Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
2013 Darth Vader Line Look Saga Legends
Item No.: Asst. A3857 No. A3864
Points of articulation: 5
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2013
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Verdict: If you want a pilot for a vehicle, or a figure to stand on your desk without falling over easily, this is your figure. If you can't get beyond the need for over 12 points of articulation, well, skip this one. If you had action figures in 1982, you'll find something to like here.
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Bio: Obi-Wan flies his Jedi starfighter through a Separatist armada to infiltrate an enemy ship. Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker are on a daring mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine, who is being held hostage on General Grievous' ship. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
This is a new sculpt. Previous ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi figures generally had a thick plastic "skirt" hindering or completely restricting leg movement - this one was designed like a 1980s action figure with the ability for the legs to swing forward freely. You lose some of the authenticity in the costume, but the benefit is that the toy is actually fun. I'm happy to make the trade. The head sculpt is on par with some of the earlier 2005 Revenge of the Sith figures in that it feels a little bit thinner.
This costume does not lend itself to looking impressive, so what you have here is acceptable deco. The choice of plastic is more toy-like, but it also looks good at this scale. The hair is darker and the figure no longer has grey sideburns. The color may not be a perfect match for Ewan McGregor, but it's certainly good enough for an Obi-Wan Kenobi toy for six bucks. The biggest surprise in terms of paint is a silver belt buckle, everything else is, in many respects, very paint-by-numbers. This sample has a little slop around the neck, so you might want to keep an eye around his collar when you buy yours. (Also: you should buy one.)
Includes a lightsaber with minimal paint applications. His sleeve may get in the way, but the figure can grip the weapon with minimal fuss - and it doesn't fall out of his hand in a light breeze, either.
There have been dozens of Obi-Wan Kenobi figures from over the years, but the Revenge of the Sith version may be one of the most plentiful with over a dozen releases, each of which has a different accessory or other small change. This one isn't the least articulated, but it does feel simpler and retains the "1978" pose of most Kenner action figures until the 1990s. This is the first Obi-Wan Kenobi from ROTS with the ability to sit down without bending a piece of the figure out of shape, and this one stands unassisted much more easily than others. We're picturing him with the 2006 The Saga Collection release, which has 14 points of articulation and a cloth robe. It also cost about $6.99 in 2006, so that's inflation for you.
Fans of toys will adore this figure while collectors will loathe it. He holds his weapon without dropping it, none of his parts fall off, he can stand unassisted, and he looks good. He doesn't look great but I find a figure that actually suits my needs as someone with toys on my desk or coffee table more than a super-poseable figure that requires you to lean it against the wall or to find a perfectly balanced "sweet spot" when playtime is over. I pick this one up, I mess around with it, I put it down, and it stays where I leave it. It is an admirable creation for which Hasbro employees may receive unwanted hugs at upcoming toy conventions.
A new, smaller cardback in line with Hasbro's "cheaper figure" initiative of 2013. It's sized similarly to simpler figures from Ultimate Spider-Man, The Wolverine, and Iron Man 3. A much-smaller, easily overlooked Star Wars logo appears on the bottom of the package which features Mustafar-style lava and Darth Vader. At first glance, it looks like a simpler version of the 2005 packaging except it has a rocky bubble rather than an egg-shaped one. It feels there is significantly less wasted material here and the figures come out with no twist ties or rubber bands, only a piece of tape holds any accessories in place.