PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA — HOTH
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
With all of the stuff that’s been dropping in the last few months, it’s been more than a little difficult to keep up with all of the new releases, not only tracking them down in stores, but then also remembering to review them after I’ve gotten them. In the spirit of clearing out my pile of new things to review, the next couple of days are going to be some figures I’ve had waiting in the wings for a couple of months now. I’m kicking things off with another Star Wars offering, from the somewhat infrequently looked at basic line. Let’s have a look at Princess Leia!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Princess Leia is from the second assortment of basic figures under the Solo product banner. Obviously, Leia isn’t drawn from Solo; instead she’s based on her Hoth appearance from Empire. She’s in good company, since her brother got a Hoth-based figure in the initial product wave. Ironically, it’s only Han whose Hoth look is absent from the Solo line. This figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and she has 7 points of articulation. Leia has, like an increasing number of figures in the basic line, some extra non-standard articulation. Most figures have been getting wrist movement, but Leia instead gets cut joints at the tops of her boots. I like having the extra movement there a lot; it helps make her more stable on her feet. I do wish she’d also gotten the wrist movement, but perhaps that’s too much to ask for. Leia is sporting an all-new scuplt. It matches well with the previous Luke figure in terms of quality and detailing. The head, though not the best Fisher likeness we’ve seen at this scale, is a respectable offering, and you can certainly see a lot of her in it. Leia’s paintwork is mostly pretty reserved. All of the important details are there, and application is clean and even. Obviously, the face doesn’t possess the same lifelike quality we’ve been seeing in the 6-inch line, but it’s not a terrible offering at all, and is a step-up from the work we were seeing a few years ago. Leia is packed with a standard issue rebel blaster rifle, which even has some painted detailing. That’s always good to see.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When Leia was shown off towards the end of the Last Jedi branding-run, I was definitely interested in tracking her down. This has always been my favorite Leia look, so I have a tendency to grab all the figures of it that I can. I didn’t have much trouble at all finding this figure; when the second assortment started hitting stores, I was fortunate enough to find an untouched case of them at a Walmart. I like this figure quite a bit. I don’t know that she’s topped the Vintage Collection release as my favorite, but she’s certainly the best version at the lower articulation count.