The Slave Leia Toy may be Pulled from Shelves- Good or Bad?
Due to some backlash over the depiction of Princess Leia in he iconic slave outfit from Return of the Jedi, her toy may be pulled from shelves. Currently Leia cannot be depicted in any sexy pose in the current Marvel Comic books, as stated by the current artist J. Scott Campbell. The artist stated:
Over at ToyBox.oi9.com, it was reported from Hasbro that the current slave Leia has been requested to be removed and erased from existence because of parents complaints of the sexual motivation to illustrate one of the leaders of a galactic civil war in a demeaning humiliating way while maintaining the male counterparts in a completely non-sexual form.
This is not the first time that Leia has had a toy depicting her in her dance outfit. There have been several toys that have been released in the last 30 years, as well as many statues. It is more than likely that these toys and statues are probably going to be more valuable if Slave Leia is pulled from shelves. Especially the current Star Wars toy line with multiple points of articulation called the Black Series. Everyone loves to hear that toys are pulled from shelves as they suddenly become collector’s items.
It is unfortunate that toys and statues would be limited in scope of nature to what parents feel is appropriate. Many toys exist for adult collectors. Star Wars is especially a great toy line that adults collect more than any other in existence. My own father collected Star Wars toys when he was in teens and his early 20s when the Return of the Jedi came out. There are many toy lines that exist that give much more cause for sexual concern than Princess Leia in a sexy outfit. Look at Masters of the Universe. I love them, but the women are more clothed than the men are.
Regardless of the matter, I do understand parent’s point of view and I do believe that girls should have very positive strong women role models. However not all toys are meant for children and not all children should be given all toys. There are many different versions of Leia that have been created. Perhaps this toy should not be given to children and if a parent disagrees with the toy, there are other toys to be bought. Why should everyone be deprived of an action figure because of a select few that disagree with it. This is only harmful if the parent gives the toy to their child and does not explain to their children about the origin of the toy.
One last night, Slave Leia is loved by so many out there. Especially cosplayers. Many cosplayer men love this outfit too. Hopefully the toy will not go away. But it will not be the first toy to be removed from shelves at the request of parents. What do you think?
You will NOT see an[y] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit again. Trust me. … I’ve heard it from two sources. We can’t even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL [Slave Leia] statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise.