Friday, June 7, 2013

Ornament Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - Star Wars #4 - 2000 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Good detail
Cons: Obvious seams; small balance issue
The Bottom Line
Christmas Jedi Knight
May the Force be with your tree
Every season

No Need to Use the Force to Enjoy This Ornament

With the three main heroes of the original Star Wars trilogy safely made into ornaments, Hallmark started turning to some of the supporting characters for their official series.  The first of these was Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Released in 2000, he's a good ornament

More than any other character, Obi-Wan Kenobi has had many looks over the course of the saga.  Since this series of ornaments is based on the original trilogy, they stuck with Alec Guinness' look when he played the character back in 1977.  The hood is up on his head, but what you can see of his face looks like the actor, complete with a gray beard.  He's got a tan robe covered by a brown robe.  Is if billowing out around him, and there are folds everywhere.

And there in lies one of the problems with the piece.  It is quite obviously several smaller pieces put together because you can see the seams.  His arms are separate, and it looks like the sides of the robe are separate as well.  Fortunately, this is really only noticeable from the back.  From the front he looks fine.

Speaking of the front, Obi-Wan is holding a blue lightsaber out in front of him with both his hands.  It's a nice touch for his character, however, the lightsaber is obviously cheap plastic.  While the rest of the ornament feels pretty solid, the lightsaber feels like it could break if the ornament is dropped wrong.

Obi-Wan's feet stick out just enough from under his robes that you can balance him on them if you want to display him on a shelf.  However, it is hard to get him resting on them because they are small.  I had to rock him back and forth a little to get him in place and not resting on his robes.  On the other hand, his robes make a great place for the 4 in a Christmas tree that Hallmark uses to identify their series ornaments and other copyright information.

The brass hook for hanging the ornament is on his back and a little low, just past his shoulder blades.  Because of its position, Obi-Wan leans forward some.  It's not too bad, but it is certainly noticeable, and the lower down your tree you place him the more noticeable it would be.  Of course, he does need to be on a sturdy branch since he is a tad on the heavy side.

And so Obi-Wan Kenobi isn't a perfect ornament, but he's still well worth getting for any fan of the Star Wars saga.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Star Wars ornament series

Original Price: $14.95

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