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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.

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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.

Even More Jabba the Hutt Plush Dog Toys by Petco

November 3, 2017

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I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I apologize. Things have been pretty busy in various ways, but I’m going to try and catch up. First up we have two new pet toys from Petco. I’ve covered several of their pet toys in the past (see here, here and here) but I think these are the best they’ve made. In some ways these are better than the actual plush toys that have been made by other companies.

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They both have crinkly plastic inside that makes noise, and a squeaker.

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The smaller of the two is also a sort of tug-of-war toy, with a rope instead of a tail. You can get these on the Petco website right now, and they’re even on sale:

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/star-wars-jabba-plush-dog-toy
https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/star-wars-jabba-rope-tail-dog-toy

Photo of Bandai S.H. Figuarts Jabba the Hutt Figure Surfaces

September 17, 2017

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I remember a couple of years ago, a bunch of photos of upcoming figures in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line were posted, along with a mention that they had also shown a Jabba the Hutt figure. I scoured the Internet at the time hoping to find a photo of that figure, but never found anything, and never really heard about it again. But a recent post on JediInsider included a photo of that very figure.

It’s a bit of an odd choice in some ways. You have to ask if the tail really need this much articulation, when it affects the appearance of the figure so much. I also wonder if the mouth is articulated at all — it’s hard to tell. Unfortunately we don’t seem to have any info on whether this is still on the way or if it has been canceled. The sculpt is otherwise quite good though, so it would be a shame if this never got released.

Now on YouTube: “Why A Standalone Jabba the Hutt Movie Could Be Great”

September 8, 2017

There has been some pushback lately about the idea of making a standalone movie based on Jabba the Hutt, so I thought I would tackle a few of the criticisms I’ve seen about the idea.

 

Japanese “Putitto Star Wars” Figures (Fuchiko-san Style “Glass Sitter” Figures)

September 3, 2017

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I remember seeing little Fuchiko-san figures like this when I was in Japan the last time. They’re little women that cling to your glass in various poses, and apparently they are popular enough that they’ve come out with all kinds of variations and clones — such as these Star Wars versions. I ended up buying an entire box of these on Amazon Japan for cheaper than what they would have cost on eBay.

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They come in a box that converts into a retail display box which is kind of nice. You get 8 boxes and there are only 5 variations of figure, so you’d think you’d get all of them if you buy a box. But there is a note in Japanese saying that they don’t guarantee this. Luckily, I did get them all, plus two Jabbas, two Ewoks and two Luke/Yoda figures.

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I unboxed these in the video below. I found that the glass I was using (a vintage Burger King glass) was maybe not the best match for these since some of them had a tendency to fall off. But anyway, I thought there were pretty cute, and definitely a bit unusual.

Upcoming: Bib Fortuna Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant

August 12, 2017

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This isn’t exactly breaking news, since it was announced back during SDCC, but I thought it would be worth a post. While Gentle Giant has made a number of mini-busts for Jabba’s Palace characters (including Slave Leia, Oola, Gamorrean Guard, Leia as Boushh, Lando in Skiff Guard Outfit, and Yak Face), Bib Fortuna and of course Jabba himself were notable omissions. While Jabba might not be possible due to his size, it’s good to see that they’re finally giving Bib his due. I think he looks quite good (the photos are taken from this thread on Rebelscum.com created by user LightSword).

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The bad news is that he is apparently going to be limited to just 550 pieces, and will be a sort of “surprise” release sometime in the latter half of the year. By that I mean that there won’t be a preorder, and instead the bust will just be announced as “in stock” at some point. There will be priority ordering for Premier Guild members, though, so if you want to make sure you get one and aren’t forced to rely on the secondary market, joining the PGM program might not be a bad idea.