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Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Knight Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:31156  
Name:Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Knight
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Star Wars
Creator:darklord1967  
Date Added:July 18, 2011
Base Figure:Many Parts
Height:3.70 inches
In 2004 Hasbro gave us a Ben Kenobi figure that seemed to be dying of starvation, as part of their Vintage Original Trilogy Collection line.

I was so disappointed that I immediately made my own custom action figure in response.

The most recent "old Ben" figure is loosely based on that same anorexic VOTC figure from 2004, but with some added articulation, and poofy, badly tailored soft goods robes. No thanks.

I continue to believe that the Power of the Jedi Ben Kenobi figure from 2001 still has the best head sculpt (likeness, cleanliness of casting, and paint deco), and it has not been improved upon at all. Plus, I will always RESIST the continued scale SHRINKAGE of the action figures of my main STAR WARS characters (the way Hasbro has been steadily doing). For me, they must remain in scale with one another (based off of Power of the Jedi). This means quite a few customizations, I'm afraid.


For my Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode IV), I wanted a clean, elegant, richly-detailed 4 inch-scale action figure of the former Jedi General. It was important to me that this Custom action figure have Alec Guinness's proper body type and stature. I wanted him to be able to SIT DOWN in Luke’s X-34 Landspeeder, So I knew that Super Articulation, a cloth skirt, and cloth outer robe were going to be a must.

So much of my Super Articulation work on this figure ended up being hidden by all the robes. But in the end, I really didn't mind. Some minor tailoring was required of the main outer robe for a proper fit and proper drape upon the figure. The soft goods skirt, hanging vestments, and waist sash were all made from patters I created. I cannot sew, so all the finish work was done with fabric glue. I'm really glad too because in this scale, I just find that even the smallest sewing machine stitching ruins the scale illusion of the figure.

The belt was made from a piece of brown satin ribbon. I used the very thin plastic from an action figure blister to make the belt buckle shape. Some gold-plated printing on glossy paper (from a magazine cover)was laminated onto the very thin plastic buckle I made.

The accessories for this figure (not pictured) are a lightsaber (ignited), a lightsaber hilt (for hanging on the belt), a small storage pouch (for the rear of his belt). A training remote (for lightsaber drills with Luke). And the small table from his hut on Tatooine.


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User Comments
fitzjedi - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
This looks so amazing-very statuesque! -Fitz
Monkeyman411 - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Soo much better than the old VOTC version...nice work
TheGr8One - Monday, July 18, 2011
Simply amazing!
darklord1967 - Monday, July 18, 2011
Thanks for the very nice comments guys!

And Mike, I actually DO have an (Episode V) Boba Fett in the works, and I have been heavily photo-documenting its progress. So keep watching the "Building A Better Boba Fett" thread in the forums.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Monday, July 18, 2011
this is simply awesome, would love to see a pic of him sitting. you figs are fan flippin tastic and can't wait to see more. may have to use your idea of fabric glue, do you have a recommendation on brand? just fantastic keep up the great work.
metalmike - Monday, July 18, 2011
WOW mate this is extrordinary , for a figure thats only 3.70 inches this super detailed and I love the cloth ideas ! - one question please do a boba fett one of these - I loved your Darth Vader too - they way you have done these is how I wanted the figures to be released in the first place
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