I got the silver-plated coin on the right nearly two years ago, but I kind of wrote off the gold-plated version since the only one I could find was quite expensive. I recently found a good deal, though, and got the gold version for just a tiny bit more than I originally paid for the silver one. It’s basically the same as the silver version, so feel free to check that review for details. The gold version apparently had an edition size of 25,000, which is still a LOT for something like this.
I discovered a couple of days ago that I exactly one year had passed since I started making videos on YouTube, so I made a YouTube video in commemoration of that where I also talked about these these coins.
I don’t really know how many people read this site regularly, but you may have noticed a bit of a drop in posting frequency here, and a rise in the number of YouTube videos. The fact of the matter is that I can get hundreds of views in a day or two when I post a video on YouTube, and just a handful (if that) when I post something here. I also get some pretty good comments and interaction on YouTube and very little here.
I have no intention of stopping what I do on this site. There are a lot of minor items that don’t really merit making a full video, and I want this site to act as a sort of permanent repository of information about Jabba merchandise. But at the same time, a lot of my time and attention is going to YouTube. So if you’re interested in the kind of thing that I cover on this site, I would recommend subscribing to my YouTube channel.
I first reviewed this game 7 years ago when I was just getting started on this site, but now I’ve done a full video review of it. Check it out if you want to hear Jabba speak English!
The Sucklord is an artist who makes bootleg action figures with some very unusual themes — many of which are parodies of Star Wars characters or toys. (Some of the things on his site could be considered NSFW.) From what I understand, he basically makes everything by hand, taking molds from original figures and otherwise customizing them to transform, for example, a vintage R2-D2 action figure into a can of “America.”
I know this was sold by The Sucklord himself at the CannaBus Culture Film Festival, but it was also apparently sold by DKE toys at SDCC 2016. From what I can tell, they were selling it for $20 and there are still some available on the secondary market for not much more than that, even though some on eBay are trying to charge a lot more.
For this particular item, instead of making a new figure, he’s repackaged a hookah pipe and shackle from the vintage Jabba the Hutt Action Playset. They overproduced the set so much back in the day that these are still readily available today. It’s cool to see it take on a second life this way.
The main idea behind this piece is that the Jabba playset is really kind of a dark toy for kids in many ways. Not only is the main character a hideous gangster who enslaves people (they even included a shackle so you can enslave your own figures!), he smokes a water pipe, which is pretty closely tied to drug culture. When you think of all of the news stories about parents who are aghast at a talking toy that supposedly says a bad word, or all of the people who are convinced that stuff like Pokemon is satanic, it’s kind of surprising that this made it under the radar (not that I’m complaining).
“Totally for kids,” reads the front of the card, which pictures Jabba (actually a somewhat off-model life-size statue that has been shown at conventions) along with some Star Wars characters mashed up with drug icons, like Yoda as “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski, or Snoop Dogg as a Jedi.
On the back is the photo from the vintage box, along with a long block of text which I have reproduced below. I really like this piece because it taps into some of the reasons that I love the vintage Jabba playset. Plus it’s made with super thick cardboard, which is something that mainstream toy companies could learn a thing or two from.
In 1983 KENNER Toys released the JABBA THE HUTT ACTION PLAYSET as part of their RETURN OF THE JEDI Action Figure line. While on the surface, this toy seemed like any other plastic representation of an iconic Space Alien, it is, in reality, one of the most PERVERTED TOYS EVER MADE! Amongst the other accessories included in this set was a BONG and a BONDAGE LEASH.* Apparently there was no close study of this item as Hundreds of Thousands of these sets were purchased by unwitting parents, who had no clue they were encouraging degeneracy in their children by giving them replica S+M gear and plastic Drug Paraphernalia. Looking at this Generation now as adults, one must conclude that it was clearly the corrupting influence of this toy that has caused their downfall. Someone must be held accountable.
I can’t say that I’ve been following this very closely, but up until fairly recently my impression of bootleg LEGO figures was that they looked and felt markedly worse than the genuine article. Many were so bad that you could easily tell the difference even in a photo. It seems that is starting to change, however.
The figure above is a bootleg figure that I got direct from China. When I bought this one, it was a brand new thing on eBay, but now they are all over sites like eBay and AliExpress. It is extremely close to a genuine figure (pictured below). The color of the plastic is slightly different (not as different as it appears in these photos) and there is no copyright info on the bottom of the bootleg, but the main differences are with the paint.
The real one has more subtle wrinkles on the body, a lighter beige color on the face, and more detailed eyes. Also (and this is an easy one to spot), the bootleg has the tattoo on both arms, when it should only be on his right (our left).
Before these bootlegs appeared, this was a relatively sought-after figure on the secondary market. After all, you could only get one by buying the new(ish) Jabba’s Palace or Sail Barge sets, both of which were rather expensive. That meant that you might have to pay $20 or $30 or more to get one. But now you can get these for around $3 or $4 including shipping from China. That’s a pretty big difference, and that could be bad news for people wanting to sell their genuine figures on the secondary market.
I can’t recommend buying bootlegs as replacements for genuine figures, but on the other hand it’s also hard to make the case that people should spend 10 times as much for something that is essentially the same — especially since LEGO doesn’t get any money directly from sales on the secondary market.
Here’s a YouTube video I made showing the differences in more detail.