Sideshow Collectibles will kick off the return of their Star Wars Mythos line of figures with an updated take on the 1:6 scale Obi Wan Kenobi figure. This classic statue imagines the Jedi Knight between the prequel and original trilogies, which he spent on Tatooine, where he was stationed to secretly oversee Luke Skywalker's protection from Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire. The re-release comes at a time when an Obi Wan spinoff set in this exact period is reportedly in the works.
Thanks to StarWars.com, fans were able to get a first look at the piece, which will also be on display at New York Comic Con in October. The figure becomes available for pre-order starting September 21. Like the parent statue, this version of Obi Wan is depicted as a desert wanderer sporting Clone Wars armor, a backpack and his signature belt from A New Hope, as well as lightsabers belonging to Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan's mentor Qui-Gon Jinn.
However, the most notable part of this update is the head sculpt, which was altered to merge the two actors who played Obi Wan on film: Alec Guinness, who originated the character, and Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi in the prequels. "We had originally started by focusing on young Alec Guinness. We gathered reference from many of his older films, as well as images from A New Hope and tried to blend the two together," Sideshow project manager Kevin Ellis explained in an interview.
"As we progressed though, it became clear that approaching the likeness this way wasn't reading as Obi Wan. It was a great likeness of young Alec Guinness, but younger Obi Wan doesn't look like young Alec Guinness, he looks like Ewan McGregor! From there, it was about finding that balance between aging down Alec Guinness' features from A New Hope, and adding in some of Ewan McGregor's features from the end of Revenge of the Sith. It was a challenge, but I really think our sculptors did a great job finding that sweet spot," he added.
Debuting in theater on December 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- the next installment in the Star Wars franchise -- is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.