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Power of the Force 2 Jabba the Hutt by Kenner

October 2, 2009

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This is definitely my least favorite Jabba figure, although that’s partially due to the fact that it’s based on the CGI version of Jabba from the “Special Edition” of “A New Hope.” I was also completely away from Star Wars collecting during the time it came out, so I have no nostalgia for it at all. It’s made out of a very hard plastic, unlike the softer rubbery materials used for most Jabba figures, and the paint job is pretty unimpressive. It’s just a pinkish color sprayed on top of the dark green plastic of the body. (EDIT: I later repainted and modified one of these.)

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It has an action feature (turn torso to make tail move) but it makes it impossible to position his tail horizontally from his body, which is how we usually picture Jabba (and makes it very difficult to use the figure with the cardboard throne room playset that they released around the same time).

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And finally, it has bizarre plastic eyes that have been inserted into its head, giving the effect of one of those paintings with the moving eyes in haunted houses. They may have been trying a sort of homage to the vintage figure (which also had plastic eyes inserted into the head) but it worked much better with the older figure.

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You can also see some very obvious mold lines on the body and head. Using a rotocast mold prevented that problem on the head of the vintage figure. All in all, I’m not a fan of this figure at all, but it is interesting to see how the figures have evolved over the years.

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EDIT: Here’s a YouTube video I made about this figure.

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