Samurai Boba Fett action figure coming (and other Star Wars toys)!

Pre-orders are now open from Entertainment Earth for the January 2016 release of “Star Wars Ronin Samurai Boba Fett Meisho Movie Realization Action Figure” sculpted by Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. The detail of this 6-3/4 inch figure (below) makes the $89.99 retail price tag much easier to swallow.

The figure will be a sure hit. Another figure in this series, “Star Wars Samurai General Darth Vader Movie Realization Action Figure,” will be released later this month, but has already sold out as a pre-order.

For those who may not have the budget for a $90 action figure—no matter how awesome it might be—Entertainment Earth is also now accepting pre-orders for a much more affordable, but still very cool exclusive toy: “Star Wars Jabba’s Palace Nesting Dolls – Entertainment Earth Exclusive.” At just $16.99, these nesting dolls offer a unique collectible to the Star Wars fan. The nesting dolls will be released in December 2015.

 

Bring Jabba’s palace into your home, with representations of Jabba himself (with Salacious Crumb), a Gamorrean guard, and Max Rebo’s band. The original band with lead singer Sy Snootles, not the weird little CGI cartoon muppet thing that took over in the later special edition releases. Thank you, Entertainment Earth.

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Parent objections to “Slave Leia” toys

This story should be called “Man Living in a Cave for 30 Years Takes Daughters to Target.” Or maybe “Man Projects Sexual Fantasy Onto Children.”

SlaveLeiaBlackSeriesFox 29 News in Philadelphia ran a remarkable story on 13 July 2015, entitled “Star Wars Action Figure Has Parents Furious.” A man shopping in the Deptford, Pennsylvania, Target store with his two daughters saw the Hasbro Black Series 6″ action figure for Princess Leia in her “slave” outfit—basically a bikini with a chain around her neck—from Return of the Jedi.

He told the news station, “That’s pretty inappropriate. I got two daughters I don’t need seeing that crap.” Other parents interviewed by the news station were also apparently “furious”:

  • “It’s a little indecent. A little more clothing would have helped,” Eugenia Mirica said.
  • “It’s just a bit much for a child. So, no, I probably wouldn’t give this to my 4-year-old and maybe not an 8-year-old,” Tiffany Mahan said.
  • “It’s true to the scene, but I don’t know if I would purchase this for my girls,” added Allison Degarmo.

Return of the Jedi itself was released in 1983 with a “PG” rating but heavily marketed to kids (Ewoks, anyone?) during the conservative Reagan 1980s. Yet there were no complaints at that time about Leia’s bikini on the real-life Carrie Fisher.

In the last thirty-two years, that “golden bikini” has become a pop culture force unto itself. Yes, to a large degree that force is adult male sexual fantasy. This was even exploited on the hit prime-time network television show Friends almost twenty years ago: “The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy,” which aired on 19 September 1996.

BarbieBeachDollThe parents who object to this toy—and according to Target this is the only complaint they have ever received since the action figure was released in 2013—are viewing the toy within this sexual framework. Young children, as I myself was when I saw Return of the Jedi in the theater in 1983, do not have this framework. Children see Princess Leia in that outfit within the context of the movie plot: she is a prisoner of a bad guy (Jabba the Hutt), who she eventually kills. The chain has a purpose in the movie—it is the hallmark of a prisoner, not sexual perversion.

To children, the golden bikini worn by Princess Leia is no more sexual than any of the bikinis worn by Barbie or other dolls of that ilk. It should be noted, however, that the bikini worn by the Leia action figure is permanently attached to her body. Unlike Barbie, Leia will never be naked.

Does Barbie’s ability to be rendered completely nude (albeit anatomically incorrect) have Target shoppers similarly “furious”? Or is it simply that Barbie does not turn them on as much as Princess Leia?

Exclusive “Beaming” Kirk and Spock action figures

Entertainment Earth has announced two very cool new exclusive Funko ReAction 3-3/4 inch action figures in the Star Trek original series line: Beaming Capt. Kirk and Beaming Spock. These figures will be available in August 2015 and are currently available for pre-order using the links above or by clicking on the images below.

The ReAction toy line features on-card action figures resembling the popular figures of the 1970s and 1980s created for franchises like Star WarsG. I. Joe, etc.

Funko is a pop culture licensed-focused toy company located in Everett, WA. Funko currently holds more than 150 licenses including, but not limited to; Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC Comics, NBA, Sanrio, and Disney. Funko’s Pop! Vinyl is the number one stylized vinyl collectible in the world with over 10 million units sold in the last three years.