The Expanded Universe has long been a point of contention between its validity to the Star Wars canon. From Boba Fett's survival in the Sarlaac Pit to one of Han and Leia's twins becoming drunk with power, the extra content found in the myriad of Star Wars novels, comics and videogames is undeniably popular. Now, Sideshow Collectibles has gotten into the game with their new Mythos line of high-end statues based on conceptual ideas that fit "between the scenes" of everyone's favorite Wookie-filled movie franchise: Star Wars! With their announcement of the Ben Kenobi Star Wars: Mythos statue, not only are they bringing "Old Ben" to fans as he makes his way across the deserts of Tatooine on his way to hermit-hood, but he even has interchangeable heads with the look of Sir Alec Guiness AND Ewan McGregor!
Read on for more photos, info on the statue, plus insight from the artists involved about their inspiration for the look of Obi-Wan!
After the prequel trilogy we know Obi-Wan to have led a hermit’s life on Tatooine. During this period our assumption is that his time wasn’t entirely spent living in a lonely hut, but instead as a desert nomad, exercising mental strength and physical fortitude. There is a scene in Lawrence of Arabia that inspired us, where Lawrence puts on his Arab garb for the first time and the wind whips it around. The adornments and survival gear on Kenobi’s backpack almost serve as a time capsule to speak the story of his travels; among his collection are Tusken Raider gaffi sticks that suggest maybe he has had an ongoing feud with the desert tribes, a mantle of armor that he wore during the Clone Wars, and of course, Anakin’s lightsaber. To celebrate both actor portrayals we’ve devised two portrait options, with likenesses of Ewan McGregor as well as a younger Sir Alec Guinness.
Sideshow Collectibles proudly introduces the next entry in the Star Wars Mythos line, Ben Kenobi. As a nomad, wandering the desert landscape of Tatooine, Ben carries a unique collection of mementos, the weight of the memories they contain as heavy as the pack itself. Sideshow's designers and artists explore the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and in a unique presentation offer this character study with both Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor portraits.
The Ben Kenobi - Mythos Polystone Statue features:
-Hand Painted and highly detailed Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor portraits for custom diplay
Tusken rifle and bladed weapons, disarmed from Raiders during his travels
-Armor from Ben's service in the Clone Wars
-Keepsakes from Ben's fallen Master Qui-Gon, poncho and lightsaber
Anakin's lightsaber, held by Ben for Luke to come of age
-Jerba skin rug
-Sideshow Exclusive: The Ben Kenobi Mythos Statue is an Exclusive Release from Sideshow Collectibles
Est. Ship Date: November 2012
We saw this statue during the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, and we gotta say that these pictures don't truly do it justice. The Star Wars: Mythos line is shaping up to be some of the finest statues Sideshow Collectibles has ever made. For more on this statue, plus everything else Sideshow Collectibles has up the sleeves of their Jedi robes, be sure to check out their official website!
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