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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,902: Obi-Wan Kenobi

OBI-WAN KENOBI Season 3
The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 94736  No.     26372
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #CW40
Includes: Lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99-$7.99
Availability: Fall 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: Obi-Wan battles the enemies of the Republic as war expands across the galaxy. The Jedi General continues his hunt for General Grievous and leads diplomatic missions to far-flung worlds. Whether he is battling droids or negotiating with potential allies, Obi-Wan is resolute in his fight to save the Republic.  (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's kitchen, in front of the best-ever Wall of Voodoo LP.

Commentary: Everybody loves Obi-Wan Kenobi even if the character gets a lot of figures.   There are two sculpts based on his second costume from The Clone Wars, the sculpt is actually pretty good.  The 2010 version looks a little better, but this may be the best as articulation goes.  With nearly super-articulation present, the figure is capable of assuming a number of poses and has some nice deco on his armor.  A sculpted communicator on his left wrist compliments the open circle logo on his right, and the figure is thinner than his previously-released counterparts based on the first two seasons for the show.

With a lightsaber, there's not a lot of action to be had with this figure.  Sitting is difficult since the robes go over the hip joints, and the figure got pretty decent distribution to the point where it's fairly common.  A 2012 resculpt has a grappling backpack, which is arguably a better release than this one in terms of the overall fun factor. THe head sculpt looks wily and inquisitive, which is a nice improvement over the facial expression I've heard referred to as "dull surprise."  Painted soles on his boots and a belt buckle give this figure a little more life, but eight bucks for a figure with a lightsaber is pretty weak compared to the accessory onslaught of the similarly priced 2008 figure which has more articulation, too.

Collector's Notes: Common.  Given the endless supply of Obi-Wan Kenobi figures from the cartoon, this one isn't necessarily worth tracking down over another one, but I like it.  I just wish it had more gear.

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,902: September 27, 2012

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