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Funko Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Plushes Now Up for Preorder on Amazon

April 13, 2017

The Jabba and Salacious plushes I mentioned a little while ago turned out to be a shared exclusive with Amazon, which is awesome since I don’t have to pay anything extra to get them! They are up for preorder now for $20 and will apparently be shipping on April 20th. Again, I was afraid I would have to pay through the nose for these, so this is very welcome news.

Click through to Amazon to order. Thanks go to Jenmarie for the heads-up on these.

Jabba & Salacious Crumb Geeki Tikis and Pin Now Available at ThinkGeek.com

April 13, 2017

I posted about these celebration exclusives a while back, thinking that I would have to order them from a reseller on eBay, but thankfully ThinkGeek themselves have made them available on their site (as well as a “Series 2” collection of other Geeki Tikis). Plus, you get the Jabba & Salacious pin I mentioned in the previous post for free with a $50 order of Star Wars products — just enter the code “POODOO.” Supposedly it’s normally $14.99. That seems kind of high, but it is 2″ tall.

In any case, thanks go to the reader who pointed this out to me. I’m relieved to have two of the main Celebration exclusives on my list already checked off, and for less than I thought I would have to pay. I’ll post a review of them when they arrive.

Jabba the Hutt & Han in Carbonite Character Cars by Hot Wheels

April 7, 2017

I’ve posted quite a bit about Hot Wheels in the last few months, including the Jabba the Hutt Character Car single pack, the Jedi Luke and Rancor Character Car two-pack, and videos about the Rancor Rumble track and the Hot Wheels Van with Rancor and Jabba artwork. So I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this particular set, except to say that it’s been very hard to find. I’ve never seen it locally and it also hasn’t been available online anywhere that I know of. When they come up on eBay they are going for pretty high prices ($25-$30, which is really high for something with an MSRP of $6.99). I think the issue may actually be that stores are having trouble selling the Star Wars Hot Wheels stuff they do have on the pegs, which caused this set to end up in discount stores instead of being sold at regular retail. I also heard that a lot of them have been found in Canada.

This tweet indicates that someone found the set at a Ross store for just $3.99. Unfortunately they didn’t have this or any other Hot Wheels sets at our local store, and the staff helpfully suggested I check back at Christmas time if I was interested in Star Wars stuff. I finally decided to bite the bullet and get one on eBay when I found one at a slightly better price (around $20 shipped). I won’t be opening up this set since I don’t know if I’ll be able to get another on. It’s a bit of a shame that this set is so elusive since it seems like a nice one. Have any of you seen this “in the wild?”

Jabba the Hutt & Slave Leia Pop Badge from Madame Tussauds of London

April 2, 2017

It’s been almost two years since I wrote about the Jabba and Leia figures being added to Madame Tussauds, the famed wax museum. I still think their Jabba is easily the best life-size recreation of the character that has been made. Recently, these “Pop Badges” from the museum have been popping up on eBay. They’re like pin badges, but instead of using pins, they have a plastic part that sandwiches your shirt or lanyard to keep the badge on. Not being familiar with this style of badge, I was a little disappointed when mine arrived, since I had expected it to be metal, but it’s plastic, and the part with the picture is apparently cardboard.

The page on the museum’s website about these actually makes them sound kind of hard to get, since you have to actually visit the museum and buy a piece of Star Wars merchandise to get one (for free), and you can only get two per visit:

To collect a Star Wars collection pop badge, Merlin Annual Passholders must visit Madame Tussauds London and then purchase an item of Star Wars merchandise in the gift shop. One free pop badge will be received with each item purchased. A maximum of two pop badges can be collected per attraction visit. Passholders will be asked to present their pass and paper attraction ticket upon purchase in order to obtain a free pop badge. Limited availability while stocks last.

Although I lived in England for 9 months while in college, and even spent my honeymoon there later on, I haven’t been there in many years so the likelihood of being able to see these figures in person is small, but at least I have a little part of it for my collection.

Upcoming: Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Funko POP! Plushes

March 23, 2017

This celebration is shaping up to be a great one for Jabba fans! Yesterday, I posted about the Jabba the Hutt and Salacious Geeki Tikis from ThinkGeek, and today Funko announced these. This set is apparently an entry in Funko’s line of POP! plushes, and comes with both Jabba and Salacious. They also announced a hooded version of Jedi Luke, which would be a natural addition to a Jabba’s Palace display.

Upcoming: Celebration 2017 Jabba the Hutt & Salacious Crumb Geeki Tiki Set and Jabba the Hutt Pin

March 22, 2017

Celebration 2017 in Orlando is less than a month away, and we’re starting to get info about the exclusives that will be available. I just found out through an eBay listing that there will be a Jabba the Hutt and Salacious Crumb tiki set available from ThinkGeek. Presumably this is meant to go with their line of “Geeki Tikis,” which feature various other Star Wars characters. These look pretty awesome…

They are also going to be having a Jabba and Salacious pin. Not sure about price on these yet. Is there anyone going to the show who might be willing to pick up a set for me?

“Jabba the Hutt vs. Fantastic Four” Print by Jose Varese

March 22, 2017

Sometimes I think that there are too many mashups these days. A good example are those T-shirts whose only reason for existing is to combine two popular characters or properties in unexpected ways. And while I have quite a few of those, they do get a little old sometimes. And yes, this print by Jose Varese could probably fall under the “unnecessary mashup” category. But on the other hand, it’s pretty awesome! I used to be a big fan of Marvel comics when I was a teenager and had a large comic collection — including a (very poor condition) copy of Fantastic Four #1. So it’s kind of cool to see these combined in this way. It’s also interesting to think how this situation might have come about, with Jabba apparently having captured Captain America in carbonite, and the FF team going to save him.

The artist made this print available as part of a Kickstarter campaign, and it’s made to look like it’s a piece of original comic art (like these), but it’s just a print. It’s about 11″ x 17″ in size.