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    VTSC2 Leia Endor review

    Once again in the vintage-style line, Leia gets the short end of the stick. You know you're in trouble when the best thing you can say about a figure is it has a nice gun.

    Packaging: 3/5
    Odd to see the same Vintage TSC packaging, only this year's mail-in stuff is gold instead of silver (and the tabs are generic). The heat-sealed collector case really bothers me though, takes this down a LOT.

    Sculpt-Design: 3.25/5
    She seems really short, she's POTJ Bespin Leia's height but that figure has bent knees while this doesn't, and this has a really long neck to boot so the shoulders are lower. Her hair and facial likenesses look like they're accurate, if a tad simplistic (the facial likeness bumped the score up from a 2.5). The head is another ball-jointed affair so the "front" of the hair around her neck is an ugly hollowed area. That long neck is super lame too, Leia looks like a giraffe. The outfit is decent but hardly outstanding, and the crotch piece is once again this huge square thing, why hearken back to that? Finally, a pointless small notch is cut away exposing the joint at her back.

    Articulation: 2.5/5
    • ball-jointed neck
    • universal shoulders
    • universal elbows
    • standard waist
    • standard hips
    • universal knees
    • universal ankles
    Pretty chintzy for the Vintage line! The ball-jointed neck is done as sloppy as any figure in this line, even if it does work for up and down. The elbows don't want to raise up to 90 degrees, you have to force it to bend the sleeve plastic it plugs into. It really bugs me that the knees bend forward as easily as they do back. And there's no rotating wrists or mid-torso joint which would have been nice for speederbike poses.

    Paint-Deco: 2/5
    Doll-like pale plastic for the head and forearms, cheapness for the eyes which really hampers accuracy, but the makeup isn't doll-like anywhere else thankfully -- no blush-laden cheeks, just a decent red lipstick. The lame eyes (big thick eyebrows, no eyeliner below) and pale plastic damage the impact of the sculpt. Accurate but sloppy and boring outfit paint. It was really stupid of them to choose the light blue plastic for the ankle hinges since the boots are black.

    Accessories: 3.5/5
    Blaster, helmet, poncho, belt. The helmet is recycled from the Saga Endor Trooper yet again, so it has that idiotic open chinstrap and is missing the dents, it's a little big but fits ok. It's also missing Leia's specific helmet markings, but is otherwise decently-painted.
    The belt is decent, a little intricate sculpting, holsters the blaster nicely, and it also closes around the poncho well once you get it higher than her hips.
    The blaster is great, looks accurate, not too big, it's bendy but no surprise really, and she holds it well due to her trigger-posed hand. (They should have included 2 so you could give one to VOTC Leia!)
    The poncho is very similar the recent Luke Endor's, but shorter. It's not the right coloring, Leia's poncho was lighter and had more green, and it's a little bulky on her - that's what the figure's giraffe neck is for, and it mostly pays off but the neckline is way too high really. It kinda bothers me that the hood is sewn down but the collar isn't, should be the other way around.

    Overall: D+
    If this were a basic figure, I might give it a "C+" or a generous "B-" as individually it breaks down better than I expected, but as a Vintage-style figure it's an insult to my ten bucks. Underwhelming articulation, weak paint, a recycled helmet, and an ill-fitting, badly-colored poncho all work hard to tank this figure.
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    Do you think she would fit on a POTF2 speeder?

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    Her hips can almost straddle the seat, she pops up but can sit all the way on the top of the rear of the seat where it raises up, and the poncho covers it so it doesn't look too bad. Her feet can't reach the peddles and her hands are WAY too dainty to use the controls though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Her feet can't reach the peddles and her hands are WAY too dainty to use the controls though.
    Well, doesn't that just make her daddy's little princess ummm, yeah. It's ok, makes it easier to fall off and be accosted by a teddy bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarnard View Post
    Well, doesn't that just make her daddy's little princess ummm, yeah. It's ok, makes it easier to fall off and be accosted by a teddy bear.
    To paraphrase Palpatine....that's just un natural...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarnard View Post
    Well, doesn't that just make her daddy's little princess ummm, yeah. It's ok, makes it easier to fall off and be accosted by a teddy bear.
    I didn't think to try it with the Saga Ep 2 Speederbike, mine is packed away in the back of my Republic Gunship which is teeming with figures that would just love to make me pick them all up off the floor.
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    Always thought it looked wrong and sure enough...what a pity, especially about the poncho - would it have been so hard to make it a film accurate colour. Giraffe neck and crappily executed BJH are no surprise. Guess I'm doing a head transplant with this figure and POTJ Leia General. I want this figure's shortness but an older and better head sculpt. Pretty sad that I have to look to older figures for proper heads.

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    I cannot say I am surprised with this review; of all the Vintage figs coming, this is the one that had me saying, 'meh.' I almost wish they had not bothered with her, and giving us just 5 kick butt figs, as opposed to what they did, five great fig and Leia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devo View Post
    Always thought it looked wrong and sure enough...what a pity, especially about the poncho - would it have been so hard to make it a film accurate colour. Giraffe neck and crappily executed BJH are no surprise. Guess I'm doing a head transplant with this figure and POTJ Leia General. I want this figure's shortness but an older and better head sculpt. Pretty sad that I have to look to older figures for proper heads.
    That's going to be a tough headswap, they don't share any parts or similar joints, you'll basically need to graft out the necks too.


    They really should have just saved this figure for the basic line where it wouldn't have been as negative an impact - it's still got a crappy neck situation and poncho issues, but at least there it wouldn't have cost $10 and been in specialty packaging. I guess we can chalk this Leia up to this wave's VOTC C-3PO.
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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    Thanks for the review JT.

    I bought her only to round out my Tyderium crew. I have 2 Imp shuttles and my vintage one is for "the Emperor's Arrival," (an abridged version anyway). I wanted to hang a shuttle with its signature wings open, so I thought I'd make the Rebel one.

    I have in the cockpit / passenger section:

    Dejerik Champion Chewie (flying casually with his hands behind his head)
    Han Gunner Station with the headset. (I needed the chair for custom work)
    Luke Endor Saga2
    Leia VTAC (discussed here)
    Flying R2D2 - as a statue, this POC 2003 figure is finally good for something.
    MMC C-3PO - he's bright and shiny, so you can see him in the back
    Saga1 Endor Rebel - the one-man strike team. There's not really more room.

    Anyway, I'm going to hang the ship from the ceiling with the side-pannel off so you can see the droids and soldier in the back.
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