GENERAL LEIA ORGANA
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (HASBRO)
In The Force Awakens, Leia got a slightly lessened role compared to her prior films. She was still prominent, but her screen time was most definitely reduced. The Last Jedi amends that. Due I’m sure in part to this fact, she had a much easier time getting a figure this time around. After being totally absent from the TFA basic line, Leia’s actually made her way into the Last Jedi assortments pretty quickly, allowing me to review the figure you see before you. Alrighty!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
General Leia Organa is part of the second Orange wave of figures from Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi line. Unlike the second Teal assortment, Orange assortment 2 has no re-packs, which I’m certain retailers will be thankful for. Leia actually has two different looks in TLJ, though they’re similar enough that you’d be forgiven for not noticing it. This is the more “regal” look she was sporting early on in the film, as opposed to the slightly more action oriented design from the film’s climax. Personally, I slightly preferred the second look, but seeing as the only really noticeable difference between them is how much collar her outer layer has, I’m not terribly worried about it. It’s nowhere near as bad as the baffling costume choice from the last movie’s first Leia figure, that’s for sure. This figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Leia’s sculpt is an all-new one, and it’s easily one of the best from the whole Last Jedi line. The likeness on the head is quite a good match for Carrie, and is certainly an improvement on the TFA figure from a few years back. It probably helps that she’s got a far less goofy hair-do, thus making her more aesthetically pleasing, to me at least. The rest of the sculpt is pretty decent work. The base body is a little bit on the skinny side, but that’s mostly so she’ll look okay while wearing the outer jacket. Since I can’t really imagine displaying her without the extra overlay, I don’t have a problem with that at all. I especially like the texture work on her dress and jacket, which makes her stand out quite nicely. Leia’s paint is generally pretty straightforward, but solid work nevertheless. Apart from a small bit of missing paint on the underside of her hair, my figure’s paint is very clean, especially on the face, which is one of the cleanest examples of work I’ve seen on a Star Wars figure. Leia is packed with her distinctive blaster pistol, which she holds very well. Like the others in this line, she’s also Force Link compatible. The lines I got were: “All troops open fire,” “I will do everything I can to help,” “May the Force be with you,” “Send them in,” and “Together we can defeat the First Order,” as well as some blaster sounds. It wasn’t Carrie, but it was closer than some of the soundalikes.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Leia was shown off just after Force Friday II and I knew immediately I wanted one. I’ve been keeping my eye out for this assortment for the last month or so, and, as luck would have it, ended up coming across her (and the rest of the series), the day after seeing Last Jedi in the theatre. That was definitely a huge plus! Leia’s a pretty fantastic offering, and definitely one of my favorites from the modern offerings. Definitely a highlight of the line!