I was watching around YouTube, and one of my new favorite people to watch, AlphaOmegaSin, put up a video that had my mind reeling, not because of what he did, but because the subject had me in this real “WTF” face for the entire video.
So what was the new head-banging-against-the-desk item that was on the bandwagon this time? Slave Princess Leia action figures!
Really? Are you really serious?? Are people really jumping on that tired bandwagon again about this???
Yes, it’s happening again. I swear people are going around, scouring stores and stories on the internet about anything and everything, just to find that one thing that someone hasn’t complained about yet, and started jumping on it like a toddler bouncing on a new mattress for the first time to see how much spring it has. Thing is…….the mattress on this bandwagon is so beat up, it’s amazing that it hasn’t broken under the weight and impaled people with the freakin’ springs!
For one……there have been other Slave Princess Leia figures out over the years since 1983 when Return Of The Jedi came out. Why? Because it’s Princess Leia – one of the main, iconic figures in the Star Wars universe, set in the style that she was first seen in the movie. Kids have been playing with these figures for years, but now that Hasbro has brought out this figure for their “Black Series” figure series – meaning it’s more detailed and articulated – parents and others are up in an uproar how now, suddenly, this “heinous figure” is being sold to “our children” and should be stricken from store shelves and the company burned to the ground!
My philosophy? Pretty much echoes everyone I’ve seen and read online – if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s a pretty simple philosophy and one that people should actually adopt instead of trying to be everyone else’s parent for a change. No one is forcing you to buy this figure. There are plenty of other figures and vehicles to buy in the whole Star Wars universe, so please……..put the pipe down and get the stick out of your nether regions, mm-kay?
I’ve seen the figure, and to me, it kinda looks like she has a spaced-out look – not the fierce determination that we’ve seen in Carrie Fisher on-screen. You would think that action figure manufacturers could make a decent, accurate mold of a face for once, but I guess that was just far too much to ask – but it’s the whole fury surrounding this farce that just blows my mind. Why are you people even getting up in everyone’s face about this, and shouting to the mainstream media that this is even something to worry about? Do you really have that little of a life that you need to go pounding on soapboxes, telling companies what they can and cannot do?
Of course, you know if enough of these nutjobs have their own way about it, and whine loudly enough, the company will cave and take it off of store shelves. It’s Disney after all, which sometimes has all the spine of a wet piece of ramen. We are in the land of the free, with freedoms to be profitable and market items that may bring in quite a bit of operating capital, and something like this…..among everything else that is wrong with the world, should really be a non-issue. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it – end of story. Be a parent to your own kids – not everyone else’s.
May the Force be with you.