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Jabba’s Palace Wooden Figures by John Soukup (aka KettleArt)

April 26, 2013


A couple of years ago, I got a sketch card by John Soukup from the Topps Galaxy Series 5 (here’s his DeviantArt page). I like it a lot and have it framed it my office. So I was quite interested when I saw some painted wooden Star Wars figures that he made being sold on eBay. I had never seen them before, but apparently he’s made quite a number of these, and for properties other than Star Wars, as well.


I won Jabba and Han in Carbonite and since the seller turned out to be John himself, I inquired about making some others, which he kindly agreed to. They’re made out of 3/4″ thick wood that’s been cut into simple shapes and then painted appropriately.


They’re simple in a way, and certainly have a bit of a folk art feel to them, but they’re very well done (and not too expensive either). The humanoid figures are around 3.5″ tall (which makes them basically in scale with vintage and modern Star Wars figures, now that I think about it), while the tallest is the rancor at about 5″ tall.


My favorites are probably Jabba, the rancor, the Gamorrean and Max Rebo. Here are some individual shots so you can get a better look at the detail. They’re painted all the way around. I particularly like the rancor’s backside 😉


I’m tempted to get more, but it’s hard to know where to stop when Jabba’s Palace is concerned — there’s just so many characters!


7 Comments leave one →
  1. WampaVsRancor permalink
    April 26, 2013 9:49 pm

    I REALLY love these. I’d love a Hoth display in my collection. How does one go about getting in touch with him? I’m very interested in seeing what he’d charge for a similar series but with characters from Hoth.

  2. April 28, 2013 8:15 am

    These are superb. Very nice find, Mighty Jabba. I noticed that his deviantART page has a nice Mynock Hunt scene which would fit nicely into my collection.

    WampaVsRancor. He also had a nice Han in Hoth gear and Tauntaun.

  3. WampaVsRancor permalink
    April 29, 2013 9:14 am

    I did a quick scroll through his page, I’ll have to look again. I’m also hoping there’s a link on his page to contact him about doing more. Hoth Luke and Han with Tauntauns, Wampa, Probe Droid, a snowy Chewbacca, Spirit Obi-Wan, AT-AT Driver, Snowtrooper, Darth Vader and the Droids would make for such a cool display!

  4. WampaVsRancor permalink
    May 7, 2013 5:38 pm

    My Hoth set should arrive early next week. I’m incredibly excited for them to arrive. I’m very happy I decided to add an AT-AT to my order. It’s going to be around 9″ tall and 12″ long. I’m planning on making a box to decorate with a snowy background to display them in.

    • icruise permalink*
      May 7, 2013 7:59 pm

      Cool! John is pretty speedy. Maybe you can post a link to them when they arrive.

  5. WampaVsRancor permalink
    May 8, 2013 5:50 pm

    I plan on posting in your thread on Rebelscum once they arrive. It’ll probably take me a couple weeks to put the display box project together.

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