30th Anniversary Collection Battle Packs
Item No.: Asst. 87503 No. 87195
Includes: Lightsaber, cloak, 4 more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2006
Appearances: The Phantom Menace
Image: Adam Pawlus' grill.
Bio: Though Obi-Wan sometimes found himself at odds with his teacher Qui-Gon Jinn, the two Jedi fought as one against the terrifying onslaught of a deadly Sith lord. (Not taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: I was struggling on including Obi-Wan Kenobi in this column because it's tricky to determine just what constitutes a "new" figure, and this one is just different enough. He's one accessory shy of being pretty great as it is. Kenobi's body is largely the Power of the Jedi cloaked release, only now it has a little tab on his belt to hang a communicator-- which is not included. (Qui-Gon has one, though.) The cloth robes are nothing special, but if you leave the rubber band on which came in the packaging it actually looks pretty good-- the hood being held back does add a little bit to the figure's look and feel.
If you want a boxed set to re-enact a battle, this is it. Obi-Wan can't sit particularly well, but these figures were meant to fight. With that in mind, you could do far worse.
Collector's Notes: This figure is very similar to the 2006 basic carded Obi-Wan Kenobi, but there are key differences like rooted hair. This set of figures didn't last forever, but it's a pretty wonderful representation of the final battle of the first prequel. There are better versions of many of these figures, but this set was a great deal overall.
Day 1,094: August 24, 2009