PRINCESS LEIA — BESPIN ESCAPE
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. With her quick-thinking and inspired leadership, Leia ranks among the the galaxy’s great heroes.”
For a number of reasons, December has a tendency to put me in a rather Star Wars-y sort of mood. Be it the fact that three of the last four films have hit this month, or how I tend to make watching the Original Trilogy an annual occurrence, or perhaps just the fact that I have a tendency to get a lot of Star Wars stuff around the holiday season, whatever the case, I’m certainly in a Star Wars-y mood today. So, in a vaguely holiday spirit, I’m taking a look at this Leia figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Princess Leia — Bespin Escape is a Target-exclusive entry in The Black Series. She first started showing up intermittently in the early fall, but seems to have been arriving in full force in the last couple of weeks. This version of Leia is an oft-overlooked variant from the climax of Empire, during her, Lando, and Chewie’s chase to re-claim the frozen Han Solo. It’s really just a dressing down of her main Hoth gear that she wears for the majority of the film. It’s the similarity between those two that generally causes this one to be overlooked. Nevertheless, its presence during a fairly important section of the film makes it a reasonable choice for a figure, especially an exclusive one. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Her scaling matches perfectly with the ANH figure, which is a nice bit of internal consistency that we don’t always see in this line. Her sculpt is totally new, but hasn’t remained unique to her, thanks to the almost concurrent release of the proper Hoth Leia. Regardless of origin and uniqueness, it’s a strong sculpt. The head sculpt has the strongest Carrie Fisher likeness we’ve seen to date for this line (or any of the smaller ones, for that matter), and they’ve even nicely translated her hair braids. I imagine this head will be seeing a re-use at some point for a Bespin Gown variant, or at least I sure hope it will. Mine has an unfortunate error on her left ear, with a small chunk missing out of the lobe, but it’s fortunately not super noticeable. The jumpsuit’s sculpt is nice and crisply detailed, and looks appropriately like a garment she’s been running around in for a substantial amount of time. The paintwork on Leia is largely pretty basic; the jumpsuit’s just molded white plastic, and they’ve let the sculpt do all the lifting. This is one of those times I don’t mind the lack of accenting, as accenting on white can go very badly very quickly. She does get the printed face; she’s the first Leia to get this treatment, and it works very well for her. I especially like how they handled the hairline, which is a frequent slip-up on such figures. Leia is somewhat sparsely packed, with just a stolen Stormtrooper blaster alongside her. It’s scene-accurate, of course, but something else would have maybe added some extra excitement.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Leia sort of just started showing up, without too much fanfare. I wasn’t initially sure I was going to grab her, what with the Hoth Leia on the horizon. However, I was at Target looking for something else, which I was unable to find, and when I came across Leia. Determined not to let the trip be a waste and impressed by how the figure looked in person, I was swayed into getting her. She’s a decent enough figure, but I will curious to see how she performs once the Hoth Leia is more readily available. She’s really the sort of figure that is really aimed at the more hardcore collector. Which, of course, is me. So, hey, how about that.