I’m not that big of a fan of Hot Wheels or other die-cast cars, so it’s kind of funny that I’ve spent so long scanning the toy aisle for them in the past months. I do kind of like their Star Wars line, but it’s the fact that I have had so much trouble finding certain cars that keeps me looking for them — almost out of spite. I think part of it is that the shelves of my local stores are already so clogged with Hot Wheels stuff that isn’t selling that they are reluctant to get new stuff in, but that’s not everything.
In any case, these two-packs have only just started to appear in stores and are also pretty hard to find, with the Jabba vs. Han in Carbonite one in particular being quite pricey on eBay. Luckily, I managed to get this on Walmart.com for retail price (now sold out) thanks to their feature that emails you when something comes in store. I think that may be the first time a feature like that has actually paid off for me… As with the Jabba car, I believe the artwork on this set was done by Ken Christiansen.
Mattel also released a Jedi Luke car in the “Throne Room Race Track” set, but I believe that was a different design, using the “open chest flap” version of his outfit, while this one is reminiscent of his Jabba’s Palace outfit. The rancor dump truck is pretty readily recognizable as the rancor, with a front grille that really looks like the monster’s face, a shackle and chain on the sides, and of course his trademark earring.
The bones in the back actually come out, and the back does move like a dump truck. Only the brown part of the lower vehicle is metal — everything else is plastic.
I’m glad I was able to pick these up to go with my Jabba car, and I hope to find the Jabba/Han two-pack at a reasonable price soon. I wonder if any other Jabba’s Palace characters are on the horizon…? By the way, I unbox these cars and give a closer look in the YouTube video below, so check it out if you’re interested.
I recently made a YouTube video about Jabba the Hutt-related jewelry, but at the time I had no idea that this item even existed. But it turns out that Japanese company Justin Davis Jewelry has been selling a line of Star Wars jewelry for more than a year. It’s fairly extensive and ranges in price from around $150 for a small ring or single earring like this to nearly $25,000 (!) for a diamond-encrusted Stormtrooper ring.
I don’t know how long they’ve been selling this particular item, though, since it doesn’t seem to be featured in any of the news articles or releases about the line. In any case, this is a sterling silver Jabba the Hutt earring, and I believe this is the only Jabba earring to ever have an official release. I ordered one as soon as I found out about it (and when I learned that they have an official English site that allows you to order from overseas without going through some sort of exporter).
When it arrived, I couldn’t believe how large and heavy the box was. That’s because inside was the large and very fancy presentation box you see above. Turn it around and you can see the words “May the force be with you” on a section that slides out toward you.
Slide that out and you are greeted with the familiar phase “Along time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”
This is a paper sheath that covers the actual gift box that the item comes in, which you can see below. All of this packaging is kind of extreme for such a tiny item, but that’s not unusual for Japanese companies. They even included a plastic bag from the shop so I could get the whole shopping experience. 😀
The earring itself is quite small, but also incredibly detailed. It’s hard to convey this in images that are blown up to many times original size, but in person it looks very impressive.
I think they did an excellent Job sculpting Jabba — especially if you take the size into account.
The earring is shaped so that Jabba’s tail curves under your earlobe if you were to actually wear it. I think that’s a cool touch. While I do have some old piercings that have now closed up, I don’t plan to wear this. But I am very happy to have it in my collection. I also made a video about this item that shows it and the packaging in some more detail, which you can see below.
I received this paper-cut Jabba the Hutt (with custom “Mighty Jabba’s Collection” background) from an Italian fan. It was created by Otaku Papercraft. I believe this is their Facebook page, although it’s all in Italian. Thanks very much, Federico!
In honor of the day, I thought I would make a video looking at some vintage and modern Star Wars Valentines.
I posted about this months ago, before it was released, and for some reason never posted a follow-up after I got one in hand. This coin purse is made of faux leather and I’ll have to say I just love the design. Companies tend to stick with the more mainstream characters like Vader, R2-D2 and Yoda, so I love it when they take a bit of a chance and make something like this.
Most of Loungefly’s extensive Star Wars collection seems to target women, but their coin purses aren’t quite so obviously feminine — especially if you were to use it as a pouch instead of a coin purse, as I plan to do.
I liked these so much I ended up getting some other characters as well, as you can see in the video below:
To give you an idea of how negligent I’ve been about updating this site, I got this item back in late September of last year, but never posted about it until now. I got this from Hollar.com, and to my surprise it’s still available there for $4.
I get the impression that Hollar gets a lot of their stock in the form of overstock from “Dollar Store” type retail outlets, so these keychains might have been available in that kind of store, but all I know is that I had never seen or heard about this item until I found it by chance on their site. Needless to say, I was quite excited.
It’s a bit of a bizarre design. The face is kind of off-putting. Somehow the detailed face design doesn’t match the very simple body, and the face just looks kind of odd. I also have no idea what the “collar” he appears to be wearing is supposed to be. It’s also big enough to be a small plush, rather than a bag clip. But regardless, it’s VERY unusual for me to find a brand new Jabba item that I’ve never seen before, so I’m not complaining. Here is the back of the cardboard tag that shows the other characters in the line, and I believe they are all still available at Hollar.
I first picked up this Jabba the Hutt Hot Wheels car quite some time ago, and while I made a video about it at the time, it seems that I never posted anything about it on the site. So allow me to rectify that now. First of all let me say that this car is quite difficult to find. Every time I go to a store that carries the Star Wars Hot Wheels cars, I check to see if they have a Jabba, and I’ve never found one ever, even after months of looking. I think maybe they just never made it to my neck of the woods. So I had to get mine online, but even on places like eBay these go for a lot more than the typical car. And yes, there are two different versions of the packaging, but more on that in a minute.
The car itself is not bad as these things go. It portrays him as a garbage truck with an exhaust pipe taking the place of Jabba’s hookah pipe.
It’s also got his clan symbol on the bottom.
Back to the packaging. The version on the right above is the more common one, at least at this point. I’ve only seen a handful of sellers with the version on the left.
The back of the package is also somewhat different. Most notably, the cars listed under “Collect Them All!” are different. But they didn’t just redesign the package. The artwork on the front is actually completely different between the two versions. The faces in particular are pretty different, and if you look closely Jabba’s tail is facing different directions as well.
I was Googling around trying to figure out why they did this, when I stumbled upon the Facebook page of Ken Christiansen, who did the artwork for many of the cars in this line. When I asked him about the other version, he said that it was an alternative version that he did, but he didn’t even realize it had been used for anything until I showed him a photo. He also said that he originally did the artwork for a single pack version before being told he would have to redo it with Jabba facing the other way because it was going to be used on a two-pack instead. (I actually saw a listing for a two-pack with the Jabba car and Han Solo on the Toys R Us website a while back, but then it disappeared and I can’t find the image now. It think it’s been canceled. [EDIT: Turns out it is actually available as a two-pack with Han in Carbonite, although I haven’t yet gotten one.]) So that explains why there are two versions, but not why they decided to actually release two very similar versions like this. My guess is that they decided the other version fit better on the package when they changed the design.
It turned out that Ken had the original pencil drawing he used for this artwork for sale, so I bought it from him. It had been virtually “inked” and colored using Photoshop, and that is the version you see below. (Ken also gave me a print of this colored version and I think I may frame them one on top of the other.)
It was also apparently reworked a fair amount by Lucasfilm Licensing — apparently without Ken’s involvement. The face on the final artwork is noticeably different. Anyway, I was excited to get this because I don’t really have any packaging artwork. Even though the final version is heavily processed and digitally altered compared to the original sketch, the sketch is still where it got its start, and the hands, arms and body are almost unchanged.