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Not like anyone’s talking about Ewan McGregor and Obi-Wan Kenobi all of a sudden. Right?

If you follow me on social media—or hell, read this very website—you’re probably aware that I like toys. Whether it’s Lego, Funko Pops, fancy high-end dolls, or more traditional action figure fare, you name it, I like it. Much to my wallet’s chagrin.

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Anyway, while the internet was getting all excited about the latest in a long line of rumors last night, in an act of kismet Hasbro’s new Black Series Obi-Wan figure showed up on my doorstep.

Sassy Obi-Wan is sassy.
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Loosely inspired by Clone Wars—the excellent Genndy Tartakovsky shorts, not the equally excellent 3D animated series that followed them—and the old Dark Horse Republic comics, the figure depicts Obi-Wan as a Jedi General at the height of the war, wearing Clone Battle armor instead of his usual robes like we saw in the movies.

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It’s a neat look, and it’s the first time there’s been a Revenge of the Sith-style Obi-Wan head that utilizes Hasbro’s “photoreal” printing technology, so it actually does a pretty good job of looking like McGregor—a man who can only say “It’s not happening as far as I know, but I’d be happy to do it” so many times—for a 6-inch, $20 mass-market toy.

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God, remember the first Black Series Obi-Wan? Sure did suck, but action figures have come a long way! Good thing they have too, just in case a certain massive megacorporation were holding a convention about upcoming projects next week where something that would require, say, a whole merchandising line of toys that look like Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi to support it, could possibly get officially confirmed.

Sadly, it’s been a long time since any normal Clone Troopers for a Clone Commander Obi-Wan to actually command were released in the Black Series line, especially the “Phase 1” type this look was most associated with in the Expanded Universe. So instead, my Obi-Wan currently commands Scarlet Witch and Peggy Carter circa Captain America: The First Avenger.

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The Clone Wars That Liberals Want.
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Now wouldn’t that make for a live-action movie (or streaming service series) only made possible by a monolithic monopoly of entertainment properties!

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Anyway, I didn’t want him to get lonely, so I also bought a Black Series General Grievous for him to fight on my desk while I write about Disney’s fine, seemingly endless slate of entertainment products.

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The Black Series Clone Commander Obi-Wan should start hitting Walgreens shelves in the immediate future, or can be purchased online from all good toy retailers if you’re outside the U.S.

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Rumors about, I dunno, Ewan McGregor signing up for a new Obi-Wan Kenobi project for really, really real this time, are available where all good entertainment blogs are sold.


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