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After moving in with a friend of mine I was amazed by how many figurines she owned, I knew she was a comic book fan beforehand but this was something of a new level. I found it a unique aspect of her personality though so when it was her birthday I decided to add Princess Leia to her collection and she now stands proudly on our mantle piece. Now most collectors apparently try and keep the figurines in their original packaging as it helps keep their value in later years but as this isn't a vintage collectible my friend added it to her collection and it looked quite fitting amongst the rest. Princess Leia is dressed in a grey outfit that fans of the Star Wars franchise will recognise. It's also incredibly light, the packaging and figure alone comes to around 115g so it's easy to transport them and move them around. In this version of the action toy, Leia comes with a staff that can be attached to her hand if you're patient enough. Her outfit though isn't something I would rave about, I think you have be a big fan or a collector of these type of figures to find them appealing. It's definitely not something I would find myself indulging in but if you know someone who likes them they do make a good gift as they can be hard to find in some cases. I found Leia on Amazon and she only cost a couple of pounds plus postage and packaging and based on what I had seen I wouldn't pay any more for it. When it arrived though it was very true to the image so the sellers are reliable in what they're advertising and you won't run the risk of buying a faulty or different looking figurine. So if you're a fan of these collectables then this is definitely for you, if you're not interested in action figures at all then it's best to save your penny's but I would recommend the Kenner company as they seem to do some of the best work when it comes to action figures.
Back in the eighties, a certain film called 'Return Of The Jedi' was just coming out. It was 1983 and the world was Star Wars crazy. Although my least favourite of the original trilogy, the film did introduce us to the madcap Ewoks. Small teddy bear like creatures who live on the forest moon of Endor. The Ewoks divide audiences, with some people raving about their cuteness while other fans objecting that they ruined the film. Towards the end of the film, the rebels are gathered on Endor, mingling with the Ewoks. Princess Leia loses her inhibitions and dressed in an Ewok ceremonial outfit. I would not deem this a costume worth shouting about. It looks more like a heap of old rags! Leia seems comfortable in it though and is at her most relaxed at this point in the film. Hasbro's toy version of the figure capitalises on something Kenner did not produce in the eighties. The figure stands at about four inches or so in height and is a good addition to the collection. Leia's gentle facial features have been captured to a tee. I love her feminine lips and softened eyes and even the hair is coloured beautifully with a good level of texturing. Her outfit echoes the one she wore in the film well. There is a good amount of movement in the dress, suggesting she has caught a light breeze! Her legs are shiny and nimble as are the arms, you can also move these joints to strike new poses. Leia comes with a blaster rifle and a 35mm freeze frame from the movie. The latter is a neat add on which I think is a novel extra to include with the set. Prices should come in at about five pounds for a boxed figure. This is one of the older figures in the line up, so trying to locate a boxed one now might be hard to achieve.