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