As a kid, I always felt the original Obi-Wan Kenobi figure was a bit skinny as far as the sculpt was concerned. By the time the Anakin Skywalker figure rolled around a few years later, I realized that Kenner had missed an opportunity to make a “Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi” to match. Obi-Wan, as with Chewbacca, were one of the few characters to receive only a single figure treatment throughout the vintage line, and I finally wanted to correct that.

This project was amazingly simple. I acquired a vintage Anakin Skywalker figure for cheap off eBay. I then soaked figure in a cup filled with near-boiling water. This softened up the plastic enough for me to pop off the original head and replace it with one from the original Obi-Wan Kenobi. The vintage Obi-Wan figure was produced with two different paint schemes, and the grey-haired version worked perfectly to match the ghostly grey tones of the Anakin base figure. The best part was, Anakin was already painted as a ghost, so the Spirit of Obi-Wan required no additional painting.

Now, if I wanted to go back and make a Star Wars-era Obi-Wan, I could certainly use this same recipe and go a step further by repainting the robes brown, but that’s a project for another time…

Created Fall 2013


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