Princess Leia Organa was literally at the bottom of my list of new Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures I was planning to open up and review, as my expectations for the figure were pretty low. But with the heartbreaking news of Carrie Fisher’s passing this week, I got nostalgic and ended up freeing the new Hasbro ANH Princess Leia 6″ figure from her plastic prison. And I’m glad that I did–while she’s not perfect, this Episode IV Leia Black Series figure (which, by the way, is now selling for a small fortune) is far better than I expected…
But news of Carrie Fisher’s tragic death shook me a lot, and I ended up opening this figure–and quickly realized that this figure deserved far more credit than I was giving it.
The sculpting and texture on the iconic hair buns looks nice, and the face sculpt and paint deco are a lot prettier than I feared. There might be a bit too much blush and lipstick painted on, but this is a solid likeness and a reasonably pretty female face overall. Sorry, haters.
As big of a pleasant surprise to me as Leia’s head sculpt is her articulation scheme. This Black Series Princess Leia figure has a couple points of articulation that Marvel Legends collectors have been frothing at the mouth for on female figures: double-jointed elbows and swivel biceps!
Considering Sabine in this same wave doesn’t even get this extra added arm articulation, I’m shocked that Leia got it. Pleased, but shocked. I’m not sure this particular version of Princess Leia Organa needed the extra articulation, mind you, but I am thrilled to get it nonetheless.
The full articulation rundown is as follows: ball-jointed head/upper torso/hips; ball-hinge shoulders and wrists; swivel biceps and thighs; double-hinge joint elbows and knees; and hinged ankles with ankle rockers.
The soft goods cloak allows this Leia six inch figure full use of all of her built-in articulation points, and the cloak itself (while obviously not Hot Toys level) actually looks very nice (besides the hood). At the very least, Leia’s soft goods costume isn’t the cluster that poor A New Hope Luke Skywalker’s bathrobe was earlier this year.
In addition, I was very pleased to see that Hasbro scaled this Black Series Carrie Fisher figure appropriately! As Carrie Fisher was only 5’1″ tall there’s no way she should be the same height as a typical Black Series figure. And at about 5.25″ tall, she looks just right next to other 6″ Black Series figures.
What bothers me about the figure? Her trigger finger isn’t large enough to place over the trigger of her larger blaster (at all), too much lipstick painted on hurts an otherwise terrific head sculpt, and the tailoring on the soft goods hood is pretty awful.
Overall: Perhaps my emotions are biasing me just a bit in this instance, but I think this is a really terrific 6″ Leia figure. The head looks galaxies nicer than the prototype shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe, the excellent articulation surprised me (double-jointed elbows!!), and the soft goods look very nice (the hood notwithstanding). This is a surprisingly strong 6″ Black Series Princess Leia Organa figure, and I think the overall opinion on this figure may improve a lot once more collectors have her in-hand.