It looks like Disney are determined to erase the ‘Slave Leia’ outfit from Star Wars’ future toys and products…
The gold bikini that Carrie Fisher wore in Return of the Jedi when she was captured by Jabba The Hunt was called a ‘dancing girl’s clothes’ in the script, however “In the 1990s when collectors would write in to magazines like Wizard and request their most wanted Star Wars figures that were never made originally, the moniker “Slave” was attributed to the costume. It sort of stuck and here we have a poorly named costume all these years later.”
Some may remember a while back there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the Black Series Slave Leia figure when a parent spotted one a toy store shelf, saying it was inappropriate (here). Now, we can certainly understand why the outfit may be seen as risqué and the name ‘slave’ has terrible associations (will they rename Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I too?), but in the context of the movie, it makes sense and the outfit, while sexy to men of a certain age, is extremely iconic so the idea of it being ‘forgotten about’ is a little lost on us.
Now Star Wars comic artist J Scott Campbell on Facebook has compounded the issue:
So it looks like Disney are planning on taking sexuality out of Star Wars altogether and we guess we can see the reasons behind it but the bikini was always a big part of Star Wars, Leia was strong, beautiful and sexy in Jedi and more importantly, she killed her captor while wearing the suit and that was always a very strong thing for Star Wars fans – and not just the men, the women too. You just have to attend a comic con to realise how iconic and important that outfit was for fans, no matter what their sex.