JAWAS New Two-Pack
The Black Series Basic Figure
Item No.: Asst. A5077 No. B1761
Includes: 4 blasters, 2 figures, good deal
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: June 2015
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: No bio due to new multilingual packaging.
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: One of the best innovations in the modern era of Star Wars toys - that is, 1995 to the present - is Jawas as a set. From 1996 onward, Jawas are rarely packaged alone. Sometimes you get a Jawa and a droid, other times you get a Jawa with another Jawa. Back when figures were $4.99, this was a friggin' steal - and today, it's still a great deal. With two new sculpted figures with poses that look more like shrugging, each Jawa is a great addition to any clan you have built up over the last couple of decades. This figure set is similar to the more recent releases, in that Hasbro designed it in a very sensible manner. They didn't waste time and money with leg joints, and you got decent arm articulation. Between the two figures, there are 16 joints. It may not sound like much, but when you realize there's zero chance of sitting in these robes I'm glad that Hasbro didn't waste money on them.
Doing a good Jawa figure seems easy - even wrong, it's going to look good if the colors and hood are basically right. Seeing Hasbro add more sculpted detail and better accessories improves these desert scavengers greatly, even if we're well beyond needing new versions at this point. Army-building may be difficult for this last-wave set, but if you've already got a solid squad of them you'll be happy to know these are good additions to that shelf. It's also worth noting that the Tall Jawa may well be the tallest Jawa to date at a hair over 3-inches tall. If we're being nitpicky, Hasbro could still give us two more flavors of Jawa - we've had a pretty close update of the old "vinyl cape" version, but we've never had an all-cloth robe version in the modern era. I don't believe they'll get to it at this point, but if they are looking for excuses to do more Jawas the Kenner-style ones are still out there.
Collector's Notes: I got this online - you can probably score one for $13-$15. I've seen it in stores, too.
Day 2,169: August 4, 2015