Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
Number: 7 of 12
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: February 2012
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the brash Padawan of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. The two Jedi are sent to the planet Naboo by Supreme Chancellor Valorum to settle a trade dispute that threatens the peaceful world.
Kyrie, eleison. It’s not like we can say “help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope” because he’s actually the problem. How many times are we going to see 2009’s LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06) figure (no matter what configuration) released? We understand that it was a refreshing figure to see in 2009, but like so many other figures he has overstayed his welcome in the basic figure lineup (and other multipacks and the like). Obi-Wan Kenobi actually isn’t half as bad as we’re making him seem. The body of the action figure is actually quite good. It desperately needs enhancements like ball-jointed hips or at worst swivel hips where the legs that aren’t posed so closely together. But what Obi-Wan Kenobi needs the most is a new head sculpt. But Hasbro seems to think that developing new head sculpts on action feature figures is more appropriate (like the light-up lightsaber figures).
Obi-Wan Kenobi has become boring at this point. Another figure that’s been tragically overkilled in the basic figure line in a few short years, we can barely appreciate the positive qualities it does have. We’re drawn to its negatives; like its awful head sculpt and its lack of ball-jointed hips. But there’s more. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes without his soft-goods robe or his comlink. Instead, you get an ascension gun. You always wanted one didn’t you? Sigh. This is not the way to repack a figure. We just don’t understand how Hasbro couldn’t have set aside some tooling budget to give this figure the much needed tweaks it deserves. But since they didn’t bothering doing anything for 2011’s TVC Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC76) figure, why would they bother doing anything for this release? We’re asking many rhetorical question in this review. We apologize, but we feel that figures like this prove over and over how mismanaged the Star Wars line is becoming. It’s very alarming.
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a straight repack of 2009's LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06) figure. This time the soft-goods cloak has been omitted and a new ascension blaster has been added.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, ascension blaster
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 38595/38601
Retail: $8.99 USD
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Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
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