Sunday, November 4, 2012

Star Wars General Obi-Wan Kenobi

Presenting General Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars The Clone Wars toyline.

I have to admit that I'm not much of a fan of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Personally I think that the entire Star Wars thingamajig. I really think that "IT'S ALL OBI-WAN'S FAULT!!!" and not just because Anakin Skywalker thinks "HE'S HOLDING ME BACK!!!"

My personal argument against Obi-Wan goes all the way back to when Anakin Skywalker was just little orphan Annie. Jedi Master Qui-Gonn Jinn - despite being a Gray Jedi - followed the Jedi council's orders NOT to train Anakin Skywalker in the ways of the Force - at the very least he was willing to defer the debate. But NOOOO!!!! That's not good enough for Obi-Wan! With or without the council's permission, the newly minted Jedi Knight vowed to train Anakin Skywalker.

Had he not been that adamant, perhaps there would not have been a Darth Vader - nor an Order 66 as the Emperor would have fallen to Mace Windu.

So yeah. It really is "All Obi-Wan's fault!"

But I am kinda a fan of the Clone-Trooper armor that he sports now and again. And I am glad that they saw fit to release a non-animated version of General Obi-Wan Kenobi because I really am not a big fan of the animated series figure appearances.

The "armored" Jedi Knight first made his appearance in the animated series, but I did often wonder - especially after EPIII - why the Jedi did not bother with light armor. I mean, Jedi wore light combat armor in the Old Republic, and the future Imperial Knights wouldn't be caught dead without their crimson armor. So it just made sense for the Jedi Knights of the Clone Wars to wear armor.

General Obi-Wan Kenobi started using armor back when the Phase 1 Clone Trooper Armor was in fashion. We can also see this thanks to the larger shoulder pauldrons that Phase 1 Armor brings to the table - speaking of which, instead of a rank color, Obi-Wan bears the mark of the Jedi Order on his left pauldron.

General Obi-Wan Kenobi keeps the Clone Trooper Phase 1 white plastoid-alloy armor plates to protect his shoulders, upper arms, forearms, the back of his hands, his knees, lower legs and feet.

The rest of his body is covered in the lightweight padded black-body suit used by Clone Troopers that actually provides climate insulation and protection from almost any environment (including limited exposure to the extreme cold of a vacuum.

On top of this General Obi-Wan Kenobi retains the Jedi Order Overtunic and utility belt where he can clip his lightsaber (He comes with two lightsabers, one lit, one unlit). Of note is the addition of a non-standard chestplate which is reminiscent of the chestplate used by Darth vader.

What I like about this particular armor is that it actually comes quite dinged up and used. It's not just dirty, you can make out where it's been bashed or dented.

The very first incarnation of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Trooper Armor was actually released years ago involving a standard Obi-Wan Kenobi figure with holes for armor plates that could be mounted; a full body armor and cape that was simply draped on; a lance (If I remember correctly, his first use of the armor involved Obi-Wan versus Durge going at it with Lances while riding Speeder Bikes instead of horses); and a helmet.

He had more armor then:

Now the Phase 1 Clone Trooper Helmet can actually be used by the more modern incarnation of General Obi Wan Kenobi, but it looks ridiculous and from the side, you realize that his head is not entirely in (The older version has a rounder head, the newer one has a longer head).

What's to like about Star Wars The Clone Wars General Obi-Wan Kenobi?

The nicest thing about General Obi-Wan Kenobi is unfortunately his coolness factor. It really is about time that he was made. I know and have seen the animated version and really didn't like the stick thin figure - sooo unlike the really bodacious Aalya Secura figure.

In a nutshell, what we have here is one of the highest ranking Generals of the Clone Wars in a battle damaged and dirty set of armor. How cool is that?

Detailing is definitely his strongest suit, not articulation. While the good General may have enhanced articulation, Obi-Wan Kenobi's articulation is more akin to that of Boba Fett's (Nope, he can't really kneel either), than the articulation of Darth Maul. It would have been incredible if he had the hand articulation of Luke Skywalker.  

It also helps that Obi-Wan Kenobi comes with a very finely - and inspiringly stern - facial sculpt:

You can almost see General Obi-Wan Kenobi leading a charge:

And he looks great fighting with one-handed or gripping his lightsaber with both hands:

What's NOT to like about the Clone Wars General Obi-Wan Kenobi?

I think the fact that I have nothing nice to say about him other than the fact that it's cool that General Obi-Wan Kenobi is in armor and he has a nice facial sculpt, says volumes. He  sometimes doesn't feel worth collecting - especially if you're not a fan of the clone war or of Jedi in light-armor.

And you've probably noticed by now that white boots makes one's feet look fat and clunky.

So you better be a fan of the Clone Wars if you want to spend for him. The Clone Wars General Obi-Wan Kenobi is available on Amazon for US$ 17.88 (Roughly PhP 751 plus shipping). This particular one was purchased for PhP 699.75 at Toy Kingdom here in the Philippines (Roughly US$ 16.66)

Not exactly rare, but getting there:

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