GENERAL LEIA ORGANA
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Despite all that she has endured and lost in a lifetime of war, General Leia Organa continues to shine as a beacon of hope for the loyal subjects of the Resistance under her command.”
Perhaps the most glaring omission from all of the Force Awakens product, even more than Luke Skywalker, was General Leia Organa. Out of all the figures Hasbro released, there was exactly one older Leia, in the 3 3/4-inch Black Series line. It’s *okay* but not great, and most annoyingly, it’s not sporting her main look from the film. Two years after the film, we still haven’t gotten the basic Leia in the main line, but they have at least given her a larger-scale Black Series figure, which I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
General Leia Organa was released in the second assortment of Black Series figures following the Last Jedi re-launch. She’s figure 52, meaning Hasbro’s really committed to keeping the numbering going this time around. Also, she’s actually listed as a general on the packaging this time! Yay! She’s also finally wearing her actual military garb, which is definitely the more exciting of her two designs from TFA. It just seems more true to the character. The figure stands about 5 inches tall (keeping her consistent with the other Leia figures from the Black Series) and she has 27 points of articulation. Leia has a brand new sculpt. There was definitely an upward trend of improvement to these figures starting with the some of the later Rogue One offerings, and it looks like The Last Jedi is starting pretty strong right out of the gate. This is definitely one of the stronger figures I’ve gotten from the line, and probably the strongest Leia sculpt we’ve gotten to date. It’s certainly an improvement over the smaller figure. The head has a pretty decent Carrie Fisher likeness, and the detail work on the clothing and such is pretty great. The paintwork on Leia is fairly straightforward, but still a notable improvement over earlier offerings. They’re still doing a lot of molded plastic for the colors, but there’s enough subtle accenting, especially on the face/hair, that she doesn’t look quite as bland and lifeless as the likes of the Tatooine Luke figure. I do wish that her hair had a little more noticeable grey in it, but she’s doing a little better than the Han figure in that respect. Leia is packed with a small blaster. I don’t believe we actually see it in TFA, but it’s a cool design, and calls back to the one she carries at the beginning of A New Hope. It’s nice to get at least something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is a figure I’ve been wanting ever since the Force Awakens figures hit. I was bummed when she didn’t show up around the time of the movie, and I continued to be bummed with the release of the rather lackluster small-scale figure. When this figure was shown off at SDCC, I was excited, but a little apprehensive, since The Black Series has been rather scarce around these parts ever since the first assortment of Rogue One. This was made worse by the fact that I’ve still yet to see most of the first Last Jedi assortment at retail, which left me a little worried about the prospects of finding Leia. As luck would have it, I came across almost all of the second series while stopping for groceries at a slightly out of the way Target. Leia is really awesome, and I’m really glad I got her. And, honestly, I’m sort of glad we had to wait, because it means she got added to the line right in the midst of its strongest run of figures to date.