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Giga Pets Rancor Monster Digital Pet Review Now on YouTube

August 8, 2017

I wrote an article about this years ago, but here’s a full video review of the Giga Pets Rancor.


Jabba the Hutt Hot Wheels Character Car on for $1.25

May 24, 2017

Even though I don’t particularly like die-cast cars, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for the Jabba the Hutt Character Car by Hot Wheels. While I didn’t make special trips to search for it, every time I was in a store that carried the Star Wars Hot Wheels cars, I made a point to check whether they had a Jabba, and I literally never found one after months of looking. It seems that for whatever reason, the Jabba car was mostly relegated to discount stores (and also to Canadian retailers, it seems).

So when I saw that (a site that primarily sells off surplus products that didn’t sell at normal retailers) was selling this and other Star Wars cars for just $1.25, I had to buy… a few. Of note, the ones I got from Hollar were all the original artwork, instead of the alternative artwork found on the one in the center of the photo above. (Check my post about these cars for more info about these versions and a look at the original artwork for the product.) Also related: the two-pack with Han in Carbonite and Jabba.

By the way, Hollar is also the only place I know of that currently sells the Jabba the Hutt plush bag clip I posted about a while back. They are still available as of this writing.

Buffalo Bisons Baseball Team to Wear Jabba the Hutt Jerseys

May 24, 2017

The Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team is going to be donning Jabba-themed jerseys for their Star Wars Night event. These actually look really nice. They are auctioning off several of game-worn autographed jerseys on their site. I would love to have one of these, but I have a feeling these will go out of my price range for this kind of item. (There is a buy-it-now option for $500.)

This isn’t the first time a baseball team has worn Jabba jerseys. A couple of years ago, I posted about how the Altoona Curve was wearing Jabba-themed jerseys for their own Star Wars night event. The jerseys themselves were not the best though, since they just had a poorly photoshopped image of the Ultra Jabba action figure on them. Seriously!

The Michigan Whitecaps also had great Jabba-themed t-shirts and baseballs for their event back in 2013.

Jabba the Hutt MyMoji Figures from Funko

May 15, 2017

Funko has a growing line of emoji-inspired vinyl figures called MyMoji, and it is now joined by this set of Star Wars characters. There are 8 different characters, each with 3 different expressions, for a total of 24 unique figures. I bought the entire box since I thought they were all cute, but I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t have done so if they hadn’t have included Jabba. The figures are around an inch tall and sell for about $3 apiece in blind bags.

I unboxed the entire box of 24 in the video at the end of this post, and here are photos of the rest of the characters:

Using 3D Printing to Make Jabba the Hutt Cookie Cutters

May 1, 2017

I posted about my quest to recreate the original Pepperidge Farm Star Wars cookies from 1983 a little while ago, and while I was making that I picked up some skills that I wanted to put to use making a cartoony Jabba cookie cutter of my own. I based this off of the design from some plastic Hallmark cups that I posted about a while ago. I found a full version of the artwork from the cup online, then traced the individual parts of his body using illustrator.

I then converted the individual parts into 3D models using a program called Rhino 3D. I’m using the demo version and it works well, but it turns out that it costs $649, so I’m not going to be buying it. You could also use a site like Selva3D, which is what I used for my Pepperidge Farm cutter.

Then I used TinkerCAD to assemble the various parts into a single cutter. The main point here is to make the different parts be different elevations so that some parts of the cookie stick out, and others are recessed.

I did have to do a fair amount of experimenting with various designs to get the best one. I originally wanted to make it a one-piece cutter, but it was too difficult to get the dough out, so I used a two-part design. The inside imprints the details of the design, and the outside cuts out the cookie. This works pretty well.

Here’s some dough after being cut.

I’ve already posted a picture of the finished cookie at the top of this post, but I also made a green version by adding some green tea powder to the dough, so let me show you that:

I also took this opportunity to finally use my Star Jars Jabba the Hutt cookie jar for actually storing cookies.

The 3D model for the cookie cutter is available on Thingiverse if you have a 3D printer. I made a video about making this cutter if you’re interested.

Jabba the Hutt & Salacious B. Crumb Galactic Plushies by Funko (Celebration 2017 Exclusives)

April 23, 2017

These were released for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, but they’re also a shared exclusive with, which means you can just get them on Amazon’s site for $20 instead of paying scalpers’ prices. This is part of Funko’s newish line of plushes. These are both very high quality plushes, constructed with soft fabric and well designed. I think for the $20 price they are a great deal.

There have only been a couple of Salacious Crumb plushes made. One is the Star Wars Buddies plush, and the other was the talking Salacious Crumb by Underground Toys, which I still haven’t had any luck finding. This one i quite cute and will sit up on his own, which is nice.

Jabba is also well made and quite large compared to the other characters in this line. He sort of reminds me of a custom Jabba plush I had made a few years ago. See the video below for a closer look at these.

Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Geeki Tikis Ceramic Cups by ThinkGeek

April 17, 2017

I first posted about these Celebration Orlando 2017 exclusives about a month ago, and at the time I was afraid I would have to spend quite a bit to get them, but as it turns out they are available directly from They come in a nice box that shows the other Star Wars-related Geeki Tikis on the back.

I’m really quite impressed with them. They’re not very practical to use as actual cups, and Jabba himself is pretty huge at more than 6″ tall. But as display pieces (or maybe as holders or planters) they are quite well done. ThinkGeek is also giving away a pin based on the same design if you buy fifty dollars worth of Star Wars merchandise (the pin is about 2″ tall and supposedly retails for $14.99).

See the video review below for a more detailed look at these.