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Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #50)

Name: Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #50
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: September 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Watto is the shrewd and possessive owner of a parts shop in the rugged frontier town of Mos Espa. When visited by Anakin Skywalker ten years after losing him to Qui-Gon Jinn on a Podrace bet, Watto informs Anakin that his mother, also a slave, was sold to a moisture farmer named Cliegg Lars.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones introduced us to many new alien species and unique Star Wars characters that we hadn’t seen before, but the film also brought back some familiar faces as well. Watto makes a return appearance in the film for example. After one premonition of another of his mother’s pain and suffering, Anakin Skywalker return to Tatooine to seek out Watto so he can follow the next trail to his mother’s location. Watto informs that he sold her to Cliegg Lars, a moisture farmer outside of Mos Eisley, and Anakin Skywalker begins his trek to find her and help her before it’s too late. Sadly he is too late. At first, Watto didn’t recognize the matured Anakin Skywalker, but once he did you could sense that Watto had a slightly new outlook on the Skywalker family. He appeared to have even the smallest amount of empathy for him and he willingly cooperated with Anakin to help him find his long lost mother. Hasbro created an all-new Watto action figure to help collectors recreate this scene. The figure ranks around the average mark, but there certainly could have been better efforts made before the action figure saw release. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t earth-shattering either.

It may not be a surprising move to all, but we found it slightly odd that Hasbro developed an all-new sculpt for the Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) action figure for the Star Wars “Saga” line. Clearly Hasbro wanted to approach this version of him completely differently. Since the Episode I version of him was done in a non-flying pose, Hasbro wanted to change things up a bit and produce a Watto action figure with him fluttering in the air. The action figure works in many ways. The “flying effect” is done via an “invisible” display stand (which comes in two parts). While the post isn’t strong enough to prevent bowing, it does hold Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) up in the air as needed to recreate his “hovering” effect. The sculpt is good. Watto is similar in color to his Episode I counterpart, but there are other differences which prevent them from being identical from head to toe (aside from the sculpting differences of course). His wings are fully extended to recreate that “flapping wings” action and he has been given the signature hat we saw him wear in the film. It may have been wiser to sculpt and all-new head sculpt for the Episode I body, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) comes with five points of articulation. A swivel head, two swivel shoulders and two swivel hips make up his articulation. It isn’t a lot, but you probably won’t care as this is evidently an action figure that is meant to be suspended in “mid air” since he is flying. And we have to hand it to Hasbro that they did a fine job of working this feature into the action figure, because it honestly looks pretty good. Interestingly, if you’re patient, Watto does have the ability to stand on a flat surface without any assistance. The balance is precarious and he doesn’t have a great center of gravity, so it may take some time to execute this, but it is possible. With the minimal articulation that has been included with him, the points aren’t that helpful in making this feat easier for the collector. Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) is certainly an interesting choice for an action figure. We are a bit surprised that Hasbro decided to give this character an all-new sculpt in the Star Wars “Saga” line. Hasbro must have felt that his hat was relatively important to warrant an all-new sculpt. Of course we jest a bit about that, but they probably could have just as easily tweaked the Episode I sculpt and called it a day. But any new sculpt is a win in our book, so we are truly happy they took that route instead.

Collector Notes

Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer)

Status: Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: "invisible" display stand (2 parts)

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84260/84861

UPC: 076930842607

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: January 6, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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