I got this great watercolor from Jeffrey Johnson, an artist who has an Etsy shop along with his wife Amy. It shows Jabba chowing down on some of his favorite food (after froggies) — pizza! It’s about 5″ x 7″. Aside from the artwork itself, I have to give Jeffrey props for shipping his artwork pre-matted to fit a standard size frame, which really makes things easier. I have a large backlog of art that I haven’t gotten around to framing since it will require at least a custom cut mat, if not a complete custom framing job.
Comic images released a Jabba the Hutt “Scruffy” back in 2010, and more recently has released a number of Star Wars creatures in plush form, including a Rancor. But this is their first full-fledged Jabba, and I think it looks very nice (even if he is all green). It’s due out in June of this year and should cost around $15, so it’s not going to be all that large.
Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt Latex Figure and Rancor & Keeper Vinylmation Figures for Disney Star Wars Weekends 2014
Last year at Disney Star Wars Weekends 2013, they had quite an impressive selection of exclusive merchandise, and this post from the Star Wars Blog indicates that there will be at least a couple of Jabba-related items this year as well.
The first is a “Jabba the Hutt latex character,” which I assume is similar in its construction to the latex Salacious Crumb they had last year. I was pretty impressed with that, especially for the price, so I’m excited about this, even if it does have his tail going behind him. That’s not really his iconic look, and brings to mind the CGI Jabba of the prequels, which is not my favorite design.
There’s also going to be a Rancor & Keeper Vinylmation set which is clearly a sort of companion piece to the Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb set from last year. I still think the Jabba from that set was way too large. At least with the rancor he seems to be more or less in scale to the normal Vinylmation figures. I believe the same person who helped me get items last year is willing to do so again, so I won’t be at the mercy of eBay sellers to get these limited items.
Amigurumi Jabba the Hutt, Slave Leia & Salacious Crumb (Crocheted Plush Toys) by SunnyStitchBoutique
I swear I didn’t plan to start a collection of these Amigurumi dolls, but I now have some more crocheted pieces, after getting Max Rebo a few days ago. Lucy Ravenscar is the one who made the original pattern for these, and she sells the patterns on Etsy. I was interested when the patterns appeared a while back, but I can’t crochet and she doesn’t sell ready-made examples of these, so I couldn’t get them. However, SunnyStitchBoutique recently put up listings for completed versions of dolls based on her patterns, so I snapped them up.
Slave Leia seems to be about the same size as Max Rebo (around 4 inches), which is nice, since I can potentially display all of these together. Jabba is roughly to scale with her, so he’s much bigger than Leia — maybe 5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide. He’s also wonderfully plump. This version uses slightly different colors than the examples shown with Lucy’s patterns, and I like this olive green better than the more forest green color she used.
I got an amigurimi Jabba the Hutt from joyalice (known on eBay as little_hippo) about 3 years ago, and now she’s put out a Max Rebo in a similar style. She sells the crochet pattern on Etsy, and also makes them to order. I think this is really well done. It’s the addition of the piano that really makes it, since without it Max Rebo is just a blue elephant.
They’re separate pieces, so Max can come out if necessary. Nice detailing on the piano, given the materials involved. Here he is with her Jabba:
Jabba seems a bit small in comparison, doesn’t he? Maybe I should see about getting a larger one made…