While the range of Star Wars collectibles has expanded considerably with the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”, Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure is aimed squarely at those fans with a fondness for series’ second trilogy. A stellar addition to the company’s growing Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Star Wars collection (which includes an equally grand depiction of fellow Jedi, Mace Windu), Obi-Wan delivers the same level of gratifying detail as many of Bandai’s other popular licensed pieces.
Based on Obi-Wan’s youthful appearance from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Bandai’s figure boasts an intricately cast and painted sculpt that captures the look of actor, Ewan McGregor quite convincingly. Eight interchangeable hands (four pairs), and two interchangeable heads (one with a determined portrait and the second slightly moreso) are included for alternate display, Padawan braid and all.
S.H. Figuarts action figures are known for their extensive poseability and Obi-Wan Kenobi is no exception. The 6-inch tall representation of the iconic Jedi apprentice is remarkably sturdy and balanced, remaining upright in most cases without the need of a stand or platform. Obi-Wan is fully articulated with joints spread throughout the body ultimately resulting in a satisfying variety of dynamic display options. Contributing to the figure’s impressive range of motion is the molded multi-part tunic. Its thin and flexible layers enable natural movement while doing an admirable job approximating the look of fabric. The downside of all that articulation is that the numerous sculpted joints are unavoidably conspicuous and wind up detracting a bit from the figure’s otherwise natural and near-lifelike bearing.
Further accentuating the scope of presentation possibilities, Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure comes with a pleasing reserve of authentic extras. In addition to the swappable figure components (heads and hands), the set comes with a removable lightsaber hilt (with a prong that fits into a notch on figure’s belt), as well as illuminated, 4-inch versions of Obi-Wan’s lightsaber and that of his vanquished master, Qui-Gon Jinn.
Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure released in January 2016 at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of 5,940 JPY (~$50 USD). Star Wars fans looking to add the craveable figure to their collections can find it at retail in Japan or online at prices starting at roughly $50 USD.