I’ve been collecting long enough to remember owning an original Princess Leia figure. Now that I own the Hot Toys Princess Leia, it’s almost amazing to think how far the hobby has come. There’s a few other possible contenders, but I’d be stunned if Leia didn’t end up being my favorite 12” female figure of the year.
Packaging: Hot Toys has a simple outer package for this line. I like the elegant looking use of the flat and shiny shades of black. It might be a bit too simple though.
Fortunately, the interior package has a far more dynamic glimpse of the Leia figure in various iconic New Hope poses.
Likeness: One thing that always stands out with Hot Toys figures is how eerily accurate they are to their real life counterparts. Leia might be one of their best efforts with an uncanny likeness to Carrie Fisher. There’s a strong sense of determination that’s really conveyed well on the figure. From every angle, the likeness is extraordinary. This is the difference between getting a Hot Toys figure and everything else.
I didn’t doubt the bun hairstyle would be a problem for Hot Toys and they pulled it off well. There are a lot of solid details in the hair strands to look like hair tightly pulled and arranged.
Scale: On the sliding scale of Star Wars protagonists, Chewbacca towers over everyone. Then there’s Han, Luke and Leia. Hot Toys adhered to that scale perfectly.
Paint: There’s not a lot of paint opportunities with Leia beyond the face, but that’s vitally important in this instance. A bad paint job would ruin the outstanding sculpt.
As usual, the Hot Toys’ paintjob is superb. Leia has a real lifelike appearance and it’s thanks to Hot Toys’ work with just the right amount of makeup, the natural skin tone and line work on the hair.
Outfit: Leia’s outfit is much trickier than it appears. It’s not quite a gown, dress or robe, but a unique hybrid that only a princess from Alderaan can pull off apparently.
To help avoid a ‘Party Leia’ problem, Hot Toys added a slight skirt under the main outfit. You won’t notice it unless you’re looking for it and is otherwise well concealed.
It’s not until I started posing Leia around did I notice slight inconsistencies from the film version. The sleeves don’t ‘fall down’ to the elbow and drape nearly as long as it does in reference photos. I don’t really see how Hot Toys could have accomplished that without making the sleeves look silly in the resting position.
Leia’s hood was tricky to pose as well. Reference pictures on that were hard to find since Leia has it on for all of 20 seconds in Star Wars. It goes up OK, but I was never completely satisfied with how I was able to position it.
Articulation: I don’t ever feel the need to get especially creative with posing my Hot Toys figures. The price tag and my overall wariness of breaking a figure for one pose has generally made me gun shy.
Leia can be positioned easily enough for all of her iconic Star Wars poses save the laying on the cell bench as Luke arrives. Otherwise, Leia is all set to get snippy with Tarkin and Vader and blast away at some Stormtroopers.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
- Pair of relaxed palms
- Pair of weapon holding palms
- One left palm for supporting weapon.
Leia also comes with her smaller blaster pistol. The size of it looks terrific and there’s some nice detailed work on it as well. Additionally, she comes with a Stormtrooper rifle. This is the same highly detailed blaster we’ve seen with the Stormtrooper set. It makes sense to give Leia one since she used it to take out several Stormtroopers in the escape from the Death Star.
Worth it? Leia will run you slightly cheaper than an average Hot Toys figure at $204. That’s a fair price for a figure of this quality that isn’t packed with a ton of extras.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I doubt it’s even worth me trying not to be biased here. Hot Toys has delivered a classic Princess Leia figure here. I’m pulling for an Empire Strikes Back version next, but I won’t need another Star Wars version now thanks to this figure.
Where to get it? Sideshow Collectibles originally went through its initial allotment of Leia, but has her back up now. Star Wars are definitely one of their hottest collectibles and if you’re interested, I highly suggest grabbing her now. Currently, Sideshow is offering Leia with free shipping making her an even better deal.