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Jabba the Hutt Ceramic Mug by ThinkGeek

December 26, 2017

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I’ve said it before, but ThinkGeek is really killing it when it comes to Jabba-related collectibles. They released ceramic Geeki Tiki statues of Jabba and Salacious Crumb, plus a pin using the same designs, and a Jabba the Hutt snack bowl (which I forgot to add to the site until today). They also put out an emoji Jabba pin that was only available at Celebration.

Various companies have been making figural mugs of Star Wars characters since the 80s. But it’s always mystified me that there has never been a Jabba, especially since he is a major character and his tail would seem to made an obvious handle. In any case, I’m glad I finally have a Jabba mug I can display with my other Star Wars mugs. (Technically, Funko also made a POP! figure-styled Jabba mug that they included in one of their subscription boxes, but that’s a bit different.)

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I like the sculpt pretty well, although I have my suspicions that it was originally sculpted to have him sticking his tongue out on the left side of his mouth (our right), but they decided not to paint it. The paint job is pretty good, too. This is available on the ThinkGeek site for $14.99.

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Ceramic Jabba the Hutt Snack Bowl by ThinkGeek

December 26, 2017

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I got this about six months ago, and made a YouTube video about it at the time, which you can see below. But I apparently neglected to add an entry for it to my site, so here it is. This was another one of those products that just appeared out of nowhere on ThinkGeek’s site. It retails for $16.99.

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They’ve made similar snack bowls with generic characters like a shark in the past, but this is the first time they’ve used Star Wars characters, including Chewbacca and a wampa in addition to Jabba.

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The idea of course is that the character’s mouth is full of whatever goodies you decide to put in the bowl. It does make these a little hard to recognize unless you see them from the correct angle, and casual Star Wars fans might not be able to tell who they are at all if they didn’t know they were supposed to be from Star Wars. It’s always great to get more Jabba merchandise, though.

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Here’s my video review of the bowl.

Decorating My “Huttmas Tree” with 3D-Printed Christmas Lights

December 18, 2017

Here’s a quick video I made about my “Huttmas Tree” — a Jabba the Hutt-themed Christmas tree using the Jabba’s Palace-related ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Plus, I use 3D printing to design and make some Jabba-shaped Christmas lights.

Bib Fortuna Mini Bust by Gentle Giant

December 15, 2017

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Bib Fortuna has long been on the “most wanted” list of Gentle Giant mini-bust collectors, which isn’t surprising since they have made busts of a lot more minor characters from the palace. This is a web-exclusive limited to 750 pieces, although this was increased from the originally announced amount of 550 after some outcry.

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As of this writing, it is still available for purchase from the Gentle Giant website for a price of $120, but since he counts as an “in stock” product and not a preorder, I was able to get my 15% Platinum PGM member discount, plus use the $35 off coupon I got with my membership, making it a much more reasonable $87.95 shipped. I think they did a great job with the sculpt and paint on this one. Might become a sleeper grail piece.

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Here he is with my other Jabba’s Palace-related busts.

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Video Reviews of 2012 LEGO Jabba’s Palace & Rancor Pit Sets + Custom Palace

December 8, 2017

Here’s a YouTube video I just made covering the 2012 LEGO Jabba’s Palace and Rancor Pit sets. I also touch on my store display, and my custom version of the palace as well.

Jabba the Hutt Cat Scratcher from Petco

November 21, 2017

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I only recently posted about Petco’s new dog toys, and now they’ve come out with a Jabba cat toy! I’m not really a cat person, but I assume this style of scratcher toy is not new. It’s basically a very thick sandwich of cardboard for cats to use their claws on. But of course this is the first one in the shape of our favorite intergalactic crime lord.

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It’s way larger than I had expected from the photos on Petco’s site.

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And it comes with a packet of catnip, because of course it does. I feel like I keep saying this, but when I started collecting Jabba merchandise in earnest a few years ago, I never would have believed you’d be able to buy something like this in a mainstream store — or anywhere, for that matter.

Cute Star Wars Pencil Case with Jabba the Hutt by Loungefly

November 15, 2017

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My local Barnes & Noble recently renovated its music and movies section into a “pop culture” section. At first I wasn’t sure about this decision, since they’ve already devoted a large portion of the store to things like Funko POP! figures. But the music and movies tended to be way too expensive there, so I don’t consider it a great loss (and apparently they still have all the same stuff, just arranged differently). And the pop culture section is extremely impressive, with a lot of pop culture-inspired toys and other items. One thing that I found on my first visit was this cute pencil case from Loungefly. (Loungefly, you may recall, also made this awesome Jabba coin purse). They also had a small backpack with the same design, but it was obviously targeting women (plus it was expensive). But I did pick the pencil case up. It was $9.95.