In case you haven’t heard, the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series will premiere on the big screen in August 2008! To begin our celebration of this exciting event, we wanted to let you in on some behind-the-scenes design info for our new Obi-Wan Kenobi: General – Clone Wars 12-inch figure.
While the overall design of the figure is inspired by the original animated series, the design team took a real-world approach to this cartoony character. Since the animated series takes place between Episodes II and III, the design and development team gave this youthful Obi-Wan figure the likeness of the real-action character, played by actor Ewan McGregor, but included the hair and costume details of the animated Obi-Wan from the cartoon series.
As a member of the Clone Armies of the Republic, General Kenobi’s costume is largely armored. Thus, this figure also happens to launch the premiere of our newly minted Clone Trooper armor, offering the first peek at Sideshow’s armies of Star Wars figures to come! We believe that General Kenobi, as a much beloved character from the saga, makes a great spokesman for the introduction of this exciting new development in Sideshow’s Star Wars 12-inch figure line! The Clone Trooper armor costume uses an assemblage of hard plastic ABS panels in combination with a cloth undersuit. ABS is favored over softer plastics because it offers a crisper look to the armor panels, and allows for better paint detail and weathering effects. Look for this armor technique in future figures releases, and be sure to place your Obi-Wan Kenobi: General 12-inch figure during the Priority Pre-Order event on on Friday, February 22nd! [Preview & PPO Info for General Kenobi]
Click on the images below to see some of our inspiration for the figure, plus casts of the armored pieces of the costume and a look at the undersuit for our Clone Trooper armor. Please Note: When you receive this figure in-hand, do not attempt to removed the armor, as the figure is not meant to be undressed, especially the armored torso, which clasps around the body of the figure. Additionally, the Clone Trooper undersuit will be dark brown for the General Kenobi figure, to depict his look in The Clone Wars.