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Jabba the Hutt and Salacious Crumb Ceramic Sculpted Mug (Target Galaxy’s Edge Collection)

September 11, 2020

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Target now has a collection of Star Wars merchandise “inspired by” Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge park. When I first heard about this I thought they would literally be selling some of the merchandise from the parks, but from what I have seen that isn’t the case. But they do have a lot of cool and unique products, and one really nice surprise was this item.

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It’s a figural mug, but it depicts Jabba as if he were a sort of roughly made plush toy. The style they used is quite a bit different from the actual Jabba plush available at Galaxy’s Edge, and I’d love to see them make something like this in an actual plush. It’s extremely cute. Just look at Salacious Crumb tucked behind his tail!

 

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The mug itself is smaller than I had expected — about the size of a small coffee cup rather than an oversized tankard like the one from ThinkGeek. But that may actually be a good thing. I like how they have taken some of the design of Jabba’s hookah pipe and used them for the mug’s handle. This product retails for $9.99 and is still available at Target.com as well as Target stores at the time of this writing.

I ordered two of these, and they were poorly packaged by Target.com, so that one of the arrived cracked, and I’ve heard others have experienced similar problems. I do have a replacement on the way, so hopefully that one will be okay.

Vintage Jabba the Hutt Wristwatch (Square Face Version) By Bradley

August 21, 2020

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I posted about Bradley’s other two varieties of Jabba the Hutt watch more than a decade ago, but at the time I didn’t realize that Bradley had created a third type of watch — this square faced one. It’s definitely more rare than the round ones because I can’t recall seeing one during my eBay searches until this one popped up, although it’s possible that I had skimmed over them thinking that they were the round version. The thought crossed my mind that it might actually be some kind of prototype, but it is listed in Gus & Duncan’s Guide, so I guess it was an actual product — just a much less common variety.

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As you can see, the Jabba graphic on the square one is more of a blue color compared to the green on the other two varieties, and if you look closely at the face you’ll see that the square version is dated 1982, which is obviously not when the watch was actually released. Return of the Jedi wasn’t released until 1983, and famously was known as “Revenge of the Jedi” until fairly close to its release. In addition, Lucasfilm didn’t publicly release images of Jabba until after the film had come out since they didn’t want to spoil the surprise. I do have a licensing slick that Lucasfilm sent out to licensees to give them to artwork and colors to use for the character, and that is dated 1982, so maybe that caused some confusion?

By the way, The.French.Collection on Instagram has images of the concept artwork for these watches, including the square version (with 1982 date).

Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt Concept Maquette by Regal Robot

August 17, 2020

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This upcoming piece by Regal Robot is legitimately one of my holy grails. It is a recreation of the sculpture that Phil Tippet created to present to George Lucas for his approval. That makes it the first physical representation of Jabba as we know him today (more or less).

More info can be had on the Regal Robot site. These will be going up for preorder on August 24th!

Princess Leia Pewter Statue by Royal Selangor

August 15, 2020

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This may very well change in the future, but as of August 2020 I believe this is the last product made for Leia’s Huttslayer outfit (aka “Slave Leia”). It’s been on sale since it was released in 2016, but it appears that it is now finally starting to disappear from retail. I included it in my video about the “Top 15 Huttslayer Leia Collectibles” that I made in July, of this year, and at that point it was still available for purchase on Disney’s eCommerce site, but that’s no longer the case. It’s also no longer available directly from Royal Selangor, but it should still be available at some other retailers.

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The Malaysian company Royal Selangor has an extensive line of Star Wars fine pewter items. Although they do have some cheaper items like keychains, they most of them are pretty expensive, and at the high end they have dioramas that are over $1,000. This particular piece retails for $299, which in all honesty does seem high. But I will say that it does feel like a high-quality product. It’s quite heavy and the base appears to be made of wood. The sculpt isn’t the best Carrie Fisher likeness I’ve ever seen, but it works well enough.

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The only other Jabba-related product that they have is a diorama of Luke in the Rancor pit, which I would certainly love to have, but at a retail price of $1,000 I will definitely be passing on it.

Upcoming: CZ-3 Life-Sized Bust from Regal Robot

July 4, 2020

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Tom over at Regal Robot recently told me about their latest project: a life-sized bust of CZ-3, a droid that was briefly seen in both A New Hope and (in a way) in Return of the Jedi. The bust is being made from a scan of the original prop and is being manufactured by Regal Robot in the US.

