Strangely, this is the first gift wrap to make its way into my collection. I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t normally put Jabba on wrapping paper, or because wrapping paper is such a disposable commodity that people don’t normally collect it. Probably a bit of both.
The label has no date on it, but the fact that it uses the CGI version of Jabba obviously puts it at least in the late 90s, after the “Special Editions” were released. The color scheme certainly has a 90′s feel to it, but it’s hard to say exactly when it was made.
There’s something kind of hilarious about this whole design.
I haven’t been able to figure out who produced this shirt, but it’s pretty cool. It has Jabba, Salacious Crumb, a Gamorrean Guard, and the rancor, with a tusken raider in the background. About all I can say for sure is that it’s an adult size.
Has anyone seen this one before, or know who produced it?
It’s funny, but there are still Jabba-related products out there that I’ve never seen before. This is one of them. Until it popped up on eBay, I had no idea that it existed. According to the Star Wars Collector’s Archive, Sales Corporation made hats for several different characters: Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, Paploo (the ewok), Chewbacca and the Gamorrean Guard. Most of those choices make sense, since they’re major characters, and while Paploo isn’t anybody’s favorite ewok, he was probably more of a placeholder for ewoks in general.
The Gamorrean though is a bit of a head-scratcher. It’s really interesting that the Gamorreans got so many clothing items and collectibles dedicated to them, given the fact that the they were essentially background characters who did very little and said nothing. This isn’t even the only vintage Gamorrean hat I have! There’s also a baseball cap, also by Sales Corporation. In fact, I’m thinking of doing a little article listing all of the Gamorrean Guard items that have been made. It should be fun.
This is an older piece of artwork, but I stumbled upon it for the first time a few weeks ago and contacted UK-based artist Matt Dixon to see if I could get a print. It’s a clever concept. It sort of illustrates how Leia turned the tables on Jabba in the film, but this time she’s making him her pet (just as Jabba did to her) rather than strangling him. I like the “J” dog tag.
The title of the piece is “Walkies!” which is a reference to famed dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse, who always used to use that phrase when talking her dogs out for a walk to encourage them to do their business. The print is an 8×10.
A couple of years ago, I got a sketch card by John Soukup from the Topps Galaxy Series 5 (here’s his DeviantArt page). I like it a lot and have it framed it my office. So I was quite interested when I saw some painted wooden Star Wars figures that he made being sold on eBay. I had never seen them before, but apparently he’s made quite a number of these, and for properties other than Star Wars, as well.
I won Jabba and Han in Carbonite and since the seller turned out to be John himself, I inquired about making some others, which he kindly agreed to. They’re made out of 3/4″ thick wood that’s been cut into simple shapes and then painted appropriately.
They’re simple in a way, and certainly have a bit of a folk art feel to them, but they’re very well done (and not too expensive either). The humanoid figures are around 3.5″ tall (which makes them basically in scale with vintage and modern Star Wars figures, now that I think about it), while the tallest is the rancor at about 5″ tall.
My favorites are probably Jabba, the rancor, the Gamorrean and Max Rebo. Here are some individual shots so you can get a better look at the detail. They’re painted all the way around. I particularly like the rancor’s backside
I’m tempted to get more, but it’s hard to know where to stop when Jabba’s Palace is concerned — there’s just so many characters!