Princess Leia had the most diverse wardrobe of any character in Return of the Jedi. Her Endor attire is one of my favorite looks as Leia was decked out like the rest of the Rebels and wasn’t in her traditional white costumes.
Hasbro’s has been on a roll lately with The Black Series line so I was excited about checking out this Endor wave. Let’s see how Leia fares with this version.
Packaging: I really love this new style of packaging for the Black Series line and the Jedi appropriate green accent is a nice touch.
The artwork on the side doesn’t feature the best likeness of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Lia. One of my favorite aspects of the bio is the storytelling approach that sets the stage for this particular point of the saga.
Likeness: Hasbro seemed to perfect Leia’s likeness with the Empire Strikes Back figures. This head sculpt is a just a tiny step back. It’s not a case of the Fisher likeness being terrible, but it’s softer and lacks some of that quiet intensity of Princess Leia.
From the straight on perspective, the likeness isn’t bad, but the sides are where it starts to falter. I think it’s because Leia’s braid was a little messier and some hair was falling down over her forehead.
Paint: Leia’s paintjob is solid. I haven’t had a huge issue with paintjobs from the Black Series figures and everything on my figure was nice and clean on both levels of her outfit.
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Scale: Princess Leia was clearly the shortest member of the Original Trilogy and has to look up to everyone. Hasbro’s scale with this line hasn’t been a problem and Leia scales perfectly with the rest of the figures.
Articulation: Leia doesn’t have bicep swivels, but the range on the shoulder socket allows for most of those moves better than your average Marvel Legends figure.
The deeper cuts in the elbows and knees also largely eliminate the need for double-jointed points as well and the ball-jointed torso allows for better stances in action poses.
Leia Organa has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
Accessories: The amazing bonus for this Endor wave is everyone has their alternate attire for Endor.
Leia, of course, had her Ewok gown, but she’s got her staging meeting attire on underneath. I really like this additional display option.
The poncho comes off without any issue and the belt slides off to come on to the staging outfit.
Just like Luke she’s got a removable helmet. It’s scaled nicely and provides some display options for her forest conversation with Wicket. I really like that these helmets have some wear and tear damage as well.
Leia comes with her classic blaster. She definitely prefers the smaller scale pistol, which has a silver tip, and fits snugly into the holster on the poncho belt.
Worth it? I got Princess Leia for $20, but some retailers have her on sale for $18.27 now — not a bad deal for a new figure.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This is another exceptional Princess Leia figure in the Endor subset of Return of the Jedi. Thanks to the improved articulation and multiple display options this is a figure well worth adding to your collection.
Where to get it? GameStop is basically the only retailer that seems to carry new figures in stores. I’ve seen all of the Endor wave over my last few visits. Amazon has Princess Leia in and out of stock as well. Entertainment Earth has her up for pre-order with a November(?) release.