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Vintage Return of the Jedi Puzzle (Jedi Luke in Jabba’s Palace) by Waddingtons UK

August 1, 2011

This puzzle is from the UK and features a photo of Jedi Luke just after he steals a blaster from one of Jabba’s guards. I’m pretty sure this is just a reenactment of the scene rather than a shot taken directly from the film. The puzzle came with a “super print” — an 11 x 17 poster of the same photo that is on the puzzle. I think it’s the same size as the puzzle would be if you put it together, which is actually kind of a nice extra. Most of these that you find today are missing the print.

I mentioned in my recent post on the “There Will Be No Bargain” diorama from Sideshow Collectibles that the Gamorrean Guard’s hands look strange, and you can get a good look at that here. They were huge oversize mitts that the actors had to wear, and I guess it was difficult to get them into natural looking positions.

Interestingly, this shot was used as the inspiration for the painting used on the front of the vintage Return of the Jedi lunchbox, and they even copied the position of the fingers on the hand. Check it out.

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