Released August 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on August 18, 2004
When Hasbro released these figure in 1996, fans were like "wow, $4.99 for two well-made figures!" In 2004, fans are once again treated to a pair of Jawas for $4.99, which with inflation and all is a pretty sweet deal. This time around, they've been given a facelift and should delight fans of disgusting creatures everywhere.
Like before, the pair includes two blasters. New to this set is a base... just one base for two figures.
Back in 1996, the sculpts of the Jawas were arguably the best in the line, right up there with then-greats like Momaw Nadon. These little guys weren't goofy and musclebound, nor were they packing unnecessary heat. They were little Jawas, and for that, we were happy.
No significant changes were made to the figures in terms of their sculpts, although it seems the eyes glow better on these releases from what I remember in terms of the old releases. They still sport the 1996 copyrights and are made from a similar if not identical hard plastic. If you've been complaining figures are too rubbery, these ones certainly are not.
So what's new here? Well, glad you asked. The figures have been cast in a darker plastic for this reissue, and to further distinguish them from the older releases, they also added a number of panit operations to bring out the best these sculpts have to offer. There's a wipe on both figures that really bring out the texture of the robes, highlighting the tears and fraying on their costumes. The silver snaps on the buttons found on the belts and bandoliers were finally colored in, and really shine nicely-- in the right lighting (and darker rooms) these seem to reflect the light nicely, almost better than their eyes. The decoration changes do justify your buying these little guys again, but that doesn't mean the paint is perfect-- parts of the gloves on the samples we saw look as if the paint didn't really stick to a small section, and as such it looks like a worn toy instead of worn-out cloth.
On the left, the 1999 CommTech Jawa. On the right, the 2004 OTC Tall Jawa. These are, of course, different sculpts but it gives you a good sense of scale if your Jawa collection isn't up to snuff just yet.
This set includes the traditional stand plus two weapons.
The base is nothing new-- and this is one of a couple of instances where Hasbro should have considered including two bases, or a retooled base with two pegs on it. Two figures need two bases, right? At least the figures can plug into the bases without a problem, something I was initially skeptical about due to the very hard plastic used to construct the two figures.
The guns are from the same molds as the 1996 releases. (For those not in the know, the smaller gun was modified slightly when it was packaged with a Jawa with the 1997 Ronto beast set.) The coloring in the small gun is the same, but as you can see the larger gun is now a gunmetal grey color, which makes it different, exciting, and new.
Could you ask from anything else from these figures? Sure. Would you get it? No. While a droid caller or a second base would be nice, given the direction of the line, it's unrealistic. So as it stands, at this price, these are most excellent bonuses.
Ladies and genltemen, boys and girls, behold. This is it. This is the cardback you've wanted from the start. And with the Jawas set, it's particularly gorgeous.
There's a lot to the packaging, surprisingly. The double-border is just like the original Kenner packaging, and the black background is also very similar to the old toys. Also, the font of the name plate is similar to (if not the same as) the old days. Beyond that, there aren't a lot of similarities to the old days. Instead of a big photo, there's a background showcasing the environment that character belongs in. In this case, the Jawa portable homestead, the Sandcrawler, is given the spotlight which is the ideal place to post these characters. Unlike other OTC figures, the Jawas have no political leanings and as such do not have a Rebel or Imperial logo on the front of the packaging.
The back of the card is completely new, but quite colorful and striking. It's a departure from the past few years, but it's a welcome improvement and something I'd like to see more of in the future.
The nameplate for the figures is a sticker, and the plastic bubble is grooved so it fits snuggly in place and won't be off-center. Customizers will probably have a field day with this packaging, as there are a lot of generic elements you can easily change out andcreate a package that's very specific to your tastes.
As of today, this figure is just becoming available in the USA, but looking at future assortments he should be really easy to get and shipping for a while.
Few repaints grab you by the collar and demand you buy them, and Hasbro made sure to have a few of them in the OTC. These little guys are great to have extras of for displays and dioramas, and they look different enough from the Jawas you already have to make these an easily justifiable purchase. I'll be looking for more of these myself, and if you aren't already planning on getting these, well, allow me to thank you for leaving more for the rest of us. Easily one of the OTC's highlights.
This is one of those rare no-brainer purchases. If you see it, buy a couple. Your Sandcrawler will thank you later.
Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in August 2004.