PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA in Combat Poncho
30th Anniversary Collection Vintage Figures
Item No.: Asst. 85208 No. 87139
Includes: Helmet, poncho, belt, blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Spring 2007
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: After her birth, Princess Leia became the adopted daughter of Bail Organa and Queen Breha of Alderaan, making her a Princess of Alderaan. An accomplished Senator, Organa was most famous for her strong leadership during the Galactic Civil War and other subsequent galactic conflicts, making her one of the Galaxy's greatest heroes. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy room.
Commentary: With the entire point of the Vintage line being the "ultimate" figures-- or at least, it was at one stage-- there's really no excuse for this Princess Leia Organa figure being as dull as it is, or as inauthentic. In 1984, Kenner released a version of this figure and the color of the poncho was more accurate than the 2007 release. The helmet is recycled from the 2002 Endor Rebel Trooper, and it appears that the poncho is the same as or very similar to that of the 2006 Luke Skywalker in Endor Poncho-- which, by the way, was only seven bucks. At least her belt is new. As a standard $7 figure, this Leia would have been a pretty good release-- I'd still complain about the recycled helmet and the incorrectly colored poncho, but at least for $7, I fully expect and am fine with recycling parts. At the low price point, there's nothing wrong with reusing parts. But in a premium line? That's inexcusable. More work was put in to a number of basic figures last year, so it's really a downer to see this figure not live up to the high expectations of the Vintage line, but rather, merely live up to the reality of what the vintage line tends to be-- about 50% awesome, 25% pretty great, and 25% overpriced basic figures in a fancy new box.
That said, the actual figure without the accessories isn't all bad. She's appropriately shorter, has decent detail, and she has great articulation. Truly, there's not much better you could do with her other than maybe tweaking her neck just a little bit, as it seems a little long. But as a toy with the poncho and helmet, it might be difficult to appropriately design a Leia who could wear this costume without the slightly longer neck. She can sit, she can stand, and she can fill in as a Rebel Briefing figure too-- she's actually fairly well designed. It's just that for $10, it would be nice to see a properly lighter and greener poncho, or a new helmet sculpt which would allow her to look different than the other five figures with the exact same open helmet sculpt. All I'm saying is for $3 more than a basic figure, I expect the best-- and if I can't get the best, I'd rather just pay $7.
Collector's Notes: The official stinker of 2007, this Leia figure still hangs on pegs across the USA at full price or on a slight markdown-- people don't want it. As such, don't pay more than $10 for it. Much like Han Solo in his Endor Trenchcoat from 2006, this figure just didn't click with all fans at full price.
Rant: This figure is another fine example of collectors not knowing what's best for us. Hasbro claims that the Deluxe/Ultra figures aren't popular at $9.99, yet keeps brining back the Vintage line at $10 or more each because we'll buy them. Were this figure released in an Ultra assortment footprint, I have little doubt it would also have included a Speeder Bike at the same price or maybe a dollar more. What we buy sends a clear message to Hasbro, and when we picked up a lot of the vintage figures, what we're saying is we're willing to pay a premium for the packaging.
Day 725: April 30, 2008