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Original Vintage Concept Artwork for Unproduced Jabba the Hutt Clock by Bradley Time

March 14, 2016

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Bradley Time came out with a number of Star Wars-themed timepieces in the 80s, including digital and analog Jabba the Hutt wristwatches for kids and some full-size clocks like these. But they also came up with a variety of designs that never made it into production, like this one.

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This would’ve been a clear acrylic slab with a clock embedded in it and a plastic Jabba figure on the front. There’s a stamp at the bottom left that reads:

Original Artwork
Property of
Bradley Time Division
Elgin International Industries, Inc.

And there is a number on the bottom right (“8/16 – 2”) that I believe represents the date when it was created by the artist. The 8/16 means August 16 (1982) while the “2” is probably the number of this particular item, since other concept artwork has other numbers there instead of the “2”. On the back of the artwork is a stamp showing that it was received by Bradley Time on August 23, 1982. I wonder if this means that the artist in question was working as a freelancer outside the company. I’d be interested to know who made this artwork, if anyone knows.

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The artwork itself is on vellum, which is sort of like thick tracing paper, and it has a piece of plain paper attached to the back. It might have been white once, but it’s quite yellow now. Below you can see the reverse of the vellum sheet. The coloring from the clock face has rubbed off on the paper underneath, showing that they colored some parts on the reverse, presumably to help make the design nice and clean.

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There are some other Jabba-related concept designs on the SWCA site, including a similar Jabba clock, a digital Jabba clock, and two that are in the same style as this one: a sail barge design and a Rebo Band design.  But I had never seen this design before, so I was quite happy to pick it up. It’s a bit of a shame that none of these Jabba-themed clocks ever got the green light.

Here is the piece framed. It’s on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, but the arrangement of the elements on the page meant that I was able to just use an off-the-shelf 11″ x 14″ frame and a precut mat with an 8″ x 10″ opening and it looks great.

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