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Video Rundown of Upcoming Jabba Merchandise (Hasbro Sail Barge, Sideshow Jabba and More!)

March 9, 2018


Sideshow Announces New 1/6 Scale Jabba the Hutt Figure (Available for Preorder Today!)

March 7, 2018

Sideshow Collectibles just announced via a YouTube video that they are going to be releasing a brand new 1/6 scale Jabba the Hutt figure, complete with a throne and Salacious Crumb figure! And it’s up for preorder today at a price of $795 (with a non-refundable deposit of $79.50), for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018. I am amazed that they are actually doing this. I thought maybe Hot Toys would make one at some point, but it seemed unlikely that Sideshow would just do a revamp of their original Jabba setup from 2007. But here we are. Between this and Hasbro’s sail barge, I am starting to wonder if there isn’t some truth to the rumors of a Jabba the Hutt standalone movie in the pipeline.

At first glance, it looks very impressive, with multiple sets of eyes (including sleeping eyes!), hands, and mouths to help evoke his various scenes and emotions. I’m not sure at this point if the arms can actually be posed or just swapped. It’s sounding like it’s the latter. He seems to be entirely made of PVC plastic, which is not too different from the first vinyl figure they made, but he does appear to be more detailed.

The paint job looks very impressive (although it seems almost cartoony in the shot above). Of course it is a prototype in the photos, so who knows how good the final production piece will look.

The throne is also pretty amazing looking — even better than the original throne, which was already quite impressive. The $795 does give me pause (although to be honest I was afraid it might be even higher when I first saw the piece). The original figure from 2009 cost $119.99, but was sold separately from the throne ($199.99) and the two creature packs that were available ($39.99 and $32.99). So total retail price for the entire setup would have been  $392.96, or just about half the cost of this new version. But when you consider that Sideshow’s normal 1/6 scale figures used to cost around $55 and now they cost well over $200, this increase in price probably shouldn’t be a surprise. And to be fair, this does look somewhat nicer than the original set as well.

Incredibly, there are now two Jedi Luke figures up for preorder that could fit into this display. One is from Hot Toys and the other is from Sideshow and can be made into three different versions of Luke.  Although I have largely stopped collected 1/6 scale figures due to the cost and waning interest on my part, I have already placed my order for the Jabba set. I can’t wait!

Mystery Jabba the Hutt Plush Bag Clip

March 2, 2018

It’s pretty unusual for me to not know about a Jabba item, and Jabba plushes in particular are something that I like to think I have a pretty good grasp of, but I had never seen this item before it popped up on eBay. It has no markings that I can see, and the tag appears to have been removed. I spent longer than I would care to admit trying to find something similar to this on Google, but with no luck. The other plush bag clip that I have in my collection was also an item that I had never seen before it appeared on, so maybe this was also sold at discount stores. Still, I’d really like to know what company made it. He looks a little sad, doesn’t he?


Sample 2017 Little League World Series Pin (LEGO Jabba the Hutt)

February 28, 2018

Sometimes things appear on eBay that I had no idea even existed. Before this item cropped up, I didn’t even know that Little League pins were a thing, but after doing some research it seems that individual teams have them made and then trade them with other teams at the Little League World Series. This one is obviously based on the LEGO Jabba the Hutt included in the new Jabba’s Palace set, but it includes some things that are not in that set, like the Jawa and the differently shaped hooka pipe. A little poking around Google Image Search revealed that they based this on a photo from Flickr, which you can see below, although they did make a few changes. My hunch is that they just traced it in Illustrator to make the design for the pin.

There are a couple of interesting things about this pin. First of all, it is absolutely gigantic. Although the auction had listed the sizes in inches, I didn’t really understand how big and heavy it was until I had it in hand. This would be an absolute monster of a pin to actually wear. The “FL 12” and “MI 9” numbers on the pin presumably refer to Florida and Michigan, but I’m not entirely sure what their significance is. Are they scores? Team numbers of some kind? I’d be interested to hear if someone knows more.

You can see by the number of posts in the back just how big this is.

You can also see that this is marked as a “sample,” which is the other interesting thing about this pin. This particular pin is different from the ones that would have been traded, although I’m not sure if the size and coloration are different. The magenta coloration seems to indicate that this was not the final color scheme, and the fact that the same seller later put up two other color variations (pink and black & white) tends to support that idea. I’d like to see what the final version of the pin looked like, and maybe even get one (although I understand that they were not produced in very high numbers at all).


Vintage Lucasfilm Jabba the Hutt Licensing Slick

February 19, 2018


This licensing slick (so named because it is printed on somewhat glossy paper, similar to an advertising slick) was given to Lucasfilm licensees to supply them with officially approved line art and to ensure that they would use the correct colors on their products. It is in black & white as you can see, but it specifies Pantone colors for the various parts of the characters, and for most of the characters (but not Jabba) they also included the character’s height so licensees could scale them appropriately.

