I recently got this drawing from the artist Kyle Hickman. It measures 4 x 6 and is done in markers on thick card. There’s just something about the style and use of color that I really like. I’ve got this one in a frame on my desk at the moment. Kyle has a Facebook page and an Etsy shop if you’re interested in seeing more.
I’m starting a new series of videos on YouTube where I look at some of the characters that inhabited Jabba’s palace and the merchandise that’s been made for them. The first character I’m tackling is Mosep Binneed.
This set is a Walmart exclusive, and is just starting to appear in stores now. I’ve been keeping tabs on my local Walmarts, and I think these just appeared in my area this morning. It retails for $29.97, which is on the high side for these, but when you consider that you get three figures (and that one of them is huge), it doesn’t seem too terrible. Funko released a Jabba the Hutt POP! figure way back in 2012, but the Jabba in this set is much bigger (see the video at the end of this post for some comparisons).
The box is quite large, especially compared to most POP! boxes, and if the condition of the other boxes at my store is any indication, getting a completely mint one might be a little challenging if you don’t go early when there are a lot to choose from. When I asked about the set at some local stores, I was told they were each getting 14 to 16 of these, which is a fair amount. But I don’t think they will be restocked when they sell out, so if you want one of these, I’d start looking now. I imagine it will eventually show up on Walmart.com, but so far there is no sign of it. Remember that most Walmarts seem to stock these near the front of the store where they have trading cards and collectibles, rather than the toy section.
They included a cardboard throne with the set, which really helps with the presentation. It’s not attached to the box in any way, so it’s easy to use it as an accessory. The Slave Leia is very similar to the one that they released in 2012, but in a sitting position, although the hair is also a different shade of brown and her braid is shorter. She can be a little top-heavy thanks to her tiny body and gigantic noggin. Jabba himself is of course quite impressive at this size, and they even managed to include his arm tattoo, which was a detail that they didn’t include in the previous version. Overall, I do like this version better.
Salacious Crumb is a completely new character in the POP! line, and is extremely cute on his little pillow. In some ways, he may be the star of this set. Just look at this little guy!
Here’s my complete Jabba’s Palace display as of this moment. I’m hoping they will continue to add more characters.
Finally, here is a YouTube review I did of the set, including comparisons with the previously released figures.
I wouldn’t have thought when I first posted about Petco’s line of Star Wars products two years ago that they would be doing well enough to come out with even more merchandise at this point, but here we are. In the past, I’ve posted about their very nice Jabba the Hutt dog toy (with lots of squeakers!) as well as a Jabba the Hutt dog toy that could easily pass as a plush toy for kids. But the item above is more of a chew toy that you might use to play tug-of-war with your dog. It’s cute, although not my favorite of Petco’s offerings. They have a whole line of different characters in this style — even a wampa!
While I was browsing the Petco site, I couldn’t help but pick up two Han in Carbonite toys. The first one below is for cats and has material inside that makes a crinkly noise.
The mouse doesn’t come out, even though it looks like it might.
The other one is for dogs and is more of a traditional rubber squeaky dog toy.
I just added a review of the Power of the Force 2 Jabba & Han Solo set to my YouTube channel, so check it out if you’re interested.
Even after I heard that this product was coming out, it took me a long time to finally get a picture of it. It never occurred to me that two companies would be releasing inflatable Jabba the Hutt decorations this year, so when I saw the decoration I mentioned in a recent post, I figured it was the Morbid Enterprises version. Not so. That version is manufactured by Gemmy Industries, and I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. I hope to get one of the Gemmy versions to review separately.
I’ve been seeing more and more of this style of air-blown inflatable lawn decorations in recent years. I’ve never had one myself, but then again I don’t really do much in the way of decorating for the holidays. There’s a surprising number of them available in every conceivable style, including Star Wars characters. These kinds of things tend to focus on characters like Vader, Yoda and the droids, though, so I was happy to see that they were making a Jabba. And when you think about it, it makes sense since this is about the only way to make an affordable life-size Jabba the Hutt.
You just have to take it out of the box and plug it in, and it will inflate automatically in about 2 minutes. This kind of decoration has to have a fan going at all times or it will quickly deflate. In terms of its size, it’s really very impressive. It’s hard to convey this without seeing it in person. My kids kept wanting to hug him.
The design is a little goofy if you look at it closely, but it’s not bad. And from a distance on your lawn or maybe at a party I think it’s just fine. They got his major features, including his tattoo. I do kind of wish they had used a different color scheme, though. This is basically the same color scheme as the Rubies Jabba the Hutt costume, which is based on the Clone Wars Jabba design. The brownish color doesn’t translate all that well for a Return of the Jedi Jabba.
There’s nothing Halloween-specific about the design, so it could do double-duty at a Star Wars-themed party, or even become a Christmas decoration with the right accessories (Santa hat and scarf, anyone?). I’ve seen prices for this up to $180 from some places, but the retail price is apparently $120, and I got mine for $99 from yardinflatables.com. (I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, but I got my order fast and they were the cheapest I could find.) Check out the YouTube video below for a quick review of this piece.