DIFFERENCES: Compared to his Kenner counterpart, the Glasslite Princess Leia has:
- Moulded in harder plastic
- A scarred COO (2 distinct versions)
- Pale face, neck and hands
- Black hair
- Black eyes and eyebrows
- Manufacturing flaw so heads are typically angled
- Hand painted hands and belt
- Black belt with hand painted large white circle detail
- Packaged with a silver Jawa blaster and a unique cape
The Glasslite Princess Leia belongs to COO families #I and #III, what I hear you say?? I won’t even try to explain it but somehow the tools either got mixed up and damaged, who knows?!?! Both families contains two main COO marking variations and can be easily identified by the large or small “C” in the copyright symbol.
Both original mold tools were stamped “HONG KONG” which is where the production for the earliest version of this figure took place. During the products life and possibly as part of a cost reduction exercise production was moved. There the country of origin “HONG KONG” was filled in, leaving a scar where the “HONG KONG” stamps once where.
Then somehow a non-matching set of mold tools were shipped to Brazil and used by Glasslite, therefore the scarred COO is common to both the Kenner & Glasslite.
I do not own both Glasslite and Kenner variants from the same COO family so the comparison below uses a COO family #I Kenner figure and a COO family #III Glasslite figure.
Poor QA also resulted in minor differences between batches.
- Differences in paint applications.
- Mould flash, please read below.
Another trait of the Glasslite figure is that there appears to be a manufacturing flaw and excess flashing was left on the neck stump. This results in the Glasslite head typically sitting at an angle instead of facing forward.
EXTRAS: Comparison photos showing the Glasslite silver and solid black v5 Jawa blasters.
- Both Blasters float when placed in water
- Neither Blaster will sink if tapped
CAPE: The Glasslite Princess Leia came with a unique cape.
EXTRAS: Comparison photos showing three Glasslite capes overlaid on to each other.
Compared to the Kenner cape, the Glasslite cape has:
- Unique cut, shorter in length with ‘crescent’ shaped cuts on the sides
- Smooth matt outside finish, Kenner has a cross-hatch pattern and zips when you run your finger nail across it
- Highly susceptible to staining
- Batch variations in the ‘cut’ of the cape