This Winnie the Pooh/Jabba the Hutt mashup is by Kenny Durkin and is just about perfect. Interestingly enough, I recall my son and I having a discussion a couple of years ago about which Winnie the Pooh characters would fit as Jabba’s Palace characters. I don’t remember most of the choices we made, but Kanga was of course Slave Leia…
This is available as a print from RedBubble.com in a number of sizes and types (mine is 11.3″ x 8″ which seems to be a nice size, and the “lustre” finish looks really good). You can also get it in a variety of other forms, including T-shirts and iPhone cases.
The Epic Force line was a line of large non-poseable figures (plastic statues, really) that Hasbro released in 1997. Size-wise, they’re pretty close to the new Black Series of 6″ figures, although a little smaller. Comparing this figure to the 6″ Black Series Boba Fett shows how far figures have come since then. Despite being a fully articulated figure, the Black Series version is much more detailed in its sculpt and paint work. Still, I suppose it’s not entirely fair to make that kind of comparison, so I’ll confine my observations to this version.
If you couldn’t tell by the pose, the red gauntlets are another giveaway that this is based on the Return of the Jedi version of Fett, from the scene on the skiff in front of the sail barge. The pose is very similar to the the one that Attakus used for their statue.
A look around the back shows the jetpack, with a more colorful paint job that is also specific to Return of the Jedi.
All of the Epic Force figures are permanently attached to bases, and have a little dial on them that allows you to rotate them. At first glance, this feature makes little sense, since if you want to see the back of the figure you can just pick it up and turn it around easier than you could rotate it with a dial. But I think they probably designed this with people who don’t open their toys in mind. For people like that, it would make sense since it allows them to see the back of the figure while still in the packaging. I guess it would also be useful in stores.
Last year I posted about a Christmas card featuring Salacious Crumb in a tacky sweater. This year, the artist PJ McQuade has another card available, this time featuring Jabba’s entire gang. It’s also available as a print. The print is 8.5″ x 11″ with a fairly large white border around the image, making a kind of built-in mat. The card version is folded in half so that Jabba is on the front and the rancor and others are on the back. Inside is the message “JABBA ALL THE WAY,” which is sort of my unofficial motto.
I’m getting a small sub-collection of Christmas-themed artwork featuring Jabba. This includes the “Jabba Claus” print from Daniel Falconer, the Jabba Claus Christmas card from Lucasarts, and the Jabba the Snowman card from Lucasarts.
This is a model from the Star Wars Miniatures game by Wizards of the Coast. It came out in 2005. I painted (and to a lesser extent, played with) a lot of miniatures for games like Warhammer Fantasty Battle when I was younger, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them. These miniatures were sold pre-painted, which still seems a little strange to me, since painting my miniatures was probably the biggest part of the hobby for me. This paint job isn’t fantastic, but it’s pretty good and is probably better than most people can do. And of course painting is pretty time consuming, so I can see the appeal of having them pre-painted.
I had been trying to get one of these models for a long time, but they always seemed to be going for more than I wanted to pay on eBay. When I finally got this in hand, I was floored by how huge it was. I had some of the other miniatures from the series, including Jabba himself, but the rancor is way bigger than I had expected — like 2-3 times bigger. He’s about 5 inches tall, which might not sound like much, but it’s about 5 times the height of most of the humanoid models. I think the reason he seemed so big is that their Jabba miniatures are actually significantly too small:
If you compare him with a Gamorrean Guard miniature, it doesn’t seem that far off in terms of size. (I couldn’t get him to actually hold the Gamorrean, so this one of those “some poses require additional support” type of situations.)
In any case, the sculpting isn’t bad but I don’t really care for the face. Also, the pose that they chose makes him face down to the floor. In the photos above, I’ve come right down level with him, but when you are looking at him normally, you have trouble seeing his face at all.
As with all of the miniatures in the game, you get a card that has his statistics on it.
I posted about the Black Series Slave Leia figure yesterday, and concluded that it was a little disappointing in terms of its paint job and use of soft goods. This Boba Fett figure, on the other hand, is extremely impressive and is a great argument for the entire line of 6″ figures.
