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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #03)

Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #03
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Ten years after losing his Master at the hands of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi has become Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi mentor. Given the mission to protect Senator Amidala after an assassination attempt on her life, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds himself hanging from a fleeing ASN-121 assassin droid as it tries to escape through the maze of Coruscant’s cityscape.

There were some action packed sequences in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, one of which was Obi-Wan Kenobi jumping out of Padme’s bedroom window and clinging onto an ASN-121 assassin droid, you know, the one that delivered the Kouhun assassin centipedes to her abode. The agile, yet powerful droid managed an escape, but Obi-Wan was able to cling onto it and go for the ride of his life through the bustling “streets” on Coruscant before getting rescued by Anakin Skywalker. The following of this droid ultimately led them to Zam Wesell, a freelance bounty hunter responsible for multiple attempts on Padme’s life and then the story goes on from there. Hasbro determined that their first Episode II version of Obi-Wan Kenobi would be based on this scene. For all intents and purposes, the concept here is golden, but the execution fails royally as far as we’re concerned. The included ASN-121 assassin droid is well-sculpted, but it is cast in a very pliable plastic which works against it keeping its shape. But worse yet is the sculpt of Obi-Wan Kenobi, who in all honesty is much too short and has aesthetics issues that make us want a new version, almost instantly. We understand the need for action features in action figures, but this one didn’t deliver in the way it needed.

Admittedly, the action feature as a whole looks pretty cool. That being said however, there is a “huge” magnet sculpted into Obi-Wan Kenobi’s right hand and an opposite magnet worked into the body of the ASN-121 assassin droid. As you imagine, he looks more like a liquid terminator than a Jedi with this ghastly addition. This may surprise you, but you can actually hold the assassin droid by the handle (which is removable by the way) and have Obi-Wan Kenobi hang from it almost exactly the same way he did in the film with relative ease. From that perspective this is a very cool and successful toy. But as a collectible action figure you will find that it just won’t meet your expectations for many reasons. From the “too short” appearance of Obi-Wan Kenobi to the lack of articulation and obtrusive action features, this just isn’t a version of the Jedi you will want for your collection. Hasbro was excited to announce in the Star Wars “Saga” line that for the first time action figures would be “real scanned” to make action figures with the best looking likenesses possible. Sadly, it didn’t translate well at this smaller scale and Hasbro would ultimately abandon this exact method by the time the Star Wars “Saga” basic figure line reached its end. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) as you can imagine didn’t reap the benefits of the “real scan” either and his likeness leaves a lot to be desired.

To make most of the magnetic features of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase), Hasbro was sure to include a metal lightsaber hilt, with removable blade so that these features could provide some extra play value as needed or warranted. We especially appreciate the removable “handle” for the ASN-121 assassin droid. It provides the needed play element to make the action feature work to its fullest, but you can also make the droid almost completely screen accurate (save for the bulky magnet) by removing it. It’s sad to say but the ASN-121 assassin droid is the star of this set. Its sculpt is truly excellent and there is a ton of detail to appreciate, especially for collectors. Overall, we still feel that this basic figure is weak. We understand the need for Hasbro to approach Obi-Wan Kenobi in this manner. But truth be told, we think it would have been a bigger success is Hasbro included just a normally articulated Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure with the ability to hold onto the ASN-121 assassin droid with his hands and not a magnetic attachment. But that’s not what the Collection 1 portion of Star Wars “Saga” figures intend to deliver. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) comes with some neat accessories, but the figure will absolutely want you wishing for more.

Collector Notes

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase)

Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel left bicep, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: ASN-121 assassin droid, droid handle, metal lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84854/84851

UPC: 076930848548

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 1
Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) (’02 #01)

Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) (’02 #02)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) (’02 #03)
C-3PO (Protocol Droid) (’02 #04)

Kit Fisto (Jedi Master) (’02 #05)
Super Battle Droid (’02 #06)
Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) (’02 #13)
R2-D2 (Coruscant Sentry) (’02 #14)

Added: March 1, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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