STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
So, since the last time I discussed The Phantom Menace on this here site (just shy of 1800 reviews ago), public perceptions of the film have slightly shifted. To be fair, last time around, the film’s 3D re-release had reinvigorated the fanbase’s hatred. Now, it’s cool to like it, since the hate has shifted either to the new films, or to the portion of the fanbase who hates the new films. Whatever the case, I’ve always liked Phantom Menace the most of the prequels, and that’s not changed. As a kid, my favorite part of the movie was Ewan McGreggor as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Black Series has placed the majority of its focus on the original trilogy and the new trilogy, so the prequels have been sort of pushed to the side, and Obi-Wan’s “debut” appearance had a little bit of a wait. Fortunately, it’s finally here, and now I’m gonna review it!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obi-Wan is figure 85 in the Black Series line-up. He arrived in stores in a mostly non-movie assortment, making him the a bit of an odd-man out. It’s our fourth version of Obi-Wan in the line, and he’s the final of the three main Phantom Menace Jedi to be added to the line. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Obi-Wan’s sculpt is all-new, and it’s another strong piece. It’s another step forward in working the articulation into the sculpt without things looking too weird. The arms are a touch long and seem to bend a little too far down, but beyond that the joints are well-implemented and he has an impressive range of mobility. The head is sporting a solid likeness of Ewan McGreggor, certainly an improvement over the head from the Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan. The torso is constructed via layering, which has done a nice job of creating depth on the figure, as well as preserving the articulation. His robes are nicely textured, and do a suitable job of looking lifelike. Obi-Wan’s paintwork is pretty solid. He’s the first of the Phantom Menace figures to released post-face-printing, and it does him a lot of favors. He’s definitely a really lively looking guy, and it does the sculpt all sorts of favors. The more basic paintwork isn’t quite as strong, with some noticeable slop on the edges of the boots in particular. That said, it’s not as bad as some of the others we’ve seen in this line. Obi-Wan’s only accessory is his lightsaber, which, following the trend of others in the line, has a removable blade and can be hung from his belt. It’s a shame they couldn’t throw anything else in with him; even a cloth robe would have been nice. As it stands, he does feel a tad light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the Black Series first launched, I had one firm rule: no prequel figures. Even before I broke it to get in on some Clone Trooper goodness, this guy was the one exception to that self-imposed rule. I was definitely playing a mean waiting game with both Maul and Qui-Gon out already, so I was very excited when this guy was finally shown off. He was at the top of my list for this assortment, and I gotta say, he’s a really satisfying figure.