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1/6 Scale Jabba the Hutt and Throne Environment by Sideshow Collectibles (2019 version)

February 2, 2019

I still remember the day that I opened up the original Sideshow Jabba figure 11 or 12 years ago. It was one of the first “high end” collectibles that I had bought, and at the time I wasn’t even really specializing in Jabba the Hutt — although I was of course a fan of the character. I was really blown away by the size and detail of the whole setup, and while the paint wasn’t perfect I was just impressed that something like it existed. It didn’t seem very likely that anything would come along to top it. But then a few months ago Sideshow announced that they would be making a completely new 1/6 scale Jabba. To say I was intrigued would be an understatement! I received mine a couple of weeks ago and made a video review of it right away, but I thought it would be worth tackling the figure in writing and photos as well. How does it measure up to the original Jabba, and is it worth the hefty $799 price tag? Let’s see!

As you can see from the photo above, this set comes in a rather impressively large box (old Sideshow Jabba for scale). The old Jabba figure was sold separately from the throne, so this is the first time we’ve had everything packed in one huge box like this.

Opening up the shipping box and the color box inside reveals two styrofoam trays. The top tray (in the background above) contains all of the little pieces and accessories for the set (more on those shortly), and the bottom has Jabba himself and the throne kind of wedged into each other. It all seems pretty well packed, but I do think it would be extremely challenging to repack.

The Jabba figure himself is quite different from the original Sideshow release in almost every way. There are differences in sculpt and paint that we will get to, but the more fundamental difference is that it really isn’t a “figure” at all. Unlike the previous Jabba, which was made of vinyl, this one is made of a hard resin-like material (at least from what I can tell) and is essentially indistinguishable from a statue. As you can see from the photo above, they even have a bit of a bend in his tail where it is supposed to hang over the throne, and this means that he doesn’t sit properly if you try and put him on a flat surface. Clearly, he is just meant to be on the throne and not really “played with” in the same way that was possible with the old figure.

The first thing that struck me when I opened him up was how much better the paint job on the new Jabba is (click the photo above to see a bigger comparison photo). It’s not that the old Jabba was badly painted, exactly (although the paint job was definitely simpler and the eyes were unforgivably basic). But with the new figure they’ve done exceptional job of recreating the many different colors that made up Jabba’s signature look. The most important thing is probably that they actually made his face and belly orange. It’s incredible how many figures and statues get this wrong, either by making him totally green, or by going for more of a beige color (although to be fair this can be partially attributed to some of the changes that Lucas made when with the CGI versions of the character). This is just a fantastic paint job, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it’s the best paint of any Jabba figure or statue ever. If you look at the Sideshow version above, you can see that they used a more yellowish green look for him that just doesn’t look quite right for a Return of the Jedi Jabba. The photo above is a photoshop composite, so please don’t use it for size comparisons, but it’s pretty close to being the right relative scale. So yes, the new Jabba is also noticeably larger than the previous version.

The previous Jabba did have some very minor articulation in the arms, but for this one they decided to get rid of even that. In its place, though, is something potentially much more interesting. The new Jabba has a number of swappable parts that allow you give him different facial expressions and arm positions. The photo below is more than a little terrifying, but it shows what Jabba looks like without his face parts attached. They just fit in there and remain attached with magnets. It’s the same story with the arms.

Jabba comes with a pretty respectable array of swap-out parts, including four arms, three mouths and six eyes (as well as a little klatooine paddy frog snack that I included in the photo below).

I think this is a brilliant idea, because one of the things that made Jabba from the film seem so realistic and alive was that he wasn’t just a static mask. He was an honest-to-goodness puppet capable of all kinds of emotions. Every other Jabba figure and statue ever made has had to choose one static facial expression, so we’ve never really had a “surprised” “angry” or (especially) “sleeping” Jabba before. That’s a huge deal. This, in combination with the arms really gives this figure a lot of personality.

I do think the sculpt looks a little bit stylized in places compared to the original figure, but it’s amazing how much of a difference changing out some of these parts can make to the look of the figure. You can see the joins where the parts meet the face in some of these closeup shots, but when you’re looking at the figure from a normal viewing distance they pretty much fade into the rest of the wrinkles and are not noticeable.

Above: Jabba about to have a snack (the klatooine paddy frog accessory sticks to his grasping hand with a magnet).

Above: Sleepy-time Jabba. You can also use one of these partially closed eyes in combination with an open one to recreate his “lazy eye” look, but it looked a little off to me and so I didn’t even take a photo of it. I prefer the slightly more open versions for that.

