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Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Vynl Figures by Funko

September 29, 2018

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Whenever a new line of Star Wars figures shows up, I always check to see if there is a Jabba, and I am often disappointed. His large body and non-humanoid body type makes him difficult to fit into lines that rely on producing a lot of variants of a single figure (like Hasbro’s original Mighty Muggs, for example). So I was pleasantly surprised to see that Funko’s line of “Vynl” figures included Jabba and Salacious very early on. All of the figures in this line apparently use the same package design, and in this case that means that both of the figures are partially obscured by the packaging — you can barely see poor Jabba’s face at all.

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Out of the package, these are nicely painted and surprisingly hefty (well, Jabba is, anyway). They both come with transparent plastic stands, which are completely unnecessary for these particular figures, but are a nice addition for the humanoid figures in the line, which probably have some trouble standing up.

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The main design concept for this line seems to be stylized simplicity. Both of these figures have been heavily stylized and reduced to geometric shapes, more or less, with much of the detail coming from the paint. This is particularly noticeable with Jabba.

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It’s a little bit of an odd look, really, but I dig it. The paint is by far the most detailed on the head, while on the body it consists mostly of lines representing his wrinkles, but they did include his arm tattoo. As is the case with the Funko POP! line, these are bobbleheads, even though the figures from other properties like Harry Potter are not. From what I understand, this is due to licensing issues so there is nothing that can really be done about it, but I would much prefer these if they were single-piece figures without the bobblehead feature.

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Bobbleheads can look a little weird depending on the angle, and the heads also have a tendency to get a little twisted, making the figure look off to the left or right, and it can be difficult to correct this. Aside from that, though, these are nice figures and pretty reasonably priced at around $15. I’d definitely be open to buying some more — particularly if they came out with any more Jabba’s palace characters, although that might be a long shot.

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