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Vintage Makit & Bakit Jabba the Hutt Suncatcher Kit

October 23, 2009

You’ve probably seen something like this before. It’s a metal frame that you put little plastic beads into and then bake it in the oven, making for a “stained glass window” effect. I distinctly remember making these kinds of things when I was a kid, although I think the ones I made were Christmas decorations and not Star Wars-related. I got this one unopened, and for a minute I considered keeping it sealed (it’s from 1983 after all), but these are not particularly valuable and the real fun comes from making them. So my son and I made it together. I had to do most of it, since getting the little beads in the right places was more difficult than I would have expected. You will need tweezers.

The “stained glass” effect is actually pretty nice. I did have to add some more beads after baking it for 15 minutes, because some holes had developed in a couple of places. Then I baked it for an additional 10 minutes and it was done. I let it cool for a few minutes and the aluminum foil peeled right off. Interestingly, the wrinkles in the foil make it look like Jabba’s skin is wrinkled, which is kind of cool.

They also have R2-D2, Gamorrean Guard, and Darth Vader sun catcher kits (not sure why the Gamorrean was chosen to be one of the four out of all of the possibilities, but whatever). I wouldn’t mind getting some more.

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  1. November 11, 2010 2:01 am

    I’d never seen these before, i have to say that they’re kind of nice. Unuausal too.

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