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Vintage German Jabba the Hutt Magazine Ad

May 4, 2012

A while back I posted about a magazine ad in Dutch for the Vintage Jabba the Hutt toy, and I recently found a copy of the same ad in German. The photos used are the same, but the text is a bit different (at least if Google Translate can be trusted). I’ve massaged the machine translation a bit to make it sound better in English, but since I don’t speak German I can’t really vouch for the total accuracy of this translation. I tried to leave some of the more interesting phrases intact (e.g. “highwayman of the galaxy”).

Your adventure with Star Wars action toys.

“Do you have the courage to liberate HAN SOLO from the violence of this repulsive creature?”

“Han Solo was frozen by DARTH VADER in a carbon block. He is the helpless captive of Jabba the Hutt, the highwayman of the galaxy. JABBA THE HUTT is the leader of a gang of the most dangerous crooks in the universe. Know this, young JEDI KNIGHT, only by defeating the most terrifying monster of all worlds can you liberate HAN SOLO. Remember, the future of your friend and of the REBEL ALLIANCE is in your hands. May the force be with you!”

(Caption)

Jabba the Hutt’s prison has room for seven STAR WARS action figures. The doors of the prison can open and close by a switch.

(Caption)

JABBA THE HUTT

STAR WARS JABBA THE HUTT action figure: When you move JABBA THE HUTT’S head, his giant tail will move.

“May the Force be with you!”

I did learn one thing — the word for “tail” in German (schwanz) can also be slang for a certain part of the male anatomy. Imagine my surprise when I typed the German “Wenn Du JABBA THE HUTTS Kopf bewegst, zischt sein riesiger Schwanz hin und her” into Google translate. Reminds me of this statue… I also didn’t know that his throne would hold seven action figures.

This ad was put out by Parker, since they had the license for Star Wars toys in Germany. I’m interested to know if there are any other versions of this ad in other languages. I think it would be cool to frame them together.

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