I’ve written at length about the issue of Jabba’s coloration (see here, here and especially here), so I was very interested when a bunch of these licensing slicks recently popped up on eBay.  I have collected images of all of the ones that were available into a PDF which can be downloaded here, but the Jabba one is the only one I actually own. In some sense, it gives the definitive answer of what color Jabba should be — at least in the context of vintage merchandise. Here are the Pantone color numbers they specify, along with the actual colors they correspond to.


The coloration isn’t too far off what we might expect, but there are some interesting things to note. Under “Skin Shades” they list the colors 457U, 142U and 371U. But under that, it says that if you can only use one color you should choose 124U.


It seems possible to me that either 124U or 142U is a typo, since they have one number inverted, and it seems odd that the color they say you should use if you can only choose one color isn’t one of the main colors listed under “skin shades.” At the very least, this seems likely to have caused some confusion among licensees.

If you look through some of the vintage items on my site, you’ll see that this line art or variations of it was extremely common on licensed products. I’m not going to try and find every instance of it, but just looking for a few minutes yielded many examples. In fact, it’s more unusual for a Jabba-related vintage product to not use this artwork. I do wonder about some of the embellishments and changes. Were these all done by the licensees? You can also see that many of them didn’t pay too close attention to the rules about Jabba’s coloration — Topps for example made their Jabba pine green.


I was excited to get this piece because it’s so central to many of the items that I remember as a kid. The same seller had a lot of items related to the watch company Bradley Time, including concept art for some of their watches and unused watch face stickers, so it’s possible that these slicks came from there, in which case it would have served as the basis for these watches (although again Jabba is green…)


Vintage Jabba the Hutt Tote Bag (Possible Adam Joseph Industries Prototype?)

February 19, 2018


I bought this canvas tote more than a year ago, but I never posted about it, mostly because I kept thinking that I would be able to find more information about it, but I haven’t had much luck. It just popped up on eBay one day, and since I had never seen it before and I could find no reference to it anywhere, I was very interested to obtain it. Luckily I managed to get it for a pretty reasonable price.


It appears to be identical to the vintage tote bags made by Adam Joseph Industries in 1983, and has the same kind of plastic pocket with a snap inside, but there is no company name on it. (The Adam Joseph bags should have a tag inside with the company name on it.) While I have found references to bags featuring Yoda, R2-D2/C-3PO, Darth Vader/Royal Guards, and Wicket the Ewok, I have never found any mention of a Jabba the Hutt bag like this. The person I bought it from said she got it at an estate sale and didn’t know anything about it. It is in perfect condition, and I think it’s entirely possible that it’s a prototype that never made it into production, but that’s just a guess on my part. I’d be very interested to hear from anyone who knows more about it.


Hasbro Tries Crowdfunding a Jabba’s Sail Barge Vehicle with HasLab

February 18, 2018


It’s been six years since I first posted about the “Bring on the Barge” petition that someone started to encourage Hasbro to release a Jabba’s Sail Barge vehicle in the 3 3/4″ scale, but now it looks like it may actually happen, albeit in a way that the people signing the petition probably didn’t expect. Instead of releasing this as a traditional vehicle available in stores, Hasbro is trying out a crowdfunding approach similar to Kickstarter.


People who want to buy the vehicle are asked to sign up at the HasLab site and commit to paying the $499 price tag. If 5,000 people sign up before April 3, 2018, the vehicle will go into production and will be available in early 2019. If not, I guess it just won’t get made and people won’t be charged anything. I assume they thought they wouldn’t get enough sales releasing it in the same way as the “big Millennium Falcon” or AT-AT vehicles, and decided to see if a smaller run at a considerably higher price would be viable.


The vehicle looks quite impressive in renders. It’s more than 4 feet long, and it will supposedly have some higher-end features than you might have been able to expect if this had been released traditionally. I’m intrigued by the level of detail that they are claiming will be included, and most of all by the Jabba figure that is going to come with it. I really hope that they are going to be making a new Jabba and are not just going to be including the one from the Toys R Us-exclusive Rancor Pit set from 2015, but maybe that’s too much to hope for. In addition to the vehicle, you will also get a 64-page book immediately after the project is funded, which is apparently meant to give people something concrete to tide them over until the vehicle is actually released.


As impressive as it is, $499 is a very high price tag (although it does include shipping, which is probably fairly hefty on something of this size). I of course signed up immediately, but are there 4,999 other people in the world willing to $500 for this? I guess we’ll see. At the time of this writing they had around 1/5 the target number, but it had only been a couple of days. If you’re interested, I suggest you check it out.

HasLab Star Wars / Hasbro Lab site