Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 44
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: June 2009
Obi-Wan heads to the planet Kamino to investigate rumors of a clone army. He uncovers more puzzles and secrets during his visit to the watery planet – and has an ultimately contentious encounter with the mysterious Jango Fett.
What a thrilling thing it is to finally have a super-articulated (and very well done) Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure! Why this update was overlooked for so many years after the Star Wars "Saga" line had ended is something we're not sure we'll ever fully undertsand. Hasbro was using 2003 sculpts as late as 2008 to give us Episode II versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The good news is we certainly have acquired a ton of old accessories from previous incarnations of him (most originating from the Star Wars line that ran from 2002-2004). These “collected” accessories will pair very nicely with this new figure and perhaps make him even more exciting than he already is. We will be upfront with you about this figure. We love it and this will be a rave review. And since we want to spend a lot of time raving about Obi-Wan Kenobi, let us get done and away with the minimally few negative aspects or points. This figure is sadly packed with some Episode I accessories (and by this we mean old 1999 tools). His lightsaber (boo-hiss!) and comlink (not that bad) have unfortunately been recycled from that era. Because Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally intended to be one of three figures in a cancelled Evolutions set along with the Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 34) and 2009's LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06), it is makes sense that at the factory level that Hasbro easily got the accessories confused. (Editor’s Note: Check out our reviews of these awesome figures now too!) Nonetheless, new ones should have been created per current technology standards since the old sculpts don't fit as well with such a finely tuned figure. Although Obi-Wan Kenobi is super-articulated, his soft-goods skirt is way too tight against his body and while it really doesn't affect his leg movement (except for maybe having to lift it up before you pose his legs), something just doesn't look right about it (it bulges at the hips and hugs his posterior way too close because of its tightness). This is a problem and a shame that this wasn't caught in time and changed by Hasbro. If you can look beyond this, then you will be one happy collector!
Despite these few nit-picking issues, Obi-Wan Kenobi, based on his appearance from Episode II, is nothing but a masterpiece. There are some deco issues (as in paint operations that are lacking) but for the most part this figure is the reigning champion of Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. His head sculpt is absolutely amazing and we don't think that Hasbro will be able to match it or make a better likeness ever again. We of course will not say “never” but they will have to work pretty hard to improve upon it. His hair has been sculpted perfectly and his facial hair is lean and clean cut just how it was seen in the film. His Jedi outfit remains a solid and uniform off-white (or very pale tan) color whether you are looking at the arms, legs or chest. Great care was taken to match all of the pieces an we are impressed with the final results. Additionally, the joints are hidden masterfully well. Aside from white ankle joints awkwardly places in the center of the brown boots, you will have to take a second look to find all of the points of articulation. We really hope Hasbro will address the non-matching of ankle joints to the rest of the leg. Apparently a bit of time was spent on the final look of his boots as well as many other parts of his costume. While the boots are a tad dull when compared to the shiny leather seen in the film (or movie stills), they are still expertly crafted and add incredible authenticity to the figure. The shine on his leather boots somehow got missed, but you will probably have to rely on a larger scale version of Obi-Wan for details like this to be captured. His food capsules and other 'painted-on' accessories on his belt just look plain fantastic and as a bonus, Obi-Wan's comlink attaches very nicely to his belt. It plugs onto a peg on the posterior side and is in perfect scale to the figure. While we think he came with appropriate accessories, we think a repack of the ASN-121 Assassin Droid would have been the icing on the cake or perhaps a Jedi robe would have served him well. There are certainly additional accessories out there that could have been added to this basic figure. Even so, the figure is a wonderful release. At least we have had opportunities to collect these cool accessories over time.
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 25 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, comlink
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: HK-47 head/rifle
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 87978/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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