STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“Jawas comb the deserts of Tatooine in search of discarded scrap and wayward mechanicals. Using their cobbled-together weaponry, they can incapacity droids and drag them to their treaded fortress-homes, immense sand-scarred vehicles known as sandcrawlers.”
Though rather simple in execution (they’re literally just children in brown robes), the Jawas are a distinctive part of the the first Star Wars film. They’re also pretty plot-relevant, moving R2 and 3PO to Owen Lars’ farm, and thereby getting Luke involved in the whole story. And then they get barbecued. What a day.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Jawa is figure 61 from Star Wars: The Black Series. He hit alongside the first assortment of Solo figures, and is a re-pack of the 40th Anniversary Jawa from last year. That one saw a much more limited release, so seeing it again here is much appreciated. Unlike most Jawa figures, which come paired with another Jawa or droid, this one returns to the release method of the original vintage figure, being sold all on his lonesome. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. I’m happy to report that, unlike the earlier Yoda figure, the Jawa was not short-changed on the leg articulation. Of course, the plastic skirt piece kind of removes most of the mobility on those leg joints, but lets not go down that road. The Jawa’s sculpt is unique, and definitely very strong. The robes are all plastic, which I think was the appropriate call after the spotty cloth work on figures like Luke and Leia. The detail work on said robe is exquisite, with tons of texturing all throughout, to really capture the heavy coarseness of the fabric. The head and hood are done as two separate pieces, which is a smart move. It allows for the head to be fully detailed, or at least as fully detailed as the completely covered head can be. The two straps running across the figure’s chest are a separate, but non-removable piece. I was expecting there to be a buckle somewhere on there, because there usually is on pieces, but no luck. So, if for whatever reason you were hoping to remove that, it’s going require a little finagling. There’s an Ion Cannon attached to one of the straps via a somewhat lengthy cord. It can’t be removed either, but it can be holstered on one of the belts. The paintwork on the Jawa is decent. Mostly it’s pretty basic, but I do appreciate the slight weathering on the bottom of the robes. The Jawa includes a second Ion Cannon, this time not connected to the straps. For versatility, I guess. Given the smaller stature of the figure, I would have liked maybe a smaller droid or something to be included, or just more accessories in general, but I think this figure’s being slightly held back by the 40th Ann release having less space for such things in the blister, and Hasbro not wanting to add extras here and thus detract from that figure’s value.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the 40th Anniversary figures were hitting last year, I wasn’t in the financial state to be going toy-hunting, so I never found this guy. When the re-release was announced, I was definitely happy. I didn’t have luck finding him initially, but ultimately found him on the same Target trip that got me Lando. The Jawas have long been a favorite of mine, so I’m very pleased to have this figure.