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WA-7

Sean Teeter is filling in wth another great Star Wars review tonight.  I reviewed WA-7 last weekend at Yakface, and now you get a second opinion on this new droid!

Hasbro always claims to aim their toy lines at children as opposed to collectors, but while Iíve seen several kids beating on each other with role-playing light sabers, I donít come across too many with Star Wars action figures. I think Hasbro really knows that a good portion, if not the majority of itís action figure customers, are from the slightly older crowd Ėcheck out some of the newer figures being released: Lt. Danni Faytonni, Achk Med-Beq, Wat Tambor, and WA-7. These are not characters a kid would necessarily be looking for in his Star Wars toy assortment. These figures fall more in the collectable category. After all, what six year-old is going to want to play with a waitress robot that canít stand up? 

ďWith WA-7ís frisky spirit and built-in order transmitter, the single-wheeled waitress droid serves up the dayís specials to the varied assortment of freighter drivers and dockworkers who frequent the establishment.Ē Sounds exciting, doesnít it? Letís take a closer look at the old gal...




Packaging - ***1/2
Iíve said it before, and Iíll say it again: I really like Hasbroís gold stripe packaging. Itís just so neat and tidy, but eye catching at the same time. I just hope this style sticks around for a while.

Sculpting - ** 1/2
The sculpt itself is generally decent Ėit looks like the robo-waitress from Dexterís Diner right down to the big bunny earflaps sticking out the sides of her head. The sculpt of the arms are fine in their permanent bent position, but I would have liked some elbow articulation. 

Thereís a little peg in her right hand that is supposed to attach to the bottom of her serving tray. It takes a while to find the right spot because of the curve in her palm, and it never seems to want to stay. A longer peg would have been better. 

The choice of plastic used for this figure is piss poor; itís really soft and weak. There are swirls and mold lines galore all over WA-7, and it doesnít help when youíre trying to convey ďmetal robotĒ. Neither does the paint . . .

Paint - **
The figure is molded in a soft gold color. A dull, metalicized, vacu-form job would have been better. The painted plating is hit and miss and generally looks sloppy, as do the eyes. Thereís some nice wear and tear added to the plating, but it doesnít look as effective as it should. Maybe a deeper red-brown color would have worked as opposed to the pastel lavender used. It would have been closer to the movie. 

Articulation - **
Does she come with super quick-draw, force-magnet, tray-flinging action? Nope. This girlís action feature free baby, just the way I like my Hasbro figures. 

However, with such an easy figure to articulate, Hasbro misses the mark. WA-7 comes with five points: ball-jointed shoulders, waist, wheel, and neck.

The ball-jointed shoulders are always a nice thing to have. WA-7 could have used some elbow articulation, but theyíre stuck in their bent pose. The neck articulation is also a sore spot. You can only move her head back and forth; thereís no turning allowed. A slotted ball-joint here could have been a lot better.

The wheel is kind of slipshod in that itís not permanently fixed to WA-7ís leg. The wheel is pinched into place by the two sculpted pistons on the sides of her leg, but the plastic is so soft that the thing barely stays in half the time. 

Accessories - **
I really donít know what Hasbro could have included in this category other than the obvious items already present, but Iím sure they could have tossed an extra or two in, such as glasses separate from the serving tray, or other diner stuff.

WA-7 comes with her serving tray and a floor base. The base is very nicely done and has very clean paint ops. WA-7 also canít stand without it. Thereís a small grooved section for her wheel to rest in, while the back of her leg clips over another notch to keep her from falling. It doesnít work that well, but thatís due more to the figure itself than the base design. A quick fix is to use on of the many clear rubber bands used to hold various Star Wars figures in their inserts. Wrap it around the base and leg and she stands pretty well.

The serving tray has two glasses molded to it. I would have liked separate glasses but judging by the trouble she has holding the solid piece, I guess that wouldnít have worked well. One glass is really ragged on the top while the other one is unevenly dyed red to suggest liquid. It just looks kind of sloppy. Thereís a small hole underneath for her hand peg to attach to.

Durability/Quality - **
The wheel falls out constantly; the thin neck feels like itís going to snap off, and he leg keeps bending to one side. Better material would have helped two out of three of these, while a simple pin could have helped the other. She just feels so damn flimsy.

Value - **
Thatís assuming you pay more than $5 for her. WA-7 just seems below par for Hasbro quality. Sheís also not really an exciting toy. Target should start carrying her soon for under $5. Itís a judgment call. 

Overall - **
Sheís certainly a unique figure in concept, but the executed design is kind of substandard. I hate figures that fall apart at the slightest touch. Interactive-wise, she can only be used for one scene: Dexterís Diner. If you arenít really anal about having %100 accuracy in your displays, sheíd fit fine in a Coruscant nightclub display. Several figures from that scene are being released, and make for a much better display. 


Figures from the collection of Cornelius aka corpsey.

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