Origins of LEGO Jedi Bob: The Most Famous Obscure LEGO Jedi
Jedi Bob is a Clone Wars era human male Jedi Knight who wields a green lightsaber. The mysterious Jedi serves the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order until the rise of the Galactic Empire. Most records of the Jedi’s background have become lost following the enactment of Order 66, the ensuing Jedi Purge, and the ransacking of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The Jedi Bob is a non-canon character.
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Jedi Bob During the Clone Wars
Sometime before the Clone Wars, the individual referred to as Jedi Bob ascends to the rank of Jedi Knight within the Jedi Order. He wields a single-bladed green lightsaber. At some point during the Clone Wars era, he flies aboard a Republic Gunship along with several Republic clone troopers.
Most of Jedi Bob’s background remains a mystery, including his fate during and following the Clone Wars. It’s unknown if he survives the enactment of Order 66 and the ensuing Jedi Purge. Most records of Bob are lost following the death of most Jedi and the ransacking of the Jedi Temple.
LEGO Jedi Bob Minifigure Popularity
The Jedi Bob minifigure features black eyes, raised gray eyebrows and a gray beard. His open, slightly lopsided mouth presents a friendly, relaxed and approachable demeanor. The mystery Jedi shares the same LEGO head with a generic construction worker minifigure and a character named Mac from the Life on Mars line. He wears a dark gray tunic along with a brown hood, cloak and pants. The figure wields a standard, single-bladed, trans-neon green lightsaber with a chrome silver hilt.
The Jedi Bob minifigure ONLY appears in the LEGO set 7163 Republic Gunship, released in 2002, from the LEGO Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones subtheme. The popularity of the character combined with the scarcity of the minifigure have made the mystery Jedi a highly sought after collector’s item. The minifigure in new condition has sold on BrickLink for between $75 and $175 in mid to late 2021.
Reconstructing the exact minifigure for pieces is expensive, too. The torso piece for the minifigure is rare since it is exclusively used for the mystery Jedi and not for any other LEGO Jedi characters.
Is Jedi Bob actually Jedi Nicanas Tassu or former Jedi Master Taron Malicos?
Tassu participates in Jedi Master Mace Windu’s Geonosis Jedi task force, tossing a spare lightsaber to Anakin Skywalker. Nicanas Tassu shares several similar features with Bob including: a beard, brown Jedi robes, green bladed lightsaber.
Additional fan theory speculates that Taron Malicos from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is in fact Jedi Bob. Malicos serves as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars and turns to the dark side after Order 66. Malicos has a beard during the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Lucasfilm has never confirmed the identity of Bob as Nicanas Tassu or Taron Malicos.
Behind the Scenes
The mysterious Jedi first appears in the LEGO set 7163 Republic Gunship (2002) from the Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones product line. Since the figure is generic/not named, Star Wars LEGO fans began referring to the character as “Bob” or “Jedi Bob”.
The Jedi is first officially referred to as “someone who may have been named Bob” in the reference book LEGO Star Wars: A Visual Dictionary (2009).