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Jabba the Hutt Chia Pet (Star Wars Celebration 2019 Exclusive)

May 22, 2019

Chia Pets have been around for years, but I’ve never actually had one. The basic idea is that you have a figure of some kind made of pottery that you smear a paste of chia seeds onto, and when the seeds sprout it looks like fur or hair. I never in a million years would have expected them to make a Jabba version, but I’m glad they did. This was available at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, although the box itself has a sticker that reads “2019 Convention Exclusive” so maybe they will be selling it elsewhere as well?

It includes a fairly large (maybe 8″ wide?) statue of Jabba on his throne. I think it’s really quite well done and includes a lot of detail on the throne, like pillows and the like. I think it works pretty well just as a statue, although of course it is made of hollow clay pottery.

They also give you a little wooden Salacious Crumb that you can stick in a slot in front of Jabba. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be similar to the little wooden sticks you put in the soil by plants to tell what they are? (Not a gardener.)

This was a little on the pricey side: $45 retail at the convention, and of course considerably more on the secondary market. So I don’t think I’ll be trying out the chia growing part of the product, since it will probably discolor the statue. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to get two of them.

(By the way, this was included in this YouTube video I made about Celebration exclusives, if you want to see a bit more about it.)

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