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Topps Star Wars Masterwork UK Postage Stamp Relic Card (with C-3PO, Jedi Luke and Jabba the Hutt)

November 26, 2018

topps_rotj_stamp_card1I have a couple of other postage stamps in my collection that feature Jabba on them, but they were from Mali and the Togolese Republic. Despite a number of Star Wars-themed stamps being released in the US and UK in the past, I think this is the first one from either of those countries that has Jabba on it in any capacity. This particular stamp is part of a series of 8 that the Royal Mail released in 2017 around the time of the release of The Last Jedi.

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So this is an actual postage stamp from the UK, but Topps has encased it in a hard card case to include with its Masterwork line of collectible cards. Other special cards have included things like autographs or even snippets of cloth from props, and I also have an earlier card with a patch of Jabba embedded in it. It’s kind of a cool idea, and it’s convenient for me since it allows me to easily protect and display the stamp. The real focus of this stamp is C-3PO, but Jabba is there hanging out in the bottom right. As you can see in the top left, they made 200 of these cards, and this is #81.

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Kitty Cosplay Jabba & Slave Leia Enamel Pin by 100% Soft

October 26, 2018

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I picked up this very cute enamel pin from Amazon recently. There have been quite a number of products imagining Jabba as a cat, like this sculpture or this art print (and don’t forget the Jabba cat scratcher by Petco!)

“I Backed the Barge” Patch by Padawanbear

October 24, 2018

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This patch was made by Instagram user Padawanbear in honor of Hasbro’s upcoming Sail Barge. He also has a number of other vintage-inspired patches. It was $6 shipped, and you can message him on Instagram for information about purchasing them.

Jabba the Hutt Slime Lab from Uncle Milton (Star Wars Science Series) + Video Review

October 15, 2018

P1070250When I’m shopping online, I will sometimes just search for “Jabba” on the off chance that they will have a Jabba product I haven’t seen, but it rarely works. This time, though, was different. I was looking at Target.com because they had a pretty good sale on toys, and was amazed to see this product available for immediate shipping. Of course, I bought a couple of them (one to keep sealed, natch). It retails for about $20.P1070251In a nutshell, this is a variety of gross-out toy, but they’ve given it a bit of an educational veneer. It includes a color poster with some information about Jabba, along with some facts about slime-producing creatures like slugs and snails. Included in the package is a very cool Jabba’s Palace-themed mixing station (although it is a little surreal to see a big bowl on the throne where Jabba should be). There’s also a Jabba-themed spoon (more of a spork, really), which I think is a first even for my collection.IMG_1981They also include a variety of ingredients that you can mix with water to make slime. They include around 10 recipes for different slime types, although many of them are just subtle variations on a theme. The “slime bits” are the main slime powder, while “sheen” is fine glitter, “glow” is glow-in-the-dark powder, and “putty” seems to be a thickener. Finally, they also include some “nodules,” which are small styrofoam balls.P1070280The slime is actually pretty cool. It reminds me of something out of an Alien movie more than the slime that seems to come with most toys. And being able to mix the various ingredients in different combinations and ratios is fun. Of course any Jabba fan reading this is likely to be reminded of the Jabba Glob figure from the late 1990s, so I had to see how some of the slime would work with that figure. The answer is: really well, actually. I think this slime is better than the stuff that originally came with the figure.

P1070286Jabba-related products aren’t really all that common, and I usually hear about them well in advance, so it was cool to be surprised by a new product like this. And I think it’s a pretty good product, as these things go. I made a (surprisingly long, in the end) video review of it that you can see below.

Star Wars Comic #51 with Jabba the Hutt Cover by John Tyler Christopher

October 12, 2018

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John Tyler Christopher has apparently been making limited edition covers for Star Wars comics for some time, each one mimicking the style of a vintage Kenner action figure. I’m definitely a fan of that style of packaging. Of course unlike most vintage figures, Jabba was originally sold as part of a boxed playset, but John has reimagined it as a jumbo carded figure that wraps all the way around to the back of the comic, complete with Salacious Crumb next to him. I would love to see a version of the Jabba toy packaged like this.

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I don’t regularly read comics anymore, but this one looks pretty well done, although the story inside has nothing to do with Jabba. These were available for sale on John’s website, but at this point you’ll have to get it on the secondary market.

Hasbro Ultra Jabba First Shot Prototype

October 3, 2018

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I posted about my Jabba Glob prototype a couple of days ago, but this one is a bit more interesting — at least to me. This is a prototype for Hasbro’s Ultra Jabba figure (looking back at this post from 2009 reminds me that I really need to update it and take some better photos). While the Jabba Glob prototype was not very different from the production figure without the paint, this one is visually distinct in a number of ways. Obviously, it is unpainted, but the color of the plastic is also different. It is a lighter green, while the production feature is a noticeably darker green.

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It also came with an unpainted version of his hookah pipe and railing, as well as his removable tongue and froggy snack.

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The hookah pipe was cast in clear plastic, which would have been selectively painted gold on the production version, to make it look like there was a glass globe in it.

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Obviously this figure and the Jabba Glob figure share a lot — they actually use the same exact tail mold, and the rest of the Ultra Jabba is really just a retooled version of Jabba Glob. While the production version of the Ultra Jabba figure is clearly the better of the two, I’m a little undecided about whether this face sculpt is actually better than the one on the Jabba Glob figure. I don’t really like the way his tongue sticks out, and while it is removable, it leaves an odd drooling hole that just looks weird. Aside from that, though, the sculpting on this figure is great.

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Hasbro Jabba Glob First Shot Prototype Figure

October 1, 2018

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I’ve been trying to collect things related to the production of Jabba the Hutt action figures for a long time, but they are not easy to find. They are pretty limited in terms of the numbers that were made, and they tend to get locked up in people’s collections. Still, I have managed to pick up a few things over the years, including a couple just in the last several months. The first of these is this first shot prototype for the Hasbro Jabba Glob figure.

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Since I have the metal rotocast molds that were used for the tail and head of the Jabba Glob figure, it’s nice to finally get one of these to pair with it. Unlike some prototypes, like my POTF2 Jabba prototype (which is all black), this one uses what appears to be the same materials as the production figure. In fact, the only thing to distinguish this from a production figure with the paint removed is the fact that the mouth on the prototype has not been cut open. In fact, I don’t really have any proof that this was used as an actual production prototype, instead of being just an extra that some guys at the factory made to sell, but I think that’s pretty typical for these kinds of things.jabba_glob_proto3

One reason I like these unpainted prototypes is that you can really get a good look at the sculpt, and think this one looks a lot better without the production paint on it. I’ve always thought the color scheme they chose was oddly pale. Stay tuned for a post about my second prototype pickup soon.