View Full Version : Weekly Review: Land of the Jawas
08-22-2005, 09:25 PM
This week we start with the playsets again, and we'll begin with one of my favorites of this era, the Land of the Jawas (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=8980&cat=2857). For a rather small playset it's packed with action features. It has a small cave for R2 to hid in (or the Jawas), an action level for the Jawas to attack R2 (or other figures) with, an elevator to lift a stunned R2 in a cardboard Sandcrawler and a small escape pod. Just about everything you could ask for (ok I could think of a few things). The playset was available from 1979 to 1980. The minor US variation is a yellow rebate sticker (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=8981&cat=2857) on the box. The Palitoy (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=8982&cat=2857) version is very different however. First off there is no escape pod. And the base was made from a completely different mold, notably it's missing the escape pod's divot.
08-23-2005, 12:19 AM
I loved this playset. It was very simple and straight foward. Just a sand colored peiece of plastic and the Background Sandcrawler. I wish I still had mine. Been looking for one on Ebay but havent found one in the price range I want. I will re-own this piece again.
08-24-2005, 06:02 PM
This was one of the first SW toys I received, perhaps the first playset or vehicle. The escape pod was the best part; it took 27 years for Kenner/Hasbro to make another one (with Threepio deluxe figure in '04). The cardboard crawler didn't last long, but I still have the rest (in "loved" condition, of course). I loved the "attack" platform; you could make weak Snaggletooth or Ugnaught take down anyone... even Vader!
08-24-2005, 10:32 PM
This was a neat looking playset but that cardboard backdrop was frustrating at times. Trying to seat figures in the back of it on those little plastic pegs that fit into the cardboard was a difficult feat. I still have this playset, but mine is in pretty poor condition. I always pined for the R/C Sandcrawler in my mini-catalogs since it was an all-plastic vehicle and would be more durable than cardboard.
The plastic base was the best part. The cave was nice for re-enating that scene with Ben and R2. I always wonder about the sandcrawler tread that ran across the opposite corner; did the 'crawler double back or was it another? The escape pod was was cool little ship, but the plastic hinge on mine eventually broke. Still, the lid could lock onto the bottom anyway.
Kenner really got a lot of mileage out of that plastic base didn't they? :D It appeared again in white for the Hoth cardboard AT-AT playset and the catalog-exclusive rebel base playset (with the same old sandcrawler tread no less - maybe some Jawas were plying the frigid wastes of Hoth?)
I noticed that Pride Displays incorporated some of the features of the classic Land of the Jawas plastic base with their Action Figure Display Diorama (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=1605;category_id=396;pcid1= ;pcid2=).
09-01-2005, 12:01 PM
I must have gotten this for Xmas or my bday when I was very young because I don't remember much about it. Really didn't use it too much as for re-enacting large-scale battles it didn't offer much. I also remember not having the cardboard backdrop for too long. I would throw all my stuff into big boxes and you can imagine it wouldn't take long to destroy the cardboard.
It has really nice play features. I did like the little cave that you could hide R2 or a Jawa in. I did use the pod a lot for all kinds of escapes.
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