Thursday, May 17, 2012

Star Wars Jawa Costume Review

I know, I know, What on earth is a Jawa, right? Well, let me give you a little background on this creature. Here is what Wikipedia had to say about Jawas.

"The Jawas are a pygmy rodentlike race inhabiting the desert planet of Tatooine. They are a hardworking people that work as scavengers and tinkerers, picking up discarded/broken machinery and fixing it up for sale. Being bald and pale, they are entirely covered in red or brown cloaks and their glowing yellow eyes are the only body parts visible. However, they do appear to have hairy arms in Episode IV.

For transport on the desert world, they use long-abandoned mining Sandcrawlers. These lumbering giants can house a family unit as well as store cargo that they have collected on their journeys. Jawas belong to clans. Half of the clan work in the sandcrawlers while the other half live in desert fortresses in remote areas. These fortresses have high walls made from large chunks of old wrecked spaceships for protection against Tusken Raiders and krayt dragons. They also serve as a home for the rest of the Jawa clan which store the wealth gathered by the other family unit in the sandcrawlers.

They are usually 1m to 1.5m tall (between three and five feet). Jawas also employ a variable language. This means that almost no other species can understand their language, due to the fact that any given word can have more than four different meanings."

My Thoughts:
Growing up watching the ORIGINAL Star Wars movies, I took a liking to the Jawas right away. Maybe it was because they, like me, were child like in their size and their babbling just sounded really cool too! I jumped at the opportunity to review a Jawa costume for Wholesale Star Wars Costumes even though I think it was more to reminisce about my own youth rather than to introduce the Jawa to my now 4 and 2 1/2 yr. olds. My kids have never seen any of the Star Wars movies (unless there is something my hubby isn't telling me). Their first reaction was, "Can I wear it?!"

The costume quality is amazing and the price point is fantastic at only $28.90!  This particular costume includes the Robe, Double Banndolier, and a Hooded mask with Light Up Eyes. The picture of the costume varies slightly in that the eyes are not yellow, but they light up red. It still looks REALLY cool! One downfall is that the batteries on the eye lights is not replaceable and there is no auto shut off on them so you must be diligent about turning them off after wearing your costume. The Banndoliers are made of a foamish material and they velcro right to the robe. This is great because it allows them to move with your body.

I ordered and received my costume within about a weeks time. I ordered the size Small costume which is listed on the packaging as U.S.A. size 4-6 for 3-4 Years. I figured this would be a safe bet since she's 4 and it's for 3-4 yr. olds. This was not the case. Upon pulling the robe out of the package, I quickly realized that this was NOT going to fit my 4 yr. old. The robe was EXTREMELY long! Just for kicks and giggles, I tried the costume on myself. If I threw on a pair of black leggings, I could be the Jawa! It was that big. I immediately checked the tag of the costume to make sure the wrong size hadn't ended up in the package, but the tag says small just like the packaging. Keep in mind that I'm 5'8" tall and this came down to my knees!

Nonetheless, I let both my kids try the costume on, but they couldn't safely do much in it. The robe was just too long and they couldn't walk without tripping. They did, however, really enjoy wearing the costume and asked me to take lots of pictures.

The mask is also very large. I put it on with the eyes turned on and I found that it got warm quite quickly between the plastic part that encases the wires for the LED lights and the LED lights giving off heat themselves. This probably wouldn't be too much of an issue though at the end of October as it is often snowing here then.

I think that if I was to recommend this costume, it would have to be for a child that is 6-8 yrs. old and that's if they are a little on the tall side.

**DISCLAIMER: I received a Star Wars Jawa Costume in exchange for my opinion on the product.  All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor.**

1 comment:

  1. How cool you all look as Jawas!! Could I ask where you got this from, I love it and my daughter wants to be one for Halloween =.