STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Jawas that arrive on new planets continue their old habits in their new surroundings, but their obsessive need for technology still drives them.”
Introduced in the very first film, the Jawas have sort of hung around in the background of the Star Wars universe ever since. Classically, they’ve been confined to Tatooine, at least for their appearances in the first two trilogies, but The Mandalorian is mixing things up, having them show up at least one other place that we know of. The creatures’ notable appearance in the show has also been a good excuse to put out another release of them in the main Black Series line, and I’ll be taking a look at that release today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Offworld Jawa is figure 96 in the Black Series line-up, being the second Mandalorian-based figure in the eight figure Triple Force Friday product launch. It’s our third Black Series release of a Jawa, following the 40th Anniversary and #61 releases. The figure stands 4 inches tall and has 28 points of articulation. Those numbers should be somewhat familiar, since they are the same ones as the #61 Jawa. That’s because this figure uses the same sculpt as that one, but loses the plastic skirt piece from that figure, and gains a cloth goods robe. Though I am not always a fan of the cloth goods in Black Series, and I was okay with the plastic robe of the prior Jawa, I will admit that this robe ended up working far better than I’d expected. It honestly ends up looking a little better than the plastic version, and has the added benefit of finally letting the figure take full advantage of all that leg articulation that the old figure had hidden beneath the plastic skirt. The only slight downside is that they didn’t re-sculpt the arms to remove the sculpted robes, so the articulation there is still as restricted as the original release. Though the head isn’t actually changed, the way the hood is connected is slightly different between my two Jawas, and I find that this one has a more natural look about it than the prior, which I’m totally okay with. The Jawa’s paint is actually more involved than you might think. There’s some nice weathering on the feet, and the bandolier now gets a wash to bring out more of its details, which definitely does it some favors. This figure includes the same two ion blasters from the prior release, with one still being permanently attached to the harness. Again, this feels a little light, but at this point, I think this just how the Jawas are gonna go in the Black Series.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was expecting very little out of this figure. I already had the prior release, and I’m generally not that big on cloth. Mostly, I bought him because I was buying everything else. In person, he certainly looked better, but it wasn’t until I opened him up that I realized how much I enjoyed him. I liked the prior figure a lot when it was new, but this one is an improvement in pretty much every way. I’m glad I picked up this figure, especially after watching Episode 2 of The Mandalorian.