PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA — JABBA’S PRISONER
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Disguised as the bounty hunter Boussh, Leia infiltrated Jabba’s palace as part of a small rescue team to free Han Solo, Leia was captured and forced to endure the status of Jabba’s slave until the opportunity to escape presented itself.”
My very first Princess Leia figure I reviewed for this site was the one from the second series of Black Series figures. While I was generally nice to that figure in its proper review (I hadn’t yet become jaded and cynical), I’ve always had some issues with the decision to go with the Slave Leia design, seeing as it was the inaugural Leia in that scale. I don’t have a huge issue with the costume overall, but I feel it’s not the character’s primary look. Regardless, the design’s a popular one with the fanbase, which translates to toys. Interestingly, the look wasn’t a part of the vintage line; it’s first release was in 1997, more than a decade after it appeared on screen.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Princess Leia Organa as Jabba’s Prisoner was released in the third year of Kenner’s Star Wars: Power of the Force II line. She was the third single-release of Leia in the line (there were also four Leias in the Princess Leia Collection and another packed with the Endor Speeder Bike, all released the same year as this one; 1997 was a good year for Leia). The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall (which was rather tall for a Leia figure; later figures would go shorter) and has 6 points of articulation. This is one of those figures where lessened articulation is a plus, since her design is kind of hindered by being broken up for lots of articulation. Here, she’s got the simplest assortment of articulation, which allows her to avoid having unsightly lines all over her skin. In addition, since she’s from later in the line’s run, she’s spared a lot of the crazy proportions that plagued earlier POTF2 figures. Generally speaking, her sculpt is pretty decent; the details are all pretty true the film’s design, and the proportions are among the best we’ve seen on a Slave Leia figure. The face doesn’t look much like Carrie Fisher, but it’s far from the worst Leia sculpt from this line, and it’s not a terrible sculpt. The skirt piece is plastic on this figure, which I think looks for a better overall look when compared the cloth used for just about every other Slave Leia figure; it actually allows for a bit of dynamic flow and is unlikely to fray over time, which are both definite plusses. The paint work on this Leia is pretty decent. She’s about on par with the rest of the line; the application is clean and the colors match up with the source material. The gold actually adds a nice bit of vibrance to the figure, and is one of the better gold paints I’ve seen on an action figure. Leia’s only accessory is a removable collar with a chain attached. It’s a bit bulky and doesn’t ever seem to sit right, but it’s easily removed of you so desire.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the Bespin Han Solo, while I didn’t own this figure for myself growing up, it was one of the ones my Grandmother had at her house for my cousin Patrick to play with. Like that Han figure, she went missing somewhere along the way, so when those figures were absorbed into my collection, she wasn’t one of them. I finally added this figure to my collection early this year, picking her up from the Farpoint charity auction alongside several other POTF2 figures. She’s not my favorite version of Leia or anything, but she’s a decent enough figure, I suppose.