s figure #16, going by the second round of numbering. Leia, along with IG-88 and Clone Commander Cody, was one of the last three figures to be released prior to the switch-over to Force Awakens product. This Leia figure is also based on Return of the Jedi, but comes from the portion of the movie prior to her capture by Jabba, while she is still masquerading as the bounty hunter Boushh. The figure is just over 5 ½ inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. She stands a little taller than the previous Leia, but Leia was supposedly wearing lifts to help disguise herself further, so it doesn’t bug me too much. Leia gets an all-new sculpt, and a pretty darn good one at that. The body has some pretty great layering on the various parts of her costume, which is very nicely used to help hide a lot of the articulation. The pair of tanks on her back are a separate, removable piece. The belt/bandolier is also a separate add-on, but not intended for removal. Both are nicely sculpted and scaled well to the figure. The bandolier has a soft goods cape attached, which I feel works a lot better than previous fabric parts, so that’s good. When I reviewed the previous Leia, I noted that I thought the head sculpt was a pretty good likeness to Carrie Fisher. This one’s better. It helps that this figure also gets a much nicer paintjob than the last. While I wouldn’t mind a little more fine detail work to highlight the subtleties of the sculpt a little more, what’s here is pretty serviceable, and there aren’t any glaring issues. Leia is packed with a removable helmet, a a staff, and a thermal detonator. The helmet is the star piece here, and it fits well on her head. The staff is technically supposed to be the same as one of the two included with Slave Leia, but it’s an all-new, much larger, much more accurate sculpt, and she holds it quite nicely. The thermal detonator doesn’t really fit in her hand, but it can easily be stowed on her belt, which is cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Black Series is infamous for its distribution issues, so Leia was out for quite a while before I was actually able to find one. However, I finally managed to find her at a Walgreens, in the midst of killing some time while my Mom and brother were participating in a 5K. I’m glad I got her, because it was killing me that Slave Leia was the only version we had. This one is just a much better figure all around.