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Jabba the Hutt Slime Lab from Uncle Milton (Star Wars Science Series) + Video Review

October 15, 2018

P1070250When I’m shopping online, I will sometimes just search for “Jabba” on the off chance that they will have a Jabba product I haven’t seen, but it rarely works. This time, though, was different. I was looking at because they had a pretty good sale on toys, and was amazed to see this product available for immediate shipping. Of course, I bought a couple of them (one to keep sealed, natch). It retails for about $20.P1070251In a nutshell, this is a variety of gross-out toy, but they’ve given it a bit of an educational veneer. It includes a color poster with some information about Jabba, along with some facts about slime-producing creatures like slugs and snails. Included in the package is a very cool Jabba’s Palace-themed mixing station (although it is a little surreal to see a big bowl on the throne where Jabba should be). There’s also a Jabba-themed spoon (more of a spork, really), which I think is a first even for my collection.IMG_1981They also include a variety of ingredients that you can mix with water to make slime. They include around 10 recipes for different slime types, although many of them are just subtle variations on a theme. The “slime bits” are the main slime powder, while “sheen” is fine glitter, “glow” is glow-in-the-dark powder, and “putty” seems to be a thickener. Finally, they also include some “nodules,” which are small styrofoam balls.P1070280The slime is actually pretty cool. It reminds me of something out of an Alien movie more than the slime that seems to come with most toys. And being able to mix the various ingredients in different combinations and ratios is fun. Of course any Jabba fan reading this is likely to be reminded of the Jabba Glob figure from the late 1990s, so I had to see how some of the slime would work with that figure. The answer is: really well, actually. I think this slime is better than the stuff that originally came with the figure.

P1070286Jabba-related products aren’t really all that common, and I usually hear about them well in advance, so it was cool to be surprised by a new product like this. And I think it’s a pretty good product, as these things go. I made a (surprisingly long, in the end) video review of it that you can see below.

Star Wars Comic #51 with Jabba the Hutt Cover by John Tyler Christopher

October 12, 2018


John Tyler Christopher has apparently been making limited edition covers for Star Wars comics for some time, each one mimicking the style of a vintage Kenner action figure. I’m definitely a fan of that style of packaging. Of course unlike most vintage figures, Jabba was originally sold as part of a boxed playset, but John has reimagined it as a jumbo carded figure that wraps all the way around to the back of the comic, complete with Salacious Crumb next to him. I would love to see a version of the Jabba toy packaged like this.


I don’t regularly read comics anymore, but this one looks pretty well done, although the story inside has nothing to do with Jabba. These were available for sale on John’s website, but at this point you’ll have to get it on the secondary market.

Hasbro Ultra Jabba First Shot Prototype

October 3, 2018


I posted about my Jabba Glob prototype a couple of days ago, but this one is a bit more interesting — at least to me. This is a prototype for Hasbro’s Ultra Jabba figure (looking back at this post from 2009 reminds me that I really need to update it and take some better photos). While the Jabba Glob prototype was not very different from the production figure without the paint, this one is visually distinct in a number of ways. Obviously, it is unpainted, but the color of the plastic is also different. It is a lighter green, while the production feature is a noticeably darker green.


It also came with an unpainted version of his hookah pipe and railing, as well as his removable tongue and froggy snack.


The hookah pipe was cast in clear plastic, which would have been selectively painted gold on the production version, to make it look like there was a glass globe in it.


Obviously this figure and the Jabba Glob figure share a lot — they actually use the same exact tail mold, and the rest of the Ultra Jabba is really just a retooled version of Jabba Glob. While the production version of the Ultra Jabba figure is clearly the better of the two, I’m a little undecided about whether this face sculpt is actually better than the one on the Jabba Glob figure. I don’t really like the way his tongue sticks out, and while it is removable, it leaves an odd drooling hole that just looks weird. Aside from that, though, the sculpting on this figure is great.


Hasbro Jabba Glob First Shot Prototype Figure

October 1, 2018


I’ve been trying to collect things related to the production of Jabba the Hutt action figures for a long time, but they are not easy to find. They are pretty limited in terms of the numbers that were made, and they tend to get locked up in people’s collections. Still, I have managed to pick up a few things over the years, including a couple just in the last several months. The first of these is this first shot prototype for the Hasbro Jabba Glob figure.


Since I have the metal rotocast molds that were used for the tail and head of the Jabba Glob figure, it’s nice to finally get one of these to pair with it. Unlike some prototypes, like my POTF2 Jabba prototype (which is all black), this one uses what appears to be the same materials as the production figure. In fact, the only thing to distinguish this from a production figure with the paint removed is the fact that the mouth on the prototype has not been cut open. In fact, I don’t really have any proof that this was used as an actual production prototype, instead of being just an extra that some guys at the factory made to sell, but I think that’s pretty typical for these kinds of things.jabba_glob_proto3

One reason I like these unpainted prototypes is that you can really get a good look at the sculpt, and think this one looks a lot better without the production paint on it. I’ve always thought the color scheme they chose was oddly pale. Stay tuned for a post about my second prototype pickup soon.

Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Vynl Figures by Funko

September 29, 2018


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

“Bring Me Solo” Jabba the Hutt Pin by Disney (ROTJ 35th Anniversary Mystery Pin)

September 15, 2018


This metal pin is part of a set of blind-boxed pins that Disney is selling to mark the 35th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. There are 5 main pins, pictured below (although I only have the Jabba one).


There are also two chase pins that are harder to find. One is an Imperial Guard and the other is a Gamorrean Guard, so I should probably try and track that one down, but I’m afraid it may be out of my price range.

Speaking of anniversaries, it was on this day 9 years ago that I made my first post on this site — about the vintage Jabba the Hutt Action Playset. It’s hard to believe it’s been that lone. While I haven’t been the most active on this site since starting my YouTube channel, my interest in collecting Jabba merchandise hasn’t waned, and I plan to keep going for a long time to come.

“Fine Art Movie Playset” Aims to Recreate an Obscure Italian Vintage Jabba the Hutt Store Display

September 4, 2018


I was recently contacted by the people behind “Fine Art Movie Playset.” They are a group of people trying to produce playsets inspired by vintage products, or in this case, store displays. One of their first products is to be a recreation of a very cool cardboard store display that was used in very limited numbers in Italian stores.


I first wrote about this display back in 2012 (here is the relevant page on the SWCA). The best photo I have of the display is below, from an auction where one was sold for some obscene amount like $20,000. So clearly this is out of the reach of the vast majority of collectors, and of course they are very limited in quantity as well.

The original display at auction

So I suppose that makes it a good choice for a recreation like this. To be clear, this is not a “reproduction” in the generally accepted sense. Rather than just trying to replicate a vintage item as closely as possible using scans and photos, they have hired an artist to paint something that is inspired by the original display, but it will not be a copy in any way. Hopefully they will also clearly mark it as a modern item just to avoid any possible confusion, but the prototype photos seem different enough to make it unlikely for someone to be able to pass this off as an original, even in online photos.


The main issue with this whole endeavor is the price. They are asking nearly $500 (including shipping from Europe) for their version of the display, and say that they have to get 150 orders for it to even go into production. I could be wrong, but I have real doubts that there are 150 people wanting to buy a product like this at any price, much less at nearly $500. I mean, I’m probably the craziest Jabba fan in the world, but I’m afraid it’s just too much for me. I would probably be interested at a significantly lower price, but it sounds like production and shipping costs make that difficult.


That said, I thought this might be of interest to some of my readers, so if you want to know more, feel free to check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as their Etsy account where you can currently place a preorder for the product.