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The Clone Wars [Season 3  Shadow of the Dark Side]

BARC Speeder Bike With Obi-Wan Kenobi - TCW [SOTDS] - Deluxe

Name: BARC Speeder Bike With Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Deluxe)
Source: The Clone Wars
Availability: August 2010
License: Hasbro

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Meh. The deluxe BARC Speeder With Obi-Wan Kenobi is not that enthralling. Our opinions may lie somewhere with the minority here, but after Hasbro just released the Freco Speeder with essentially the same action figure, we don't think we needed to see him again so soon. The BARC Speeder is immediately memorable (probably thanks to seeing a 1930s version of it in the Indiana Jones films) and we can't help but smile when we see the side seat next to the longer main section of the vehicle. And we probably would have been able to appreciate this set much more if we hadn't just gotten the same Obi-Wan Kenobi in the deluxe line in the "red" phase of The Clone Wars. The judgment we cast on this deluxe figure and vehicle set definitely is biased and we hope that Hasbro can do their best to keep this line a little bit more exciting and avoid "rehashing" the same figures over and over. And you will hear us complain about this a few times in this review, so please prepare yourself.

The sidecar attaches to the BARC Speeder via a rectangular plug and can easily come off if you bump it too hard. The bike itself is very bland and not the most colorful vehicle we have seen, but there are some nice blue blocks on it. The best news we can report is that most of the bike has been cast in stronger plastics (especially when compared to the Speeder Bike With Plo Koon set) and it looks like this may maintain its shape a little bit better over time. The bike sits on the ground nicely and has three wheels on the bottom of it which should allow the kiddies to really have a blast with it. But if you're looking for screen-specific aesthetics, this is not the vehicle you are looking for at all. The sidecar also has some sort of gunner station on it, but it is hard to make out in its entirety because Hasbro didn't give it too much detail at all. Again, we are trying to find the good in this set, but it is very boring and we don't think anyone is too excited about another Obi-Wan Kenobi figure we already have multiple times.

The updated Obi-Wan Kenobi is not that terrible of a figure. He has lots of articulation and a soft-goods skirt which allows him to pilot his bike with relative ease. The paint job is pretty much a simple application but Hasbro has ensured for this release that they matched his hair to his beard perfectly. He comes with his blue lightsaber, but it is the darkest blue lightsaber we have yet to see in the line to date. We aren't so sure why it turned out so dark, but you'll definitely be able to tell it apart from the rest of the lightsabers you may already own. The saving grace of this set is that you get another chance to get a great update to the very first 2008 TCW Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) figure. That figure had a great likeness but wasn't designed in the greatest fashion. So you have ample opportunity now to get another go at him. But if you're looking to get impressed, keep looking because this set can best be described as obligatory for the one-of-everything collector. If you're not one, then pass, pass, pass we recommend.

 

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 2
BARC Speeder Bike With Obi-Wan Kenobi
Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 1
Naboo Star Skiff With Anakin Skywalker
Pirate Speeder Bike With Cad Bane
Speeder Bike With Plo Koon

 
Added: September 23, 2010
Category: Clone Wars, The [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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