The gold bikini that Princess Leia wears in Return of the Jedi has been a controversial subject for many years and still today. I talked about it in my post ‘Star Wars and Strong Female Characters’ (you can read the full post here) I explained how it was a symbol in the story. She kills Jabba with the chain she was attached to in this outfit. Like I said in my post it echoed to the Prequels and to when Anakin was a slave and in a way it echoes to the past of her family and her killing Jabba like this ends the slavery that her family suffered from. However, popular culture twisted the meaning of this outfit and turned it into something else like the darkside twisted Anakin’s mind and made him become Darth Vader.
It seems (nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney) but J. Scott Campbell who has worked with Marvel on the Star Wars comics said that we may not see any more “Slave Leia” merchandise in the future. It’s Jason Ward at MakingStarWars was the first who reported it, you can see his post here.
Personally, it seems something very Disney-ish to do and I don’t think it’s a good move for Disney to do this, they cannot erase this part of the movie, like I said it’s an important scene and it has a meaning, it’s in the movie so stopping to do merchandise of it is weird. However, it’s not like every Leia merchandise was Slave Leia, in like 5 years Hasbro only did one slave Leia figure in 3.75″ line and one in 6″ line so frankly it’s not 2 figures and one sideshow statue or gentle giant statue of this outfit every 10 or 5 years that will lead to the end of the world, just saying this.