Ben Kenobi from the Star Wars movie series was also known as “Obi Wan” Kenobi. In 1978 Kenner made him into an action figure for the enthusiasts and later for the collectors. Depending on the condition, this Star Wars action figure can sell from $25 dollars up to $13,000 dollars or more. Get a closer look at the details on the Kenner Ben “Obi wan” Kenobi Star Wars action figure here in this informative article.
Ben Kenobi was the good guy, the one who fought Darth Vader in what is considered the best light saber fight in the Star Wars series. Ben “Obi Wan” was the victor over the dark side and so his action figures go for a pretty price. That is if they are in good condition. The 1978 series can command an especially high price. The loose 12 Back Ben Kenobi Star Wars figure from Kenner can go for as high as $300 dollars. But if he comes with a double telescoping light saber, he may sell for $13,000 dollars. A recent Ben Kenobi with the double telescoping saber was sold for $22,000 dollars on ebay last year. These are of course the rare versions and are hard to find. There are reported to be only 12 or less left in the world. They were a limited run by Kenner before they switched to the single telescoping version. A recent sale of a Star Wars 12 Back Ben “Obi Wan” Kenobi with grey hair sold for over $2000 dollars. It had a grade from the Action Figure Authority ( AFA ) of 85 NM+. It was a carded and not an open action figure.
The collectibility of the Kenner Ben Kenobi action figures from Star Wars are unquestionable. There are even fake models being put on the market, thanks to the scarcity of the double telescoping light saber version. There are even rarer versions that have a mushroom tip. The tip was designed by Kenner to keep the plastic from exiting the back of the handle of the toy. Reportedly, only one exists, making it a prototype. Some are hand painted and the coat that Ben Kenobi wears is cut from different material. It is recommended that a prospective buyer of the double telescoping version pay close attention to the toy they are thinking on buying. The imitation action figures have been faked very well.
Some other variations of the Star Wars Ben “Obi Wan” Kenobi had to do with the color of the figure’s hair. Some came with grey hair and some with white. This will not affect the price of the action figure that much. Some versions came with the eyes painted a different color. Still other versions came with a wider stance. The height of the action figure is three and three quarters of an inch. Ben “Obi Wan” Kenobi was one of the first 12 action figures featured on the back side of the blister packs the toys came in.
The 1978 versions of Ben Kenobi should have the year they were manufactured stamped on them. You may find it on the back of one leg of the action figure. Do not be surprised if you find some were made in Hong Kong.