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“Your Mind Powers Will Not Work On Me Boy” T-Shirt With Jabba the Hutt

September 28, 2014

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I resisted getting this shirt for two reasons. The main one was that instead of using a picture of the actual Jabba from Return of the Jedi or some original artwork, they just used a stock photo of the Sideshow Jabba the Hutt figure that’s easily found on something like a Google image search.

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All it takes is a few minutes in Photoshop to turn it into the design they went with, and frankly it seems lazy. I even wrote an entire blog post about people making products using images of the Sideshow Jabba, but this an officially licensed shirt. It’s not unusual to see artists and others use collectibles like statues or figures as the basis for their work, and on the one hand I understand it since it’s often actually easier to get photos of these things than good reference photos from the movies. But it kind of ruins it for me when I can tell right away that this has been done.

The other reason I didn’t get it is that it’s rather expensive — $22 from 80stees.com. But I eventually got one very cheaply on eBay so I decided to get it. It’s not a bad design, but it just seems odd for them to use the Sideshow Jabba as the basis for it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2014 12:14 pm

    I know you probrably expect to receive questions based around jabba but how did you do the gif above? It seems really smooth and little tid bits like this I am really interested in, sorry if I got off topic

    • icruise permalink*
      October 25, 2014 12:16 pm

      I did it in Photoshop Elements. It has a feature for exporting animated gifs. I had to make several layers each with different levels of transparency, which I then exported.

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