Name: BARC Speeder Bike With Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars 1: Slaves Of The Republic – Chapter 1: The Mystery Of Kiros)
Availability: August 2010
During a battle on the planet Kiros, Obi-Wan pilots a BARC speeder that has been customized with a cannon-mounted sidecar. The Republic army is fighting to free the Togruta colony from Separatist control. As Obi-Wan races down a city street, he faces a wall of armored assault tanks (AATs). In the sidecar, the clone trooper grabs the cannon and exchanges fire with the attacking tanks.
Meh. The Deluxe/Class I BARC Speeder With Obi-Wan Kenobi set is not that enthralling. Our opinions may lie somewhere within 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. 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 part of the "red" phase of The Clone Wars toy line. Based on a super rare scene in an Expanded Univers tale in a The Clone Wars comics series, it's likely that fans of the television show have no idea from where this Deluxe/Class I set was inspired. Hasbro would have trouble picking a deeper Expanded Universe story to get a toy idea. That's how obscure this release is. It's cool from a certain perspective as Hasbro shows that nothing is off limits, but how well will it interact with the other products in the line?
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. As this vehicle doesn't make a huge splash in the comic from which it came, perhaps Hasbro took liberties with this vehicle that we just cannot verify. In the comics, Obi-Wan Kenobi rides with Captain Rex. So now you know who should be copiloting this BARC speeder. The best news we can report here is that most of the bike has been cast in stronger plastics (especially when compared to 2010's TCW [SOTDS] Speeder Bike With Plo Koon Deluxe/Class I set) and it looks like this may maintain its shape a little bit better over time. In all honesty, the BARC Speeder is a great design. But it's just that Hasbro keeps releasing them and its becoming a little bit too static for our tastes. 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.
Assortment Number: 19676/94737
Retail: $16.99 USD
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Status: BARC Speeder is an all-new vehicle.
Features Count: 3
Feature Details: removable sidecar, rolling wheelsrotating cannons
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2010
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a repack of the figure from 2009's TCW [S2] Freeco Speeder With Obi-Wan Kenobi Deluxe set.
Articulation Count: 22 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), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2009
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