CLONE COMMANDER OBI-WAN KENOBI
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a noble man and gifted in the ways of the Force. He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.”
Between Episodes II and III of the prequel trilogy, the Clone Wars got their first cartoon treatment in a 2D series led by animator Genndy Tartakovsky. While it’s place in the cannon proper has been taken by the later 3D series, the broad strokes from it do still crop up from time to time. One of the most recurring elements for re-appearance is the show’s distinctive design for Obi-Wan, which placed the Jedi in a suit of clone armor so that he could do battle with the bounty hunter Durge. It’s a really cool look, and its gotten surprisingly little toy love. Fortunately, though, it’s gotten a spot in The Black Series.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Clone Commander Obi-Wan is a late 2019 Walgreens-exclusive Black Series release (and, fun fact, Walgreens’ second time getting Obi-Wan as an exclusive). The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 29 points of articulation. Obi-Wan’s largely made from re-used parts, as pretty much everyone was expecting when this figure was announced. He’s built on the standard Clone Trooper that Hasbro’s been using since early in the line, and I’m sort of mixed emotions about that. It’s a nice looking body, and it was one of the best in terms of poseability when it was new, but it’s got some definite issues compared to more recent stuff, most notably those really restricted shoulders. Hasbro created a totally new clone body for Captain Rex, but as of yet haven’t used for anyone but him. This feels like it would have been a good place to start, but maybe Hasbro’s got a specific reason for sticking with the old mold for now. Obi-Wan gets a new head, belt, clasps for his cape, and a slightly retooled upper torso to work with the clasps. The head’s really the star piece here, with a really strong McGreggor likeness. Technically, for true accuracy to the source he should still have his Attack of the Clones hair, in contrast to this one’s Revenge of the Sith appearance, but given that the 3D show seems to have firmly decided that Obi-Wan had the short hair for the Clone Wars, and the fact that I honestly think it looks better this way, I can’t really complain. He’s also got a cloth goods robe, which isn’t terribly impressive, but also isn’t terribly terrible (which some of the Black Series cloth stuff really has), so I again can’t complain. Obi-Wan’s is largely pretty basic, apart from the head, which gets the nice printed face technique, which looks really nice on this particular figure. Obi-Wan is packed with his lightsaber (which an be stashed on his brand new belt) and one of the stands they’ve been packing in with the exclusives. It’s a shame he didn’t also get the standard clone helmet, since he wore it with the armor, but he’s at least got the bare minimum.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy is probably the most excited I’ve been for a Walgreens-exclusive Black Series, which is honestly a little funny given my prior “no prequels” rule, but I’ve always really liked this design, and this is the first time The Black Series has done anything 2D Clone Wars-related. I lucked into this guy at the Walgreens between two of my day job’s sites, which made for a nice mid-day pick-me-up. While the older body does hold him back a little in terms of posing, he’s still a really, really awesome figure, and I’m glad I was able to track one down. Here’s hoping for a Durge to face off against him!