Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: Star Wars VC103 Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hasbro hit us with more Star Wars online exclusives, this time the entire final wave of the Vintage Collection. Part of the wave was a life-like Obi-Wan Kenobi, fighting his was through as a General in the Clone Wars. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Obi-Wan in clone gear, so is this latest online-only version worth your virtual cash? Read the review to find out!

The Blu-Ray Deleted Scenes wave featured some incredibly realistic artwork of the characters on the front of the cards. I’d put the Obi-Wan card right up there. Very impressive artwork for a scene that never actually “happened” (i.e. an outfit Ewan McGregor never actually wore). From a distance, you’d think it was a photograph. Very well done.

Another Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. If you’re like me, it’s just hard to get too excited about that. Particularly when it’s a figure we saw fairly recently in the Legacy Collection. Then I saw it in person. The Vintage Collection once again delivers a well sculpted update that makes its predecessor irrelevant. The head-sculpt is much more life-like than the Legacy version, as is the armor. The only real advantage the Legacy version has is the inclusion of the helmet. I can live with that, as it most likely would have resulted in either an oversized helmet or an undersized head. The armor looks convincing (great work on the shoulder symbol), the sculpted robe looks good, and the soft goods work well.

Obi-Wan comes with the two accessories you would expect him to, an unlit hilt and a lightsaber complete with the blade. The hilt is a good replication of the design. The blade color looks a little dark to me, but other than that, Hasbro has delivered a faithful 3 ¾” scale version of Obi-Wan’s lightsaber.

Thanks to the soft goods, Obi-Wan Kenobi manages to retain all of his given articulation. Once again, the Vintage Collection delivers a figure with just about all the articulation you can reasonably expect. The only issue is some of the unpainted joints, such as the black popping through at the ankles. Technically, I suppose this is a paint issue, not articulation, but either way, it would be nice if it wasn’t an issue.

This was supposed to be part of an “online exclusive” wave, but these have been spotted at local comics shops, FYE in the states, Wal-Mart in Canada and probably other brick and mortar stores that I haven’t read about. The Star Wars Vintage Collection Obi-Wan Kenobi can currently be picked up on Amazon for under $10, which for this line is basically at or below retail. If you have the Legacy collection version of this figure, the Vintage Collection is enough of an upgrade to make it worth your while to pick up.