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Bootleg of Mexican Bootleg Jabba the Hutt Figure

May 12, 2015

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No, that’s not a typo. This is in fact a bootleg of a bootleg — a sort of bootleg inception, if you will. As I mentioned in a post from a few years ago about Mexican bootlegs of vintage Kenner figures, there was a bootleg figure of Jabba made, but (presumably due to the size) it was a new sculpt rather than a direct copy like the other figures. This bootleg Jabba is very rare and valuable (to bootleg collectors, at least), so I don’t have one. But this is what it looks like:

Earlier this year, something that looked very similar to this figure appeared on eBay, but cast in green plastic. I’m not sure what the original bootleg was made of, but it was painted in a similar color scheme to the Kenner figure, so this was odd. After some consulting with people who know more about bootlegs than me, my suspicions were confirmed: they were selling a fake version of the original bootleg.

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Whether they actually had the original mold or had just made a new mold from one of the bootlegs is unclear, but it is pretty clear that these are modern bootlegs and not from the vintage era. If there was any doubt, the appearance of many of these on eBay in colors like gold, purple, red (like mine) and orange should make it very clear that these have been made for eBay. Still, it’s interesting for me to have a copy of the original. As you can see below, it’s really quite tiny compared to the vintage Jabba figure.

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It’s cast in a fairy dense and almost waxy plastic. The arms are in fact attached to ball joints, so they can move in a way that’s not that different from the original figure.

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Hooray!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2017 8:27 pm

    I recently bought one of these on ebay and the rubber black Jabba, tho not yet arrived. Do these hold up in time or does the material break down?

    • mightyjabba permalink*
      March 2, 2017 11:01 pm

      I have no idea of the long-term durability, but I’ve had mine for a few months and it seems fine. I would think they would be okay.

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