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Name: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Series: Star Wars Transformers
Allegiance: Jedi Knight
Function: Jedi Knight
Alternate Mode: Delta 7 Starfighter



STARFIGHTER MODE
Height: 11.5cm Length: 21.5cm Width: 14.5cm

   A maroon repaint of Saesee Tiin, although Obi-Wan's maroon version is the one we saw in Attack of the Clones. Anyway, this Jedi Starfighter is maroon with a beige central stripe and some black and rust painted details. It's a wedge shaped one man vehicle, with a distinct style. The colours are broadly similar to those of the earlier Saesee Tiin toy, but the maroon and orange are different enough that the two have a different feel about them.

   This is one of the more distinctive vehicles from the prequel Stars Wars series. The wedge shaped base vehicle is fairly unspectacular, but the Hyperdrive Booster Ring which slides over the front is very distinctive. The ring is proportionally huge - almost as wide as the Starfighter itself is long. The ring can stand upright on its own however the combined vehicle is unable to stand. This isn't really an issue mind you, since these things don't land with the rings attached (the ring will stay in space). There are two hyperdrive engines, one on either side of the ring, and they double as missile launchers. The long missiles are actually blue lightsabres, the tips are the silver handles of these lightsabres, and while loaded all we see is this silver. The launchers are fairly powerful - shooting the missiles around a metre.

   The vehicle itself has a single rounded cockpit at the back, and a clear canopy which lifts forward. Inside is a maroon seat allowing the small beige Obi-Wan figurine that comes with the Transformer to pilot the vehicle. There are two gunmetal thrusters at the back, on either side of the tail section. There's an astrodroid hardwired into the port side of the wedge - which is meant to be an integrated part of the vehicle. On the underside there are three feet pads (one on either side and one at the front) which fold into the underside surface quite nicely for flight. So while the combined vehicle can't stand on the table, the section that comes into land can. I should point out that you can hang the front end of the combined toy over the edge of a table, simulating midflight. For some reason the minifigure has very dark brown eyes, which look like sunglasses. It's vision-impaired Obi-Wan Kenobi, I guess (he needs a white cane, methinks!).

   This one feels less like a Transformer and more like a Star Wars vehicle compared to Saesee Tiin, but the colours will please Star Wars fans and I suspect most would prefer maroon to orange anyway. The vehicle design is visually striking, and is more of the more memorable vehicles from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The play value is for the most part quite subtle, but the detachable Hyperdrive Booster Ring is a fun element and the feet are really well executed.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Remove the ring and set aside. Swing the arms down from underneath and swing back. Fold out the edges of the wedge, rotate the front. Unclip the nose to form feet, fold the central stripe underneath and clip the edges into this stripe. There's a peg underneath the right foot (which clips into the left), fold this little peg away, flip up his feet and rotate the boots. Straighten his elbows, swing the arms down to his sides. Fold back the tail to reveal his head, and if you want to, fold back the helmet to reveal his face.

   You can actually stop at this point and leave the ring aside. If you want to utilise the ring in robot mode, detach the upper loop, rotate the inner bracket through 30, attach the loop into the bracket and turn upside down. This assembly then plugs into his backpack, forming both a set of back mounted missile pods (and jets, I guess) and a third leg trailing behind in the form of the loop.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 17.5cm Width: 14.5cm

   The maroon isn't so dominant now, instead the beige comes to the fore. The hips and arms are a darker, almost pea soup, colour, while the hands are silver. The maroon is limited to the shins and backpack. The head is brown with a silver face and blue eyes, and it's one of the better humanoid faces I've seen on the SWTF mech modes. I'm generally not a fan of the mech humanoid heads in this line, but this one is less angular - the brown "hair" looks like it's made of fibre rather than just being a bunch of angles. There's no helmet here - the head is completely redesigned and not at all similar to that of Saesee Tiin. The colourless canopy is central on his chest. It's a good colour scheme overall, even if it doesn't good a great job of emanating the Jedi cloak colours. The maroon shins feel a little out of place, but they're not an eyesore.

   I'm glad they're finally working out how to do decent organic heads - I've passed on most of the human based SWTFs since the heads annoyed me. He's fully bearded, as in the second film. The limbs are quite slender and the arms are rather more rounded than is typical for Transformers, although they're still quite robotic. His left hand is a fist while the right hand has the two larger fingers out and the smaller ones clenched. Both hands can hold lightsabres, and while the right one might not look like it's designed to do that, it clearly is since he comes with a pair.

   With backpack attached, this mech needs the third leg at the back to stand - otherwise it'd be far too backheavy. I suppose if you have something behind to support, you could leave the ring intact and prop it against the wall (or whatever). The third leg is actually quite effective, and allows for a while range of stable poses. Whilst it's not the ideal situation, in this case I think it does a really good job of what it set out to achieve. You can always leave the ring off, which makes the base robot stable on it's own.

   The articulation is pretty good, and thanks to the cheat that is his tripod, makes for great poseability. The head and waist turn, his shoulders swing and lift out to the sides while the elbows have rotators and two hinges each. His wrists also rotate while the hips swing and lift out to the sides. The knees rotate and bend while his ankles are hinged. There are a wide array of lightsabre wielding poses available here, which is great to see.

   I'm glad they went for more traditional lightsabre colours here - Saesee Tiin has yellow ones, which really annoys me. Granted, there's no other blue on this toy, but blue lightsabres make _sense_. The launchers sit outside his elbows so if you don't want him wielding the laser swords you can always give him ridiculously prominent ranged weapons. I'm not going to complain about the third leg - whilst it's cheating I like how they've used a piece that was always going to be kibble in robot mode so creatively. Anyway, you have the option of setting the entire ring aside.

   A good robot mode and while it's a little slender the poseability is great and they've done a really good job on the head. I still like the clever use of the ring and his digits. The colours work well enough and the missile launchers look really nice. Plus they gave him real lightsabres!

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of Saesee Tiin as mentioned - unusually the non-movie version came before that seen in the film. It tends to be the other way around. There is another Obi-Wan Kenobi STWF out there, using a weaker mould.

OVERALL

   A well thought out repaint and retool - Obi-Wan has better lightsabres and for once we see a humanoid SWTF without a crappy head sculpt. Both modes have good play value and the detachable ring is a lot of fun. There are some really impressive aspects to the engineering such as the feet in vehicle mode (which are common in this line, but integrate really well here) and the fold away pin under his feet. Okay, so the ring in robot mode cheats, but it does so well so I don't mind. Recommended if you skipped Saesee Tiin, and I'd still say it's worth considering if you have that toy - 9/10

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