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Vintage Return of the Jedi Elastic Belt With Jabba the Hutt Buckle

January 12, 2011

When I think of vintage Jabba belt buckles (as I often do…), I think of the rectangular metal one put out by Lee in 1983. It’s nice, but not particularly rare. You can always find quite a few of them on ebay for a few dollars. But this round one is another story. It’s also made by Lee and is also from 1983, so I’m not sure why it’s so much harder to find, but this is the first time I’ve been able to track one down. Like the rectangular one, it’s quite small and clearly made for children. It’s made of metal, with the usual vintage Jabba artwork under what appears to be a layer of acrylic.

It may sound silly, but just love finding the rarer vintage items like this and the Jabba the Hutt bathrobe. I guess part of the appeal is that they’re a little bizarre. I can’t imagine very many kids nowadays wanting to wear a Jabba belt buckle. It seems like it would just be asking to get teased or bullied. But it may be that back when Return of the Jedi first came out, he hadn’t come to be associated quite so closely with the concepts of obesity and ugliness.

EDIT: I later got another version of this belt, using the same buckle but with blue and red elastic.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    January 16, 2011 5:42 pm

    Hey, I just came across my old stretch return of the Jedi belt by lee just like the one you have listed here. The only difference with mine is I have wicket the ewok. I was wondering if you have found any more info out about your belt and how rare they actually are?

    • icruise permalink
      January 16, 2011 5:47 pm

      I haven’t really found out anything new about it since I made that post. But I will say that just because something is rare doesn’t mean that it’s worth a lot. The demand has to be there too. I only paid $10 for my Jabba belt and I was the only bidder. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wicket version was about the same. Of course these things are worth whatever somebody is willing to pay for them, so you never know.

  2. Cody permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:13 am

    Hello Have you come across anymore of these belts.I found my old one it is the same Jabba the Hutt but with a brown and yellow belt?

    • icruise permalink
      June 14, 2012 9:01 pm

      I don’t think I’ve seen that combination, no.

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