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“Bring Me Solo” Jabba the Hutt Pin by Disney (ROTJ 35th Anniversary Mystery Pin)

September 15, 2018

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This metal pin is part of a set of blind-boxed pins that Disney is selling to mark the 35th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. There are 5 main pins, pictured below (although I only have the Jabba one).

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There are also two chase pins that are harder to find. One is an Imperial Guard and the other is a Gamorrean Guard, so I should probably try and track that one down, but I’m afraid it may be out of my price range.

Speaking of anniversaries, it was on this day 9 years ago that I made my first post on this site — about the vintage Jabba the Hutt Action Playset. It’s hard to believe it’s been that lone. While I haven’t been the most active on this site since starting my YouTube channel, my interest in collecting Jabba merchandise hasn’t waned, and I plan to keep going for a long time to come.

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“Fine Art Movie Playset” Aims to Recreate an Obscure Italian Vintage Jabba the Hutt Store Display

September 4, 2018

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I was recently contacted by the people behind “Fine Art Movie Playset.” They are a group of people trying to produce playsets inspired by vintage products, or in this case, store displays. One of their first products is to be a recreation of a very cool cardboard store display that was used in very limited numbers in Italian stores.

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I first wrote about this display back in 2012 (here is the relevant page on the SWCA). The best photo I have of the display is below, from an auction where one was sold for some obscene amount like $20,000. So clearly this is out of the reach of the vast majority of collectors, and of course they are very limited in quantity as well.

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So I suppose that makes it a good choice for a recreation like this. To be clear, this is not a “reproduction” in the generally accepted sense. Rather than just trying to replicate a vintage item as closely as possible using scans and photos, they have hired an artist to paint something that is inspired by the original display, but it will not be a copy in any way. Hopefully they will also clearly mark it as a modern item just to avoid any possible confusion, but the prototype photos seem different enough to make it unlikely for someone to be able to pass this off as an original, even in online photos.

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The main issue with this whole endeavor is the price. They are asking nearly $500 (including shipping from Europe) for their version of the display, and say that they have to get 150 orders for it to even go into production. I could be wrong, but I have real doubts that there are 150 people wanting to buy a product like this at any price, much less at nearly $500. I mean, I’m probably the craziest Jabba fan in the world, but I’m afraid it’s just too much for me. I would probably be interested at a significantly lower price, but it sounds like production and shipping costs make that difficult.

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That said, I thought this might be of interest to some of my readers, so if you want to know more, feel free to check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as their Etsy account where you can currently place a preorder for the product.

Now available: Han Solo in Carbonite Wall Plaques by Regal Robot

September 3, 2018

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The folks over at Regal Robot contacted me to let me know about some new products that are going to be available starting today. Of most interest to me are probably the Han in Carbonite wall plaques. They have two different sizes: a large one (pictured above) that is 17.5″ tall, and a mini version that is 6.5″ tall. Judging from the photos, they seem quite well painted and sculpted.

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My only real reservation is that these are not full reproductions of the carbonite slab, or even just the front of the slab. You’re just getting a square with Han’s upper body. On the one hand, it allows the most important details to be lot bigger than they otherwise would for these prices ($199 for the large version or $44.99 for the mini). I think this might work best for someone who wants a little Star Wars-inspired decor and doesn’t necessarily care about having a replica of the entire thing.

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To go along with these, they also have a carbon freezing chamber-inspired cafe table ($299).

If you’re interested in any these, they’re going to be offering free shipping on them for the time being, so now would be a good time to order. I understand that they may also be adding some items with even more of a connection to Jabba at some point in the future, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that.

SDCC 2018 Exclusive Jabba’s Palace Backpack and Pencil Case Set by Loungefly

August 24, 2018

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This set is an Entertainment Earth exclusive for SDCC2018, but they took preorders for it for mail order customers (which is how I got mine), and it’s currently in stock on the Entertainment Earth site for $45.

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The backpack and the pouch both feature some colorful artwork of Jabba’s palace, in a style that reminds me of certain children’s books where lots of things are going on at once, and you can spend a lot of time looking at the little details. I don’t know who the artist is, but I like the artwork quite a bit. I think it’s actually quite attractive on the backpack, but I can’t say that I would use something like this as my day-to-day backpack. The pouch could see some use, though.

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Both the pouch and the backpack have a gray and white striped lining, although I sort of expected it to be a Star Wars design. Either way, it’s very nice to see a company coming out with a Jabba-centric design like this. Loungefly has been coming out with some killer products recently, including the Jabba coin purse that I posted about a while back.

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Star Wars Xcavations Creature Crates Hutt Skull by Uncle Milton

August 23, 2018

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As some of you may know, I became very interested in 3D printing a while ago, and doing some printer reviews on my YouTube channel has allowed me to build up a fairly large stable of printers for my projects (such as a life-size Jabba statue!) One of these projects was printing some Star Wars-themed skulls from 3DKitbash, who started a Kickstarter to sell the printable STL files. I made a few videos about those, but after a while I started getting messages from people who said you could no longer buy the files. After a little investigating, it turned out that 3DKitbash had partnered with Uncle Milton to create a series of blind box toys based on their 3D designs, so they had to stop selling the original files. That’s a shame, since they were a lot of fun to print (I even printed a gigantic version of their rancor skull as part of my review of the Creality CR-10S5 large-format printer. But I have been very interested to see how these toys turned out, so when I heard that they were showing up at Walmart stores, I went on the hunt.

