Star Wars Transformers Obi Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter) Toy Review

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General Information:
Release Date: June 2011
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Lightsabers x 2ff


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Flying his starfighter, Obi-Wan Kenobi hunts down General Grievous, then changes his Jedi vehicle into a mech to finish the battle with Grievous, lightsaber to lightsaber.

Your fierce Jedi warrior figure is more than his enemies could possibly guess! In mech mode, your OBI-WAN KENOBI figure comes with two lightsabers, one for each fist. But when it’s time for a screaming chase or a fast getaway, convert him to vehicle mode! It’s all the galaxy-saving action of Star Wars and all the converting action of TRANSFORMERS in one awesome figure! Figure comes with lightsaber accessories. Ages 5 and up.

The Star Wars Transformers line has continued to grow over the years. Though not as complex or intricate as their mainline Transformers cousins, the pure strength of the Star Wars brand has helped this brand not only go on in its semi-Deluxe-almost Mega Class price point, but now the series has moved into a smaller size class. Not quite big enough to be a Scout Class and not small enough to be considered a Legends Class, this new scale of Star Wars Transformers offers a nice and compact series of figures for Star Wars and Transformers fans alike.

Part of the first wave of "Basic" Star Wars Transformers figures is the Delta 7 "Jedi Starfighter" belonging to Obi Wan Kenobi, one of the original characters from the first Star Wars Trilogy that carried over into the Prequel Trilogy. Obi Wan Kenobi's Delta 7 vehicle uses the same sculpt as Saesee Tiin. This review will repeat much of the text from that review while providing commentary on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
The Delta 7 "Jedi Starfighter" is an arrow shaped and sleek vehicle seen in both the Star Wars prequel movies and the "Clone Wars" animated series. The front end is pointed leading to a wider back end with a cockpit sticking up from the middle in the back leading to an extended fin in the back. On either side of the back are two engines. This figure replicates the look of this vehicle very well, though I grant that it is a bit thicker than the one seen in fiction. This is pretty much unavoidable however as the bulk of the robot mode needs to go somewhere, so the sides wind up being a bit thick instead of flat as they are seen in many of the on-screen portrayals of the ship.

There's plenty of small detail here to admire. Sculpted all over the ship are lines representing the various armor panels forming the skin of the craft. In front of the cockpit section is a small Astromech Droid sculpted showing its head and the top of its legs. The sculpt is pretty intricate, down to the raised sections on the top of the Droid's domed head. Look towards the middle of the craft and you'll find two small blaster ports pointing forward. These are a standard feature of the Delta 7 and it's cool to see the designers made sure they were featured here.

The deco on this vehicle is based on the colors seen in the Star Wars prequel film "Attack of the Clones" when Obi Wan piloted the vehicle to pursue the bounty hunter Jango Fett. The pattern is much more angled and straight forward than the one used on Saesee Tiin. The base plastic color of the vehicle is red. A tan color is painted on top of the red from the front to the back forming a fairly thin line in the middle before widening in the back. The cockpit is painted silver along with the top of R2-D2's head and the rear thrusters. A brown color is found on a sections towards the back. There are three tampographed details on this vehicle mode, each representing the symbol of the Galactic Republic. One of these is located on the top of the vehicle on the right side. The other two are smaller and located on the curved section behind the cockpit. Overall it's a nice looking color scheme and stays true to its source material.

If you flip the vehicle over, you'll see rear landing gear is sculpted right onto the mecha's shoulders. A front landing skid is set in the middle. The Lightsabers included with the figure can be plugged into the rear thrusters, which gives the visual effect of engine exhaust. It's a really neat way to create the effect while offering a way to keep the weapons attached to the figure in this form. They don't hold super tight however, so for storage I still recommend a container or Ziplock bag of some sort to keep everything together. You can also store the Lightsabers with the blades pointing forward using the brackets on the underside of the panels near the robot arms. When you position them this way, they look like lasers firing out from the sides of the vehicle.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the Lightsabers if attached.
  2. Split the front of the vehicle.
  3. Swing each half of the vehicle's front end down.
  4. On each lower leg, swing the feet out.
  5. Swing the rear of the cockpit section up.
  6. Swing the panels with the thrusters on them back.
  7. Extend the arms out and place a Lightsaber in each hand.

Robot Mode:
The conceit used with the Star Wars Transformers line is that each vehicle transforms into a robotic representation of its pilot. In this case the Delta 7 transforms into a fairly generic body with rounded looking yet robotic parts including arms and legs with some curved shapes meeting flat, angled panels. This combination of "organic inspired" parts and purely mechanical looking parts is really cool and works well in representing a mecha inspired by an organic creature. What distinguishes the Jedi Starfighter molds from one another is the head sculpt. In this case, the head sculpt is modeled after the head of the young Obi Wan Kenobi, complete with short cut hair and a beard. To that end, the top of the head looks like angled panels sculpted to look a lot like hair. The face is very flat and angular, but it gets an extra layer of detail with a mustache and beard detail surrounding the mouth. The head sculpt is instantly recognizable as Obi Wan Kenobi and looks fantastic.

Obi Wan's deco is based on the battle armor he wears in the Clone Wars series. This armor is a multi-layered outfit, with the more "cloth" like elements underneath armor panels. There are a lot of colors used on this figure, more than I expected. Paint colors used include gold, silver, blue, tan, white, red and black. The gold, silver and blue work together on the head where the gold is used as a visual callback to Obi Wan's hair. The face is silver and the yes are blue. The "armor" portions are represented by white paint areas on the top of his chest, the hsoulders and part of his forearms. The more "clothing" based parts are represented by tan paint on his torso, waist and thighs. These parts are cast in black, giving contrast to the white on the forearms and the tan on the legs. The black paint is used for a "belt" detail around the waist. A bit of silver, black and red detail is found on the chest. The red is a design similar to that of the Republic symbol. While I am not someone who watches the Clone Wars television series loyally, I was able to instantly recognize the influence of that show on the deco for this figure.

There are thirteen points of articulation on this figure in this form. This includes three points of articulation on each arm and leg. The feet are a bit oddly shaped, with the heel piece set higher than the toes, so you'll have to fiddle with it a bit to get hiim to stand. What's good is that most of these articulation points are ball joints, allowing him a wide range of motion. This mech is equipped with two Lightsabers, each with a silver handle and green blade (one of the colors he used during his time as a Jedi). These fit right into each fist. In concert with his arm articulation, you can get some neat "sword fighting" poses out of the figure.

Final Thoughts:
Many fans may be a bit tired of seeing the Jedi Starfighter as a base design for Star Wars Transformers figures (and there are quite a few on this and the previous larger scales). That said, it is a neat looking little toy and I like the sculpting. It also has some good articulation for a figure of its size. In particular enjoy the way the deco of this figure's vehicle is a bit more angular and less "organic" looking than the deco on Saesee Tiin. It offers a nice contrast between the two. Overall, I really like this figure. There are some issues, most notable with the foot design, but it's still recommended in my book.