Now I understand what happened to Obie.
After the last update a file called "whiteobie.png" appears
to have been installed in my ~home/Documents sub-directory.
Interestingly, when selecting the default splash screen options
(Configure Your Desktop->Workspace Appearance and Behavior->Splash Screen"
shows the expected KDE 4.3 splash screen. Selecting the "Test Theme" button displays
the "White Obie".
Does anyone have an "Old" obie .png file that I can replace/overlay
the White Obie?
At the moment I am using a custom wallpaper graphic to replace White Obie...