Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Super Battle Droid
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: 1 of 6
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: October 2010
The Jedi Knights rush to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé from execution. The Jedi brandish their lightsabers against the Geonosian warriors and the massive army of battle droids, super battle droids and droidekas. All hope seems lost that any Jedi will survive this battle, then Yoda arrives with an army of clone troopers. Although many Jedi are lost that day, others survive this climactic battle that ushers in the Clone Wars.
We unfortunately have to report one setback in the 2010 Edition Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. All of them are just simply amazing, but the first set, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Super Battle Droid leaves a bit more to be desired. And it’s not because Hasbro used inferior sculpts. No, they actually used awesome sculpt for Obi-Wan Kenobi and even updated the Super Battle Droid and included ball-jointed ankles (bet you didn’t know that, right?). The problem with these figures is their paint jobs. We absolutely have no clue what in the world happened to Obi-Wan Kenobi at the factory level. After the stellar 2009 TLC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 44) figure came out, we pretty much all new that the definitive Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi had arrived. Hasbro took that great sculpt and washed him out and nearly destroyed the awesome portrait paint job by making him look very similar to the catastrophic Luke Skywalker from the Battle At The Sarlacc Pit TARGET exclusive Battle Packs set. Well, to be fair it isn’t that horrific, but something went wrong with Obi-Wan Kenobi somewhere and we are very disappointed. Obi-Wan Kenobi is washed out and poorly painted and it hurts us to say that this is a version of Obi-Wan that should have never been released.
The thing to get excited about in this set is the Super Battle Droid. But don’t get 100% excited, maybe just 50%. A new Super Battle Droid is in the fourth wave of The Vintage Collection (released about three months after this figure set) and if we were betting people, we would assume that the Geonosis Arena Showdown Super Battle Droid may just be a “pre-paint” to the upcoming TVC Super Battle Droid (VC37) figure. (Editor's Note: Sadly, Hasbro opted to use the earlier sculpt of the Super Battle Droid for that release.) Yes, the Super Battle Droid has all-new ball-jointed ankles which do this figure a world of good. The additional articulation works wonders for the droid and we are ecstatic that Hasbro has enhanced the Super Battle Droid in this fashion. We have not seen this before and it helps out tremendous while attempting to pose this figure in action stances. Previous Super Battle Droid figure releases have been rather stagnant since the sculpt of the legs are in some sort of action pose. This is very encouraging that they are perfecting some of their best sculpt to make them even better than before. This is absolutely the direction we want to see Hasbro in to tweak figures when they seemingly get released time and again. It’s little things like this that make a purchase of another Super Battle Droid worthwhile. It took a while, but there is no better time than now to be happy about it!
Assortment Number: 97646/97645
Retail: $12.99 USD
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Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the repainted body of 2009's TLC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 44) figure with an all-new head sculpt.
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: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2008
Status: Super Battle Droid is a retool and repaint of the figure from 2008's TAC Battle On Mygeeto Battle Packs set. This time the Super Battle Droid has received all-new lower legs which include ball-jointed ankles. The figure has also been completely repainted.
Articulation Count: 18 points (11 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), hinge-jointed left knee (1), hinge-jointed right knee (1), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2009
Legacy Collection Geonosis Arena Showdown (2010 Edition)
Legacy Collection Geonosis Arena Showdown
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