OBI-WAN KENOBI- Jedi Spirit
Power of the Force Collection
Item No.: No. 69736
Includes: No accessories
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $1.99 + 2 UPCs from specially marked Lays or Pizza Lays Potato Chips
Availability: Spring 1997
Bio: Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi was a legendary human Jedi Master who was trained by Masters Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, and who taught both Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force, and a General for the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars. He is also notable for having been the first Jedi in approximately 1,000 years to kill a Sith, one of the last members of the Jedi High Council, and one of the few Jedi to survive the Great Jedi Purge. (Stolen from the article Obi-Wan Kenobi at Wookieepedia.)
Image: Taken in the wilds in the home of Adam Pawlus' display shelves.
Commentary: The first-ever clear holographic/spirit figure, and the first (and to date, only) mail-in figure from Frito-Lay. With articulation at the head and arms, the figure arrived quite stiff and many collectors were concerned about damaging the figure. While not much of a toy, the figure was the source of limited excitement upon its release due to the incredibly high fan interest in mail-in offers.
Collector's Notes: Released with no weapons, numerous collectors spent vast energies complaining about the lack of a lightsaber which, obviously, was never used by Kenobi after he joined the Force. Also, a similar figure was released in 1998 as part of the Jedi Spirits Cinema Scene, which also included a resculpted version of this figure with painted highlights as well as companion figures Yoda and Anakin Skywalker.
Packaged in a white mailer box, which was packaged in a larger envelope, the figure came with 1 of 5 bonus offer coupons, including 2 "exclusive" products. Three dollars-off coupons were largely ignored, but very strong interest in the B'Omarr Monk figure offer and the Cantina diorama coupon resulted in brisk trading on some collector forums. (MORE IMAGES)
Day 2: May 8, 2006