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Star Wars Socks (Jabba the Hutt, Han in Carbonite, Slave Leia x2)

June 9, 2014

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I’ve posted about my vintage Jabba the Hutt and Gamorrean Guard sweat socks before, but until now they were the only Jabba-related socks I knew of (assuming you don’t count the Mick Jabba socks). So I was surprised to find out about these socks recently. They’re part of a new line of realistic and knitted designs that features lots of different Star Wars characters. The two Slave Leia designs are apparently women’s socks, while the other two are men’s, although the difference is really in the sizing.

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The socks on the left above use artwork from the Chris Trevas Celebration IV print titled “His Vision Returns.” It’s a fantastic print and looks surprisingly good on the sock, but cropping just the Leia portion of it seems to be a questionable decision. First of all, it eliminates the whole point of the print, which is showing how Han reacts to Leia’s outfit as his vision returns after their escape from Jabba. And even if you want to just use it as a standalone image of Slave Leia, having her wear goggles doesn’t make a lot of sense (in the original painting they were escaping a dust storm that was shown in a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi). I’m not sure if the Han in Carbonite is a photo of the actual prop or a painting of some sort, but it looks pretty good.

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The knitted designs are pixelated and remind me of 16-bit video game artwork (Leia in particular). The Jabba is a little strange, with his face at the top and some odd green strips at the bottom. I can’t figure out what they’re supposed to be. I had assumed that they were meant to represent Jabba’s body somehow, but I don’t really see it. I tried the sock on myself, but it seemed to get overly stretched out and look weird even though it’s supposedly my size. So I had my son model it. Even on him, Jabba’s face gets rather distorted (although that sort of works for Jabba). Jabba’s body is essentially shaped like an ankle sock, so I think they missed an opportunity to make the sock really resemble him.

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