Do not adjust your screens. Your eyes do not deceive you; this is a bubblegum colored Baroness. It’s more popularly known as fuchsia Baroness, but I’ve always thought her outfit exhibits a particularly bubble gummy shade of pink. I don’t know why I sometimes gravitate towards food, and specifically candy, when describing some toys. Maybe I shouldn’t write on an empty stomach. The story on the fuchsia set is that the wrong shade of red was initially made, and so the errant sets were available bagged at the show. Now each year, a set of the current con exclusive figures are also available bagged at the show. If the story is true, it’s funny to think that the bagged set tradition had its origins as the result of an error.
What can be said about the 1984 Baroness mold? It had been done and redone by the end of the o-ring’s life. This one, like most convention figures, ramps up the painted detail, with tiny silver and even gold highlights. Nothing has been changed mold-wise, but the new paint scheme at least adds interest. I still prefer the original head sculpt over the later comic pack version, even if it doesn’t have a classically beautiful female face.
She’s one of only two figures I still have from the 2002 con exclusives. I bought her and a Viper initially just to have some example of that year’s set. I later bought and then later sold a red Crimson Strike Team set. I don’t really know why I eventually sold it, since I’ve held onto all of my other o-ring con sets. Maybe the 2009 modern version made me think I didn’t need the original any more. I’ve since been kicking myself a bit about the decision, but oh well. Such is the life of a collector. Things come into one’s hands, and they pass back out. At least with Joe, I’ve only done one sell-off of my collection, and that was at the end of my childhood days. I can’t say the same for Transformers or Masters of the Universe, as I’ve bought and sold small collections of those two properties at least twice. Joe and vintage Star Wars have never gotten the axe from me, and I doubt they ever will.