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Plaster Mold For Vintage Ceramic Jabba the Hutt Figure

August 20, 2014

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I got the ceramic figure above a few years ago (see here for more details about it). It’s one of many fan-made ceramic statues that people made in the 80s. Since they’re unlicensed and individually made, it has been difficult to find any information about them. I know that some of them were apparently made by “Windmill Ceramics” but I dot know if they were responsible for the Jabba figure. And I will say that the Jabba version is considerably less common than characters like Darth Vader or R2-D2. You can find those on eBay any day of the week, but these really don’t come up very often. When I bought this one, I thought it would be fun to collect these figures since they’re all unique and not generally that expensive, but since then I’ve only found one more (a brown one). I haven’t found any in the past 3-4 years.

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That’s why I was very excited when someone kindly pointed me toward an eBay listing for what appeared to be a mold for these figures. Plus, it was only $7. 🙂 I was pretty sure it was the mold for these figures, but when I got it in hand I had no doubt. As you can see, mine fits perfectly into the mold. I have no idea how many of these molds were made, but I can’t imagine that very many of them have survived. It’s a two-part mold made of a chalky white plaster. As you can see below, when you would actually use the mold, it would be upside-down so that the three holes are on the top, and the ceramic “slip” would be poured in there.

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There aren’t any real markings on the mold except for some numbers in pencil and the letters “XJ” in the mold itself. Could the “J” stand for “Jabba?” Maybe.

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The mold seems to be in pretty good shape, although the half shown below is kind of discolored. I did clean up the mold with a damp cloth, but this part didn’t want to come clean. I don’t know if it is feasible, but I’m considering trying to use the mold to make a very small run of ceramic figures. They would of course be properly marked as modern versions to avoid any confusion. We’ll see.

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