You may recall that we saw CZ-3 in the scene in A New Hope where Luke is selling his speeder.

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But the first glimpse we had of this style of droid was actually in the jawas’ sandcrawler earlier in the film. You could barely see him in the shadows, apparently this droid is known as CZ-1.

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And the same exact droid costume (I believe!) was used as a “dead” droid in the torture chamber of Jabba’s Palace, but that one is known as CZ-4.

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In any case, as far as I’m concerned this bust has ties to Jabba’s Palace. There are going to be two versions available: a Numbered Edition that’s limited to 50 pieces for $1499, and a Signature Edition that’s limited to just 15 pieces for $1799. (That one comes with an additional oil stain and heavier weathering, as well as Mr. Muir’s signature.) If you’re interested, they will be going on sale on July 13th at noon EST.

At first blush these prices seem high to someone like me who bought life-size busts from Sideshow 10+ years ago. But not only has the economy changed since then, these are being made in very small quantities, and in the US as well. I won’t be buying one of these myself, partially because of the price, but also because I just don’t have the room for any more life-sized busts. I’ve sold most of the ones I did buy back in the day. But if I was collecting them, I would think long and hard about picking one up. It’s this kind of weird background character that I love about Star Wars, and it looks like they’re really going to do him justice.

Now on YouTube: The Top 15 Huttslayer Leia Collectibles

July 4, 2020

More Viewer Submissions!

April 25, 2020

Here are a couple of submissions that didn’t make it in time for the video I posted last week. First up is this great pencil drawing of Jabba on his throne by Patrick. Nice that he included Yarna, too!

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I also have this very cute drawing of “Jabba the wut?” and Boba Fett by Aaron.93272837_515902515750048_8330992289329446912_n

Thanks for sending these in!

3D Printed Baby Jabba Figure (STL from Zsculptors)

April 20, 2020

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A few months ago, I posted about the Jabba’s Palace models that I got from Zsculptors.com, and printed and painted myself. At that point I noticed that they also had a baby Jabba model that looked very interesting, and while I bought it right away, I didn’t get around to actually printing and painting it until just recently. I really like the concept: Jabba as a baby in a baby buggy modeled after the sail barge. He even has a baby bottle that looks like his hookah pipe!

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I printed most of the pieces (the ones in red) on my resin-based printer because it seemed like thin, delicate pieces like the sails and railing would work better that way. I used a traditional FDM printer for the buggy and stand, since they were not very detailed and would have been too big for the resin printer anyway.

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I just painted it with some cheap acrylic paints, but I think it came out pretty well overall. Getting baby Jabba’s eyes to look right was challenging.

It seems like the Jabba model was heavily influenced by Saby Manyhei’s “Baby Jabba” artwork, although that didn’t include the baby buggy part. I’d also like to see a 3D model based on Leonardo Viti’s Baby Jabba artwork, but the closest I’ve seen is this one on Cults3d, which doesn’t quite do it for me.

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I also made a YouTube video about this project, which you can see below.

Check out my viewers’ Jabba-related creations!

April 17, 2020

 

I posted¬†a YouTube video about 10 days ago showing some of the Jabba-related things that I have made throughout the ears, and asking for my viewers to submit their own as a kind of quarantine project. And I’ll have to say, the response was fantastic! Here is the video where I show off the artwork and other things that people sent in.

Jabbawookiee Urban Toy by RYCA

March 29, 2020

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When you’ve been collecting Jabba merchandise for as long as I have, you start to think you’ve seen it all. And then something like this comes along. It’s so wonderfully bizarre that I just had to get one. Obviously, it’s based on “Jabberwocky,” which was originally the name of a poem in Lewis Carrol’s “Through the Looking Glass,” and was later made into a film by Terry Gilliam.

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But I never would have thought to combine Jabba and Chewbacca in this way. According to the artist who created it (RYCA/aka Ryan Callanan), it was loosely based on the vintage Jabba the Hutt figure, which you can clearly see if you look at the two side by side. It’s a bit bigger than the vintage figure and made of solid resin, so it’s quite hefty.

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This was part of a limited edition of 20, but as of right now you can still get them on RYCA’s website if you are interested (just be aware that they are not cheap).

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RYCA has done lots of very interesting urban toys/sculptures that you can see on his Instagram page, including an earlier figure based on the vintage Jabba figure that turns Jabba into a boxer. Since I didn’t know about these at the time they were released, I’m really hoping he may release another color variant of these!

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