PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA — EWOK CELEBRATION OUTFIT
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“An accident during a furious speeder bike chase leaves the princess without a way of finding her Rebel companions. Befriended by Endor’s Ewok civilization, Leia is once again united with her friends, but under different circumstances.”
You know what’s just really the best variant of a main character in an action-oriented action figure line? An outfit that never sees a single moment of action! Or, at least, that’s what numerous Star Wars toy lines would have me believe. Sometimes it works out, of course, and we get cool looks that *could* see some action, if you really wanted them to. Sometimes we get looks that even *do* see action in later EU tales (Luke’s jacketed look from the end of A New Hope springs to mind). Sometimes, however, you get today’s focus.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Outfit joined Kenner’s Power of the Force II line in 1998. This wasn’t the first time this look got a figure, or even the first time it was in PotF; a slightly different version was released alongside a re-packed Wickett figure as part of the Princess Leia Collection in 1997. Like all the other Leia Collection figures, however, that figure used a lot of cloth pieces, making it stand out a bit from the core line’s releases. This one instead was an all plastic variant. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and she has 6 points of articulation. Both the neck and the hip joints are greatly restricted by the figure’s design, but on the plus side, the arms and waist are free and clear. So there’s that, I guess. These restrictions do not help with the already very non-action feel of the figure. Also not helping is the figure’s pose, which is…I don’t know exactly what it is. The legs are close together and sort of prim and proper looking, but there the arms are just slightly elevated…because? I don’t know. I got nothing. The paint work is all very brown. It’s accurate, but not super thrilling or eye-catching. At least it’s well applied. Leia is packed with a small blaster (hinting at her doing something more exciting than standing around, which doesn’t really track with the rest of the figure) and a freeze frame slide.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve never been much for this particular Leia design, as I always have preferred her more practical get-ups, and her Endor tactical set-up is just a much better design to me. This figure is one of those ones I have seen many times over the years, and I certainly knew I was going to have to get it some day now that I’m doing this whole complete run of the line thing. I wasn’t really in much of a hurry, and really only snagged it because it was right in front of me. Thrilling, I know. Almost as thrilling as the figure itself, right?