Because He’s Holding a Thermal Detonator!
When Princess Leia, dressed as Boushh, approaches Jabba the Hutt, her weapon of choice is the thermal detonator. According to Wookieepedia, the thermal detonator is a highly unstable grenade-like weapon popular among military personnel, criminals, bounty hunters, and mercenaries. It’s good for one detonation and blasts up to 20 meters.
This thing turns out to be really important. Leia brings Chewbacca to Jabba the Hutt to claim the bounty of 25 thousand. Leia demands 50. Jabba asks why. Then C-3pO says:
Because he’s holding a thermal detonator!
Everyone flips out, but Jabba laughs, and settles on 35 thousand.
Therefore, just by having the thermal detonator, Leia makes an extra 15 thousand. Not bad. I’ll need to try that when negotiating bounties on wookiees, or my salary. And you know that Stewie Griffin will eventually use one on Family Guy.
Anyway, let’s look more at the thermal detonator.
Here is the video from Return of the Jedi:
There is a Facebook group called “Because He’s Holding a Thermal Detonator!” And for those of you who don’t like Facebook groups, there’s also a Facebook PAGE called “BECAUSE HE’S HOLDING A THERMAL DETORNATOR!!!” (note the misspelling)
Here is a song called Thermal detonator by the band Demolition. I never heard of it, either.
Now, let’s go shopping for a thermal detonator.
(Note: These are really hard to find because they’re sold out, so winning one on eBay will likely be expensive).
Now, I know we all prefer Leia dressed as a slave, but here are some items of her dressed as Boushh, which I’m sure has a cult following just like every nuance of Star Wars.
Princess Leia Boushh 12 Inch Action Figure from Star Wars
Her helmet is removable, and yes, she’s holding a thermal detonator.
The Leia as Boushh 12 inch Figure features:
- Fully articulated female body with 30+ points of articulation
- Authentic likeness of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa
- Jacket, Undershirt, Pants, Waistband, Belt
- Traditional Ubese Boots
- Ogygian Cloak
- Impact Armor Mantle with canister pack
- Boushh helmet – interchangeable with Leia portrait
- Thermal Detonator
- Gloved hands with spike detail
- 12-Inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars logo
There are many other action figures of Leia as Boushh on Amazon.