Boba Fett as a character has so much going on with his costume that it really shines in the larger scale, compared with a character like Leia. They’ve made things like his gauntlets and kneepads separate pieces, which adds to the sense of realism versus smaller figures that have everything just sculpted on as a single piece. Of course, you can tell by the color of those gauntlets (green rather than red) that this is the Empire Strikes Back version of the character. Still, I don’t think Jabba fans should really care too much about the distinction, since Fett was working for Jabba even in Empire and would’ve been around the palace wearing this version of the armor as well, even if it wasn’t on screen.
6 inches is really a nice size. The traditional 3 3/4″ figures are great in the sense that they make it possible to make things like vehicles and playlets (and having a large number of characters in a small space), but when compared with a 6″ figure they seem quite tiny and lacking in detail. Below is a shot of it next to the Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure (which I realize now I haven’t posted about here). That’s also a nice figure, but it just looks puny compared to the Black Series Fett, and the level of detail and paintwork is quite different as well. My only real knock against the Black version is that the antenna is one solid piece with the helmet, while on the smaller figure you can put it down into “range finder” position. Seems like a strange omission for the larger, more expensive figure.
The articulation is pretty good, although I couldn’t make him hold his rifle in one hand with the barrel pointing vertically toward the sky. That’s the kind of pose you’d be able to get with a 1/6 scale figure, but on this one the elbow wouldn’t bend enough. Other than that, though, I’m quite impressed with this version of Fett and may actually think about collecting the 6″ line in general if they stay at this level.
This is the normal retail version with Fett by himself, but Hasbro also released an SDCC-exclusive version of this figure that came with a Han in Carbonite figure (and that set is currently going for astronomical amounts on the secondary market). But from what I hear, the Han in Carbonite figure is probably going to be available in some other form later on. Maybe even in a Jabba’s Palace set? We can hope!
When I heard that Hasbro was releasing a Slave Leia figure as part of their new series of 6″ scale figures, I was intrigued. The prototype looked really good. But as is so often the case, a fair amount changed with the production figure. But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. First, let’s look at the box. All of the 6″ Black Series figures have similar boxes, but I hadn’t looked at them closely until getting this one (my first in the series). I had the impression that they were all pretty much identical, but in reality there is a fair amount of custom artwork on both the front and back. (Technically the back is a photo but the point is that the box is more individualized for this figure than I first thought.) You also get a nice view of the figure itself.
She comes with a vibro-axe and (for some reason) the staff she used when in her Boushh disguise. There’s a plastic chain around her neck and she wears a cloth skirt. While on the prototype this was made of thinner material that had actually been sewn, this is just a flat piece of satiny cloth that doesn’t look all that great (mine was fraying at the edges right out of the package).
The head sculpt is really quite good, with a very good resemblance to Carrie Fisher. The paint is another matter though. I actually think the production paint job makes the figure looks more like Fisher than the prototype, but it’s pretty sloppily done. Mine has a paint rub on the nose from the packaging, and the eyes seem very subtly cross-eyed. Of course you have to keep in mind that it looks a LOT better in person at a distance of 2-3 feet than it does blown up on a screen. But I think this is one of those figures that could really benefit from a good repaint.
Articulation is always a problem with figures that are not wearing many clothes, and here it does look a little ugly to see all these joints. Most of the previous Slave Leia figures have eschewed super-articulated bodies for ones that look more attractive, but of course that means that Leia isn’t even able to sit down. Since one of the main uses for a Slave Leia figure is sitting by Jabba, that’s a problem. The Saga Collection Slave Leia solved this by including two pairs of legs — one for standing or other poses, and one for sitting. In this case, the figure is well articulated enough that you can in fact get her to sit down next to Jabba, although it’s still a little tricky. (TheFwoosh has posted a gallery with a lot of action shots of this figure to give you an idea of what’s possible.)
I’ve used the Gentle Giant statue for the photo above, which is in a similar scale to this figure. But I really hope that Hasbro will bring out a Jabba in scale with these new figures.