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The Vintage Collection

Obi-Wan Kenobi - TVC - Basic (VC16)

Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC16
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: September 2010
License: Hasbro

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You probably already know our rather vocal opinion about how Hasbro is reaching back into their long list of action figures to designate the first carded release of the new figures in The Vintage Collection. Some are right on the mark while others seem to be way off. But perhaps where it becomes most hairy is in the example of VC16, otherwise simply known as Obi-Wan Kenobi. (This figure should have a subtitle of "General Pilot" or something, but we digress.) First of all, the back of the package incorrectly references the 2005 ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 1) as the original carded figure. (This is also the very first figure in the ROTS line.) It should have been 2005's ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 55) figure instead, the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure "With Pilot Gear!" (The TVC figure is clearly Obi-Wan Kenobi in his pilot gear and not a "dueling Obi-Wan" as the card back denotes.) So where does this leave us? Our heads have exploded over this, but this makes Obi-Wan Kenobi an anachronism of itself/himself. So the question now is did your head just explode? What came first, the chicken or the egg? It's true. How can a current figure in The Vintage Collection be the first version of itself on a different card back? Yikes? Did we just ask that? To hopefully make this clearer, let us word it specifically this way: How can the first carded version of The Vintage Collection Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC16) be this same figure (itself) from the Revenge Of The Sith line (the III 55 figure)? We are not time continuum experts, but this makes absolutely no sense to us at all.

So now that you've rolled your eyes at us for harping on this, you probably actually want to know about the action figure, right? Why even talk about it right. This is an action figure review, right? Well, we're moving on right now. We've actually seen the 2005 ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 55) figure peppered throughout the line numerous times in one form or another even as late as 2009's LC Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL19) figure. It's gone through its share of very slight repaints and accessories, but it has always delivered collectors a pretty remarkable product. For the 2010 TVC release, Hasbro kind of goes back to the format of the 2006 The Saga Collection Obi-Wan Kenobi (SAGA 028) figure by giving it a soft-goods cloak, a removable lightsaber hilt and this time added the original figure's headset. And of course he comes with a lit lightsaber as well. While we do see very slight differences each and every time this figure gets released, we think it most closely resembles that surprise Saga Legends figure from the Legacy Collection. We noticed a slight clean up as far as Obi-Wan's eyes are concerned but we don't think he would necessarily be eligible to be considered a repaint. He still has the same awkward left hand. While it looks cool for a Force push or something similar, it's essentially useless to hold a lightsaber or anything else important for that matter.

But perhaps the thing that surprises us the most is the action figure choice Hasbro decided to carry forward into The Vintage Collection. We don't think this version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is close to being the ultimate or definitive action figure. Granted, it's a great figure but certainly not the best or worthy of inclusion in a premium basic figure line. For example, we think that the 2008 TAC Obi-Wan Kenobi (08 01) is probably the best version of Obi-Wan Kenobi to date. And if needed, Hasbro could have given it a new portrait like they did for the Anakin Skywalker (VC13) figure to change things up a bit. Not only does that figure have a better body sculpt, he also has ball-jointed hips which make him an articulation-junkies' dream come true. But there could be just as many collectors who disagree with this sentiment. We understand that repacks and repaints will be inevitable in The Vintage Collection and this is something we are actually excited about. But we think Hasbro may not be making the best choices for just a few characters. The second wave has an impressive mix of characters and it is definitely a wave that is heavy with extremely popular characters. We love this wave and for the most part it shines. But we think Obi-Wan Kenobi could have been revisited in a more impressive way. We still love this figure, but we think better version of him exist out there.

Collector Notes

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a straight repack of 2006's TSC Obi-Wan Kenobi (SAGA 028) figure which itself is a rework of 2005's ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 55) figure. The figure comes with the headset accessory from the 2005 version.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods Jedi robe, communication headset, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 20821/97568

UPC: 653569516101

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Vintage Collection Wave 2
Darth Sidious (VC12)
Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] (VC13)
Sandtrooper (VC14)
Clone Trooper (VC15)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC16)
General Grievous (VC17)
MagnaGuard (VC18)
Clone Commander Cody (VC19)

Added: September 10, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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