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Monday, February 15, 2016
Action Figure Review: Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
Height: 5 3/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinge knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Backpack, staff, thermal detonator, and a helmet.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$22 dollars
* Like most of the Black Series figures, Leia feels very durable and has some good quality articulation. Her upper torso articulation should allow you to pose her in multiple ways such as beating the snot out of Jabba's guards with the staff or threatening the big guy himself with a thermal detonator.
* This is a gorgeous Leia sculpt. Seriously, it's beautiful. I love it! Hasbro really dropped the ball on the Slave Leia figure but they've captured Carrie Fisher's likeness pretty well here. The determined look on her face is just perfect!
* I really just love the detail on the armor here. It's a bit soft in some places but it really does give off a layered look that seems like it would realistically serve as a disguise by hiding the frame of a smaller female like Leia.
* The bandolier and belt combo is a nicely detailed piece that, while not removable, is a separate, free floating piece. There is a peg on the back of the belt that helps to keep it from shaking around. If you found a way to disassemble the torso, you could easily remove this piece. But why would you? It completes the Boushh disguise perfectly.
* The backpack is a separate piece. It attached on Leia's back easily and stay on nice and tight. It also has some cool writing on it. I really did pull up an Aurebesh alphabet to try and translate this but I've come to the decision that the writing is in Ubese, and thus there's no way to translate it. It's pretty sweet looking, though.
* The cape hanging off of the Boushh disguise is actually a soft goods item. It looks really good, much better than plastic could ever work, at conveying a cape. This is an excellent use of soft goods and shows how they can be handled effectively in a 6 inch scaled toyline.
* Boushh's helmet has a nice amount of detail and looks pretty accurate. It could use a bit more weathering but overall I like it.
* I think the helmet looks good on Leia's head. The Boushh helmet is already a little big so the slightly oversized appearance seems to match up with the onscreen appearance of the costume.
* Leia comes armed with her electrostaff and a thermal detonator. The electrostaff is way better than the version that came with Slave Leia and is actually taller than Leia, as it should be. The thermal detonator is a cool little accessory that easily fits into the palm of Leia's left hand. It's useful for aggressive negotiations.
* Here's a little image of the thermal detonator attached to the left side of the belt. You can also see the silverish color of the plasmic core running across the hemisphere of the thermal detonator. The detonator stays on quite securely, something I definitely appreciate with a small accessory like this.
* There is a bit of funky paint on Leia's right cheek. It's tough to see with the naked eye but I noticed it when uploading this picture of her profile. Not sure what happened here.
my review of Slave Leia from 2013 I pointed out that the scale between the main three (Luke, Leia, and Han) in Star Wars Black was indeed accurate. I actually tracked down the measurements of the stars, measured the toys, and did the math. The problem is that we're not accustomed to seeing toylines taking scale too seriously, so everyone complained that Leia was too small (but remember Carrie Fisher is only 5'1). Well, Hasbro made her larger. This new Leia doesn't look bad next to other figures but next to Slave Leia? She looks ginormous.
* There's a lot of good articulation in Leia's legs, but the hard plastic bottom of her tunic definitely inhibits them a but. You're really not going to get any wide or deep stances out of this Leia.
The only other Princess Leia figure I've reviewed on here is the Black Series Phase I Princess Leia (Slave Outfit). I've reviewed plenty of other Star Wars Black figures, though, including:
Star Wars: The Black Series (6 inch) by Hasbro (2013)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit)
Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II (6 inch) by Hasbro (2014)
Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III (6 inch) by Hasbro (2015)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5