Where do we go from here? The best of the best have survived and the two fan favorites are set to square off in the final battle. How do you choose between two beloved characters? Look at the two of them, best pals even as Force Ghosts. Nobody has been through more over the Star Wars legacy than Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda. From good times, to the fall of the Jedi and execution of everyone they loved, to exile and patience in waiting for the right time. They have sacrificed so much for the greater good and are both truly inspiring characters.
Master Yoda (1) vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi (2)
Look, we've established that both are beloved characters and that both excel in patience and ability. So what does this come down to then if both have the skins on the wall from war tested battle and both share the same patience to not make a mistake in battle. Nobody is going to get lucky in this and you can listen to the words of Obi-Wan himself to confirm that.
So lets look at some facts that are measurable in different ways. Of the top ten most sought after action figures, Obi-Wan ranks higher on the list with his 1978 action figure with telescoping lightsaber. It sells for $6000 - $7000 on most markets. That is much higher than any Yoda figure.
The current highest priced item between the two of them is a Ben Kenobi 12 Back that is going for $8,999.99. It is vintage and Canadian, so get your check books out now!
There are currently 6187 items that show as a result on Ebay for items Yoda related and only 5833 Obi-Wan Kenobi related items available for purchase. Granted, most of the items are life sized Yoda things that came out around Episode 1, so the items are not worth the same as the Obi-Wan merchandise. In that same vein, almost all of the "most valuable toy" lists for Star Wars, it's very hard to find anything Yoda related at all, while there are several Obi-Wan related items on the best of all time lists.
I believe that Yoda might be the more recognizable of the two, but to Star Wars fans around the globe, Obi-Wan holds a special place in our heart. In seeing Rogue One over the weekend, I was more excited about a quick Obi-Wan nod than I was to anything else Easter Egg related. Everyone wants more Obi-Wan, but a Yoda prequel would have a harder time selling. Star Wars has many, many characters that hold a special place in our hearts, but nobody can top Obi-Wan.
Winner: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Stephen Balding is the founder of Cinema Soapbox. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org