OBI-WAN KENOBI — JEDI KNIGHT
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Obi-Wan Kenobi became a general in the Army of the Republic as the Clone Wars continued, having many adventures with Anakin Skywalker.”
Obi-Wan’s definitely been the best treated of the Prequel characters when it comes to The Black Series. It’s fair, because he’s probably the best of the core prequel characters, anyway, so I can’t argue with it. But it’s certainly still noteworthy, because he’s so far the only character to get his primary look from all three of the films, as well as getting one from Clone Wars. That’s certainly something of an accomplishment, don’t you think?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obi-Wan is figure 111 in the Black Series line-up. He’s the penultimate figure in the final red-box assortment, and unlike yesterday’s figure, he’s unquestionably Attack of the Clones based. Yes, we finally have a Black Series release that can confuse your very religious Grandmother! Unexpected bonus! The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. The vast majority of this figure’s sculpt is shared with the Phantom Menace version of the character. I was a pretty big fan of the sculpt the first time around, and I think it’s honestly one of the best Jedi sculpts the line’s put out. I know others have issues with how the hip joints work, but I personally think they have a solid range, and in general, the figure’s posability is top-not. He gets an all-new head sculpt to adjust him to his Episode 2 appearance, and it sports another really strong McGreggor likeness, matching both the Ep 1 and Clone Wars versions in terms of quality. The only slight nit to the quality is the somewhat obvious join between the hair piece and the head. It’s not terrible, and it’s better on some figures than others. Ultimately, it’s just the price of doing business this way. It’s probably better than a solid head would have turned out. Overall, definitely a strong offering. In terms of paint work, Obi-Wan is about what you’d expect from the line at this point. He’s got the face print, the base color work on the robes, and a little bit of accent work on the hair to bring out the details. Not a bad set-up. Obi-Wan’s only accessory this time around is his lightsaber. It’s not a bad piece, but it’s a shame they couldn’t also give him a robe, or maybe an alternate soaked head from Kamino, possibly even his pilot head gear. It does feel rather light as-is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t initially on-board for any Obi-Wan apart from the Episode 1 version, but the unexpected Clone Wars variant kind of broke that dam down. While I didn’t outright want this figure, after snagging the rest of the assortment, I wasn’t exactly going to pass on him. While he’s maybe not my favorite Obi-Wan design, he’s the best Obi-Wan figure to come out of The Black Series so far. I wouldn’t mind seeing the RotS version get a re-do using this set-up as well.
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