Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars Animated Series)
Hasbro
Released December, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on January 9, 2003

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While appearing to be a statue, Animated Obi-Wan Kenobi manages to pack a lot of range in four minor points of articulation.

This figure is packaged with a lightsaber and a base, both of which are new to this series.

Sculpt/Articulation/Gimmicks/Paint

So far, the animated figures are completely new sculpts except for their Star Wars logo bases. As such, there's nothing here that should look familliar.


The figure is full of very sharp lines in both the coloring and the sculpt, which allows for a shadow to hit it just right and light it in a way that you just aren't used to seeing in an action figure. The design seems so simple, but upon close examination, it's obvious a lot of work went into this figure.



One of the most unfortunate things about this figure is that under the right (or wrong) circumstances, it has the illusion thathe's smiling. He's not. The facial hair is sculpted in such a way that it looks like this, and it makes him look a little out-of-character. The expression isn't a bad one, but because of the moustache he looks a little more excitable than we're used to seeing him. The hair sculpt is quite unique, though, and the figure's mug isn't exactly bad. It's just when you go from two dimensions to three, some things translate well and others just translate.

The figure is slightly taller than his movie-esque counterpart, and isn't nearly as posable. The cartoon figure has a joint at the waist, neck, and at both shoulders. Due to how the joints were cut in the arms, though, you can find that he's capable of a few interesting battle stances that were completely unexpected. Since the shoulders were cut to match the animated design and not take away from the overall look, it's obvious Hasbro went out of their way to make sure we were happy with this one. The only worry I have is the lack of leg joints on these guys, over time, could be bad because the plastic might warp and then you can't exactly pose them to make up for this.

It's a very different take on the character, and as such should be worth a look because this figure has unusually squared-off hands. Seriously, check them out when you see him. The design is so unusual with its sharp corners and sweeping lines that it's hard not to like.

Accessories

This set includes a weapon and a base.

The lightsaber is a brand new sculpt. Even the flare at the end of the blade is different than that of Anakin, and this is a really nice thing to see. The detail on the handle itself is quite good, with the coloring turning out quite well. The problem? When he holds it with both hands, you aren't going to see it.

The base is typical for this series with a big logo from the films and a smaller Clone Wars logo beneath it. While it would be nice to see a second color added to the base to bring out the detail, odds are it's best to leave it as is so the paint doesn't come off on the figure's feet. These bases are quite nice, and it would be nice to see Hasbro adopt movie logo bases for the regular Saga line.

Packaging

Hasbro came up with something new that brings in elements of the old.


This is really spiffy. The coloring is very vibrant, and the packaging has a nice, extra large portrait of the character art on the side of the bubble which is something we really haven't seen since the old days. The Clone Trooper in the top corner reminds us of the POTF2 design, and the Cartoon Network tab is a nice touch. The cardback has some great artwork along with some nifty concept art, as well as a shot of the rest of the line. The bubble extends to the very edges of the cardboard packaging, too, which seems to be something Hasbro is very big on these days. Check out the recent G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom action figures for further examples.

All in all, this package is everything it needed to be, and then some.

Availability

Target exclusive. In recent weeks, stores in the Phoenix area have received loads of these, so keep checking around if you're unable to find this or others in the series, unless you're reading this in 2005 or later in which case forget about it.

Fin

This is a great figure with a slightly goofy grin. His ability to move will surprise you, and his overall sculpt does not disappoint. Even though his SRP is currently $6.99, it's worth snagging this one. It's a really nice change of pace and hopefully something we'll see more of.

Our sample was obtained from a Phoenix area Target in December 2003.









 
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