Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Master)
Collection: Order Of The Jedi
Number: Item #2175
Edition Size: 1500 (Exclusive) 3500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Clone Wars (Volume 1: Chapter 8)
Availability: October 2008
License: Sideshow Collectibles
The big reveal at Toy Fair 2008 was Sideshow Collectibles’ armored line of figures. And the first group of collectors to reap the benefits of this brand new line was fans of Tartakovsky’s original Clone Wars series. General Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Master) completely stunned us because it not only was a brilliantly sculpted figure, but it was the first 12” figure released to the market that utilized hard plastic armor. Other companies with the Star Wars license, like Medicom Toy for example, made decent armored figures, but the armor was crafted from a very pliable plastic. The aesthetics of the harder (and basically unbendable) armor is a significant step up in quality and just looks better all around. Sideshow Collectibles worked with Hot Toys to design an “armored” figure template that has a thinner body frame to fit perfectly underneath the different armor pieces so that when fully assembled, the figure doesn’t too to chunky or out of scale with the rest of the line. It is quite an amazing system and the final product just astounds us. General Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Master) is a figure no 12” collection should be without and it was a phenomenal first choice for the line. General Obi-Wan Kenobi nicely complements the Padme Amidala and Asajj Ventress 12” figures in the line. And we don’t think that we will see too many more candidates from the Tartakovsky Clone Wars line. So we will have to enjoy what we do have.
While the figure is simply amazing, Sideshow Collectibles clearly has a learning curve with anything new they do. We have some concerns over the looseness of the joints on this new armored body. Don’t get us wrong. It is aesthetically a flawless design, but some additional fine tuning is needed. While posing Obi-Wan unassisted, the figure will start to bow his legs and fall over, so a stand will be required in order for him to maintain his erect pose. This is a setback. And when you try to pose him to point his hands upwards or out, they too fall down almost instantly basically rendering that point of articulation useless. Obi-Wan clearly looks perfect once positioned on his stand, but it’s frustrating when you want to take advantage of the super-articulation and it works against you. Sideshow Collectibles did a lot to make the costume as authentic to what a realistic version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in clone trooper armor would be. The Jedi robes are tucked in all the right spots and the two large “buttons” that clasp his robes to his chest are an exact match for what was seen in the cartoon. The body glove under the armor has a little too much resistance to it and this definitely works with the loose joints to make positioning him very frustrating. But this body glove has a very cool dotted-line pattern to it and it is a very dark shade of brown (and not black).
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