Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 34
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2009
Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi listens to the message that Princess Leia recorded into R2-D2's memory. Projected onto a table, the flickering holographic image of the princess asks for the venerable Jedi’s help, telling him he is their "only hope."
The future is always in motion with Hasbro. For Hasbro announced a while back that one of the Evolutions sets in The Legacy Collection was one based on the development of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was quickly “cancelled” and the figures that were to be contained within in it were put into the respective themed basic figures wave. (Editor’s Note: Obi Wan Kenobi BD 44 and Obi-Wan Kenobi BD06 were not yet released as of the publish date of this review.) Hasbro has hinted that Evolutions are not performing up to expectations so they seized the opportunity to get these super-articulated figures into the basic line and to be honest, we can’t think of a better place for them to be released. It is actually a great thing that this figure was released as part of the basic line, because it was unknown if the wonderful accessory (his homestead table) would have been included in the Evolutions package since accessories from Evolutions sets were getting more and more pathetic as of late. And interestingly, we had to worry about the homestead table even making it into the same package as the basic figure. But Hasbro came through, and despite their (unintentional) misinformation, the glorious Obi-Wan Kenobi with his dwelling table and holographic Princess Leia Organa has indeed seen release. And what a beautiful and stunning release it is. We will get to the figure in a moment, but we have rave about the accessory he comes with first. The table (where R2-D2 shows the image of a holographic Princess Leia) is perfectly recreated and comes complete with non-removable glasses and a teapot-like container. It is brilliantly sculpted and is an amazing accessory for such an awesome super-articulated action figure. Perhaps the “gravy” of the table is its beautifully marbled paint job. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate how authentic it looks. It is clear that Hasbro didn’t save on any tooling costs on this set, but we don’t expect them to lose money on it either. This basic figure packs a lot of value for $7.99 and it would be foolish to even consider passing on it. There is a peg in the center that the Princess Leia mini figures attaches to very snuggly so “she” won’t fall off easily. And on top of the marbling you can see a very smart use of dirty washes that are subtly strewn about the main gray coloring of the table. The table itself comes in the package in two pieces that permanently snap together once assembled. Or if it can be taken apart, it is a risk we are not willing to take as we don’t want to break the piece..
Now onto the actual action figure! My goodness! Where do we begin? We finally have our definitive Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure. The 2004 VOTC Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure pales in comparison and it is simply a joy to get Obi-Wan with so much attention to detail and more importantly, so much quality articulation. Obi-Wan has a pretty good track record with Hasbro because it is a character that that Hasbro has successfully nailed throughout the years when it comes to likeness. But nothing comes close to the likeness of this figure as it is probably the best we will ever see out of Hasbro. Obi-Wan is a much adored character that was played by Sir Alec Guinness and it is evident that this is Sir Alec Guinness in a shrunken state. The figure is perfect. Despite this being a revolutionary version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, you may be interested to know that although the figure is essentially all-new, the torso and cod section have been borrowed from the 2004 VOTC figure. Even still, have no worries, because the new figure is loaded with 14 points of articulation of which many are ball-joints. Hasbro has eliminated the swivel arms joints (a joint type that we wish would just disappear because we think an arm with no elbow joints would be better) and virtually any position can be attained by this action figure. Clearly a great deal of thought went into the engineering of this figure and Hasbro have delivered a beautiful final product to collectors. While the sculpt is fantastic, Obi-Wan Kenobi does have a few loose joints, especially in the head and legs which requires a bit more futzing than you may desire to gain the appropriate pose you are trying to achieve. This is not a huge issue but even the legs move around a bit too much and getting the figure to stand upright may require more than your fair share of patience. Still, once you successfully pose the figure, he will keep it and look fantastic in your collections. A figure that comes with accessories that are worth his weight, Obi-Wan is loaded with lots of goodness from Hasbro, and the accessories have been culled from multiple mediums. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes with the homestead table, holographic Princess Leia miniature figure, lightsaber, and removable soft-goods cloak. He also has a cloth skirt and it works very well even though it significantly contrasts against the molded chest upper robes (the colors and textures are off by just a bit). Also new to this figure are the robe ties that drape nicely down the front of the figure. The overall result is an absolute score for collectors and we are so thankful that Hasbro has these high standards in place for iconic Star Wars characters that they translate into action figures.
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is an all-new figure
Articulation Count: 15 points
Articulation Details: double ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, removable soft-goods Jedi robe, holographic Princess Leia Organa, table (2 parts - top and stand)
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R2-L3 left leg
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87838/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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