I’ve wrote before about how I’m a fan of Star Wars but I’m hardly a real “fan” of Star Wars. Which makes it kind of odd because I’ve bought more Star Wars figures this past year than probably any time in my life. One of the few figures I’ve always been attracted to is Jawas. I had several when Kenner relaunched the line in the mid 1990’s and I’ve never really seen many of the newer ones, but I’ve always wanted them.

Jawas are short rodent-esque scavengers and swindlers who sell and trade droids. Although Jawas have only appeared a handful of times in the Star Wars films, they are one of the most famous creatures. That too is a bit of a mystery as Jawas have one of the least complex costumes of all the original series. Jawas are basically little druid looking guys with glowing eyes, yet they remain a Star Wars favorite.

A lot of early Jawa packs saw two Jawas come together, usually one slightly taller than the other. In recent years Jawas have come packed with a droid of some sort. I have almost never seen a Jawa in the store, which shows you just how popular these little guys are. The Wed Treadwell droid is as much of a sell for this package as the Jawa himself as it’s one of the cooler looking and more complex droid pack-ins.

Packaging:
This is from the Legacy Collection with the Stormtrooper helmet card back that is now being phased out. When I first saw this style of package I thought it was really stylistic and pretty brilliant. Hasbro deserves a lot of credit for the clever packaging, but it also got old pretty quick.


The back gives a rundown of the Jawas and even draws attention to the specific scene in which this Jawa supposedly appeared. It’s nice after all these years of getting so much expanded universe stuff to get a few figures that are from the original Star Wars movie. The droid is one of the ones that Lars was trying to buy off the Jawas and led to C-3P0 and R2-D2 at the Skywalker Ranch.


This is also part of the “Droid Factory” sets where each of the figures comes with a piece of a droid. All of these droids are R2 style units and this one is R5-A2. It’s a cool concept to do the mini build-a-figure deal with the droids, but I have to wonder how many people have extra droid parts laying around. I don’t buy that many Star Wars guys and even I have a few extra of theses chassis parts.


It opens up easily enough and the R5 unit is housed in a separate little tray. It’s pretty easy to get the figure out and the variety of droid pieces are taped in. I don’t have too many complaints.


Assembling the droid is easy enough but some instructions would have been nice. I still have one extra leftover part that I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be a Jawa bomb or if it attaches to the droid somewhere. I can’t find a spot for it on the droid, nor do I know what to do with it.

Articulation:
Jawas have never had the best articulation, but they do seem to be coming along. This Jawa has plenty of points so you can pose him in a variety of poses. His legs don’t appear to have any articulation at all, which could be considered a step backwards. However his sculpt doesn’t really allow him to do much with his legs anyway.


Probably more impressive is the Treadwell Droid which has articulation in every arm. Two points, one at the base and one at the “elbow” allowing him to move around a lot with his arms. Unfortunately the arms pop off VERY easily at the sockets, but they are just as easily reattached.


As I said the arms move easy enough but do tend to pop off. I imagine a lot of kids will have these with only a couple of their arms on them. Assuming kids can find them at all.

Sculpt:
For such a small figure, he’s got a lot of detail on him. This is easily one of the most detailed Jawa sculpts of all time. In some ways it appears almost too detailed as they’ve jammed a lot of detail on the Jawa and made him to me at least, feel a bit cluttered. It definitely is beautiful work, but I guess I like my Jawas a little simpler.


Jawa what?

He has a jacket/vest as well as a bunch of straps and stuff all over him. This Jawa has some writing on his outfit in a couple of spots as a holster for his gun. He looks pretty cool. Scale wise he’s pretty small, about half the size of a regular figure.


Perhaps most interesting is all the arms on the Wed Treadwell droid. Let’s count them and try to figure out their functions.


First is a pretty standard claw hand with a blade inside.


Next is the devil’s horns hand in case you go to a rock concert and need to rock on.


What droid would be complete without a pooper scooper arm?


Then we have the “grabber” arm which is good for picking up pesky dimes off the floor. My mom used to have a bunch of these.


This is a claw arm used to stab stuff as it grabs it. I guess?


Garden Weasel arm, a staple among moisture farmers.


Nose hair trimmer arm.


Finally we have the rectal thermometer arm, an important part of baby making.

Accessories:
You don’t get a ton of accessories aside from the treadwell droid itself, but you do get a few things. The gun of the Jawa is an important part and he has one as well as some strappage to put in around his shoulder and such. It doesn’t fit in his hands very well, but it looks alright in the holster.


You get the aforementioned bomb thing that I’m sure someone smarter than me knows what it’s for. It looks cool enough but I imagine kids would lose it. Assuming it doesn’t plug in somewhere.


Finally you get your R5 “Droid Factory” part to build a droid. This is usually a piece you might would toss if you didn’t want the whole series, but it works alright with a Jawa as you can add this to his pile of parts that he’s trying to do something with.

Value:
For about $7.99 you get a small Jawa, a pretty cool droid and some extras. It’s not a great value, especially when you consider that you’re supposed to be army building these guys. At least the droid is pretty cool, but it’d be nice if he was of a slightly higher quality. The treads don’t work and he doesn’t even have wheels, so he can’t really move.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 6
Accessories – Droid, R5 Part, Gun
Value – 6
Overall – 7 out of 10

I’m leaning toward 6.5 here, but I do think the idea behind the Treadwell droid is pretty cool so I’ll give it a full 7 even if the WED droid doesn’t reach it’s full potential. Had the droid itself been better I might have bumped the score up above 7. The Jawa is great, but I’m not a huge fan of the stuff connected to his gun and I feel like he’d been a bit better served being slightly more plain. Still this is a solid toy, not outstanding, not terrible.


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You can pick this figure up as well as plenty of other Jawas and Star Wars stuff at Big Bad Toy Store, who is kindly sponsoring all our posts this week. If you need a Jawa, they’re as good of place to look as anywhere as these guys are pretty hard to find at retail.

One Response to Star Wars Legacy Collection Jawa & Wed Treadwell Droid Review

  • Philip Reed says:

    I’ve got this pack and have been slowly working on a review. I think it’s more the droid selling the Jawa than it is people collecting Jawas. That may be my personal bias at work in my thought process, though.

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