STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
When Star Wars: The Black Series first starting to hit, I made up a list of figures I really wanted to see released, entirely made up of Original Trilogy characters. As the line progressed, a lot of those figures found their way into release. In series three, I hit my first real breaking point with the announcement of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rather than the OT, Alec Guinness version that most fans were hoping for, we got the Episode III version of the character. The fact that it wasn’t the version most people wanted, coupled with the general weak quality of the final product made him one of the line’s longest lasting peg warmers (the fact that he was subsequently re-packed just a few series after his initial release didn’t help matters). Without much effort, you can probably still find him in some retail stores, almost four years after his release. That doesn’t really make a good case for releasing another version of the character, no matter how fan demanded it may be. Fortunately, Hasbro wasn’t too deterred, and we’ve finally gotten a proper Alec Guinness Kenobi, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obi-Wan was released in the fifth series of the Rogue One-themed Star Wars: The Black Series figures. He’s figure 32 in the line, which places him around the middle of this six-figure series numerically. Obi-Wan was also one of the three summer convention exclusive Black Series figures for 2016, where he included an extra holographic Princess Leia accessory, but apart from that, the two releases are pretty much the same. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. Like a lot of figures in this particular line, Obi-Wan is a mix of sculpted and tailored elements. He’s mostly sculpted, with just the robe being cloth. Cloth robes are nothing new, and Obi-Wan’s works pretty well, actually. The rest of the figure is an all-new sculpt, which is probably one of Hasbro’s strongest Black Series sculpts to date. In particular, the head sculpt is a very good recreation of Guinness’ likeness. There have been some decent likenesses in this line before, but I think this is the best one they’ve ever done. Heck, it’s just one of Hasbro’s best head sculpts period. I really like it. The rest of the sculpt, while not being quite as “wow” as the head, is still quite solid, and definitely translates his movie design into action figure form quite nicely. Even the paintwork on this guy is pretty solid. Everything is nice and clean, and the head has a lot of nice variance in the shading (it’s still a bit too blonde, but seems less off than Han and Krennic). I wouldn’t have minded a bit of weathering on the robes, but they don’t look awful. My one complaint about this figure has to do with the included extra. He just includes his lightsaber, which is a perfectly fine extra, and is even quite nicely done. The problem I ran into is that my Kenobi’s saber blade broke off, which is quite annoying.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was anticipating finding this guy would be difficult, but it actually wasn’t. I found him at the Gamestop outside of Super Awesome Girlfriend’s hometown, just mixed in with the Force Awakens and Rogue One figures. I actually wasn’t going to get him (it was right before Christmas and my budget was a bit tight), but Super Awesome Girlfriend refused to let me leave him there and ended up buying him for me. I’m really happy to have this guy, and he’s easily one of my favorite entries in this line. After being rather letdown by the Tatooine Luke, this guy was a nice pick-me-up. Here’s to more like him!