PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (Boushh Disguise) /
Date Stamp: 1983
Release Date: 1983
Return of the Jedi
Assortment No. : 70660
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Point of Interest:
This figure first appeared on the Return Of The Jedi 65 back card.
Comments: Don't be fooled by the creepy voice or thermal detonator, underneath that cool looking costume beats a heart of gold. But when the helmet of the Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise) action figure is on, it's all merciless bounty hunting. The added playability created by this figure's duplicitous demeanor is second only to that of the Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise): her brother. Then again, look who sired the pair of them... That dude was all about dressing up as a bad guy. Yes, it's utterly true; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in a galaxy far, far away.
Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise) figure does have quite a few interesting major variations.
There are three interesting major sculpt variations on this figure. Two originate from Hong Kong, and the third from Taiwan.
The second Hong Kong sculpt did away with the details between the first (lowest) 'buckle' and the 'T' shape on the bandolier. The left portion of the backpack sports two longer vertical lines.
This figure has no less than four head sculpts, and numerous spray op variations. Since this was one of the many figures produced with the removable style head that Kenner favoured using in most post Star Wars figures, it is absolutely impossible to say if any version of the head was produced exclusively for one body type.
There are many mysteries involving the different versions of Boushh Helmets that have shown up over the years. There are however two basic versions that are well documented. The first version is the Hong Kong produced helmet, which sports smooth semi-glossy orange plastic, where the second version -from Taiwan- was moulded in a flat, somewhat flimsier plastic.
To date, there are 20 documented Unpainted Helmets as well as a single report from a reliable source of the existence of a Canadian carded example. These helmets a clearly not an example of play wear, but there is still not enough evidence to prove these are intended variations. Considering the fact that three years of research has turned up 20 -7 of which are in Rebelscum staff collections- there is liable to be many more still existing. There is little more research can answer until a carded version becomes available for inspection. Of all 20 documented cases, the pink one pictured here is the only one to turn up in this colour thus far.
Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.
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