All of the Wal-Marts in my area have been
resetting all their displays and haven't been stocking anything
to speak of. I was actually surprised to find this new Jawa &
Treadwell two pack when on a recent visit.
Stormtrooper Luke I could pass up with a $7 price tag, but the
blister on this guy looked completely full.
I'd detailed my love of Jawas in my
Jawa & LIN review from the TAC series
of figures. Similar to the LIN two pack, this duo is taken
from Star Wars (A New Hope). In particular, they are take
from the droid sidewalk sale where Uncle Own and Luke purchase
R2-D2 and C-3PO.
This Treadwell droid is a different model of the
droid seen helping Beru at the homestead and Han fix the Falcon
in Empire. According to
this particular WED-15 Septoid Treadwell is designated as
WED-15-ST68. If I'm interrupting the information on this
droid correctly, accessory arms could be bought and switched out
similar to how I got a hedge trimmer that fits on my gas powered
In the LIN two-pack review I stated it would have been nice
to get the Jawa with the corded weapon instead of at tiny
pistol. Apparently they listened, because this Jawa has
For the most part, this version of the diminutive desert
scavengers is a repaint of the LIN droid's companion.
There are couple of notable changes.
The first being the paint used on his eyes. The LIN
Jawa did not have light pipe eyes and neither does this one.
Instead of the yellow used on the LIN, they used a metallic gold
paint. This actually fooled me for a minute, and had me
looking for a light pipe. The eyes really show up great
and reflect enough light to make them look like the film
version. Great job, Hasbro.
order to create a multi layered look, this Jawa has a vest on
over his robe. Unlike, the previous version, this dude's
robe and vest are matched in color. I really like the fact
that none of the Jawas ever seem to match in color. The
variety goes a long way to making them appear as they did in the
The main difference, other than coloration, in these
two traders is the utility belts. The new one has a
sculpted holster to hold the corded weapon. The side of
the holster and the back of the belts have some Jawa looking
decoration. The pouches on this guy's belt are a bit
bigger that his earlier cousins. There's a bit of a wash
over the belt piece to give the look of leather with silver
snaps to finish it off.
taller pouches on the belt actually create one of the small
things that I don't like about this figure. When the head
is popped down on the ball joint, the pouches keep it from
sitting all the way down. This makes him slightly taller
than the previous version. It also creates a bit of space
under his head that looks a little un-natural from some views.
It also causes the head to be detached easily.
Now, let's not kid anyone. A new Jawa figure is great.
There's loads of these guys throughout the six films, and lots
of display opportunities for them. The reason most
collectors and kids are going to want this two pack is the WED
Treadwell droid. As one of the last droids needed for a
good Purchase of the Droids diorama, this Treadwell has been a
long time coming.
This figure pulls of the WED Treadwell look. Multiple
spindly arms on a treaded base. I'm sure this guy was
steered away from just because of the spindly arms.
Comparing this guy to his film counterpart, I noticed a couple of
things. The first was the scale seems to be a bit off.
Where the LIN droid seemed a little too small the WED seems a
little to big. In the film his (hers?) photoreceptors were almost
level with the top of R2's dome. This guys' eyes are a up
higher than that (See Bottom Picture).
Also, the version in the film has a red white color scheme,
instead of the figures copper and grey. To be honest, the
base looks like something out of Star Trek TOS to me. The
copper textured section I guess.
overall size isn't the only thing that is off scale wise.
The end effectors on the arms all look a little on the biggish
side as well. I'm willing to concede the oversize limbs and
tools, however. You can only mass produce detail in plastic
down to a certain size an have it hold up. I'm sure this a
trade off between appearance and durability.
The Dr. Who like antenna coming out of the front of the base was a
surprise. That could have easily been left off and nobody
would have mentioned, but it was nice to see the attention to
detail. I was also impressed with the fact, none of the
tools is a duplicate generic grabber. Most of them appear to
be farming implements.
I've said it before, anytime you get two figures on a card, it's
going to be fun. When one of the figures is a multi armed
robot with tank treads, instant fun. Maybe the Jawa is
repairing the droid, maybe he's hunting him. The
possibilities are endless.
This guy can really stretch out. There's a joint at the bottom and
and one in the middle of each arm. The one thing that arms
don't do that would have been nice is swivel at the bottom.
Not a show stopper, but it would have been nice. To be
honest not having them is probably more screen accurate.
The treads are similar to the LIN's. They are sculpted in place,
and there are no wheels on the base. The arms are the key
feature of this guy, though, and they look great.
Jawa has two accessories his weapon and a small tin can. The
gun has a cord that leads to a small detailed box. The box
attaches to his body with a shoulder strap.
There are two things about the weapon I don't like. First,
he can't hold it. Well, to be fair, he can hold it, just not so
that he can pull the trigger. Second thing, What's with the
sealed off end? Even if it was indented only slightly it
would have looked better. (BTW. After getting all this
typed, I found a picture of a Jawa with the pack on this back, my
Now the little canister. At first I thought this was a droid
caller, like the one that came with the previous version.
However, after I realized this is the restraining bolt gun, my
opinion changed. I'm not Hasbro and have no idea for sure,
but I'm guessing this is suppose to be a restraining bolt.
Since the Jawa can't hold it or put it anywhere, I'm also guessing
the original intent was to make the gun to where it would fit in
the muzzle. That would have rocked. I would imagine
difficulties in molding or cost cutting may have eliminated that
in the final version.
a sorely needed droid for a Lars homestead diorama, I have to say
well done. I was initially worried that the arms would be
cheap immovable things, but my fears proved unfounded. The
Jawa, while a repack, is different enough to be a good scene
Aside from the scale issue with WED and the
mysterious canister, overall a well done pair. The detail is
good, there's articulation is good, and the paint doesn't seem to
have been skimped on.
Kids and collectors take note, I can't give you a
good reason not to buy this pair if you see them. Of course
finding them on the pegs is going to be like finding a protocol
droid in the Dune Sea.
Engineernerd Score: 97/100
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