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Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) - ESB - Basic

Leia Organa
(Bespin Gown)

Detailed Visual Analysis

Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

General Analysis

Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) is another figure that I owned although I don’t remember how it got into my collection as a kid. I do, however, remember that I didn’t have her vinyl cape or blaster, so she was quite incomplete. I remember the chips on her fingers and the oddly colored flesh area in her neck. It wasn’t until years later when I discovered Kenner produced two unique sculpts of her. The newer version is a much prettier and better-looking figure than the first version, but it’s also technically screen-inaccurate because her dress didn’t go that far up her neck. There are differences in hair color and facial paint operations. And don’t forget about her running card back photo change. It’s one of the few figures where I genuinely feel that Hasbro got it right the first time and unsure why they felt a revision was necessary or required (both figure and packaging). Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) also sustained a name change. Kenner added “Princess” before the name on later releases for uniformity purposes. It’s still a wonderful figure today.

Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: 2012's THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit) (VC111) figure.

Collector Notes

Name: Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

Alternate Name: Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

Collection: Star Wars

Alternate Card Back Image: Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

Release: 1980

Status: Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) is an all-new figure.

Assortment: No. 39720


Retail: $1.99 USD

Alternate Card Art Details:

• Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

• Trilogo

• Packaging features revised first version of Kenner's Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) card art with orange and white background.

• Character name pill and figure backer are red.

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Figure Release Information

Major Figure Variations (loose):

  1. crew neck (flesh colored) – Neck is painted a flesh color, giving the dress a crew neck appearance
  2. turtleneck (gown colored) – Neck is painted the color of her gown, giving the dress a turtleneck appearance
  3. painted neck (gold/green) – Neck was painted gold on the front (flesh on the back), which turned to green over time

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

crew neck (profile picture)

  1. ESB-31B

crew neck (front picture)

  1. ESB-32B

turtleneck (front picture)

  1. ESB-41D
  2. ESB-45A
  1. ESB-47
  2. ROTJ-48
  1. ROTJ-65B
  2. ROTJ-77A

U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

Research Droids Data Analysis

Added: July 11, 2018
Category: Empire Strikes Back, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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