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“You’re Going to Regret This” (Slave Leia vs. Jabba Diorama) by Sideshow Collectibles

July 15, 2010

I’ve been talking about this diorama for a while now, starting with the in-progress shots of the sculpt that Sideshow posted in January. And it’s finally shipping out to customers. Apparently the regular version has actually been available at some online retailers for a couple of weeks, but the exclusive version (with an extra Salacious Crumb statue) is just shipping now.

The Jabba sculpt is excellent, and the paint on Jabba is really well done, with the exception of the nostrils, which have a whitish green color that is kind of odd. I also think the eyes should be a lot more glossy, although that’s hard to see in pictures. I had originally thought I would be repainting the nostrils a darker color, but I think I’ll probably leave it as it is. In normal lighting conditions, they don’t look bad at all. I’d say the overall paint job is considerably nicer (and less overpoweringly green) than the one on the 1/6 scale Jabba, which is a nice surprise. The base is nice, too. Looks like bronze.

It’s not a huge piece, but it’s not tiny either. Compared to the Gentle Giant Jabba, I’d say they are similar in size if you take into account the fact that the SS Jabba’s tail is curved while the GG one is more straight. Of course the GG version appears much larger due to the inclusion of the throne.

Leia is pretty good. She’s painted well, and I guess the likeness isn’t too bad considering her small size. The exclusive Salacious crumb is not bad. He does sort of fill a space on the base that would otherwise be empty, but I wouldn’t consider him to be a must-have by any means.

A couple of nice surprises: the ends of the chain stay in place with magnets. The chain does sort of disappear into Jabba’s back, but you can’t really see that. (I probably could’ve made the chain a bit more taut in the pictures.) There’s also a really cool illustration on the bottom of the base (see below). I almost missed it.

I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars, taking one star away due to the somewhat high price point, the odd paint job on the nostrils and the eyes that could use more gloss.

Here it is on my shelf, with a framed set of sketch cards by Otis Frampton.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 6:11 am

    Another nice aqusition icruise. Congratulations. If you’d have ordered the regular version, you know that you would have obsessed over Salacious Crumb.

    I wonder if the base illustration will become available as a seperate piece later on?

    Do you have a photo of it next to other pieces of similar size? How would you rate it against Sideshow’s other Jabba pieces.

  2. icruise permalink
    July 16, 2010 8:28 pm

    It’s kind of a lot of work to take pictures comparing it to the other pieces in my collection so I haven’t done that. But it’s definitely the smallest out of the high-end sculptures I have. The closest is the Gentle Giant statue, but it’s smaller than that. But it’s definitely right up there with the 1/6 Jabba in terms of sculpt. Maybe even better, although of course it’s an odd pose and facial expression. I should update my top-10 list, because I think this would be on there somewhere (haven’t decided where yet).

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