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Jabba the Hutt & Salacious B. Crumb Galactic Plushies by Funko (Celebration 2017 Exclusives)

April 23, 2017

These were released for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, but they’re also a shared exclusive with Amazon.com, which means you can just get them on Amazon’s site for $20 instead of paying scalpers’ prices. This is part of Funko’s newish line of plushes. These are both very high quality plushes, constructed with soft fabric and well designed. I think for the $20 price they are a great deal.

There have only been a couple of Salacious Crumb plushes made. One is the Star Wars Buddies plush, and the other was the talking Salacious Crumb by Underground Toys, which I still haven’t had any luck finding. This one i quite cute and will sit up on his own, which is nice.

Jabba is also well made and quite large compared to the other characters in this line. He sort of reminds me of a custom Jabba plush I had made a few years ago. See the video below for a closer look at these.

Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Geeki Tikis Ceramic Cups by ThinkGeek

April 17, 2017

I first posted about these Celebration Orlando 2017 exclusives about a month ago, and at the time I was afraid I would have to spend quite a bit to get them, but as it turns out they are available directly from ThinkGeek.com. They come in a nice box that shows the other Star Wars-related Geeki Tikis on the back.

I’m really quite impressed with them. They’re not very practical to use as actual cups, and Jabba himself is pretty huge at more than 6″ tall. But as display pieces (or maybe as holders or planters) they are quite well done. ThinkGeek is also giving away a pin based on the same design if you buy fifty dollars worth of Star Wars merchandise (the pin is about 2″ tall and supposedly retails for $14.99).

See the video review below for a more detailed look at these.

Recreating Pepperidge Farm Star Wars Cookies from 1983 with 3D Printing!

April 16, 2017

This video ended up being more work than I had expected, but it was fun. It’s an overview of the Pepperidge Farm Star Wars cookies from 1983, and my attempt to use my 3D printer to recreate the Jabba the Hutt cookie.

Funko Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Plushes Now Up for Preorder on Amazon

April 13, 2017

The Jabba and Salacious plushes I mentioned a little while ago turned out to be a shared exclusive with Amazon, which is awesome since I don’t have to pay anything extra to get them! They are up for preorder now for $20 and will apparently be shipping on April 20th. Again, I was afraid I would have to pay through the nose for these, so this is very welcome news.

Click through to Amazon to order. Thanks go to Jenmarie for the heads-up on these.

Jabba & Salacious Crumb Geeki Tikis and Pin Now Available at ThinkGeek.com

April 13, 2017

I posted about these celebration exclusives a while back, thinking that I would have to order them from a reseller on eBay, but thankfully ThinkGeek themselves have made them available on their site (as well as a “Series 2” collection of other Geeki Tikis). Plus, you get the Jabba & Salacious pin I mentioned in the previous post for free with a $50 order of Star Wars products — just enter the code “POODOO.” Supposedly it’s normally $14.99. That seems kind of high, but it is 2″ tall.

In any case, thanks go to the reader who pointed this out to me. I’m relieved to have two of the main Celebration exclusives on my list already checked off, and for less than I thought I would have to pay. I’ll post a review of them when they arrive.

Jabba the Hutt & Han in Carbonite Character Cars by Hot Wheels

April 7, 2017

I’ve posted quite a bit about Hot Wheels in the last few months, including the Jabba the Hutt Character Car single pack, the Jedi Luke and Rancor Character Car two-pack, and videos about the Rancor Rumble track and the Hot Wheels Van with Rancor and Jabba artwork. So I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this particular set, except to say that it’s been very hard to find. I’ve never seen it locally and it also hasn’t been available online anywhere that I know of. When they come up on eBay they are going for pretty high prices ($25-$30, which is really high for something with an MSRP of $6.99). I think the issue may actually be that stores are having trouble selling the Star Wars Hot Wheels stuff they do have on the pegs, which caused this set to end up in discount stores instead of being sold at regular retail. I also heard that a lot of them have been found in Canada.

This tweet indicates that someone found the set at a Ross store for just $3.99. Unfortunately they didn’t have this or any other Hot Wheels sets at our local store, and the staff helpfully suggested I check back at Christmas time if I was interested in Star Wars stuff. I finally decided to bite the bullet and get one on eBay when I found one at a slightly better price (around $20 shipped). I won’t be opening up this set since I don’t know if I’ll be able to get another on. It’s a bit of a shame that this set is so elusive since it seems like a nice one. Have any of you seen this “in the wild?”

Jabba the Hutt & Slave Leia Pop Badge from Madame Tussauds of London

April 2, 2017

It’s been almost two years since I wrote about the Jabba and Leia figures being added to Madame Tussauds, the famed wax museum. I still think their Jabba is easily the best life-size recreation of the character that has been made. Recently, these “Pop Badges” from the museum have been popping up on eBay. They’re like pin badges, but instead of using pins, they have a plastic part that sandwiches your shirt or lanyard to keep the badge on. Not being familiar with this style of badge, I was a little disappointed when mine arrived, since I had expected it to be metal, but it’s plastic, and the part with the picture is apparently cardboard.

The page on the museum’s website about these actually makes them sound kind of hard to get, since you have to actually visit the museum and buy a piece of Star Wars merchandise to get one (for free), and you can only get two per visit:

To collect a Star Wars collection pop badge, Merlin Annual Passholders must visit Madame Tussauds London and then purchase an item of Star Wars merchandise in the gift shop. One free pop badge will be received with each item purchased. A maximum of two pop badges can be collected per attraction visit. Passholders will be asked to present their pass and paper attraction ticket upon purchase in order to obtain a free pop badge. Limited availability while stocks last.

Although I lived in England for 9 months while in college, and even spent my honeymoon there later on, I haven’t been there in many years so the likelihood of being able to see these figures in person is small, but at least I have a little part of it for my collection.