Introduced in the original Star Wars film (1977), Leia is princess of the planet Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate and an agent of the Rebel Alliance. She thwarts the sinister Sith Lord Darth Vader and helps bring about the destruction of the Empire's cataclysmic weapon, the Death Star. Princess Leia Organa is portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher.
This is the recently released Hot Toys MMS298 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure. It features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" with Newly developed head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression and make-up, Detailed hair sculpture of Princess Leia’s iconic hair style; Approximately 26 cm tall Body with over 28 points of articulations; Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of relaxed palms, One (1) pair of weapon holding palms, One (1) left palm for supporting weapon
Having gotten the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS297 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure (check out the action figure review posted HERE, HERE and HERE), Hot Toys MMS261 "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1/6th scale Han Solo (covered HERE and HERE) and Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Chewbacca 36 cm tall collectible figure (pictures HERE and HERE), I needed Princess Leia to complete the group. Interestingly, Princess Leia never met Obi-Wan Kenobi face-to-face in the film. The Princess was rescued by the trio of Luke, Han and Chewbacca when Obi-Wan went to disable the tractor beam. He ended up duelling with Darth Vader while Luke and company escaped with the Princess. Obi-Wan Kenobi never made it out of the Death Star physically.
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Box packaging is the same standard boring black box for all Star Wars 1:6 scale figures. Kudos to Hot Toys for including a second "cover" when the lid is removed. Unfortunately, the Death Star in the background is the one from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi because it is incomplete.
Hot Toys MMS298 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Carrier Fisher as Princess Leia in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, detailed hair sculpture of Princess Leia’s iconic hair style, specially tailored costume, two types of blasters, and a figure stand.
The Instruction Sheet covers the figure's head movement and backdrop set up. A special edition is available in selected markets which include a specially designed backdrop as bonus accessory.
It also cautions against taking taking off or putting the outfit back on inappropriately with excessive force as it might damage the outfit.
Here's the Hot Toys MMS298 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure out of her "prison" box. Her costume consists of: a white colored dress, a white colored top, a white colored belt, and a pair of white colored boots. The Star Wars Visual Dictionary states that Princess Leia is wearing the traditional gown of the Alderaan royal family with symbolic belt along with travel boots. A very 1970s look haha
1/6th scale accessories include: Rectangular-shaped figure stand with Princess Leia nameplate and Star Wars logo, three extra interchangeable hands, a blaster rifle and blaster pistol
The blaster rifle that is included is in fact a stolen E-11 BlasTech Standard Imperial Sidearm / Stormtrooper Blaster Rifle which Princess Leia uses in her escape from her cell block when Luke Skywalker and Han Solo went to rescue her disguised as Stormtroopers. The E-11 props were built from the British-made Sterling L2A3 submachine gun. The E-11 blaster rifle features a folding extendable three-position stock and although I don't recall ever seeing it being fired in this manner, it's always nice to know that the rifle can be used in the way it was intended.
In the early scenes of the film, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) can be seen with a "Drearian Defense Conglomerate Defender sporting blaster pistol". It is actually a Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol, with some muzzle attachment fitted, selected for its diminutive size, keeping the prop gun from looking too bulky and unwieldy in Fisher's petite hands.
Check out her white boots. The female body Hot Toys uses is a jointed body and not those seamless ones that are all the rage these days. The female seamless body innovated by Phicen Limited features a metal skeleton hidden under the layers of "skin and flesh" and makes the figure look all the more realistic as there are no visible joints. The Phicen seamless figure is also super flexible as shown in the action figure review posted on my toy blog HERE.
The thing behind is a hood / veil that Princess Leia can put over her head. It has wires at the edge to make it "pose-able" but because of the wire structure, it does not fall nicely on her back and looks very untidy and awful. It's no wonder Hot Toys never showed much of her back in the preview pictures because it certainly is a sore point in terms of styling and overall look.
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NEXT: See Hot Toys MMS298 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure wielding the E-11 BlasTech Standard Imperial Sidearm / Stormtrooper Blaster Rifle
Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS297 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure review posted HERE, HERE and HERE
Hot Toys MMS261 "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1/6th scale Han Solo covered HERE and HERE
Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Chewbacca 36 cm tall collectible figure (pictures HERE and HERE)
Pictures of Hot Toys "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1:6 scale Han Solo and Chewbacca figures posted HERE