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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Action Figure Review: Jawa from Star Wars: The 40th Anniversary Collection by Hasbro
Height: 4 1/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel hinged knees, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Ion blaster, non-removable ion blaster.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* The decision had to be made whether to go with a sculpted cloak or a soft goods cloak and it seems the winner was a sculpted cloak. Overall I think Hasbro has had good success with using soft goods, but the sculpted cloak here looks good and fits the figure well. The texturing on this guy is excellent, as is the paint work. Yeah, he could look a bit more rough and weathered, but he fits in with everyone else just fine. I like the fine dusting of sand along the hem of his robe, too. It nicely gives him that "fresh out of the Jundland Wastes" look that all of the hipster Jawas are always trying to imitate. The lower legs are wrapped in various strands of cloth, kind of like a Tusken Raider, but it's pretty tough to see underneath the Jawa's robe.
*By the way, I mean that literally: The eyes are yellow and painted with a glow in the dark paint. It's not a very strong glow effect but it is noticeable.
* The Jawa comes with two ion blasters. The first is the model you see on your left. It's the model I always think of first (probably because the POTF2 version included one like it) and it's always been my favorite. The paintwork is nice; it looks rather distressed and rugged.
* The second ion rifle looks like the one used to shoot R2-D2. It also has a nice sculpt and a variety of paint applications to call attention to all of the details on it. It is attached to a cord that is attached to a battery pack on the Jawa's bandolier, meaning it is not removable. More on that in a moment.
* First things first, I do want to point out that the Jawa's leg articulation is not only hindered by the stiff plastic robe (he has balljointed hips, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge ankles underneath the robe) but his arm articulation is also pretty rigid. Sadly, it's tough to get him into good firing poses using one of his ionization rifles. Sad Jawa, sad Utinni.
* I really do not like the attached blaster. It might be film accurate, but it definitely gets in the way. Surely there's no reason that the battery pack could not have been removable. Then this wouldn't have been an issue at all.
This is actually the first Jawa figure I've reviewed on Action Figure Barbecue. If you're looking for more figures from the 40th Anniversary Collection, check out the following:
Death Squad Commander