BEN (OBI-WAN) KENOBI
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
In last week’s review of Kenner’s Power of the Force Power F/X Darth Vader, I brought up the figure’s compatibility not only with the previously reviewed Luke Skywalker, but also with Obi-Wan Kenobi, a figure I had not yet reviewed. Can you really say you’re surprised that I’m reviewing that figure now? I mean…I don’t think you can, but I’ve been wrong before. Anyway, let’s just get onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (as the line was very insistent on in reference to him) was another 1997 release, the fourth of the five figure Power F/X sub-line of Power of the Force. In contrast to Vader’s cross-film set-up, Ben is, unsurprisingly, based on his A New Hope appearance, specifically his final duel with Vader, which is sensible, since it was, at this point, his only real lightsaber battle. That being said, it’s low key kind of a shame that they didn’t use the Power F/X set-up for some shimmering force ghosts. I guess that’s not as inherently toyetic. Ben stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. Just like the last two, his right arm is restricted in order to facilitate the light-up feature, and the rest of his articulation’s more for just tweaking the exact nature of his stance. His sculpt is quite similar to all of the other Kenobi’s from the line, being especially cut from the same cloth as his first figure and the one from the Cantina Cinema Scene boxed set. He’s even got the same headsculpt as those releases, and his still removable cloak piece is almost identical to the one from the boxed version. Beyond that, he really just follows the lead of Luke, being a somewhat awkward sculpt, including still having the hunch on his back for the batteries. The robe does it’s best to hide this, but it doesn’t work quite as well as Luke’s cape did. He does at least add a little more detailing to the lightsaber hilt than Luke did, but it’s still somewhat removed from the film product. Ben’s paint work is pretty much the same as the other versions of the character, apart from one rather notable mistake: his lightsaber is the wrong color, being green, rather than the appropriate blue. Supposedly, this change occurred because blue LEDs were more expensive than green, and Kenner couldn’t justify the cost. Seems like a weird choice to me, but here we are. Ben was packed with the same hallway stand piece that was included with Luke, allowing him, like Luke, to be connected with the Vader figure for a more interactive set-up. And, while Luke came with an entire cardboard backdrop for him and Vader, Ben and Vader each got half of an A New Hope-inspired backdrop, which shows off the Millennium Falcon in the Death Star‘s hangar bay.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Luke was the only one of these I had as a kid, but I came very close to buying Obi-Wan a few times, mostly because I no longer had my original release, and I wasn’t yet at the point of going for exact replacements for my toys. I never really could muster the excitement to grab this one, though. He’s alright, but admittedly a bit redundant for me, since the Luke/Vader pairing is the one that holds more nostalgia. Perhaps I’ll snag a second Vader some day, so that I can justify having Vader face off against each of them.