39 Days to SW EP8 – Creatures of A New Hope – Jawas

Jawas… in the words of the great Goldenrod Himself, “I can’t abide these Jawas. Disgusting creatures.” Actually, my dislike for them is not that severe. Actually, it’s not even dislike. Really, it’s that Jawas have never really fascinated me. They are all well and good as part of the greater universe but really, if they never show up in another Star Wars movie I wouldn’t notice. On the ranking of great New Hope creatures, they are pretty much at the bottom. I do really like their Sandcrawlers though. Makes ya wonder how a bunch of dirt scavengers had the knowhow to build a cool vehicle like that.

Things that have always bothered me about Jawas (that aren’t necessarily film related):

  • THE VINTAGE KENNER VINYL CAPE JAWA – I HATED the vinyl capes on the original Kenner Star Wars figures. So much so that I would replace them with soft robes of my own making when I could. When Kenner made the running change from stupid vinyl cape to an actual cloth robe, all the better. Plus it made the figure more movie accurate. So you can keep you crappy ass vinyl cape Jawa.
  • UTINNI! – I get it. We have watched Star Wars SO MUCH that we grab onto even the most obscure thing about the films. It a “secret password for club members” type of thing. Cool. But just because some crazy Jawa shouts “utinni” in the original movie does not make it a thing. Stop trying to make it a thing. The “Utinni” Effect card from the Star Wars card game was just silly. It has gone too far. Stop it.

Anyways, Jawas are great… as background filler. Helps flesh out the greater Star Wars universe. But really that’s about as far as it goes for me… even 40 years later.

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Mikel Samson

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