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'Star Wars' Toy Has Parents Furious

Many people are familiar with the Slave Leia scene from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” but Philadelphia dad Fred Hill is furious that an action figure of the scantily clad character is on toy store shelves.

“That’s pretty inappropriate,” Hill told Fox Philly. “I got two daughters I don’t need seeing that crap.”

The controversial action figure of Princess Leia dressed in little more than a racy gold bikini with a chain around her neck is true to the iconic movie, but many parents believe that toy stores shouldn’t stock it.

"It’s a little indecent. A little more clothing would have helped," mother Eugenia Mirica said.

"It's true to the scene, but I don't know if I would purchase this for my girls," added mother Allison Degarmo.

"It’s just a bit much for a child,” Tiffany Mahan said about the action figure, which is approved for ages 4 and up. “So, no, I probably wouldn't give this to my 4-year-old -- and maybe not an 8-year-old.”

Hill and his daughters first saw the highly sexualized action figure on toy aisle shelves while shopping for their birthday presents in Deptford, New Jersey, and all three of them were flabbergasted.

“They’re like, ‘Dad, why does this doll have a chain around its neck?’” Hill said. “I don’t have any answers.”

"But that kind of crap is in the toy aisles for me to see? Nah," he added.

Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" movies, had a different opinion.

“SlaveLeiaDolls R causing OUTRAGE 4Sum parents on Fox TV& Im thinking-if folks R outraged NOW, shouldnt I have been OUTRAGED 40yrs ago? MAYBE I WAS!” she tweeted on July 14.

“That chain only ’enslaved’ me until I could use the frabjous thing to KILL THAT DROOLING SWOLLEN SUPERTONGUED SLUG & whirl him off into infinity,” she also tweeted, referring to how her character in “Return of the Jedi” used the outfit and chain to her advantage.

Several people sent her supportive tweets.

“Slave Leia is bad but Bratz dolls are OK?” a portion of one tweet read.

Either way, it looks like the controversial Slave Leia action figure is here to stay.

Sources: Fox Philly, Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Product shot, screenshot via Fox Philly


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