PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA — HOTH
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. In the battle on Hoth, Leia helped evacuate rebel forces as Darth Vader and his fleet descended upon the rebel base.”
Empire Strikes Back is a lot of Star Wars fans’ favorite movie of the franchise. While it’s not my personal favorite, there are certainly a lot of things I can appreciate about it. The design work on the film is undoubtedly some of the best to come out of the franchise. In particular, it’s more battle-ready takes on the power trio are really my favorite looks for all three of them, and they were the looks I wanted most when Hasbro launched The Black Series back in 2013. We got Luke’s Rebel attire pretty quickly, but it’s been quite a wait for Han and Leia. Han finally found his way into the line over the summer, and we got a teaser for Leia’s main look with the Bespin Escape release in November, but now we’ve finally gotten a proper release for Leia’s Hoth gear. Is it worth the wait? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hoth Leia is figure 75 in the Black Series line-up, the second of this latest assortment’s OT-based figures. If you want to get technical, this is actually the second release of this figure, as she was previewed in a con-exclusive two-pack this past fall. Aside from this figure getting more accessories and not coming packed with a Han Solo, the two appear to be more or less the same. This figure represents Leia from the first half or so of the film’s run time, prior to the Falcon‘s arrival on Bespin. By far her most prominent appearance from the movie, as well as one of her most remembered just in general. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. As I touched on in my review of the Bespin Escape figure, there is a fair bit of parts re-use between these two figures, given the fact that the two designs are pretty darn close and all. This figure has a unique head, hands, left forearm, and boots, as well as a new vest piece. They jibe pretty much perfectly with the prior parts, which makes a lot of sense, since I imagine they were actually designed for this figure first and then re-purposed for the exclusive offering later. I do prefer this one’s boots, as it makes her a little easier to keep standing. The new head is a decent piece, certainly one of Hasbro’s nicer offerings. I think the exclusive figure has the superior Fisher likeness, but this one’s certainly not bad. The paint on this figure isn’t much removed from the Bespin figure; there’s not a ton going on for most of the body, but I’m still okay with that, since accenting on white can go very bad very quickly. The majority of the work is on the head, which is once again sporting a printed face. Like the sculpt, the facial likeness isn’t quite as spot-on as the prior figure, but it’s still very good. Like yesterday’s Dengar, Hoth Leia stands out in an assortment of rather lightly packed figures. She gets her DH-17 rebel blaster rifle, which is a standard accessory for this version of the character. In addition, she also has a welder and a pair of welding goggles, from when she was working on the Falcon. While I might have liked to also get one of the breathing masks like we got with the SDCC Han, I think these are a solid selection of extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is a figure I’ve been waiting a good long while for. She was my #1 wanted Leia from the minute the line was announced, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting her release ever since she was finally shown off last year. While the wait was long, it was most certainly worth it, especially since it means this version of Leia hit during the line at its strongest, and is therefore unlikely to need a replacement in the near future. The same can’t be said of poor Empire Luke, who looks more and more out of place with each new figure we get. There’s a lot to like about this figure, and I imagine she will be the go-to Leia for a good many collectors. I myself am going to have a tough time choosing between this one and the Bespin Escape variant, because they both have a lot of points in their favor.