From a figure collecting perspective there’s two films that are the toughest challenge for me — Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — just due to the numerous cool outfits for the main characters. This brings me to today’s “dilemma” of Princess Leia. In Empire Strikes Back she has three key looks and it’s fitting that I’m looking at the attire she’s in for most of the film, her Hoth gear.
While I’m not normally a fan of alternate looks, I love all of the Hoth outfits so I was thrilled when Hot Toys showed Leia in this attire. I still need a Bespin escape look but that’s another issue. Let’s see if this Hots Toys Princess Leia Hoth Figure leaves me cold…
Packaging: Leia gets the standard Star Wars Hot Toys treatment. Compared to some of the other lines it’s a tad boring, but it kinda fits the classy style of this license.
The inner package is where Hot Toys puts in the work with a great shot of Leia although the Return of the Jedi style under construction Death Star is out of place.
Likeness: Empire Strikes Back is my preferred look for the Original Trilogy characters and while Bespin is my iconic version of the Big Three, I love the Hoth designs as well. Leia’s attire is suited for the administration role as she’s not traipsing around Hoth looking for for the Empire.
While Hasbro has made tremendous strides with its face printing technology, Hot Toys hasn’t never failed to deliver incredible likenesses to Carrie Fisher. This is another amazing take on Leia from Hoth. The work on the hair is very impressive from the braid around the top and the strands on either side.
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All of Fisher’s distinct features from the almond shaped eyes complete with the slight circles under them, slim nose and thin lips. Fisher kind of had doll-like features making it especially challenging for Hot Toys to bring a lifelike quality to the sculpt. I’d say mission accomplished.
Outfit: Hoth is a cold planet so it’s important to dress warmly even if you’re not out in the elements. Leia’s outfit reflects the padding and layers to keep her toasty even without a parka.
From watching the opening act of ESB so often it’s impressive seeing this outfit so meticulously done at this scale from the waffle pattern vest to the spacesuit like padding on the thighs and oversized strapped boots.
The left sleeve has what I think is Leia’s communication device.
The gloves are a good size without giving Leia man hands.
Paint: As usual, Hot Toys remains the champion in terms of realistic, lifelike looking paint jobs on figures. It’s most noticeable in the fantastic work done on the eyes, which reflect that delicate wet look of real eyes to avoid the dead-eyed mannequin stare.
Leia’s gloves have a slightly darker grey wash, but that’s it as far as the paint.
Scale: Leia is the smaller member of the main cast so she’s going to be looking up at everyone. That’s no difference with this figure either. This of course makes me want the Hot Toys Han, Luke and an ESB style Chewbacca and C-3P0.
Articulation: Leia doesn’t have any problem moving around any as her outfit isn’t too cumbersome.
Assuming we ever get that Millennium Falcon cockpit set, which Hot Toys has teased, she really just needs to be able to sit down. It’s definitely not like Leia was doing flips and doing anything all that dramatic in this particular outfit aside from some slight canoodling with Han.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Leia doesn’t come with an overwhelming amount of accessories.
Remember she largely gave orders, had a hallway encounter with Han and kissed her brother in front of all her friends before rushing out out of Hoth to escape her father and the baddest variant specialty version of Stormtroopers ever in the Snowtroopers.
Most of Leia’s accessories are focused on her adventures in the Millennium Falcon.
She’s got a pair of safety goggles and breathing mask for the trip to the cave and a wielding torch where she complains about Han Solo’s scoundrel tendencies.
She also has a blaster that’s basically tossed in as Leia never uses a blaster while she’s in her Hoth attire.
For extra display options she has three extra right hands: a spread out, blaster holding and relaxed. And she’s got a pair of non-gloved hands as well.
Finally, she comes with a stand shaped like a grate re-used from the Star Wars Leia figure with a frosted repaint to simulate a platform at Echo Base.
Worth it? Leia was $210, but she’s sold out and it seems like the best option at this point is eBay, which you know isn’t the best option.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I’m a massive fan of every Hoth attire from Empire Strikes Back and this is a fantastic version of Leia’s costume from Empire’s opening act. Now it’s time for that Bespin escape version.
Where to Get It? I got Leia from Big Bad Toy Store after Sideshow Collectibles sold out. I’d mistakenly kept my old address on the order and after some vain attempts to get it from the new owner, BBTS went above and beyond on customer service and sent me another one.