PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA AS BOUSHH
STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE (KENNER)
“After Han Solo was captured by Boba Fett, several attempts were made on Luke Skywalker’s life which threatened the future of the Rebellion. Princess Leia Organa and Chewbacca sought to protect the young Jedi, and traveled to Coruscant to follow up leads surrounding these attempts. They hoped to draw from the extreme intelligence gathering network of the Black Sun, a criminal organization whose operations extended to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Because Coruscant is the homeworld of the Empire- a dangerous place for any member of the Rebel Alliance- Leia disguised herself as the renowned Ubesian bounty hunter Boushh. Boushh’s helmet concealed her entire face while a built-in voxscrambler altered her voice to resemble that of an Ubesian; a false I.D. and code taken from Black Sun completed her disguise and provided a safe level of anonymity. Little did she know that Prince Xizor, Underlord of Black Sun, was behind the murder attempts on Skywalker, and had his sights set on Leia as well.”
Long bio there. How do you follow that, amirite? Um, so, yeah, today’s another Star Wars review. Yaaaay. This time around I’m taking a look at another Princess Leia figure, specifically the one from that time she pretended to be a bounty hunter. Everybody loves bounty hunters!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Leia in Boushh disguise was released not as part of the main Power of the Force II line, but instead as part of the basic assortment of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (she would later see a re-release on a standard PotF2 green card, though). She has the notoriety of being the only movie-based figure in the line-up. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. As with the PotF2 Slave Leia figure, this Leia is a bit on the tall side. This was a recurring issue early into this line; at least they were consistent, right? Leia sports a unique sculpt. It’s fairly decent for the time, being only slightly pre-posed and generally pretty decently proportioned. It captures the look from the movie pretty well, and only makes minor stylistic adjustments. The thermal detonator in her left hand is permanently attached, which removes a little bit of versatility from the figure, but given how integral that piece is to her intro in Jedi, I’m willing to give them a pass. The head doesn’t exactly look like Carrie Fisher, but it also doesn’t look like a chimpanzee, which puts it ahead of most of the Leias of the time. The paintwork on Leia is generally pretty solid. The colors match well enough with what we see on-screen, and the application is all pretty clean. Leia was packed with a removable helmet and half-cape to complete her Boushh look, as well as the usual staff, which according to the packaging is actually a blaster rifle. Who knew? I certainly didn’t.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This wasn’t my first Leia (that was the monkey-faced ANH version), but this figure has the distinction of being my go-to Leia for most of my childhood. I actually don’t 100% recall where this figure came from. She was probably a gift, likely for my birthday, but that’s really just me making an educated guess. Nevertheless, this was my favorite Leia for a good long while, and is the strongest of the ’90s Leia figures. This figure is pretty much single-handedly responsible for my love of Leia as Boushh.