“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
Taking Star Wars to yet another dimension comes the Force Battler range. We have seen the older Kenner toys, the nineties Hasbro figures, the Clone Wars figures and the Galactic Heroes mini figures, now here are some larget figures. A newer range called the Battlers. I am not sure why they are called the Battlers, perhaps because they are designed to battle one another in a wrestling sort of way?
Obi Wan is approximately seven inches in height and is made from plastic. The toy is a radical departure from any Obi Wan figure that I have seen and this makes him even more interesting. The figure is incredibly robust and will withstand being thrown around more than the smaller figures. Large chunky limbs that you can move and a head that turns give the figure plenty of playability.
The look of the toy is cartoonish and quite odd. It does not look much like Ewen McGregor or Alec Guiness, but more like Brian Blessed, in a slimmed down guise! The face is good though with a lovely beard and heroic expression. The robes are also well done, with the wrap around cloak moulded very well and plenty of rippling effects on it to show wear and tear over the years. The colour match is strong and the beiges push through with vigour.
His boots are unusually big and they do look out of place, but this also gives the toy an edge and a quirky look. He comes with a massive weapon which he can grip and this weapon has been highly detailed. Whether or not it is supposed to be a lightsabre I am not sure, it does not look like one to me! Fans might argue this is not a good enough toy because the likeness is not there, but it is one of the most robust looking Star Wars toys that I have ever seen. Collectors will be pleased to hear that you pick these up loose for a few pounds, boxed versions will cost nearer ten pounds.
If you fancy a change from the standard four inch range, this is something to raise eyes on your mantlepiece for sure! The toy would also be good for youngsters who might prefer the cartoony look and chunky build.