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Obi-Wan



X-Prize



Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure Flown on SpaceShipOne
Obi-Wan Figure In Package
Obi-Wan Action Figure Flown on SpaceShipOne
Obi-Wan in Package Before Being Autographed
Burt Rutan Holding Obi-Wan Action Figure
Obi-Wan and Skywalker Action Figures In SpaceShipOne Hatch


On October 4, 2004 as SpaceShipOne was sailing into the record books, I was watching the live coverage of the flight from my laptop computer at work.  The power of the Internet has made viewing historic events such as this flight much more accessible.

This artifact is a poseable Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure that was flown on the SpaceShipOne Ansari X-Prize winning flight on October 4, 2004.  It was flown on the behalf of Burt and Tonya Rutan with the express purpose of being auctioned to raise money for the local Mojave charities.

This figure was consigned for auction on eBay and the auction closed on August 23, 2005.  The description of the lot from this auction stated:

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’
Triple-Autographed Action Figure
Flown in Space Aboard SpaceShipOne

on Record-Breaking Ansari X-Prize Flight, October 4, 2004

One of the most collectable Star Wars figures of all time! This is a flown item!

Proceeds to benefit charity

About the figure:

Two Star Wars Action Figures were flown aboard SpaceShipOne by test pilot Brian Binnie on the final flight that sealed a win for the $10 Million Ansari X-Prize.  This is Obi-Wan Kenobi, the second figure.  The first action figure, Luke Skywalker, has already been auctioned.  This is the last one left.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a large size 12” poseable action figure by Hasbro, dressed in his original Jedi garb with blue lightsaber and flowing brown tunic.  He is part of the New Hope "Tatooine Encounter" collection.  He is autographed by SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan and pilot-astronauts Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie.

About the X-Prize:

To win the X- Prize, competitors were required to privately finance, build and launch a spaceship able to carry three people to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles); return safely to Earth; and repeat the launch with the same ship within 2 weeks.

Test pilot Mike Melvill vertical-rolled SpaceShipOne to 337, 500-feet (64.2 miles) on September 29, 2004, successfully completing the first of the two X-Prize flights. Five days later Brian Binnie rocketed SpaceShipOne straight up to 367,442-feet (69.6 miles) to claim the prize.

About flown items on SpaceShipOne:

Scaled Composites built two ballast boxes to ride in the backseat of SpaceShipOne behind the astronaut-pilot. Company employees were given the opportunity to fly an envelope of personal keepsakes aboard SpaceShipOne as ballast. There was one caveat —folks shouldn't fly items they planned to sell unless the proceeds benefited charity.

Burt and Tonya Rutan flew Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on behalf of RocketBoosters, a coalition of 17 charities and non-profit groups in Mojave and surrounding communities.

THIS IS ONE OF VERY FEW ITEMS FLOWN ABOARD SPACESHIPONE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

100% of the proceeds from the auction minus eBay's selling fees will be given directly to The Rocketboosters, a division of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization.  As per eBay's requirements, a letter of permission is scanned and attached below the rest of the images.

The proceeds will then be evenly divided by The Rocketboosters among the following Mojave local charities:

Boys & Girls Club, Mojave
Youth Football, California City
CHP Explorers, Mojave
Little League, Mojave
High School Engineering Academy, Mojave
Band Boosters, California City
Optimist Club, California City
Parks & Recreation, California City
Desert Search & Rescue, East Kern
Mojave Seniors
Saxon Museum Boron
Transportation Museum, Mojave
Youth Football, Mojave
Rotary International, Rosamond
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mojave
California City Chamber of Commerce
Mojave Chamber of Commerce

Each one of these non-profit groups helped out tremendously during the first flight to space and the two Ansari X-Prize flights.

The Prize Package:

The auction includes a notarized jurat with affiant statement by Burt and Tonya Rutan. (this serves as a “certificate of authenticity”).

The action figure will also include an array of merchandise donated by Mojave Air and Space Collectibles, including unique items not available for purchase by the general public.

The figure comes with its original packaging as seen below. The packaging may be signed as well.

The Earth To The Moon Air & Space Museum acquired this artifact from the eBay auction.

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