Was this the first appearance of soft goods that were not vinyl?
When did the cloth-caped Jawas hit?
The cloth-caped Jawas hit in 1978, just after the Sandpeople and Death Squad Commander wave. The Jawa was the very last figure to be released later that year. The cloth replaced the vinyl caped Jawas almost immediately upon release. This is why the vinyl caped Jawas are so rare and command enormous prices. I own a genuine vinyl caped Jawa with several cloth caped ones.