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SDCC-Exclusive Jabba the Hutt Figure: What You Need To Know

July 26, 2014

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I’m a little late out of the gate with this information, but I thought it might be useful to anyone in the market for the SDCC-Exclusive Jabba’s Throne Room set that just came out. As I expected, eBay is currently flooded with them, as scalpers try to unload them from their hotel rooms at SDCC. Against my better judgment, I bought a “preorder” before the show, which turned out to be a big mistake as I ended up overpaying by a significant amount.

I’d say as of this writing (Saturday night, July 26th), the cheapest sets on eBay are hovering around the $120 mark, but they really are are all over the place in terms of price. However, BBTS has already listed the set for just $115, and RobotKingdom has it for $79.99 (however, shipping is quite expensive as they are in Asia). Limited stock will also be sold at retail price on HasbroToyShop sometime in the next few days — probably not until Monday at the earliest and maybe Wednesday is more likely. However, these will probably sell out in minutes, so if you’re not checking the site and/or related forums all the time, you will probably miss out.

If you’re willing to put in the time checking the site, HasbroToyShop would be the best option, and even if you happen to miss it there you can probably still put in an order from someplace like BBTS. I would not recommend buying from eBay unless you find a really good BIN price.

There have been some rumblings about Hasbro releasing the Crumb and Hooka part of the set separately (possibly with the Han in Carbonite figure), making the “throne room” packaging the only thing special abut the SDCC set. I wouldn’t mind this if they told us about it ahead of time, but it doesn’t seem cool to say that something is an exclusive that can only be purchased at SDCC (encouraging people to pay scalper prices for fear of missing out) only to turn around and release all of the elements of the set later. But I should stress that this all might just be a misunderstanding at this point. I don’t know of any official confirmation that they will be releasing the parts separately.

Upcoming: Jumbo Kenner Vintage Jabba the Hutt Figure by Gentle Giant Coming in 2015!

July 25, 2014

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Galactic Hunter is reporting that Gentle Giant just announced plans for a 12″ scale Jabba the Hutt at their SDCC talk.  They posted a photo on Facebook from the talk, but it appears to just be of the actual vintage figure (as is my image above). But the fact that the photo included the throne is very encouraging. (No Salacious Crumb in their image though. Perhaps it’ll be an exclusive or something?) They also announced a Jumbo Leia as Boushh figure that will go great with this set.

Ever since I picked up the Jumbo Gamorrean Guard and Yak Face figures, I had been hoping they would release a Jabba (ideally with his entire playset). But I wasn’t sure if the line had enough momentum to warrant such a thing, or if Gentle Giant wanted to make figures this large (this has the potential to be around the size of the Sideshow Sixth Scale Jabba figure, or maybe even larger. I’m very excited, but also very worried about the potential price. Considering that the Wampa costs $400, the sky’s the limit for this one — especially if he comes with his throne.

Link: “How Hasbro Created Its Jabba the Hutt 6-inch Jabba the Hutt Action Figure”

July 24, 2014

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The folks at Mental_Floss have posted an interesting article about the creation of the new 6″ scale Black Series Jabba the Hutt figure. There are some very interesting tidbits of information. The biggest surprise for me was that they designed all of the Black Series figures 100% digitally — no physical sculpting was involved. I wonder how common this is nowadays. I still have the impression of toys being first physically sculpted by artists, but it sounds like things are definitely changing.

[Hat tips to Galactic Hunter and JediDefender]

Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt Polo Shirt to be Available at SDCC

July 20, 2014

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Super7, the company that has recently been making waves with its Reaction series of action figures (based on unreleased prototypes of figures for the movie “Alien”), has recently announced that they will be releasing a line of Star Wars T-shirts and polo shirts. You can see a number of them here, but of course I’m most interested in the Jabba polo shirt, which is a perfect parody of the Lacoste alligator. They will be available at SDCC for $25 (which is apparently a discount from the usual price of $35) but it doesn’t sound like they are exclusive to the show. I hope not, anyway.

