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Applause Jabba the Hutt and Han Solo Figure

September 16, 2009

This is a plastic figure from Applause that shows the deleted scene from Star Wars: A New Hope where Han talks to Jabba at Mos Eisley spaceport. The scene was originally shot back when Jabba was going to be a human, and it really doesn’t work well to just paste a CGI Jabba on top of the actor who was originally playing the part. I really hate this scene. I dislike the CGI Jabbas (especially this one) and I think it’s ridiculous to show Jabba for a short scene in ANH and then never again until Return of the Jedi. You lose all of the surprise value from first seeing him in Jedi. And we’re really supposed to believe that Han can step on Jabba’s tail and get away with it? Give me a break.

But I digress. The sculpts on this piece aren’t bad at all, but the paint is pretty basic — especially on Jabba. He’s cast in the green color and the only other color used is the tan that they’ve just slopped on. Wait, I take that back. They also used a few black strips for the eyes, but overall it’s pretty underwhelming. I actually thought I might have gotten an unfinished piece when I first saw it. At least it was cheap.

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