Name: Concept Obi-Wan & Yoda (Ralph McQuarrie Signature Series)
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (A New Hope Concept Art/The Empire Strikes Back Concept Art)
Availability: July 2007
In his sketches, concept artist Ralph McQuarrie evokes the graceful power of a ninja master or samurai warrior in his drawing of Obi-Wan. The diminutive Yoda appears leaner and more whimsical than he will ultimately appear in the films, yet he still exudes mystical strength.
2007 was all about Ralph McQuarrie. Well, a subset of action figures were at least. They became part of the basic figure line and even a few became convention exclusives. They were popular and it seemed that collectors couldn’t get enough of them into their collection and many wondered when hasbro would be gracing the basic figure line with more of them. StarWarsShop.com also wanted to join the party and Hasbro set aside the Concept Obi-Wan & Yoda two-pack for them. It’s interesting that Hasbro packed multiple Ralph McQuarrie Signature Series action figures together to make a duo, but that’s what they did here and also what they did with the Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO two-pack. All four action figures probably could have sold individually. And in all honesty, were they packaged individually and added to the basic figure line instead as sold as exclusives, perhaps many collectors would have saved a few dollars. But regardless of the way they came, it’s great that so many core characters from Ralph McQuarrie’s prolific mind has been forever immortalized as action figures. And for that we’re extremely thankful.
Concept Obi-Wan looks like nothing you’d probably expect. He has a fair likeness to the artwork of McQuarrie, but we think he’s off a little bit and his outfit doesn’t closely match the reference material we’ve been able to come across in our research (unless some images exist that have been completely off of our radar). As an action figure, Obi-Wan is excellent. He comes with 12 points of articulation. He lacks ball-jointed knees, but is loaded with premium articulation elsewhere. He comes with a soft-goods skirt that is well-fitted and Hasbro designed a clip on his belt which snuggly fits his lightsaber hilt. (He also comes with a lit lightsaber as an additional accessory.) His outfit is mostly white with red and purple details and he looks like an average bald man than a Jedi Master. While that may be an unfair statement, we can admit that there are some remote Jedi nuances about his costuming, it just doesn’t scream “Jedi” to us. The figure has a great center of gravity and while he does have great flexibility, his poses will ultimately be encumbered by the circumference of his soft-goods skirt.
Assortment Number: 87417
Retail: $14.99 USD
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Status: Concept Obi-Wan is an all new-figure.
Articulation Count: 12
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt
Date Stamp: 2007
Status: Concept Yoda is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: cane
Date Stamp: 2007
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