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Vintage Sigma Ceramics Sy Snootles & The Rebo Band Music Box

August 14, 2010

From Sigma Ceramics in 1983, this music box depicts the Max Rebo Band. It’s in the same series as the Jabba bank and the other ceramic figures that Sigma put out, although its glossy finish is closer to the Jabba than the figures. It’s hand painted, but with a sort of messy, uneven finish.

You’d think a music box like this would obviously play “Lapti Nek” (the music that the band was playing in Return of the Jedi) or maybe the Star Wars theme, but no. It’s some generic music box tune (see the video below). I can only speculate that there were rights issues involved (either they couldn’t get the rights to the song or it would’ve been too expensive). Otherwise, it makes no sense to go with some totally unrelated music. As you can see in the video, the whole thing rotates while Max Rebo spins in the opposite direction, and at a faster speed.

EDIT: Don informed me in the comments that they are actually playing “Jabba’s Baroque Recital” from the scene below. I do think a different, more recognizable song would’ve been a better choice, but I have to give Sigma more credit than I did originally. Makes me like this piece more.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2010 8:09 am

    Another nice aquisition. I can imagine seeing these on the antiques roadshow in a few years as it reminds me very much of the figurines that my mum used to collect when i was a kid.

  2. icruise permalink
    August 15, 2010 12:12 pm

    Wow, you are entirely correct! It’s funny, because I know that piece pretty well, but I just couldn’t hear it when it was translated into music box form. I have updated the article and included a clip of the scene where the music is played.

  3. Don permalink
    August 15, 2010 11:54 am

    Actually, I think the music is the “Jabba’s Baroque Recital” theme that plays when we first see Jabba as the droids deliver Luke’s message. But I agree, it would have made more sense for the box to play “Lapti Nek” instead.

  4. Gerri permalink
    January 25, 2012 11:50 am

    Hi, I have the music box you show also. I was wondering if you knew what the value was, and did you want to buy it. It is in excellent condition and has the original box. this was never displayed.
    Thanks,

    • icruise permalink
      January 25, 2012 12:00 pm

      I don’t really want to buy it since I already have one. If you put it on ebay, I would say you could probably expect $50-$75 or maybe a bit more depending on how well the bidding goes.

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