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Video Review of Sideshow Collectibles’ New One Six Scale Jabba the Hutt & Throne Environment Now on YouTube

January 25, 2019

I think I will also do a writeup on the site, but in the meantime here is my YouTube video review of Sideshow’s new 1/6-scale Jabba (which is available for purchase here).

Video Review of 2007 Sideshow Jabba & Throne Environment Now on YouTube

January 20, 2019

In preparation for my review of Sideshow’s new one sixth scale Jabba setup, I have finally published a video review of their original figure and environment from 2007.

Funko Smuggler’s Bounty Subscription Box for January 2019 (“Jabba’s Skiff” Theme)

January 5, 2019

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It’s been more than two years since I reviewed the first Jabba’s Palace-themed entry in Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty line of subscription boxes. I don’t subscribe to these normally, but when I heard there was going to be another Jabba-centric box for January, I naturally had to sign up. If you’re not familiar with this series, it’s box that you can subscribe to that will come every two months and contains various Star Wars-related Funko products, although the focus is generally on POP! figures in some way. They also often come with a t-shirt, but this month was an exception. I’m guessing that they might have chosen a Jabba’s skiff/sail barge theme to coincide with the release of Hasbro’s sail barge vehicle, which should be coming fairly soon.

If you want to see me unbox this in real time, you can check out my YouTube unboxing video. Otherwise, see below for photos of what is inside.

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The first item I pulled out of the box was this rubber Boba Fett luggage tag. I quite like the idea of luggage tags as opposed to the keychains and lanyards that we seem to get a lot in these kinds of boxes, and it seems to be well made.

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Next up was Klaatu in skiff guard outfit. A nice entry that is reminiscent of the vintage Kenner figure.

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The other POP! was Lando in his skiff guard disguise. I’m a little surprised that this is an exclusive, since this is a pretty popular look for Lando. Like all of the Star Wars POP! figures, these are bobbleheads.

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Next up were some “toothpick holders,” which are obviously just shot glasses, but I guess they wanted to have plausible deniability in case anyone should dare to actually drink liquor out of them. Not sure why they went with R2 here (and not even the drink-serving version, which you would think would be a no-brainer!), but it’s nice to get another Salacious Crumb item.

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Finally, and most interestingly for me personally, was a Jabba the Hutt figure in Funko’s Mystery Minis line. I have a few of the Star Wars Mystery Minis, and they are nice but their being bobbleheads like the POP! figures kind of puts me off. I do collect Mystery Minis for a number of other lines like Fallout and even Mad Max, though, so I was happy to get a Jabba in a similar scale/style. Even more than the Lando POP, it’s a little surprising that a character like Jabba would be an exclusive, but he is a bit of an odd size and shape compared to the regular figures, so maybe that had something to do with it.

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That’s about it for this box. I’m pretty satisfied with it, since just about everything inside actually has something to do with the theme, unlike some previous boxes. It retails for roughly $30 and is apparently now only available through Amazon, instead of direct from Funko as it was when I was originally subscribed. I think it’s too late to order this box, but it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get one on eBay.

Topps Star Wars Masterwork UK Postage Stamp Relic Card (with C-3PO, Jedi Luke and Jabba the Hutt)

November 26, 2018

topps_rotj_stamp_card1I have a couple of other postage stamps in my collection that feature Jabba on them, but they were from Mali and the Togolese Republic. Despite a number of Star Wars-themed stamps being released in the US and UK in the past, I think this is the first one from either of those countries that has Jabba on it in any capacity. This particular stamp is part of a series of 8 that the Royal Mail released in 2017 around the time of the release of The Last Jedi.

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So this is an actual postage stamp from the UK, but Topps has encased it in a hard card case to include with its Masterwork line of collectible cards. Other special cards have included things like autographs or even snippets of cloth from props, and I also have an earlier card with a patch of Jabba embedded in it. It’s kind of a cool idea, and it’s convenient for me since it allows me to easily protect and display the stamp. The real focus of this stamp is C-3PO, but Jabba is there hanging out in the bottom right. As you can see in the top left, they made 200 of these cards, and this is #81.

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Kitty Cosplay Jabba & Slave Leia Enamel Pin by 100% Soft

October 26, 2018

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I picked up this very cute enamel pin from Amazon recently. There have been quite a number of products imagining Jabba as a cat, like this sculpture or this art print (and don’t forget the Jabba cat scratcher by Petco!)

“I Backed the Barge” Patch by Padawanbear

October 24, 2018

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This patch was made by Instagram user Padawanbear in honor of Hasbro’s upcoming¬†Sail Barge. He also has a number of other vintage-inspired patches. It was $6 shipped, and you can message him on Instagram for information about purchasing them.

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 Target.com 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.