I was excited when I saw the Forces of Destiny dolls showing up in stores. I knew as soon as I saw her, that I wanted the Endor Adventure Leia and Wicket set. I was able to grab her from Amazon for a bit of a discount. (Right now she is even more discounted at 50% off. Spoiler for this review: I think she's totally worth it.)
The back of her box features a very lovely cartoon of Leia wearing her speeder bike gear and Wicket looking fierce with his bow and arrow. There is a little blurb explaining a bit of the plot for Return of the Jedi in multiple languages. There are also smaller cartoon vignettes advertising a Rey and BB-8 set, and a Hoth Leia and R2-D2 set.
Here's Leia and Wicket still attached to the box liner. Something I really like here is that there were no holes punched into heads or through clothes. They are held in pretty firmly with the molded plastic part which is then tacked to the cardboard with the T-tags. There are a few extras that go around limbs and accessories, but it was nice to be able to debox something that had not been damaged by it's own packaging.
Bonus shot of the liner by itself. You should be able to click to view it bigger if you're interested. I think it looks pretty neat. I'm planning on scanning it to try to photoshop in the bit that was punched out of the cardboard.
Here's Leia, out of the box, wearing her speeder bike gear. She has a mottled green hooded poncho, and mint green pants with yellow strips running down the sides. The poncho pattern is actually very detailed so I included a bonus shot of it. There are slits in it to accommodate her belt. The pants feel like they are made out of umbrella material, and while they look good, they do not feel very nice.
Leia has a pretty face, with a head mold that looks a little like Carrie Fisher. Other than the lips being a little orangey for my preference, the paint is very nice. Her hair is nicely done up, with a thin braid running around her head from ear to ear, and the rest in a thick bun. In this photo you can also see the hood over her shoulder. The thickness of her hair makes it a little difficult to get the hood over her bun.
Over her poncho, Leia wears a very detailed black utility belt. There is a small "pouch" on her left hip, a "buckle" in the middle, and a holstered gun on her right hip.
At first I thought the clear elastic around the gun was a silly addition, until I realized that the gun can actually be removed from the holster! The gun itself is also nicely detailed, and appears to be movie-accurate. This was a very fun bonus for me.
Her boots are very nice. They have molded in seam details and wrinkles at the ankles. They have a leather like texture and look quite realistic. There are slits up the backs of the boots to aid in their replacement and removal.
The final accessory of her biker ensemble is a very nicely detailed helmet. Not only is the mold wonderful, they actually used some paint to help bring out the details and make it look well worn. There is a chin strap with a little tab on it that would hold the helmet on nicely. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to put the helmet on without having to undo her bun.
Wicket is pretty cute. He is flocked so he feels slightly fuzzy. He is articulated at the hips, shoulders, and neck, although movement in the neck is impeded by his rubbery plastic hood. I'd say overall his appearance is pretty movie-accurate. He comes with a brown plastic spear, and a tan plastic bow with an arrow. These could all use a bit of paint to spruce them up, but Wicket looks so fantastic himself, I'm not going to complain.
Finally we come to Leia's bonus fashion: the dress she wore in the Ewok village. It is made of a slightly fuzzy tan material with stitching and lacing details printed on. The white sleeves are attached to the dress and are difficult to get on and off over her hands. I didn't know this at the time, but her hands are removable! and it freaked me out when they popped off while I wrestled with the sleeves.
Leia has a pair of tan sandals to wear with her Ewok-made dress. Though the plastic feels rubbery, it was hard to get her feet through the ankle straps, which look too loose to be able to walk in comfortably. They have a lot of nice molded in details, including braids for the straps. A little paint wash will bring these out nicely.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: fantastic Leia doll, with two fashions, adorable Wicket figure with accessories
The Bad: honestly, anything I could put here would be a nitpick
The Verdict: What are you waiting for? Go buy her!