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Obi-Wan Kenobi - SW [TPM 3D] - Discover The Force (7 of 12)

Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
Number: 7 of 12
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: February 2012
License: Hasbro

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is the brash Padawan of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. The two Jedi are sent to the planet Naboo by Supreme Chancellor Valorum to settle a trade dispute that threatens the peaceful world.

Kyrie, eleison. It’s not like we can say “help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope” because he’s actually the problem. How many times are we going to see 2009’s LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06) figure (no matter what configuration) released? We understand that it was a refreshing figure to see in 2009, but like so many other figures he has overstayed his welcome in the basic figure lineup (and other multipacks and the like). Obi-Wan Kenobi actually isn’t half as bad as we’re making him seem. The body of the action figure is actually quite good. It desperately needs enhancements like ball-jointed hips or at worst swivel hips where the legs that aren’t posed so closely together. But what Obi-Wan Kenobi needs the most is a new head sculpt. But Hasbro seems to think that developing new head sculpts on action feature figures is more appropriate (like the light-up lightsaber figures).

Obi-Wan Kenobi has become boring at this point. Another figure that’s been tragically overkilled in the basic figure line in a few short years, we can barely appreciate the positive qualities it does have. We’re drawn to its negatives; like its awful head sculpt and its lack of ball-jointed hips. But there’s more. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes without his soft-goods robe or his comlink. Instead, you get an ascension gun. You always wanted one didn’t you? Sigh. This is not the way to repack a figure. We just don’t understand how Hasbro couldn’t have set aside some tooling budget to give this figure the much needed tweaks it deserves. But since they didn’t bothering doing anything for 2011’s TVC Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC76) figure, why would they bother doing anything for this release? We’re asking many rhetorical question in this review. We apologize, but we feel that figures like this prove over and over how mismanaged the Star Wars line is becoming. It’s very alarming.

Understandably, the Discover The Force line is meant to provide Walmart with a great package of exclusives. There are bound to be repacks and repaints when things like this get allotted for retail in this manner. And we have to be fair and give credit where credit is due. Hasbro did produce some amazing exclusive products in this promotion including the Royal Starship Droids Battle Packs set and the six all-new figures out of the 12 basic figures set aside for this exclusive program. But honestly, if we see the same Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn get released one more time, we’re gonna scream. That being said, we’re still very fond of the Discover The Force exclusives. And we hope that Hasbro develops a trend so that we can expect every January until all of the 3D films get released. But expect this figure to hag on pegs for a while. Not even 3D glasses worked into the packaging can save this figure.

Collector Notes

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a straight repack of 2009's LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06) figure. This time the soft-goods cloak has been omitted and a new ascension blaster has been added.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber, ascension blaster

Date Stamp: 2009

Assortment Number: 38595/38601

UPC: 653569695776

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Added: February 23, 2012
Category: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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