PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (Boushh Disguise) /
BOUSHH

Source:
  (Return of the Jedi)


Date Stamp: 1983

Release Date: 1983

Carded Availability:
  Return of the Jedi
  Tri-Logo

Assortment No. : 70660

Retail: $2.99

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • Boushh Rifle
  • Boushh Helmet


  • 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.

    Body Sculpts and Moulds:
    There are three interesting major sculpt variations on this figure. Two originate from Hong Kong, and the third from Taiwan.

    At quick glance, the two Hong Kong moulds appear to be the same, but upon close inspection, many discrepancies become apparent. The fist version of this figure is highly detailed and can be spotted from the front by the details in the midsection of the bandolier, which has -looking up from the first (lowest) 'buckle'- horizontal line, then a dot, then another horizontal line on top if it (before the larger 'T' shaped detail. The left side of the backpack on this version has two short vertical lines.

    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.

    The Taiwanese sculpt shares all the details of the Hong Kong Version 1 torso sculpt, but these are finer details. The left portion of the backpack has a vertical with two vertical lines inside it. The Taiwanese version was moulded in both brown and tan plastic, and as such each version required unique spray ops. In the case of the Brown Mould, the tan portion of the 'skirt' had to be painted, where as the Tan Mould required the brown mid-chest area painted. These moulds created the third and forth major variation in this figure. Also of interest, the Taiwan versions sport an improved right hand, that holds the rifle tightly and cups over it slightly.

    Head Sculpts and Spray Ops:
    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.

    Helmet:
    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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