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Jabba the Hutt Water Pipe

November 14, 2010

This may very well be the least practical water pipe ever made. It’s about 20″ wide by 12″ tall and weighs over 20 pounds. But could there be a more perfect character to make a water pipe out of? Given how closely the character of Jabba is associated with his hooka, I think not.

Jabba’s head serves as the lid, which lifts off to reveal the mouth of the pipe. You would put the tobacco (or whatever you’re smoking) into the glass that Jabba is holding, which is actually the end of a glass tube that extends into the body. Then you’d smoke by putting your mouth on the mouth of the pipe.

At least that’s the idea. I have no intention of trying it, since I don’t smoke and the previous owner told me that it leaked even before the damage it sustained getting to me. I used epoxy glue to put the body and tail back together, and used epoxy putty to resculpt the tip of the tail and fill in a large chip in the back of the of the head. Then I touched up the paint, since it had a number of scuffs and scratches on the face and elsewhere. On the bright side, the damage allowed me to see where the glass tube goes down inside the body.

The person I got this from said it was a one-of-a-kind piece, and while I can’t be sure of that, I think it probably is. I don’t know who made it, but inside the lid there is the date 10/16/98 and what appear to be the initials IR. I think the sculpt is excellent. The face in particular really captures Jabba’s asymmetrical features.

I got this through a Los Angeles Craigslist listing that DarthZilla71 from the Rebelscum forums alerted me to. As I live in Illinois, this was a little tricky to get ahold of, but DarthZilla71 helped me out by picking it up from the seller and sending it to me. He did a stellar job of packing, so I think the blame for the damage that it suffered is either on the US postal service or the nature of the piece itself, which is extremely heavy and perhaps not the best design from the point of view of durability. Still, the damage isn’t too noticeable and I’m definitely happy to have it in my collection.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Stijn permalink
    April 2, 2013 4:00 am

    That’s not a hookah though.. That’s a bong for weed.. 😛

    • icruise permalink*
      April 2, 2013 9:14 pm

      I never said it was a hookah.

      • Stijn permalink
        April 2, 2013 9:24 pm

        “This may very well be the least practical water pipe ever made.”
        A water pipe is a synonim for a hookah 🙂

      • icruise permalink*
        April 2, 2013 9:26 pm

        Yes, but a bong is also a type of water pipe.

      • Stijn permalink
        April 3, 2013 8:41 am

        Well, technicly you could say that I guess. But in Belgium when we say water pipe we mean a hookah and for a bong we just say bong, Otherwise it gets confusing. 😉 We don’t really use the therm hookah like people would in English, we always say water pipe. 🙂

      • icruise permalink*
        April 3, 2013 8:43 am

        Fair enough. 😉 To be honest, one reason I called it a “water pipe” was that the word “bong” has a bit of a negative connotation, at least in the US.

  2. Carlo permalink
    October 30, 2014 6:55 am

    Well I went to a restaurant whilst in California and they had…. well maybe it was Florida…., well one of those and they had pipes like Jabba’s on each table lol…. you would have to pay to smoke however. I don’t smoke though, yeah and they went crazy and played loud music and danced around the room. It was quite a wild restaurant, I liked it though and the Italian was amazing there! I wish I knew the name of it, I can’t remember.

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