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Vote for Jabba! Election 2016 Campaign Ads and Poster Design

September 24, 2016

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I couldn’t help making a couple of mock campaign ads as if Jabba were running for president.  I’m not sure I’ll make any more, but I might if the right idea strikes me. I’m kind of proud of the logo above, which I made from scratch in Photoshop.

Ad #1: The Hole

Ad #2: What Is Luke Skywalker Hiding?

Small Airblown Inflatable Jabba the Hutt Figure by Gemmy (Walmart Exclusive)

September 22, 2016

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When I first saw this on Walmart.com, I thought they were selling a much cheaper version of the Canadian-exclusive inflatable figure that I posted about last year — just with the jack o’lantern removed. But on closer inspection it became obvious that this was also a significantly smaller item. Aside from the lack of the pumpkin, it is essentially identical to the Canadian version, but only about 3 feet tall instead of 5ish feet.

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Here it is next to the Canadian version and the Morbid Enterprises version. It’s definitely not as impressive in terms of size, and it’s true that having a life size Jabba was one of the draws of the larger figures.

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Still, it’s pretty nice and definitely more manageable in terms of both size and price — it’s only $28.88. It also seems to light up more brightly than the other versions (maybe because of its smaller size), which is nice at night.

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It’s available on Walmart.com right now. Here’s a video review I made with a bit more detail.

Mighty Jabba’s Collection Turns 7!

September 15, 2016

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It was seven years ago today that I made my first post on this site. While my collection itself started well beforehand, this marked my first attempt to really catalog and review things, and to have more of an online presence. (Fun fact: the scene in Return of the Jedi picture above was actually flipped horizontally in the film. This is made very obvious by Jabba’s asymmetrical facial features. I’ve flipped it back to its proper orientation here.)

There is still a little time if you want to buy a MJC t-shirt or register to win a Jabba the Hutt piggy bank. Thanks for reading!

Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt Coin Purse by Loungefly

September 15, 2016

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In my recent post about an SDCC-exclusive button from Loungefly, I jokingly asked if Loungefly would be adding some Jabba items to its very impressive line of Star Wars merchandise. I don’t think I can take any credit for it, but I’m happy to report that they will be adding at least one item: the coin purse pictured above. I was tipped off by Jenmarie (@acrossthestars on Twitter) that this item will be appearing in October. I will seriously be buying at least a couple of these. I literally never use cash anymore, but when I travel to Japan it’s still necessary to carry coins around, so it’ll come in handy for sure. It’s probably too much to ask that they make an entire backpack, but I’ll put that idea out there just in case…

Mighty Jabba’s Collection T-Shirts Available Until September 18th!

September 10, 2016

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I wanted some of these for myself, so I thought I would make them available for a limited time in case anyone else wanted one as well. These are available on TeeSpring.com for the next week or so, until September 18th. They’re around $15 plus shipping, and all of my proceeds after TeeSpring’s cut will be donated to the ASPCA.

Here’s a little video I made about them:

3D-Printed Jabba the Hutt Piggy Bank (and a Chance to Win One!)

September 8, 2016

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A while back I 3D scanned one of my unlicensed Jabba the Hutt ceramic figures so I could 3D print it (you can learn more about that in this video on YouTube). It recently occurred to me that this would make a perfect piggy bank, so I set about trying to convert the 3D model to something that would work as a bank.

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I’m still learning how to do things related to 3D modeling, so it took a little while, but I think I managed to get a design that works well. The design is available for free on Thingiverse, but if you don’t have a printer you still have a chance to get one. I am running a little contest on YouTube in honor of passing the 1,000 subscriber mark where I will be giving two of these away. You just have to go to this video on YouTube and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing (which will end at midnight on Friday the 16th of September). You don’t have to be a subscriber to win, but it would be nice if you could subscribe. Good luck!

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Jabba the Hutt Emoji Pin (Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016/Think Geek Exclusive)

August 25, 2016

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At every Star Wars Celebration they tend to have groups of exclusive items that attendees can try to collect. For example, at Celebration V it was parody cereal boxes like “Grape Hutts,” and at Celebration VI they had “Star Tots” pins. This Jabba pin is part of a collection of emoji-style pins released for Star Wars Celebration Europe earlier this year. Some of them were just available for sale, but others could only be had by visiting a particular vendor’s booth. Apparently that was the case with this pin, which was available from the Think Geek booth. Unfortunately that meant that this was more expensive than many of the other pins on the secondary market. It’s a pretty nice pin, though, and I like the emoji concept.

As an aside, the word emoji comes from Japanese, and it’s very interesting to see how it has entered the English language recently. There’s a huge amount of borrowing from English into Japanese, but relatively little in the other direction — and most of the things we do borrow tend to be directly related to Japanese culture, so it’s cool to see something like this being adopted.