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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.

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Bib Fortuna Mini Bust by Gentle Giant

December 15, 2017

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Bib Fortuna has long been on the “most wanted” list of Gentle Giant mini-bust collectors, which isn’t surprising since they have made busts of a lot more minor characters from the palace. This is a web-exclusive limited to 750 pieces, although this was increased from the originally announced amount of 550 after some outcry.

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As of this writing, it is still available for purchase from the Gentle Giant website for a price of $120, but since he counts as an “in stock” product and not a preorder, I was able to get my 15% Platinum PGM member discount, plus use the $35 off coupon I got with my membership, making it a much more reasonable $87.95 shipped. I think they did a great job with the sculpt and paint on this one. Might become a sleeper grail piece.

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Here he is with my other Jabba’s Palace-related busts.

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Video Reviews of 2012 LEGO Jabba’s Palace & Rancor Pit Sets + Custom Palace

December 8, 2017

Here’s a YouTube video I just made covering the 2012 LEGO Jabba’s Palace and Rancor Pit sets. I also touch on my store display, and my custom version of the palace as well.

Jabba the Hutt Cat Scratcher from Petco

November 21, 2017

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I only recently posted about Petco’s new dog toys, and now they’ve come out with a Jabba cat toy! I’m not really a cat person, but I assume this style of scratcher toy is not new. It’s basically a very thick sandwich of cardboard for cats to use their claws on. But of course this is the first one in the shape of our favorite intergalactic crime lord.

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It’s way larger than I had expected from the photos on Petco’s site.

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And it comes with a packet of catnip, because of course it does. I feel like I keep saying this, but when I started collecting Jabba merchandise in earnest a few years ago, I never would have believed you’d be able to buy something like this in a mainstream store — or anywhere, for that matter.

Cute Star Wars Pencil Case with Jabba the Hutt by Loungefly

November 15, 2017

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My local Barnes & Noble recently renovated its music and movies section into a “pop culture” section. At first I wasn’t sure about this decision, since they’ve already devoted a large portion of the store to things like Funko POP! figures. But the music and movies tended to be way too expensive there, so I don’t consider it a great loss (and apparently they still have all the same stuff, just arranged differently). And the pop culture section is extremely impressive, with a lot of pop culture-inspired toys and other items. One thing that I found on my first visit was this cute pencil case from Loungefly. (Loungefly, you may recall, also made this awesome Jabba coin purse). They also had a small backpack with the same design, but it was obviously targeting women (plus it was expensive). But I did pick the pencil case up. It was $9.95.

Even More Jabba the Hutt Plush Dog Toys by Petco

November 3, 2017

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I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I apologize. Things have been pretty busy in various ways, but I’m going to try and catch up. First up we have two new pet toys from Petco. I’ve covered several of their pet toys in the past (see here, here and here) but I think these are the best they’ve made. In some ways these are better than the actual plush toys that have been made by other companies.

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They both have crinkly plastic inside that makes noise, and a squeaker.

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The smaller of the two is also a sort of tug-of-war toy, with a rope instead of a tail. You can get these on the Petco website right now, and they’re even on sale:

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/star-wars-jabba-plush-dog-toy
https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/star-wars-jabba-rope-tail-dog-toy

Photo of Bandai S.H. Figuarts Jabba the Hutt Figure Surfaces

September 17, 2017

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I remember a couple of years ago, a bunch of photos of upcoming figures in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line were posted, along with a mention that they had also shown a Jabba the Hutt figure. I scoured the Internet at the time hoping to find a photo of that figure, but never found anything, and never really heard about it again. But a recent post on JediInsider included a photo of that very figure.

It’s a bit of an odd choice in some ways. You have to ask if the tail really need this much articulation, when it affects the appearance of the figure so much. I also wonder if the mouth is articulated at all — it’s hard to tell. Unfortunately we don’t seem to have any info on whether this is still on the way or if it has been canceled.┬áThe sculpt is otherwise quite good though, so it would be a shame if this never got released.