Jabba the Hutt Collector Plate (“Heroes & Villains” series by the Hamilton Collection)
As I said in my entry for the other Hamilton plate in my collection (Jabba’s sail barge), I’m not really a big fan of the “collector plate” concept. The artwork is often very nice, but I don’t really get why it needs to be on plates. That said, this particular plate has some very impressive artwork by Todd Treadway. It’s a collage, as these kinds of plates tend to be, but the likenesses are spot-on, and the color is very vibrant. A photograph doesn’t really convey how nice this plate looks in person.
Of course, I would’ve left out the elements from the “Special Editions” if I had my choice. To my mind, Oola would’ve been a better choice than the three new dancing girls. But I do have to give them credit for depicting Jabba in the ROTJ style even when he’s talking to Han in the scene from A New Hope.
This plate has been going for fairly high prices on eBay. Even if you dismiss the sky-high buy-it-now auctions, it still seems to sell for a fair amount when it shows up in a regular auction, so I was very happy to see it pop up for a reasonable BIN price a few days ago.