Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars) Vintage Collection Review
The Vintage Collection (VC103), 2012
Accessories: Lightsaber, Lightsaber Hilt
Appears in: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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The Vintage Collection’s “realistic” version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in his Clone Wars uniform is getting a re-release later this year (presumably with the addition of a new computer-printed face). It’s a little too late to be in sync with the conclusion of the Clone Wars series on Disney+, but it’s still a welcome re-issue of the original figure – which is exactly what we’re looking at today.
Released in 2012 during the first run of the Vintage Collection, VC103 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars) is a natural companion piece to VC92 Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars).
How does the figure stack up? Let’s dive in and find out.
I’ll throw it out there that, aesthetically, this is my favourite version of Kenobi in the saga. His Jedi robes mesh with the clone armour to create a true space-knight visage, and much like the Clone Wars’ Anakin Skywalker, it’s much closer to how I always imagined the prequel-era Jedi to look than how they appeared in the films.
But it’s not just the costume design. The figure itself looks fantastic, with good proportions, solid colours and a pleasing blend of soft goods and soft plastic pieces.
The facial likeness is good – for a pre-face printing figure, it’s instantly recognisable as Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan. That said, my copy does have a boss eye. It looks OK from either side, but it’s definitely noticeable from straight on.
The delineation between the different coloured areas of Kenobi’s uniform is clean and well done. For details, the silver, gold and two different browns of his belt are very well done. The Jedi crest on Kenobi’s left shoulder pad is sharp, and a nice touch of colour. Yet the muddy splatter that covers much of the figure’s white armour is messy. It’s not too badly applied but it is very scene-specific to Geonosis. Given how many adventures Kenobi has in this outfit, it is a shame that Hasbro went this route.
These criticisms are definitely nitpicking. All the same, I’m going to keep my eye on the re-release version to see if it solves any of these issues in hand.
Kenobi has the super-articulated standard of:
- Ball-jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles
- Swivel wrists, waist, hips
That gives us a lot of posability. It’s great for such an active character and you can get Kenobi into a range of poses, including a two-handed weapon grip.
What’s he gripping? His lightsaber of course. My copy is worse for wear now, but brand new it looked great – take my word for it! He also comes packed with an unignited hilt that can attach to his belt. It’s a solid and welcome feature.
Ewan McGregor’s turn as the Jedi Master was a high point of the prequels, and on my current watch through the Clone Wars looks like top tier prequel era action. The Vintage Collection Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars) is a well-made blend of both worlds.
If you don’t have a version for yourself yet, this is a figure I can highly recommend. Pre-order the upcoming re-release from these great UK retailers:
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