Sculpting - **1/2
I'm grading this figure on both portraits - if you pick up the regular,
obviously you'll only be going on the normal head sculpt.
That's actually a good thing, at
least in terms of this category. The regular sculpt is done with a
clean expression - not mad, not happy, just attentive and focused. I
like the expression, but I'm not really seeing Obi-Wan in the sculpt
itself. The hair is too big, the chin too small, giving him a slightly
weird pear shape. It's not a terrible likeness - just not as dead on as we've come to expect.
head is a tad bobbley too, a bit too big for the
Sideshow body. Still, going on the standard head this would have still
been a three star score, with the oversized nature the biggest
The second portrait is the
weaker of the two. The glaring expression, showing both sets of teeth
and squinty eyes, just isn't working for me. Even worse, he looks less
like Ewan than the standard portrait. I see more Harrison Ford in the
nose, mouth and chin than McGregor.
The hand sculpts are great
though, and having so many in all those different poses allows for a
ton of great looks.
Paint - ***
With the truly life-like work being produced in this category by Hot
Toys and Enterbay, it's safe to say our expectations are pretty high.
That's probably one of the reasons why Sideshow has stayed away from
the basic humans a bit in the last year or two.
The paint is clean, and the eyes
are straight and even. The skin tone is good, but doesn't have the
slightly translucent realism of the best work on the market.
I did have one quality issue,
however. Obi-Wan's pony tail on both head sculpts is much lighter in
color than the rest of his hair. There was a little difference on
screen, but on this figure in person the difference is glaring, and
makes the pony tail look like what it is - a separate piece of plastic.
Articulation - ***
The underlying Sideshow body is reasonable, but not up to the standards
of other figures in the high end market.
The articulation is all here,
including ball jointed neck, shoulders and hips, with double joints and
pins all around. They have even done the boots as two separate pieces,
allowing the foot to have a much better range of movement than the
traditional boot design.
I have a few problems with the
overall body, however. First, he suffers from the same stumpy arms that
have plagued the human figures since the first Luke
Skywalker. It throws off the proportions, particularly when you aren't
using the cloak.
While I was able to get some
decent upper body poses out of the figure, especially with the
additional hands, I found that the lower body did not work as well as
you'd expect, especially considering how articulated it is. The hips
are a bit floppy, and the lower legs wanted to come apart at the knees.
To recap - boots great, knees
and hips weak, short arms bad.
Accessories - ****
The exclusive version has a nice assortment of extras.
There's a whopping 13 hands in
total - 6 sets that range from completely closed fists to fully splayed
hands - and one extra right hand that operates the battery powered
light saber. Some of these are designed to work with the additional
saber hilts, while others are designed for specific poses.
One of the things I like best
about these hands is that every one comes with it's own peg. These pegs
also are very sturdy, and I never had any fear of breaking them.
There are two standard sabers,
one ignited and one not. The hilt hangs nicely on the rubbery belt, and
both have great sculpts and clean paint.
The third saber is permanently
part of the extra hand, and actually lights up. There is an extra
forearm piece that holds three small watch batteries. You plug the hand
into this arm section, and pull the end of the saber hilt to turn it
on. For this category, that's enough information - I'll get into the
details of the actual light up function in later section.
Obi-Wan also comes with a second
set of feet, done in a half bent pose. These feet swap easily, and work
well with the boot tops.
Like every figure, there's a
basic display stand. It works well enough, but isn't really necessary.
Outfit - ***1/2
The outfit consists of his outer Jedi robe, his shirt, tunic and pants,
as well as a rubbery belt with molded on extras.
The belt is a bit weak for a
figure this expensive. It reeked of paint odor out of the box, and is
very glossy. The overall quality is a bit lower than what I expect at
this price point.
There's also the boots, which as
I mentioned earlier, and are my favorite part of the overall costume.
