REVIEW: Jawa Vinyl Collectible Doll
“Of the many dangers that travel the dunes and crags of the arid world, few can send a droid’s behavioral matrix circuitry into a tizzy like the Jawas.” You were first introduced to the glowing eyed creatures in Star Wars: A New Hope when they jumped R2-D2 and sold the droid – with his pal C-3PO - to Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen Lars.
The legions of Star Wars 1:6 scale collectors have been clamoring for different characters from the six film series. And Medicom has listened. They’ve released – with Sideshow distributing in the US – a 1:6 scale version of those little scavengers from Tatooine – the Jawas.
Series: Star Wars Vinyl Collectible Dolls
Material: Rotocast vinyl articulated body
Points of Articulation: 5 (neck, shoulders, wrists)
Accessories: Ionization Blaster and Droid Caller
Outfit: Brown burlap-like cloak with separate hood; Two faux-leather utility belts
The figure comes packaged in Medicom’s traditional Star Wars styled box. Simple and sleek. The black box has the Star Wars logo and figure name on the front, info about the character on the inside flap and details about the project on the back. Inside of the Velcro-held flap, there is a plastic windowpane where the figure is held within a dual plastic tray.
I vividly remember two Halloween costumes from my early childhood. And while I’m slightly ashamed to admit that one of them was dressing up as Papa Smurf, the other one was a tad more hip. It was October 1983 and Return of the Jedi was king. And at 5 years old…I was the perfect height to dress up as a Jawa.
This is the first 1:6 scale Jawa that we’ve seen released from any of the major Star Wars license holders. And while there are a lot of things to like about the figure, I have a few complaints.
First and foremost, the lack of articulation on the bottom half of the figure – and the slightly odd stance – makes it so the cloak has to be glued to the figure’s feet. (It actually comes loose fairly easily) Also, the cloak is glued around the wrists. This makes it so you can’t do anything to cover up the wrist joints. Finally, I would have liked to see a working holster, which is something you’d get with most 1:6 scale figures.
So what do we like about the figure? Well, it’s the first 1:6 scale Jawa that we’ve seen. And I had always thought the most difficult area to nail on a Jawa would be the eyes. Medicom has done a nice job using clear yellow eyes with a metallic backing. It helps give them a glowing look without using batteries and LEDs. They’ve also used the RAH hands on this VCD. They are on posts, pop out and articulate the same as the much larger figures.
Obviously, you need to pick one of these up if you’re a 1:6 scale Star Wars collector. No Star Wars collection would be complete without one of those scavenger Jawas hanging around Luke Skywalker’s knees. But for $10 more, you could pick up Sideshow's Utapau Clone Trooper figure, which I feel is a superior figure.
You can pick one up at the following:
Jawa VCD Grades:
Figure Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
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