Above: Perhaps the most controversial mouth is this one, with his tongue sticking out and a lot of drool coming down. The drool looks a little weird — like it’s forming a uniform starburst pattern or something — and the tongue also looks a bit too bulbous in my opinion, but it’s still a fun one.

The set also includes a Salacious Crumb figure with a similar array of swap-out parts. You get two sets of arms and legs and two heads, but only one body.

The problem with using this approach for Crumb is that the arms and legs have all been sculpted to give him a certain pose. The parts are marked either red or yellow on the slots that go into his body, and in most cases trying to combine the “yellow” parts with the “red” ones doesn’t work well. Either the parts don’t fit at all or they look a bit awkward. What this means is that despite all of this apparent flexibility, you basically just have two poses you can use. I feel like it might have been better to just give us two fully-sculpted Crumbs in different poses. They are sculpted and painted very nicely, but seem quite fragile. In fact, while I was filming my video review, I dropped one of the heads a couple of inches onto my table and the tip of one of the ears broke right off. I was able to glue it back, but the ears in particular seem insanely fragile due to the materials they used (again, I’m guessing it’s a kind of resin).

The previous Sideshow 1/6 scale Salacious Crumb figure was made of a rubbery plastic that isn’t likely to break until you seriously abuse it. Below are the old and new versions together (old on the left, new on the right). The difference isn’t nearly as stark as between the Jabbas, but I do still prefer the new one.

Of course one of the main attractions of this set is that it doesn’t include just figures — you also get the full throne environment. In terms of size and general design, the new throne is very similar to the old one, but the paint is greatly improved and it’s also significantly lighter. The old throne was made of polystone, while this one appears to be hollow resin. It’s still got a nice weight to it, but it’s not as insanely heavy as the old one.

 

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They even put some cool artwork on the bottom of the throne, even though most people would probably never see it. You get a number of accessories for the throne, including 11 pillows, 3 glasses, a plate of food, and two “animal skins” (one that looks like a piece of leather and one that looks like a fur). The fur piece is very impressive in its coloration, but the “leather” piece seems a little artificial and almost paper-like somehow.

The pillows are actual cloth pillows filled with some kind of pellets that allow you to pose them semi-realistically. The previous throne only came with a couple of pillows that were made of resin or polystone, so this is a nice upgrade and gives you some flexibility with how you display them. My only concern is that they will probably attract dust when the set is on display over a long period of time.

The frog bowl in the throne railing can actually be viewed from above, unlike the previous version, and there is a little piece of transparent acrylic with a frog in it to simulate water. There is a coating inside the bowl that makes the clear resin look a bit more yellow and murky.

I think the effect works pretty well. On top of the bowl goes the hookah pipe, which is also a bit of an upgrade from the previous one. The dome is actually a transparent piece of plastic or glass and it has a bit of a smoke and liquid effect applied to it as well.

The pipe part comes apart into two pieces to help you get it into Jabba’s hand, although I think it may actually be easier to just leave it in one piece.

Once you’ve put all of the pieces together, the effect is really quite impressive. In fact, I’m willing to say that this is not only the best Jabba figure or statue ever made, it may very well be the best Jabba collectible period (although that is of course open to debate). That’s not to say that the old version is suddenly terrible. It’s still a very cool piece, and I could understand owners of the old version not wanting to rush out and replace it (especially for $799). See below for a couple of comparisons between the two sets (these are so large that photographing them is challenging, so I had to just put them on my basement floor).

As you can see, the thrones are nearly identical in size, but the new Jabba is quite a bit bigger. Also the additional throne accessories and the better paint job just make it look more impressive.

I will of course be keeping the old version, but I do need to find a good place to display it, since it isn’t easy to find space for two collectibles of this size. The question of whether this is worth $799 is going to be a tricky one to answer. It is to me personally because Jabba is my favorite character and the focus of my collection, but even for me it is a significant amount of money. It seems all the more expensive when you consider that 12 years ago the original version cost $120 for the figure and $200 for the throne. But you have to keep in mind that Sideshow’s regular 1/6 scale Star Wars figures were going for around $60 at that time, and now they are close to $250 apiece. True, there has been a significant increase in quality in that time as well, but generally speaking these prices are what drove me from 1/6 scale figure collecting in the first place. Whether he’s worth the price tag is ultimately up to you, but I can say that this is an exceptionally well done set, and I doubt that anyone considering buying it would be disappointed with it.

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 3, 2019 10:02 am

    Congratulations on getting this set, Mighty Jabba. It does look very impressive.

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