I first heard about WoodChuck (aka Chuck Bowman) on Roxy the Rancor’s Facebook page. Chuck had made a wooden logo plaque for Roxy, and I thought it looked really good. I contacted Chuck to see if it would be possible to have one made for me.
I originally thought about having it based on Jabba from Return of the Jedi, but decided that it would make more sense to use the vintage Jabba figure instead, since he’s sort of my mascot. He uses a method called intarsia, where pieces of wood are cut out and sanded before being reassembled to make the finished image. For Jabba, we decided on an exotic wood called Yellowheart, which is naturally yellow and would make a good match for the color of the figure.
If you look closely, you can see the wood grain. The plaque is 2 feet in diameter and weighs around 16 pounds. The lettering and plaque background are red oak, while Jabba’s tattoo symbol is made of dark walnut.
I’m quite impressed with the detail Chuck put into this piece. I have it displayed in a place of honor on one wall of my office.
I made a YouTube video that shows some in-progress photos if you’re interested in seeing more about how this was made.
I just realized that I neglected to link this on the site. I did a quick video overview of the Jabba’s Palace Character Pack for the recently released LEGO The Force Awakens game. The pack was made available as a preorder bonus from GameStop, and includes the playable characters Jabba the Hutt, Slave Leia, Boushh, Oola, Bib Fortuna, Max Rebo, Gamorrean Guard and Malakili (the Rancor Keeper).
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for cute Jabbas. Oh, I like super-realistic figures and statues too, but there’s something about the idea of turning a repulsive alien gangster into an adorable anime-style character that really appeals to me.
This plush was created by Brandon Dicks, based on his “Jabba the Cute” artwork (which he also included a print of in my order — nice!).
He assembles them himself (the tag says “Made in My Livingroom” on the reverse), and I’ll have to say they are quite well done. It’s about 12″ wide. You can still order these on his Storenvy site. Oh, did I mention that he also makes a mini version? They’re listed as being 7″ wide, but I’d say it’s more like 5 or 6. But smaller is cuter, in my opinion, so no complaints from me.
I also made a short video about these for my YouTube channel, which you can see below:
Here’s a short video I made recently about BG-J38, Jabba’s games droid. I covered the Hasbro figure a few years ago, and it also makes an appearance in this video.
Here’s a nicely done teaser video for Funko’s upcoming Jabba’s Palace edition of the Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box.
My 3D printer has been humming almost non-stop since I got it a few months ago. I posted earlier about the Disney Infinity Jabba that I printed and painted, and I have done quite a number of other prints, both Star Wars-related and not. But this is by far the largest project I tackled. Geoffro is a 3D modeler who often posts things to Thingiverse, and when I saw that he had added this model recently, I knew I had to print it. You can download the model here. It’s available as a one-piece version, which you could use if you wanted to print it off all at once, but if you want it to be large, you’ll want to use the multi-piece version.
I determined that the torso was the largest piece, so I scaled that up as large as I could for my printer (the Dremel 3D Idea Builder). It turned out that I could make it 125% the original size, so I scaled all of the other pieces up by 125% as well. That resulted in a final model that was around 12″ tall, or very similar to the AMT/ERTL vinyl model kit I made a few years ago.
I glued the pieces together and used some Bondo automotive body filler to fill in any cracks. Then I sanded the joints and the piece overall to smooth it out. I attached it to a wooden base, both because it looks nice to have a base, and because it wouldn’t quite stand up on its own without it. I used sand, gravel and pebbles mixed with white glue to texture the base.
Then I painted it using a faux-bronze technique that I came up with a while ago. I think it turned out pretty well. Although you can still make out some of the horizontal banding that is typical of 3D prints in a few places, for the most part the effect is very convincing.
Geoffro apparently has a Gamorrean Guard model in the works to go in the rancor’s hand, and has also designed a Jabba model that I hope will be released soon. I made a YouTube video about making this piece which you can see here: