Bounty Hunter Week!
Star Wars Black Series #16 Leia (Boushh) Review

“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum. Fearless and inventive.” – Jabba the Hutt to Princess Leia (disguised as Boushh). “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983)

I’m gonna be a weird on this one. I don’t care that this figure is Princess Leia. I treat Boushh like he’s my seventh Bounty Hunter. It’s a cool reveal in the movie and I’m not sure how many of my fellow fans really care about whoever Boushh was, if we was a real dude, etc. I always did and it turns out he is real, well, or he used to be – is EU from before the OT gone as well? Well, whatever. Here’s the real reason this is Boushh and not so much Leia in disguise for me. This figure is a whole head taller. I didn’t open and can’t find Slave Leia to give you a proper pic, but you could basically remove this Leia’s head and the neck peg is basically equal in height to the previous figure. How sad.

I mean, if you’re collecting Leia’s – you’ve been screwed twice by the Black Series. Slave Leia is a decent enough figure with bad paint bringing it down. And now Boushh is a giant. Thanks, Hasbro! For me, this is a win though, because that helmet is staying on. He’s hanging out with his BH crowd. All I have to remember is to spell his name right. It’s one s and two h’s. Boushh. If I misspell it before the end of the review, forgive me.

Like most of SWB, the sculpt is pretty well spot on. The technical bits are best – the helmet (it’s a tad big, but good), the collar, and the belt/bandolier are impressive. The tanks on her back are removable and finish off the costume. The clothing parts of the figure are decent sculpts too, but lack the fine detail of the non-organic areas. More paint would probably help take care of that, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Underneath the helmet is an… okay head sculpt? It’s not quite as Carrie Fisher as the Slave Leia one was, but it’s painted a ton better! The dangling hair actually manages to look good and the figure looks sharp unmasked. But this is Boushh, so let’s just put that helmet right back up on top. There is the cloth little half cape too. I’m getting over my anti-softs goods feelings lately, so I don’t mind it. It is attached the belt, so I could get rid of it if I wanted to. It’s crammed up pretty well in the package, so it looks rough here since I haven’t messed with it. Yep, still don’t like soft goods on 6” figures!

On the paint side, the helmet is probably the best part of the figure. It’s almost overpainted compared to everything else! It’s got different finishes to highlight different parts, weathering, and plenty of detail. Below the neck, we get some attentive areas like the spikes on the gloves, the tampos on the back canisters, and some other bits here and there, but the costume would’ve really benefitted from some more weathering to match the great helmet. This is true of the entire line at this point though. The Leia head underneath is also painted quite well. I wish I could mash the two Leia heads together. I bet we’d get one great one. Continue to Page 2…

7 thoughts on “Bounty Hunter Week!
Star Wars Black Series #16 Leia (Boushh) Review

  1. To head two quick things off…

    1) I know if I’m referring to the figure as Boushh, I shouldn’t say “she”.
    2) I know he doesn’t look like Red Skull. Consider it a shortcut so I can get out to Force Friday.

    That is all!

  2. Great review, funs comics: the usual great work!

    Yeah, I dunno, maybe Leia’s wearing lifts in her boots, or something. But, yeah, this version is significantly taller than the previous one. I’m gonna use this figure as Boushh, too. (I don’t care what Disney says, I keep what parts of the old EU stuff I want, and according to Shadows of the Empire Boushh was a real guy who crossed the wrong people, and then stuff happened, and Leia ended up with his old clothes.)

    And, yeah, the place this figure could’ve really used soft goods was on the skirt, to allow for better posing. I may have to fix that like I did with the 3″ version.

    So, right, then. I think I just want 6″ Black Series Dengar, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, Amanaman, Aurra Sing, Embo, Cade Bane, and Seripas, and I think that will finish me off for Star Wars figure collecting. ‘Cause there ain’t much for Episode 7 that’s catching my attention. At all.

  3. I haven’t even seen her. 🙁
    I have seen other reviews complaining about the height. I think Slave was too short, so this one is slightly better. Yes, I know Carrie is like 5’2″ or whatever, that doesn’t mean LEIA is.

    I do think you missed out on a potential GotG crossover skit with the Power Stone/Gem and Thermal Detonator. not to mention the whole “Quill thinks he’s Han Solo” gag. #hindsight2020 LOL

    I didn’t even realize “Force Friday” was TONIGHT at midnight! I thought it was Friday NIGHT at midnight. ofw.
    Having seen some early hauls, already, I think 6″ Finn/Boyega, Rey?/Daisy, X-Wing Oscar are the new ones I’ll look for. maybe that “red mask” Not!JasonToddRedHood dude?
    I totally need a 6″ Gorwyn/Grunny. I have my reasons. \o/
    also Domhnall. (pronounced Donal, not Dom-HNall as some morons on YT keep saying. five SECONDS of research! esp video interviews with him or his da!)
    I haven’t seen them on any checklists, tho?

  4. My nearest Target had Jabba for $12. I finally caved at that price.

    No sign of Boushh Leia’s wave in my neck of the woods. Since most stores dumped their Star Wars sections weeks early in anticipation of Force Friday, I have a strong suspicion this is going to be a phantom wave. No Luke as Stormtrooper, no red-striped clones, no Leia as Boushh, no IG-88, and no Palpatine for me. Palpatine I’m not too worried about, since that robe looks like ass, but the rest I’m a little miffed to be missing out on. I don’t have a mad-on for bounty hunters the way some fans seem to, but despite its flaws, SW Black has been one of my favorite lines in recent years. It’s just been a pain to find anything other than Obi-Wan in the last year or so.

    I got out of work early for the holiday weekend today and hit 5 stores on my way home (3 Targets, a TRU, and a Walmart). Between the 5 stores, I saw 12 legit figures, most of which were the 5 POA dingbats. Walmart had 1 Kanan figure and a Kylo Ren lightsaber and that was it. That was it. TRU had a SWB Obi-Wan and a Ep7 Chewbacca. The last Target accounted for 5 of the twelve figures, 2 of which were Black Series Finn, the other 3 were those armor-up things.

  5. Admit I haven’t bought any other Black series figs since Han & Slave Leia. Most of the time, never saw any new figs. I did.have the classic fig back in the day so this maybe a get.

    Endor/Speeder bike Leia would indeed like.

  6. I cannot and will not buy “Slave Leia” such a stupid choice for her first figure, horrible paint on the face and they made her a dwarf. This one is much better, but the one costume I want for Leia is her “Rebel Commando” outfit from Endor in ROTJ. I’d settle for her dress and pastry hair from ANH or the Cloud City dress.

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