Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: September 2009
Aided by his droid companion R4-P17, Obi-Wan flies an Eta-2 Jedi starfighter on a mission to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. His acute Jedi instincts help him battle overwhelming odds as he battles his way past Separatist forces and buzz droids that threaten to destroy his ship.
The red phase of the Legacy Collection opened up with a wave of 12 Saga Legends figures in June 2009. A second wave quickly followed in July and then Saga Legends pretty much came to a halt. Surprisingly, the figures sold quite well and we think Hasbro noticed this right off the bat and then started releasing nothing to stores but these Saga Legends figures. (A collective "Ugh!" was heard throughout the collecting community.) That was until a surprise figure known as Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL19) started hitting store shelves in September as the only new figure in wave 3 of the popular subline. Unannounced, unexpected and unbelievably surprising, it was the first time the 2005 ROTS version of Obi-Wan Kenobi was made available in the Saga Legends collection. While this version of Obi-Wan is nothing new, the way it was packaged is. Basically a straight repack of the 2005 ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, Obi-Wan now comes without his plastic sculpted robes. Yet he does still come with his headset and signature lightsaber.
You are already very familiar with this figure. Super-articulated, it was a figure that surprised us back in 2005. It an unfortunate way, we have come to expect this as minimum articulation for our figures, so we look at Obi-Wan with a "yeah, so?" attitude. But this figure is incredible in its likeness, articulation, paint decorations and accessorization. In fact, the figure has been the template for many subsequent revised Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. Actually, the list is so long we won't dare enumerate them all here. But Obi-Wan Kenobi is a figure that has the entitlement to be released and rereleased time and again. Hasbro can't really do much to perfect this figure, save for hip joints (but they did make this upgrade on the 2008 TAC Obi-Wan Kenobi (08 01) figure) so it goes without saying that this is a figure that should already be in your collection multiple times. The figure is nearly perfect. It has a little bit too wide of a stance, but this helps with the leg articulation. (When figures don't have ball-joints, sometimes their legs come too close together when bent at the hips, so the wider the stance, the better it will eliminate this problem.
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a slight repaint of 2005's Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 55) figure. This time the plastic molded cloak has been eliminated. It should be noted that Obi-Wan Kenobi always flew his starfighter while wearing his cloak. 2006's TSC Obi-Wan Kenobi (SAGA 028) would have been the perfect figure for release here.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, head gear
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 97691/87995
Retail: $7.99 USD
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