Sunday, December 2, 2018

Action Figure Review: Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   Today I'm checking out another figure from the most recent series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures and it's another one I've been really looking forward to: Princess Leia Organa in her Hoth gear. I've always liked this costume and it really ranks pretty high up there as one of my favorite looks for Leia ever (my favorite Leia costume ever is actually the Terry Dodson design from the Mark Waid penned Leia comic. This Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson Leia image is possibly my favorite piece of Leia art ever), plus it's from The Empire Strikes Back, so that automatically makes it vital for a respectable Star Wars: The Black Series collection. Let's check out this new version of Princess Leia Organa after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a balljointed head

Accessories: DH-17 blaster pistol, welding torch, goggles, and vest.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

* Earlier this fall Hasbro released Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) as a Target exclusive. While the figures do have a lot of differences, they also share the same basic body, upper legs, and arms. The headsculpts, left forearms, lower legs, hands, and accessories are all different, however, so the reuse is way more minimal than you might initially think.
 The Positives:

* Leia is an incredible looking figure! Seriously, she may not be one of the flashiest in the line but she's incredibly faithful and lifelike. Hasbro has truly improved this line since last year and Leia is another figure that shows off the benefits of working in the 6 inch scale versus the traditional 1/18th scale. Her outfit looks incredible and if I were a kid playing with these, this would definitely be my default "adventuring" Leia.

* The headsculpt is beautiful. The sculpt is not only solid but the faceprinting process really makes the likeness rather uncanny. This is a beautiful sculpt that captures the likeness of a young Carrie Fisher quite well.

* Leia's vest is removable. It looks great and is molded in a fairly flexible plastic that makes it easy to remove and put back on.

 * There are lots of cool little details on Leia, including the rank insignia on her vest and the wrist communicator on her forearm. Again, lots of tiny detailed sculpting and solid paint applications.

* Leia is nicely articulated. Leia is a woman of action and this figure is fully able to give her a chance to show off her skills. The articulation is great here and makes the figure incredibly fun to pose in various Stormtrooper slaughtering poses!

* Leia comes with a DH-17 blaster, which Carrie Fisher can be seen holding in a few publicity photos. It's a great blaster and its use among Rebel troopers makes it a solid inclusion with the figure.

* Leia comes with the welding torch she uses to help repair the Millennium Falcon. Technically it should be attached via a cord to a small power source but for a more minor accessory here, I'm going to give Hasbro a pass. It's a cool inclusion with the figure and gives her another way to be displayed.

* Leia also comes with a pair of welding goggles. They look great and actually fit over her head. You can rest them on her forehead too, if you want. They're quite a cool piece.
 The Negatives:

* Leia's boots look great but Hasbro definitely has been leaving some fairly noticeable gaps in the ankle joints on Leia figures. It seems to happen to Leia often, possibly because of her smaller stature. I wish they'd get the joints to be a little more flush!
   Leia is another Epic figure in what has turned out to be one of the best sets of figures released in the Black Series. Leia is another figure that could easily be a top 10% figure in the line. While it would have been nice if Hasbro had thrown in a breathing mask so she could be displayed alongside of the Exogorth Escape Han, what we got here is pretty impressive. Star Wars: The Black Series is definitely going to be on my 2018 best of the year list and this version of Leia will probably be in my top 10 favorite figures of the year as well. We now have two of the four Empire Strikes Back versions of Leia, so let's Hasbro has plans for the other two next year!

   If you love Princess Leia Organa check out some of my other Leia reviews on here including the Black Series classic Princess Leia Organa, Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)Princess Leia Organa (Boushh), Princess Leia (Bespin Escape), and General Leia Organa as well as the micro Leia from the Micro Machines Classic Characters 2nd edition pack and from the Ice Planet Hoth Playset, as well as the background Leias from the C-3PO and Jabba the Hutt mini heads.

For more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III check out the following:

 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 


  1. I've already got the Target exclusive Bespin Escape Leia... and now I want this one, too. Mostly for those kickass goggles. For Bespin Han, though, I need to get the Exogorth version if I can, because it's the only way to get the Ford Finger, AFAIK.

    1. Yup, the Ford Finger only comes with the Exogorth Escape version. And duh, of course this version of Leia is necessary! Any OT costume variant is a 100% necessity! The goggles are slick as all get out. This is a well accessorized figure and feels like a very well thought out Black Series release.


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