The Jedi robe looks good with
the hood down, but no matter how I futzed with it, I couldn't come up
with a hood up look that I liked. There's a long wire in the hem of the
hood itself, but it's so long that it didn't actually help all that
much. It did help keeping the hood down flat on the back though, and
that's a decent enough look.
Light Feature - *1/2
When I received this figure, the single aspect I was most excited about
was the battery operated light saber.
They've come up with a really
ingenious design for this feature. There's a separate forearm that
holds three very small flat batteries. The hand and light saber are all
one piece, and the wrist peg is actually a metal plug. Pop that in, and
pull the end of the hilt to turn on the saber blade.
I opened the battery compartment
and removed the plastic tab, then popped the forearm on the body. It's
easier to do that with the hand not on the arm, and the hand is
designed to pop on and off - it has to be removed to access the
However, as I worked with the
light saber, the metal post started to get loose...and by the before
you could save "Darth Maul is sliced in two" the post broke loose of
the hand. I've included a photo to show the damage. I was still able to
get it to light up if I moved it around just right, but it's
not repairable, and I'll be calling Sideshow tomorrow for a replacement.
What was the most anticipated
feature of this figure ended up the biggest disappointment.
Fun Factor - **1/2
The weaker body and the poor light up function hurt the overall play
value here, even for the adult collector who wants to simply pose him
and work with the saber.
Value - **
The Sideshow figures were getting close to Hot Toys/Enterbay prices,
but then those two decided to go and raise their prices up to $200 and more. Now,
still at $150, the Sideshow figures are looking like a better bargain.
Still, there's several weak
features here. The sculpt is off, the light feature was a
disappointment, and the base body is still inferior. Even at $150, we
still deserve a bit more.
Had the sculpt been dead on and
the light feature less fragile, I would have been much more forgiving
in this category.
Things to Watch Out For -
Obviously, you need to take particular care with the light saber hand
and forearm. All other aspects of the figure were sturdy, and shouldn't
cause any issues.
Overall - **1/2
I was never that happy with the Sideshow humans, but it's been several
years since the last one, and with their association with Hot Toys,
their overall figure quality has improved in almost every category.
Combine that with the cool light up feature, and I had very high hopes
Sadly, the padawan falls short.
There were issues in every category - sculpt, paint, outfit,
articulation - and at this price point, that's not acceptable. Even
worse, what could have been the coolest feature of this figure turned
into it's biggest flaw. I don't know if this issue of the light up
saber failing is a wider spread problem - I specifically avoid other
reviews before I write mine to avoid opinion contamination. I'm hoping
it's not, but I can only judge based on what I have in hand. When you
receive yours, I advise being very careful.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - **1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ****
Outfit - ***
Light Up Feature - *1/2
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- Sideshow has the exclusive
Collectibles has the non-exclusive at $140.
Ego Comics has the regular for $150.
- Big Bad Toy Store is at $150 as
- or you can search
ebay for a bargain.
Other Sideshow sixth scale Star Wars includes the recent E-Web Blaster and the
- Sideshow also released the
as well. And IG-88
was just before that. The Battle
Droid and STAP is cool as well, along with the double pack of
- other reviews include the Tusken Raider, the Bepin Luke (from Hot
Toys), Sideshow's Boba Fett, the big Dewback and Trooper, Figrin D'an. the Sargeant Clone Trooper, Yoda, the Gammorean Guard, Admiral Thrawn and his command
Calrissian, he Shock
Vader, the Utapau
Trooper, the Imperial Stormtrooper,
in Clone Armor, Aayla
Luke, Han Solo,
Obi-Wan, Ilum Padme,
and Bespin Luke, the Holo-chess
Asajj, a terrific figure, Yavin
Luke, the Endor
Troops, Jabba the
Hutt and his
throne, Bib Fortuna,
Luke, Darth Maul,
Han Solo, regular Anakin
Skywalker and Kit
- I also have guest reviews of
the SDCC Anakin Skywalker,
Palpatine and his throne, and Qui-Gon
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