This past weekend, Toy Story 4 made its debut and so did the animated versions of two of our favorite vintage Kenner action figures! As we discussed earlier this year, Walrus Man and Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi from 1978 are featured in the latest addition to the Toy Story franchise. SPOILER WARNING: While their appearance is very brief it is reminiscent of their encounter in the Mos Eisley Cantina. When Woody enlists his old sweetheart Bo in a mission to recover his Bonnie’s new “toy” Forky, they visit a pinball machine which acts like a speakeasy club for lost toys. On their way to recruit Duke Kaboom they past a dismembered Zebra plush who sits next to Old Ben and Panda Boba reenacting their first interaction.
In the blink-and-you-miss-it scene you can see Kenobi remove Walrus Man’s arm in one swift chop from his telescoping lightsaber.
We absolutely loved this cameo and would love to see more Star Wars figures make appearances but with the AGAIN SPOILER WARNING end of the film seeing Woody leave is Toy Story crew behind for adventures a “lost toy” we are not hopeful that the franchise will live on without our favorite cowboy toy. But regardless, we are still campaigning for Hasbro to make Toy Story versions of Obi-Wan and Walrus Man in their Retro Collection line.
And finally, how ironic was it that this weekend while on a fairly random trip to a garage sale, we came across these guys and there was just no way we were leaving these movie star lost toys behind!
Until next time,
May the Figures be with you!