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In the case of Leia, she gets a soft pleather wardrobe highlighted by traditional Ubese boots, an Ogygian cloak and an impact armor mantle. Especially impressive are the spiked, gloved extension on the undershirt, pleated pants and weathered jacket. In the category of stuff, she gets an electrostaff weapon, canister packs and, of course, a thermal detonator. A display base and reusable packaging adorned with information, scenes from the film and a magnetic lid complete the set.
Note: Leia also comes with a second head with a detailed Boushh helmet permanently attached. Owners should be careful when changing the heads with the body. Make sure you don’t damage or bend the torso’s connector pin. It’s a tight fit and can be a daunting task.
Read all about it: Dark Horse Comics reprints Marvel Comics’ original sequential-art adaptation of the famed movie in its trade paperback “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — The Special Edition” ($9.95). The book also includes 30 pages of sketches from the film’s pre-production artists.
What’s it worth: Artist Andy Bergholtz almost perfectly captures the head sculpt of a very serious-looking Carrie Fisher. This artistic vision, along with the price point and fine costuming, should keep Leia in a display case and not a bedroom toy bin.
Strange but cool
A short look at bizarre products with a pop-culture twist.
• ”Spider-Man 3” Minimates (Diamond Select Toys, $6.99 for each two-pack).
These 2.5-inch figures with interchangeable parts offer a blocky tribute to last year’s sequential-art-inspired blockbusters. Available in three two-packs — Transformation Spider-Man and Venom; Unmasked Black Suit Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy; and Battle Damage Spider-Man & Sandman — this 18th series of Minimates will please any Web-slinger fan.
Highlights to the minifigures (larger than Legos and way more detailed) include a removable face cover and hairpiece for the Unmasked Spidey, black web detail that pops out of Transformation Spider-Man’s chest and a Sandman with extra-large fists posed in a pile of his favorite substance.
• AT-AP Walker (Lego, $39.99).
Devotees of the “Star Wars” universe are just 392 buildable pieces away from admiring a fully functional All Terrain-Attack Pod featured in the movie “Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith.” Eight inches tall and packaged with a pair of mini Shocktroopers, the vehicle features opening top and side hatches to access the driver area, a retractable third leg, a heavy mounted cannon and a rotating blaster cannon.
An ambitious 8-year-old will take about four hours to construct the pop-culture piece, while help from dad probably can cut the project time in half.
This kit works great in tandem with Lego’s Battle Packs ($9.99 each), which include Droids (with seven minifigures and transport carrier) and Clone Troopers (with four minifigures and speeder bike) to create the beginnings of a Clone War.
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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