PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA — ENDOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Princess Leia Organa rendezvoused with the Rebel fleet and helped organize a plan to destroy the Empire’s new Death Star: they would head to Endor and knock out the space station’s shield generator.”
Princess Leia’s sure gotten a lot of toy coverage courtesy of Hasbro’s The Black Series, so it’s kind of amusing to think there was actually a pretty sizable gap between her earliest releases. It mostly had to do with Hasbro’s rather poor choice of costume for the line’s first Leia, the somewhat ill-advised Slave Outfit Leia from Series 2 of the line. It wasn’t the greatest figure, and it wasn’t really an essential look, so fans held off, and that in turn scared retailers off of the character for a bit. Fortunately, things have more or less re-oriented, and we’re more or less getting her at a yearly pace these days. Leia’s got four prominent looks in Return of the Jedi, which looks like it will be getting most of the 2021 love. We’ve already gotten her two looks from Jabba’s Palace, so now we’re doing a somewhat linear progression forward, and getting an Endor appearance to match her brother’s figure from yesterday!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Princess Leia Organa (Endor) is part of the second assortment of the relaunched Black Series. She’s #3 in the RotJ line-up, and like Luke, she was also available earlier last year as part of the “Heroes of Endor” boxed set. Leia is likewise in her combat gear from the Endor mission, which actually makes her a more prominent variant for the character than for Luke, since she hangs onto this gear through the film’s climax. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall and she’s got 30 points of articulation. In terms of movement, she more or less has the same movement scheme as the Hoth and Bespin Leias, which is to say she’s got a pretty darn solid movement scheme, which both poses well and hides the articulation decently while doing it. The sculpt’s an all-new one, and a pretty darn good one at that. In terms of build and size, it matches with all of the post-40th ANH Leias. The head sculpt is a rather respectable likeness of Carrie Fisher. I don’t think it’s quite as spot on as the Bespin Leia, which is still my favorite to date, but it’s certainly not a bad one. And, unlike Luke, there’s actually not too much compromising with the hair in order to let the helmet fit, which is nice to see. The poncho is cloth, much like Lukes, but actually has a slightly different pattern, like it does in the film. There’s a fully detailed version of her Rebel command uniform beneath the poncho piece, allowing for this figure to pull double duty as Leia late in the film. I can definitely appreciate Hasbro’s willingness to not milk us for yet another version of the figure, since that’s tended to be how they’ve handled things in the past. Ultimately, the scaling of various pieces looks a bit better with the poncho in place, but having the option is still nice. The helmet piece looks to be the same one used for Luke, which is sensible. It works fine for this figure too, although I do prefer this one without the helmet. The paint work on Leia is all pretty solid. There’s the face printing again, of course, as well as a slightly more involved paint scheme under the poncho than we saw with Luke. Leia’s only real accessory is a blaster pistol, which does feel a touch light. But, with the sort of double nature of this figure thanks to the helmet and poncho being removable, it doesn’t feel quite as bad as it could have.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hoth Leia is really my default version of the character, but the Endor attire is a pretty close second. It does add something of a commanding presence to the character, which I can really get behind. I was hoping for both her and Luke in this style, so getting them both in one fell swoop works out even better than I’d hoped, really. This figure ends up being the best of the three Endor variants, if I’m honest, and that’s probably for the best, because it’s also the one that feels the most one and done from this set.
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