Released August, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on October 10, 2003
A great idea was invented for Attack of the Clones, and that was a Star Wars-Universe Diner. WA-7 waits tables there, and her unusual design prevents her from doing much other than remaining frozen in time, unable to do much but stand there with undelivered drinks.
WA-7 includes a tray with drinks secured to it and a base.
If you can get past the fact she can't function beyond her stand, WA-7 is a fairly interesting figure with both a strong showing in the design department with at least one fundamental flaw.
Unlike most minor characters released these days, WA-7 actually had a few lines on screen. As such, she has a decent amount of personality as far as a droid goes, and the translation from CG character to toy seemed to go rather smoothly.
A fair amount of scrapes, cuts, and nicks cover the figure showing that she, as most waitresses in movie diners, has seen her share of rough days over the years. Some are painted, and some aren't, but the sculptors were sure to take the time to bring out some detail and, in the end, give the figure a little more personality. Rather than the typical feet, she has one big wheel that, when plugged into the stand over time, seems to come free easily. It seems the base pries apart the pieces that hold the wheel in place, and as such, if you try to roll her around a table, the wheel might fly out. As such, be wary when plugging her into the stand.
She has a peg on her right hand which can be used to hold the drink tray, and the peg is small to the point where it shouldn't cause too much of a distraction if she's going around without her serving apparatus.
She's got a good head on her shoulders, but as she's a droid, there really isn'y any room for Hasbro to bring out anything special in her face. It's an accurate representation of what we see in the movie, which is really all we can ask for and the end result is a good one. No complaints here.
A joint on her neck allows her to cock her head to the side, and ball joints at the arms, a moving wheel, and a typical waist joint round out a figure with as much articulation as its design could really allow her to have. Hasbro thought of everything here.
With the exception of the wheel flaw which, really, is a fairly major one, this figure is pretty great. When dealing with toy of a cybernetic artificially-intelligent unicycle, can you really expect anything less?
This set includes a tray and a base.
The base looks great, with the logo on the bottom and the bizarre little ridge on the back which, no doubt, exists just to mask part of the component that keeps her standing upright. It's painted well, has the appropriate amount of detail, and the only thing that's missing-- and I should add, it really does seem to be missing-- is a backdrop. If the raised element in the back wasn't there, it probably wouldn't seem so apparent, but now it looks like she could really use a background to bring out her environment just a little bit more.
The drink tray is appropriately colored, fits right on the peg on her hand, and even has a red liquid-type substance painted in one of the glasses. No complaints, but at the same time, it's hard to laud an extra that looks exactly right, despite the fact that it's how it should look.
New and improved? You decide.
It seems this figure is starting to ship to online accounts and the likes of Wal-Mart thus far, and is expected to roll out elsewhere in the coming weeks.
If you like droids, prequel figures, and waitresses, this one's for you. With George Lucas finally illustrating some of the more mundane elements of Star Wars, it's nice to see Hasbro follow suit with some great figures based on the little things. Aside from the problem experienced with our review sample, WA-7 is everything she should be and then some. Short of a voice chip, which is an unrealistic request for a $5 figure, she's everything she needs to be. Snag one if you see it.
Our sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in September 2003.