The Retro Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. F4200 No. F5770
Includes: Lightsaber, robe, blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2022
Appearances: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Bio: The Star Wars Retro Collection features design and detailing inspired by the original 1970s Star Wars figures. (Stolen from the marketing copy. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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These Kenner-inspired figures are a form of time travel. The Inquisitors are a mix of 1970s vinyl capes and 1980s clip-on weapons, but Obi-Wan Kenobi seems like he's full-bore 1984. The cloth robe hangs well, with lapels that remind me a bit of the 1984 Han Solo (Trenchcoat) figure - except the robe has a hood. And it hangs well! The cut of the fabric is really nice, and doesn't get in the way of the limbs rotating. I love cloth robes because you can put a figure in a vehicle without creasing the vinyl sheet.
Obi-Wan is mostly covered by the robe, so its unique softer texture, clean stitching, and unique thickness makes it work pretty well. He also has a blue lightsaber - much like Snowspeeder Pilot Luke or the variant Jedi Knight Luke figures - and a new blaster that can fit in a loop on his hip. Very few old Kenner figures got this much gear, so it's a treat when we get so many parts. The blaster is larger and much more simplified than the TVC equivalent, appearing a little off-model. As it should. Weird is good. I would have liked it if the hands were a bit better at gripping the blaster, but it's not like the old Kenner figures were great graspers. The loop on the belt is a little loose to hold the blaster, but the robes keep it in place fairly well.
Retro middle-age Ewan McGregor looks pretty young, with no gray hair. The beard is perfectly fine, the eyebrows are nice, the hair is long and parted to the side in a way that doesn't look too out of place with my very old childhood toys. Obi-Wan is a little better than actual Kenner figures, but not as detailed as modern figures of this size. Meanwhile, his eyes and eyebrows look pretty much exactly right.
The shirt itself is a little more billowy than the Kenner originals. This Obi-Wan figure (and indeed, most of the figures) are more three-dimensional than the flat figures of old - the lightsabers seem to jut out a bit more, and the extra detail in the plastic "fabric" doesn't seem quite as primitive as what we got back in the day. I don't hate it, but it is worth noting that there's a big difference from figures derived from a digital sculpt in 2022 than wax or, in some cases, wooden patterns of old.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,964: September 29, 2022