Star Wars: The Card Game (with Edge of Darkness Expansion & 2014 Regionals Playmats)

July 13, 2014

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I’ve never really been a card game player. I spent a lot of time in comic book and game stores as a kid and young adult, but that was before games like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering came around. But I have recently become obsessed with Hearthstone, which is a streamlined and computerized version of these kinds of games, so I thought I might give a more traditional card game a try. The fact that there were some Jabba-themed accessories for this year didn’t hurt, either…

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It turns out that Star Wars: The Card Game is significantly more complex than Hearthstone — or maybe it’s just that you have to keep track of all the game mechanics yourself using counters and the like, rather than having the computer do it for you. There are so many phases and rules that I found it rather difficult to keep track of everything. My eight-year-old son and I tried playing for a couple of hours, but we had a hard time getting a handle on it and eventually gave up. I think with this kind of thing it really helps to be shown the ropes by people who already know how to play. I do like the game as a product, though. The cards have nice artwork on them, and it’s all stuff from the original trilogy. The main set doesn’t have any Jabba-related cards, but you can get that in the “Edge of Darkness” expansion, which is really just two additional decks of cards. For example:

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They also have a nice set of protective card sleeves that use the same artwork as the Jabba the Hutt card. These are thin plastic sleeves with artwork on the back and a transparent front, allowing you to view the card while the sleeve is still on.

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Since I never fully figured out how to play, my chances of winning a regional tournament are rather low, but thanks to eBay I was able to get a couple of the special playmats that they gave out to the top players in the regional tournaments. From what I understand, there are 8 regions in the US and each region can hold up to two tournaments. Since these mats were given out to the top 8 players in each tournament, I guess that’s a theoretical maximum of 128 of these that were given out, although I think it may have been quite a bit less than that. It’s roughly 1 foot by 2 feet and is made of a rubbery material like they use for mouse pads. I really like the artwork on them. They also gave away things like a limited edition version of the Jabba the Hutt card with alternate artwork, and acrylic damage counters.

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This playmat is in French. I initially thought that it must have been used in Canada (the seller I got it from was in the US) but the URL appears to point to a European company. I wonder if they made versions in other languages.

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“The Jedi Doth Return” by Ian Doescher (Book & Poster)

July 11, 2014

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The Jedi Doth Return” came out at the beginning of July and is the third in a series of Ian Doescher’s series of “Shakespearean Star Wars” books. They tell the Star Wars stories, but are written in a pseudo Shakespearean style that is strangely compelling. Jabba himself still speaks in Huttese, which seems a little odd in places — especially since Salacious Crumb actually has a number of lines in English.

Here’s a sample from the scene where Luke and Han are about to be thrown in to the Sarlacc.

JABBA: Koneetah!

C-3PO: –Hear ye! Victims of the great
Almighty sarlacc: Jabba of the Hutt,
His excellency, hopeth ye shall die
With honor. Should ye wish for mercy now
To beg, great Jabba of the Hutt shall hear
Your pleas.

HAN: –Nay, 3PO! Say thou to that
Vast slimy piece of filth bestrewn with worms
He shall have no such pleasure out of us!
Now that I am no more a markèd man,
I shall most fully proffer my belief
That Jabba is a horrid murderer
Far worse than any I have ever known.
Who here shall prove me wrong or argue, eh?
‘Tis right, good Chewie, I speak true?

It’s impressive that Doesher was able to write not only one book but three on the back of what is essentially just a gimmick. But it’s well done. And the characters from Star Wars lend themselves surprisingly well to this kind of thing. I suppose part of it is that they were created as archetypes in a tradition that can be traced back to Shakespeare and beyond.

The book includes some excellent line drawings by the artist Nicolas Delort. Of course Jabba himself is on the cover (along with his barge), but there is also a nice drawing of Bib Fortuna and Salacious Crumb inside. I imagine that Crumb was originally envisioned as a court jester, so making that more literal makes sense.

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And here’s the Rebo Band.

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I also got this promotional poster that was handed out at Wizard World Comic Con. It’s 14″x24″. I’d like to get it framed. I love collecting different oddball versions of Jabba, like “Jabba the Robber Baron” that I commissioned from Greg Peltz that was eventually turned into “Kingpin” from ACME Archives.

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“Nerdburgers” Print by FriendPrices (Don Picton)

July 4, 2014

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This 12×16 screen print is from FriendPrices (aka Don Picton) on Etsy. I love the artwork and the quote (being a big Star Trek fan myself). The colors, though, are extremely off-putting. By which I mean that you can’t stare at it too long without feeling rather ill, but it’s definitely an interesting effect.

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