Leia Organa Solo was a Senator of the Old Republic, a leader of the Rebel Alliance and then one of the founders of the New Republic. For a time, she served as the New Republic Chief of State. Later, after stepping down from that role, she was periodically called upon to fill ambassadorial roles. Leia is strong in the Force and quite skilled with a lightsaber, but she was not able to complete her training and become a full-fledged Jedi Knight until late in the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Parts: Head (Princess Leia from the Han & Leia 2-pack), Torso (EU Leia Organa Solo), Arms (EU Leia Organa Solo), Legs (EU Leia Organa Solo), Lightsaber (Adi Gallia).
Supplies: X-acto knife, super glue, emery board or file, brushes, Testors paints, Polly Scale paints and Testors Dull-Cote.
Reference: Descriptions from various novels.
Step One: Using the boiling water method, I replaced the existing head with the new one.
Step Two: I cut off both hands, right at the jacket cuff, and glued them back on in a slightly different position. This allows Leia to hold the lightsaber at a better angle with one hand, while the other hand appears to be executing a "Force-push".
Step Three: Next, I painted the figure, as desired. I chose to leave the tan color alone except for "weathering" it a little. The blue shirt was painted a brighter blue than the original figure had. The lightsaber hilt was detailed to make it look different from Adi Gallia's.
Step Four: Finally, I applied a coat of Testors Dull-Cote to protect the paint and reduce the shine.
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