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Upcoming: Inflatable Jabba the Hutt Halloween Lawn Decoration by Morbid Enterprises

August 30, 2015

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I’ve been trying to find a picture of this for several weeks, ever since I heard about Morbid Enterprises’ new line of Star Wars inflatables. One finally popped up in an auction, so I’m going to borrow it here. It’s not bad looking, and it apparently stands 5 feet tall, so this is one sizable decoration. It looks like it will retail for around $140. Not sure about release date, but presumably it will be before Halloween…

Star Wars Command “Epic Assault: Rancor Revenge” Set by Hasbro (with YouTube Review!)

August 26, 2015

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Star Wars Command is essentially a line of Star Wars-themed army men. They’re non-articulated figures molded in a single color of plastic. From what I’ve heard, a lot of Star Wars collectors don’t find this line appealing, but I think they’re actually pretty fun. You can get a lot of figures for not too much money, allowing you to have large battles, and the figures are generally pretty well sculpted.

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We first heard about this “Rancor Revenge” set in October of last year, but since then there had been no news of it, and almost all stores carrying the Star Wars Command line have put them on clearance. Since they mostly seem to be gearing up for the release of the Force Awakens toys, it seemed like the set might not get a release at all. But as it turns out, they are being sent directly to Tuesday Morning discount stores (and possibly others). That’s where I found mine, thanks to a tip on the Rebelscum Forums. This set is probably going to be a little hard to track down for this reason, which is a shame since it’s easily the nicest of the Star Wars command sets I’ve bought. The box is in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese), which makes me think that they will be using this in multiple countries. I’ve also seen a European box with other languages on it crop up in auctions from the UK.

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You get 15 figures (including the rancor and Jabba) and 6 vehicles in the set, which seems like a relatively good deal for the $12.99 that Tuesday morning charges. It’s not quite as good as the $2 or $5 per set I’ve been paying on clearance for many of the others, of course, but still good.

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Jabba himself is a hollow shell, which is slightly disappointing. After examining him closely, he appears to be a shrunk-down and modified version of Hasbro’s Black Series Jabba the Hutt. I’m not sure why they went with the “metallic” color for him instead of something like green, but it doesn’t look bad.

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The rancor is the real standout figure in the set. It’s really well sculpted and includes a spring-loaded arm, allowing him to fling boulders, just like he didn’t in the film.

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You get a few characters and vehicles that aren’t directly related to Jabba, but you also get some of the core Jabba’s Palace characters: Han in Carbonite, Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, Leia in Boushh Disguise, Bib Fortuna, Boba Fett and two Gamorrean Guards.

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You also get two skiffs and Jabba’s sail barge.

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I really don’t have any complaints about this set, except that it will probably be hard for many people to find. I also put up a quick unboxing and review video on YouTube, so check it out if you’re interested.

Vintage Kenner Tatooine Skiff Video Now On YouTube

August 23, 2015

The first video I have added to my new YouTube channel covers the Vintage Kenner Tatooine Skiff. I haven’t yet created a blog entry for this item, but one is on the way. In the meantime, why not check out the video?

Mighty Jabba’s Collection Is On YouTube!

August 23, 2015

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I’ve decided to start a YouTube channel focusing on Star Wars toys and collectibles — not necessarily only Jabba-related items, although those will certainly be among the most common. I’d appreciate you watching my videos, “liking” them and subscribing to my channel. Although I’ve been editing video on computers since the mid-90s, I’ve never done much with YouTube, so a lot of this is new to me. I’ll be posting videos here on the site as I release them.

Here’s a link to my channel:

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Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Box With Jabba the Hutt & Han Solo

August 21, 2015

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Many food manufacturers seem a little reluctant to feature Jabba the Hutt on their products. Dairy Time in the UK did make a flavor of yogurt with Jabba on it, he was on a popsicle stick from Spain, and of course he was one of the characters in Pepperidge Farm’s Star Wars cookies. But compared to all the Vaders, R2-D2s and Yodas we see in food products, there really aren’t very many with Jabba. So it’s interesting to see a cereal box like this.

This box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes came out in 1997, around the time of the Special Editions of the Star Wars movies, and was only released in Canada, which explains the bilingual packaging. Looking at it now just underscores how unimpressive the CGI version of Jabba was.

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On the back was one of those 3D illusion images that is supposed to appear 3D if you stare at it with your eyes unfocused for long enough. I can see a pretty impressive 3D effect after a while, but I can’t figure out if it’s supposed to represent a specific picture. It seems to work on the computer screen as well, so click to enlarge the image and let me know if you can figure out what it is.

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On the side is an offer to join the Star Wars Fan Club.

Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt Nesting Dolls from Entertainment Earth

August 13, 2015

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I just heard about this Entertainment Earth exclusive coming out in December of 2015. It includes Jabba, a Gamorrean Guard and the Max Rebo Band, and will retail for $16.99.

Star Wars Wikkeez Jabba the Hutt

August 10, 2015

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Although I had never heard of them before, Wikkeez are an ongoing series of figures/game pieces available in the UK, Germany, Spain and Israel. There are Disney and Marvel versions, and they’re just now starting to branch out into Star Wars. In addition to being collectibles, you are also intended to use them in games that apparently consist mostly of flinging them in various ways. As you can see in the photo of the back above, there’s an indentation in each Wikkeez piece where your finger is supposed to go, although it’s definitely made for kid-size fingers. Here’s a commercial for the Disney versions to give you an idea.

It looks like there are 20 characters in Series 1, but I can’t say that I particularly like the style they used. They seem simultaneously too generic and too childlike. Also, the Disney versions have the characters’ full bodies (albeit with very oversized heads) while these are just heads. I think I would’ve preferred the full-body approach. The only graphic I could find showing them all uses artwork instead of actual photos of the toys, but you can click the first link above to see actual photos. In its shape and size, the Jabba figure reminds me a lot of a German toy (this time of the Clone Wars version of the character) that I posted about a couple of years ago. I can’t see myself collecting any more of these, unless they came out with characters specific to Jabba’s palace — especially since I have to import them.

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