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Star Wars Chubbies Leia (Russian Nesting Doll Figures) by Hot Toys

November 19, 2014

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Hot Toys is most famous for its very expensive and very detailed 1/6 scale figures, but they’ve also done a number of other kinds of toys, like this series of figures styled after Russian nesting dolls released back in 2008. I remember buying a few of these, but never really got into them and I think they sort of petered out not long after these were released. They are made of plastic in two pieces, with magnetic feet that double as stands.

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The smaller figures (Slave Leia and Endor Leia) all fit inside the larger Boushh figure, although the feet don’t really fit inside, as far as I can tell.

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The Boushh figure also has a helmet at backpack (not pictured).

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Hot Toys hasn’t made figures in this series for a number of years, but apparently Unbox Industries is reviving the concept for some new figures due out shortly. And they are supposed to be releasing a Jabba, Bib Fortuna and Salacious Crumb! (Click here and scroll down to see.)

In a related note, I posted about some actual Star Wars nesting dolls a few years ago.

“Jabba the Mutt” T-Shirt for Dogs by Giant

November 14, 2014

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According to the Star Wars Collector’s Archive, this “dog tee” was released in 2005. I’m sure they made different sizes for various breeds, but this one is quite small. Maybe for a terrier or large chihuahua. We don’t have a dog (and even if we did, I don’t think I would be dressing it in one of these), so I pressed one of my son’s stuffed animals into service to model it.

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Jabba Ghost Pin (Pac-Man Parody) by Pin Me Down Designs

November 11, 2014

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This pin, by Pin Me Down Designs, depicts Jabba as a ghost from Pac-Man. They also made a Max Rebo as Pac-Man pin, but that is unfortunately sold out, and I’m having trouble even finding an image of it now. It’s quite small — maybe half an inch wide. Apparently pins similar to these are sold at Phish concerts.

Disney Empire Strikes Back Figurine Playset

November 10, 2014

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I posted about the Return of the Jedi version of this set a while back, but for some reason it took quite a while for the Empire version to become available. It’s got several figures that could work in a Jabba display (Boba Fett, Han in Carbonite, and R2-D2 specifically). At $12.95 (or $10 apiece if you buy two during Disney’s current sale), they’re a real steal.

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I mentioned in my entry on the Jedi set that several of the pieces appeared to have been based on Attakus statues. I can’t really say the same for these. It’s difficult to tell with things like Han in Carbonite or R2-D2, but the other ones don’t seem to match Attakus statues even though Attakus did do versions of those characters. X-Wing Luke looks the closest, but it’s actually quite different in the details.

Jabba the Hutt Plush by Comic Images

November 8, 2014

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When I first started this site 5 years ago, there were very few options for Jabba the Hutt plushes. The Star Wars Buddies Jabba from Kenner was about it. But since then we’ve had quite a few, including a Jabba “Scruffy” (also by Comic Images), the Previews Exclusive large talking plush, and even a couple of dog toys that could pass for plushes (see here and here). This is the most recent addition, and it’s quite well done. It’s about 12″ wide and constructed of a fairly soft plush material. The details appear to have been applied with a kind of paint on top of the plush material, as opposed to the Previews Exclusive version, which uses embroidered details. So I’m a little unsure about its longevity. I could see the paint (or whatever it is) coming off if this actually got used very much. Other than that, it’s a nice plush for a reasonable price (I paid around $14). It’s pictured below with the Previews Exclusive Jabba, since they’re the only two currently available, and they’re also the best and largest Jabba plushes that have been made.

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More Jabba the Hutt Jack O’ Lanterns! (2014 Edition)

October 30, 2014

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I mentioned in my previous post about carving a “Funkin” artificial pumpkin that I would try to carve a real pumpkin this year, and thanks to a brief lull in my work schedule, I was able to do two of them. The one above is based more on the Clone Wars version of Jabba than my previous ones, although I’m not sure you can quite tell that.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I use a 3D sculpting technique that people like Ray Villafane have pioneered. You use tools that are normally used for sculpting clay to scrap off the outer layer of rind and then “sculpt” the inner parts. It can be pretty difficult and time-consuming, but I find it rewarding, and it’s becoming a kind of annual tradition. Of course I’m nowhere near Ray’s level — my sculpting skills are still pretty basic. Still, each one is a learning experience.

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After doing the first one, it occurred to me that I’ve never tried to do a full-body Jabba on a pumpkin, so I did this one of him on his throne. It’s loosely based on the vintage Sigma Jabba the Hutt bank.

Star Wars Pumpkin Carving Kit & Jabba the Hutt “Funkin”

October 23, 2014

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Regular readers of the site will know that I’ve carved a number of Star Wars-themed pumpkins. I’ve done a couple of Jabbas (version 1 and version 2), a Bib Fortuna, a Rancor, and last year a Gamorrean Guard (that one won a prize).

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But this kind of carving can be rather tiring and time-consuming, so when my sister suggested trying out “Funkins” (foam craft pumpkins that can be carved similar to real ones) I thought maybe I would take it easy this year and try one. They were already on sale at the local craft store, although they’re still more expensive than most actual pumpkins. The advantage, I figured, was that we would be able to save it and use it every year.

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Also, I discovered that a Star Wars pumpkin carving kit (pictured at the top of the post) has a Jabba the Hutt pattern in it. I think it’s available at many retailers, but I got mine at Target. It comes with a number of patterns, and the idea is that you tape the pattern to the pumpkin, then use a metal spike to poke holes tracing its outline. Then you can follow the holes when carving the pumpkin. In practice, this is a little tricky, unless you have a pumpkin that’s exactly the right size and shape. I think I put too many holes in as well, but I wanted to make sure I got the shape.

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When you remove the pattern, you get something like what you see below. It’s a little hard to see the pattern in this, but if you refer to the paper you can more or less make sense of it.

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Now, as I said, Funkins are artificial pumpkins made of very dense foam. It’s actually pretty hard stuff. It’s also apparently made in two halves that are glued together, so when you come up against that seam while carving, it can be hard to get through. You’re supposed to be able to use traditional pumpkin carving tools, but my feeling was that they weren’t quite up to the task. I had a variety of sizes and shapes, but carving was not easy. I bent/broke more than one tool (luckily I got most of them after Halloween last year at 90% off).

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This pattern has a lot of detail and some pretty thin lines in it. I’m not sure if it would work better with a real pumpkin or not, but I nearly broke the whole thing several times and had to resort to using glue in a few places to strengthen it a bit. I think in hindsight it might have been better to just work on scraping off the surface of the pumpkin rather than carving chunks out. I wasn’t very impressed with the final product. It’s difficult to make out the design, and there are quite a few stray holes left over as well.

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However, when I tried lighting it up, it looked pretty good! I had to search for an old LED light strip I had, since they tell you specifically not to put open flames in these things. I think I’m still going to try and carve an actual pumpkin the year, though.

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