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It turned out that they were searchable via the Walmart website, and the closest store in my town listed them as being in stock, so I went there. It took a LONG time to find them, since they weren’t in the places I thought most likely (anywhere near the Star Wars section or the collectible/card section near the front of the store). At my store, they were at the outskirts of the toy aisle next to other random blind boxes. They come in plastic crates that are actually pretty sturdy and well designed. Inside is a sheet talking about fossils and comparing the Star Wars skulls to actual skulls from Earth (remember that these are ostensibly educational toys). There are also some assembly instructions, since each of these skulls seems to come in 3 pieces. The skull parts themselves are packed in a kind of kinetic sand, and while it is a bit of a pain to get the sand out of the nooks and crannies in the sculpt, it is much better than fossil toys that make you chip away at a block of plaster.

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I found out that there are codes on the bottom of the plastic cases that allow you to know which skull is in which crate, so I picked up the Hutt skull. By the way, all of these designs are based directly on the 3D printable files I mentioned earlier, with the exception of the Hutt — there was no Hutt included in those files, but as one of the Kickstarter backers, I did request one, and they seemed interested. Maybe it wouldn’t even exist if I hadn’t done that — who knows?

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As you can see in the first photo at the top of this post, they chose the Hutt skull as the sample one that you can see in the display box, which is kind of cool. But the box only holds 12 crates (including the space for the sample). This means that there is only room for one Hutt that you can actually buy, while there are two of every other character. That will likely mean that the Hutt will be a lot harder to find than the others.

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The skulls seem to be around 2 inches wide, and don’t appear to have been painted or weathered at all, but they look pretty good just with bare plastic. Overall, I think these are pretty cool little toys, and the box is marked “Series 1” so presumably there will be more if these sell well. The $5 price tag seems kind of high, although you do get a fair amount of kinetic sand in addition to the skull. I’m hoping that I may get a full box of these to review on my YouTube channel, and am also very interested to see what the full skeletons (Rancor and Tauntaun) will look like!

Now on YouTube: Jabba’s Sail Barge Bonanza

May 4, 2018

In honor of May the Fourth, I thought I would make a video introducing all of the Sail Barge-related items in my collection. (I focused on things that were just related to the barge, and not products that just happened to have the barge on them.)

Upcoming: Jumbo Kenner Bib Fortuna Figure and Amanaman Mini-Bust Appearing as Gentle Giant’s 2018 PGM Gifts

May 1, 2018

I’ve talked about Gentle Giant’s PGM program a number of times in the past, but in a nutshell you pay a certain amount for a year’s membership, which then entitles you to a certain number of “free” rewards (depending on the tier you select), as well as access to some exclusives, and some discounts on other products you might purchase during the year. If you’re interested in Gentle Giant’s stuff, it’s usually not a bad deal, since even if you’re not interested in any of the things that they have as rewards, you can pretty usually easily get your money back by selling them on the secondary market, while still enjoying the discounts, coupons and other exclusives available to members. They’ve changed the way the program works a couple of times, but basically you choose Platinum, Gold or Silver membership, and get the rewards mentioned below.

Last year, I wasn’t super into the available choices, but I did end up joining largely to get access to the Bib Fortuna mini-bust. It’s a different story this year, though, since they have not one but two Jabba’s palace characters available as rewards. (There is also a Spacetrooper mini-bust, Cloud City Leia mini-bust, and Darth Maul statue available as choices.) The first is the Jumbo version of the vintage Kenner Bib Fortuna figure, which should go well with the other jumbos they have released up until now. However, it just makes me wonder what happened with the Jumbo Jabba the Hutt figure even more. I checked back through some of my previous posts, and they first mentioned it in 2014, and I said that it was slated for 2015! Obviously that didn’t happen, and Gentle Giant has largely kept silent about it since then. If it’s not canceled, releasing this Bib Fortuna figure seems like a bit of an odd choice, since it would be a perfect companion to a Jumbo Jabba.

The Amanaman bust is an interesting one because Gentle Giant recently did a survey of PGM members to see which character they would like made into a mini-bust. The choices were Amanaman, Ahsoka Tano, Count Dooku, Doctor Aphra and Ponda Baba. It ended up that Ahsoka took the lion’s share of the votes, at 53.95%, with Amanaman coming in a distant second at 17.57%. I was pretty disappointed in that result, since I have no interest in an Ahsoka bust, but would really like an Amanaman to help fill out my display of Jabba’s Palace mini-busts. I don’t know if they had always planned to make the second-place bust, or maybe they thought Amanaman would do better in the survey than he did (it’s interesting that they already have an in-progress digital sculpt of him, but haven’t shown anything of the Ahsoka bust as far as I know). But either way, I’m just happy that we are getting him in bust form after all.

If you’re interested in signing up, you should be able to do so starting today on the Gentle Giant site, although as of this writing I don’t think it is available yet.