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Vintage Jabba the Hutt Tote Bag (Possible Adam Joseph Industries Prototype?)

February 19, 2018

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I bought this canvas tote more than a year ago, but I never posted about it, mostly because I kept thinking that I would be able to find more information about it, but I haven’t had much luck. It just popped up on eBay one day, and since I had never seen it before and I could find no reference to it anywhere, I was very interested to obtain it. Luckily I managed to get it for a pretty reasonable price.

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It appears to be identical to the vintage tote bags made by Adam Joseph Industries in 1983, and has the same kind of plastic pocket with a snap inside, but there is no company name on it. (The Adam Joseph bags should have a tag inside with the company name on it.) While I have found references to bags featuring Yoda, R2-D2/C-3PO, Darth Vader/Royal Guards, and Wicket the Ewok, I have never found any mention of a Jabba the Hutt bag like this. The person I bought it from said she got it at an estate sale and didn’t know anything about it. It is in perfect condition, and I think it’s entirely possible that it’s a prototype that never made it into production, but that’s just a guess on my part. I’d be very interested to hear from anyone who knows more about it.

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Hasbro Tries Crowdfunding a Jabba’s Sail Barge Vehicle with HasLab

February 18, 2018

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It’s been six years since I first posted about the “Bring on the Barge” petition that someone started to encourage Hasbro to release a Jabba’s Sail Barge vehicle in the 3 3/4″ scale, but now it looks like it may actually happen, albeit in a way that the people signing the petition probably didn’t expect. Instead of releasing this as a traditional vehicle available in stores, Hasbro is trying out a crowdfunding approach similar to Kickstarter.

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People who want to buy the vehicle are asked to sign up at the HasLab site and commit to paying the $499 price tag. If 5,000 people sign up before April 3, 2018, the vehicle will go into production and will be available in early 2019. If not, I guess it just won’t get made and people won’t be charged anything. I assume they thought they wouldn’t get enough sales releasing it in the same way as the “big Millennium Falcon” or AT-AT vehicles, and decided to see if a smaller run at a considerably higher price would be viable.

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The vehicle looks quite impressive in renders. It’s more than 4 feet long, and it will supposedly have some higher-end features than you might have been able to expect if this had been released traditionally. I’m intrigued by the level of detail that they are claiming will be included, and most of all by the Jabba figure that is going to come with it. I really hope that they are going to be making a new Jabba and are not just going to be including the one from the Toys R Us-exclusive Rancor Pit set from 2015, but maybe that’s too much to hope for. In addition to the vehicle, you will also get a 64-page book immediately after the project is funded, which is apparently meant to give people something concrete to tide them over until the vehicle is actually released.

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As impressive as it is, $499 is a very high price tag (although it does include shipping, which is probably fairly hefty on something of this size). I of course signed up immediately, but are there 4,999 other people in the world willing to $500 for this? I guess we’ll see. At the time of this writing they had around 1/5 the target number, but it had only been a couple of days. If you’re interested, I suggest you check it out.

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I’m 3D Printing a Life-Size Jabba the Hutt!

February 11, 2018

I’m starting a new series of videos on YouTube where I will be printing and painting a life-size Jabba the Hutt! Check out the video below for more information.

Original Artwork of Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb by AnnMare Cruz

January 26, 2018

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I picked up this 11×14 artwork done in Copic markers from Corrosive Comics on Etsy. This is the original, but they still have prints of it available here. I’m not sure if it fully comes through in this photo, but the color and detail on this are very impressive. I love the design of Jabba and Salacious, and Jabba’s eyelashes are strangely charming as well…

Jabba the Hutt Ceramic Mug by ThinkGeek

December 26, 2017

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I’ve said it before, but ThinkGeek is really killing it when it comes to Jabba-related collectibles. They released ceramic Geeki Tiki statues of Jabba and Salacious Crumb, plus a pin using the same designs, and a Jabba the Hutt snack bowl (which I forgot to add to the site until today). They also put out an emoji Jabba pin that was only available at Celebration.

Various companies have been making figural mugs of Star Wars characters since the 80s. But it’s always mystified me that there has never been a Jabba, especially since he is a major character and his tail would seem to made an obvious handle. In any case, I’m glad I finally have a Jabba mug I can display with my other Star Wars mugs. (Technically, Funko also made a POP! figure-styled Jabba mug that they included in one of their subscription boxes, but that’s a bit different.)

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I like the sculpt pretty well, although I have my suspicions that it was originally sculpted to have him sticking his tongue out on the left side of his mouth (our right), but they decided not to paint it. The paint job is pretty good, too. This is available on the ThinkGeek site for $14.99.

Ceramic Jabba the Hutt Snack Bowl by ThinkGeek

December 26, 2017

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I got this about six months ago, and made a YouTube video about it at the time, which you can see below. But I apparently neglected to add an entry for it to my site, so here it is. This was another one of those products that just appeared out of nowhere on ThinkGeek’s site. It retails for $16.99.

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They’ve made similar snack bowls with generic characters like a shark in the past, but this is the first time they’ve used Star Wars characters, including Chewbacca and a wampa in addition to Jabba.

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The idea of course is that the character’s mouth is full of whatever goodies you decide to put in the bowl. It does make these a little hard to recognize unless you see them from the correct angle, and casual Star Wars fans might not be able to tell who they are at all if they didn’t know they were supposed to be from Star Wars. It’s always great to get more Jabba merchandise, though.

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Here’s my video review of the bowl.

Decorating My “Huttmas Tree” with 3D-Printed Christmas Lights

December 18, 2017

Here’s a quick video I made about my “Huttmas Tree” — a Jabba the Hutt-themed Christmas tree using the Jabba’s Palace-related ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Plus, I use 3D printing to design and make some Jabba-shaped Christmas lights.