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The Black Series [Phase III]

Obi-Wan Kenobi - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (32)

Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: 32
Scale: 6"
Source: A New Hope
Availability: November 2016
License: Hasbro

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A legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a noble man and gifted in the ways of the Force. He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.

By the time we reached the third phase of The Black Series 6” line, collectors began to wonder if Hasbro was ever going to get out the classic characters from the first Star Wars film. As we approach the 40th anniversary of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Hasbro is showing stepwise good faith to the collecting community as they’re getting out these main characters slowly but surely, one by one. One of the most highly anticipated characters of all from Episode IV is Obi-Wan Kenobi. We broke the news that this figure was coming into the basic The Black Series 6” line, but Hasbro surprised us all when they announced that a special version of him was going to be issued as a 2016 San Diego Comic Con exclusive (with the special accessories that were only part of the exclusive release). Now the regular version is here and Hasbro has in our opinion updated some of the face deco which makes Obi-Wan Kenobi look better than the exclusive version. Obi-Wan Kenobi has turned out about as well as we had expected. In all honesty, Hasbro has had very little trouble throughout the years getting the likeness of Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi right. And they have done a fine job on this 6” version. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a positive step forward for the line and he is an excellent effort and we’re happy to say that we’re confident he’ll meet your expectations and perhaps more than that. This version comes with less accessories, but the figure still feels complete nonetheless. While most collectors probably have the SDCC version, we’re interested to see how this basic release will perform at retail.

This is probably nitpicking, but we feel it’s relevant to mention. Do you recall how 2004’s VOTC Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi had a head sculpt that looked like it was caught in a vice grip too long? While not nearly as exaggerated, we feel that this Obi-Wan Kenobi figure has an ever-so-slightly too narrow head shape that looks the teeniest bit off. Now, please know that we don’t think it looks terrible, but we can’t help but notice that we do see semblance of that elongation that was prevalent on the VOTC release. Some may disagree with our assessment here, but it’s something we see each time we analyze the figure. That being said, the head sculpt is still excellent and looks like very much like Sir Alec Guiness. We’re really not teeter-tottering here. We’re genuinely are impressed with Obi-Wan Kenobi’s portrait. We just feel compelled to point out the things we notice is all and the thinness of his head sculpt stands out. Thankfully, the rest of Obi-Wan Kenobi is a pure joy. Hasbro nailed the details of his costume, worked in a flawless soft-goods cloak that clings closely to the figure’s silhouette yet possesses a beautiful drape and accurately styled hood. Despite the outfit being mostly robes and heavy clothing, Hasbro worked in an incredible amount of articulation that is functional and useful. Obi-Wan Kenobi can swing a lightsaber with the best of them, as well as strike an action pose that is believable and awesome. As with most robed figures, Hasbro added slits all the way on the sides of the legs to allow for a full range of movement. What’s the point of having ball-socket hips, double hinge-jointed knees and rocker ankles if they’re all inhibited by a molded skirt?

In addition to the soft-goods outer robe, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes with his own lightsaber hilt with removable blade. We really don’t like the thinness of the lightsaber blade or the rubbery hilts, but they’re not terrible. They don’t seem to bother TBS6 collectors all that much, so maybe we’re focusing a little too hard complaining about them. Let’s face it, Hasbro has gotten embarrassingly cheap with how many accessories they now include with The Black Series 6” figures. And if they don’t think it’s taking a toll on the psyche of the collector than they better rethink what they’re doing. Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to be a great example to reassure us that they’re planning to include more stuff with their 6” figures. At least that’s what we hope to see continue for the future. The Black Series 6” line is a premium collectors’ action figure line. We have to keep the figures in it feeling like premium. One accessory just isn’t going to cut it. We’re not saying every Obi-Wan Kenobi figure needs to have a table with electronics, but Hasbro can certainly be a whole lot more generous with what they include. One of the most popular characters from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, we believe that this basic release of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be a strong seller at retail. But it’s too hard to gauge for that sure right now. Part of the dream wave of 2016, this is the first time Hasbro gave us two figures based on Episode IV, two figures based on Episode V, and two figures based on the Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Rebels and Knights Of The Old Republic). Let’s hope at the very lease they keep up these fantastic assortments of all-new figures!

Collector Notes

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a slight repaint of 2016's TBS [P3] Obi-Wan Kenobi San Diego Comic Con exclusive figure.

Articulation Count: 28 points (16 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head (2), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed waist (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: soft-goods cloak, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: B9881/B3834

UPC: 630509483556

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Added: November 22, 2016
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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