Princess Leia Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys
What a way to start the week! Hot Toys’ newest figure, Princess Leia, has arrived and my anticipation level was red hot for this! The prototype pictures made my jaw drop. I didn’t order it in time to get the exclusive, but I wasn’t bothered because it wasn’t clear what the exclusive piece was if it was ordered from Sideshow’s website. I saw a few early reviews and saw what the exclusive piece was and slapped myself in the head for not putting my money down right away. I went on the wait list for the Sideshow exclusive and had my order fulfilled in less than a week! I’m so lucky. Enough with story…let’s see if this figure is as awesome as the photos on Sideshow’s page!
First off, the packaging is similar to all the other Hot Toys/Sideshow packages I’ve reviewed (and for the many figures they’ve released that I don’t have). It’s collector friendly and great for both mint in box collectors and those who want to display and then eventually put back or sell. It’s got an excellent pose of the figure inside on the box.
The graphic on the inside featuring different poses of the figure is breathtaking once again. I think I’m going to find frames to display all these collages that Hot Toys does with their figures. Inside the box, all the accessories and the figure are snug and protected. There were no issues getting any of the items out and everything was in great condition.
The accessories this figures comes with are: five different hands for various poses, a blaster pistol and blaster rifle (the same type of display stand that Luke, Obi-Wan, Han, and Chewy come with), and the Sideshow exclusive bonus (more on that later).
The figure, like the rest in the line, is in the sixth scale (12” standard). Leia is shorter than the other characters, of course, so she is just over 10” tall to be in scale with the rest of the Star Wars heroes.
The face sculpt is the most amazing part of this figure. There is absolutely no mistaking that this is Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. When showing pictures (ones I took and the prototypes pics on Sideshow’s page) of this figure to others to others who don’t collect these things and are totally unaware figures of this quality are made, they thought they were actually looking at photos of Carrie Fisher. The eyes are just so breathtaking and beautiful. It captures the soul of the character. The hair, although sculpted, looks like it’s almost real. I had to touch the buns (oh my!) when I took the figure out of the package just to double check.
The outfit is very, very light and delicate. It drapes well over Leia’s body, arms and legs. I was surprised to see that this figure also had a hood. It has wires around the edges so you can pose it down her back or on her head. I didn’t take any pictures of it on her head as I couldn’t figure out how to drape it properly to look good. You can see the hood in the middle picture above.
The one thing I’m worried about with this figure is messing up the outfit. It is so white and clean that if your hands are dirty and you’re posing this figure, whatever may be on your hands may rub off on the outfit. The same goes if you have a lot of dust in your house and don’t house your figures in a display case.
The articulation for the figure is standard: the head, arms at the shoulders and elbows, the wrist, midsection, legs, double joint above and below the knees, and the ankles. You’ll be able to get a lot of different poses out of Leia.
The hands for holding the accessories are well done. I took a lot of pictures with the trigger finger hand and the hand that cups the weapons as I like them the best and wanted to get her in some more “action based” or “ready to fire” poses. I mention in my Youtube video (see at the end of the article) that I had no issues taking the hands out of the wrist joint and putting the new ones in. I did place the blaster pistol in her hand before putting the hand in so I didn’t cause any stress to the weapon.
The Sideshow website exclusive is a cool diorama piece depicting the corridor on the Tantive IV ship where Princess Leia gives the Death Star plans to R2-D2. I think this is a really neat bonus. I know we’re used to Hot Toys and Sideshow giving us an extra weapon or two and/or an additional piece for a character’s body as an exclusive. Some may not like having something this big but I think it’s great because, although I have no place to display it currently, I can take some really cool pictures using it.
Overall I’m so blown away with this figure and Hot Toys’ Star Wars releases. I’ll continue to buy them as long as the quality stays at this level and my wallet can handle it. Pictures (well, my amateurish ones) don’t do this figure justice. You just have to see it in person.
I’m giving this figure a 9.5 out of 10. Not perfect, but for me, it’s pretty damn close.
You can get on the wait list still for the Sideshow exclusive version, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get it. If you can live without the diorama piece, then you can pick this up for $204.99 US here.
For newcomers to the site, you can check out my past reviews of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan by Hot Toys as well as my look back at Sideshow Toys’ Gamorrean Guard. In the next two weeks, I’ll have my Hot Toy’s Han Solo and Chewbacca two-pack review up and a look at Sideshow’s Darth Vader that was released last year, so keep coming back!