The New Zealand Mint puts out a variety of commemorative coins featuring pop culture characters, and in 2011-2012 they had a line of Star Wars coins. I knew there was supposed to be a Jabba, and I checked the website for it occasionally, but never saw anything but the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader boxed sets. I never saw the individual coins come up there, and since the Star Wars series is no longer even on their site, I thought that maybe it had never been released. But I recently found this on eBay, and thankfully it was relatively reasonable (about $20). There’s also a gold-plated version, but as that’s several times the price I’m passing for the moment. According to the back of the package, they put out 50,000 of these.
The coin features Jabba the Hutt and Queen Elizabeth (she’s the one on the right above…). I’m not sure how the color part is printed on the coin, but it’s a bit fancier than just a sticker. Also, the “Jabba the Hutt” name appears to be part of the coin itself, so it’s not as though every coin is identical with the exception of the colored area. It’s a nice looking coin with a fair amount of weight to it, but I don’t entirely understand the appeal of this kind of product.
Despite being put out by The New Zealand Mint, these are not New Zealand dollars. Instead, these are legal tender in the tiny island country of Niue.
Apologies for the lack of updates lately. A combination of a bad cold and a large project for work left me with very little energy to do anything else, but I’m getting back to normal now, and I do have a number of things in the pipeline for you.
The first is this iPhone case. It’s essentially a “print to order” product that Skinit.com sells in various forms for a huge variety of phones and other devices. Now, I don’t generally like wearing my fandom on my sleeve. For example, I have a lot of t-shirts with Jabba on them, but I don’t generally wear them or anything else with Star Wars on it. And I’ve never really wanted to have a Star Wars phone case — in fact, I rarely use cases of any kind. But this one changed my mind. I’ve been wanting something that makes the phone a bit less slippery and offers a little protection against dings, without making it feel bigger than it already is. The “InkFusion Lite” case fit the bill. It’s a very thin shell case that probably would provide very limited protection in the event of a drop, but that’s not why I’m using it.
They have a number of licensed Star Wars designs, but for the most part they’re not great. Most of the photos are from the prequels, and they have a lot of Yoda, Vader and clones but hardly any of the other characters. But they do have this great shot of Jabba. Depending on the device you order it for, you may get the whole image (like for a laptop skin or iPad case), but for a phone you just get Jabba’s face and part of his torso. The cool thing is that because of the way the picture is composed, when I’m holding phone normally, you can still see Jabba peeking over my hand:
I’ve written at length in the past about how vintage pajamas and other clothing items are some of the harder items to track down, even though they aren’t really very valuable. These are no exception. I think these are the only ones I’ve found in the years I’ve been actively collecting. But even if they were mint in the package they wouldn’t even come close to the action figures in terms of “collectibility” or value.
I like pajamas in particular because they remind me of a particular time in my childhood when I would’ve worn something very similar to bed. One of my “holy grail” items would be a mint-in-package version of the Jabba the Hutt pajamas that Wilker Bros. also produced. Right now, all I have is the tops. Still, since these are the same design and color, I can marry the bottoms from this set with my Jabba tops, add in the matching bathrobe and I’ll have a complete set.
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.
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.
The Boushh figure also has a helmet at backpack (not pictured).
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.
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.