Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This is the Way: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

     Hello there!

    There have been a ton of The Black Series figures released in 2020 and it feels like I've only been able to really get my hands on most of them over the past couple of months. Today I'm checking out another figure from the final full wave of The Black Series Phase III and this time it's Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight), depicting Obi-Wan in his outfit from Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Attack of the Clones is the Star Wars film I'm the most conflicted on as there are some amazing scenes, interesting locations, and truly interesting characters, but there is also that cringe-worthy dialogue that we all know and loathe. One thing about the Prequels that is spot on the whole way through is Ewan McGregor. He just thrives as Obi-Wan Kenobi and seems to just love the role so darn much. I'm really excited for Kenobi! 

   Anyways, the AOTC Obi-Wan is a favorite of many fans, including many who find pictures of him and assume he's an actor representing Jesus Christ. Yeah, I've had a number of friends who have shared the picture of Obi-Wan, assuming he is Jesus. It's a thing that really happens. Since I love Jesus and lightsaber battles, I'll just leave this right here....

Anyways, let's get checking out this Obi-Wan Kenobi figure after the break. He's the only main Prequel version of Obi-Wan Hasbro hadn't released yet so it was nice to get him in the line. Like some of the other Prequel Jedi figures, though, he feels very bare bones. Let's take a look at him after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 5 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, butterfly pecs, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Lightsaber hilt and blade.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars


* The Jedi Knight version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the left while the Episode 1 Padawan version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the right. While they have different heads and different coloring, they're actually the exact same sculpt from the neck down. I wasn't expecting that but, looking at it more closely, it seems to be quite accurate. That means that this version of Obi-Wan does have the more recent articulation model which the Padawan Obi-Wan did. 

The Positives:

* Obi-Wan's wearing a pretty standard Jedi outfit with slightly darker colors than he wore as a Padawan. The sculpt is nice and crisp, way better than on the Phase I Obi-Wan from Revenge of the Sith. That figure really needs a full redo, doesn't it? Anyways, this Obi-Wan's outer tunic is actually a separate piece sitting over his undertunic; it both looks better and allows for better motion for the shoulder movement. The paint is all neat and clean, too.

* The headsculpt is excellent. Obi-Wan looks pretty cool with the slightly longer hair and bear and Hasbro nailed the likeness. Overall everything is great but from some angles the likeness is eerily realistic! The eyes are exceptional.

* Like most of the more recent Jedi figures, Obi-Wan can move with the best of them. I'd wager he's more articulated than even most Marvel Legends figures, particularly due to the excellent range of motion most of his joints have, the balljointed neck and head, and the "butterfly" hinged pectoral joints. Obi-Wan is a fun, durable figure who can do pretty much anything needed from a lightsaber duel to hanging onto a flying droid.

* Obi-Wan Kenobi comes equipped with his lightsaber which should be nu surprise to anyone who has collected this line for any length of time. It's a nice sculpt with a removable blade. What more could you want? If you want sound effects, just be like Ewan and make your own while swinging it around.

* When he needs his hands free Obi-Wan can store his lightsaber on his belt. The belt has lots of other pouches for cool goodies and such, as well.

The Negatives:

* I really, really want Hasbro to give all of their Jedi and Sith the easier to swap lightsaber blades like the ESB Darth Vader has or just give them an extra hilt and a regular lightsaber. The tip on the blades seems so fragile!

   Overall Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight is a very well done figure. My biggest complaints, though, revolve around his lack of accessories. Obi-Wan should absolutely have come with  cloak. Why does Hasbro continue to neglect the Jedi like this? They're very hit or miss. Obi-Wan could also have come with the spear he uses in the Geonosis arena battle, the ASN courier droid he hangs onto over Coruscant, or even a drink and a hand gesture from the Outlander Club. Usually Hasbro does a pretty nice job but the accessories have been a bit uninspired with the Prequel figures. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Good and a 1/2 figure but he needs some more extras!

 I've reviewed quite a few Obi-Wan Kenobi toys on here including the Micro Machines Classic Characters Obi-Wan, Funko's Ben Kenobi #99 and Obi-Wan Kenobi #214 POP! vinyls, and the Black Series Obi-Wan Kenobi from Revenge of the SithForce Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi, the SDCC 2016 Obi-Wan Kenobi from A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan), and Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the Micro Force standard ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi and the holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Advent Calendar.

For more reviews from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III check out the following:


  1. This is a nice looking figure, the face sculpt is really good. You are right, extra accessories would have really made Obi Wan extra fantastic.

    1. Yeah, especially since he's mostly a repaint. Some figures get fantastic pack outs and others get bare bones.


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