Thursday, September 13, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 495: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Episode I Deluxe Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 84045 No. 84152
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, large deluxe lightsaber accessory
Action Feature: Lightsaber Handle Triggers Battle Swing
Retail: $9.99
Availability: May 3, 1999
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: Obi-Wan Kenobi, later known as Ben Kenobi, was a dedicated and legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi had a long and tumultuous career that has helped shape the fate of an entire galaxy. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: In 1999, Hasbro realized it had a captive audience who would buy everything, so they diversified with unique products like this Obi-Wan Kenobi deluxe figure. Was it better than the basic figure? No. Not hardly. The figure has less articulation, pretty much the same sculpt, and a swinging action. That's it, really. It's not like it has a slightly better head sculpt, or superior detail work-- it's just the same basic design we got several times over, but with a button in his back. It's an OK action feature, but honestly not worth the ten bucks it originally was. It might be worth the $0.99 or so you'll pay for it now, though, it just failed to stand out back then and continues to do so now.

Collector's Notes: Do you like action features? Deluxe figures? Bloat? This is for you. If you already have one or more versions of the young Jedi in this costume, you really don't need this one. It's not bad, it's just not in any way better than the others.

Day 495: September 13, 2007

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