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Jabba’s Palace PEZ Dispensers by Funko (Celebration Chicago Exclusive)

May 24, 2019

PEZ dispensers have been around since the 50s, and they’ve made quite a few of them for Star Wars characters, but up until now there have never been any Jabba’s Palace characters — at least as far as I know. So naturally I was excited when I heard that Funko would be making PEZ dispensers featuring three characters from Jabba’s Palace: Jabba, the Gamorrean Guard, and Salacious Crumb. Although these debuted at Celebration Chicago, they were also available on the Gamestop website (and I think in stores as well). So I was able to avoid paying scalper’s prices for these, although they were still a bit expensive at $8 apiece.

Since these are made by Funko, they naturally use Funko’s POP! Figure styling. At first glance I thought maybe they were just literally the same sculpts that they used for their POP! figures of these same characters, but if you compare the sculpt of the Gamorrean Guard, and Jabba the Hutt with Salacious Crumb figures, I think they are a bit different.

Naturally, they work just as every other PEZ dispenser — you bend the head back and a little capsule of candy comes out. It’s relatively unusual for Jabba to associated with a food item, so it’s nice to have another item to add to things like the vintage Pepperidge Farm Cookies, a vintage Dairy Time yogurt pot from the UK, a popsicle stick from Spain, and a box of corn flakes from Canada.

(By the way, this was included in this YouTube video I made about Celebration exclusives, if you want to see a bit more about it.)

Celebration Chicago Swag Featuring Jabba & Friends as 1920’s Chicago Gangsters

May 23, 2019

As much as I like the commercial products and exclusives that get shown off at Star Wars Celebration, the “swag” that people and companies make to give away at various events is often a lot more unique. Seven years ago (!) I posted about some swag from the 501st Legion Imperial Bash at Celebration VI, and this is in a similar vein. It consists of a shot glass, patch, and 3 buttons, all featuring artwork of Jabba the Hutt, Bib Fortuna and Salacious Crumb as 1920s-style Chicago gangsters (with the shot glass and buttons showing them as if they were in mug shots). There’s also a poker chip with Oola’s image on it that reads “Oola la!” on the back. I don’t know any specifics about who made these, or for what event, so if you know feel free to comment or shoot me an email.

(By the way, this was included in this YouTube videoI made about Celebration exclusives, if you want to see a bit more about it.)

 

Jabba the Hutt Chia Pet (Star Wars Celebration 2019 Exclusive)

May 22, 2019

Chia Pets have been around for years, but I’ve never actually had one. The basic idea is that you have a figure of some kind made of pottery that you smear a paste of chia seeds onto, and when the seeds sprout it looks like fur or hair. I never in a million years would have expected them to make a Jabba version, but I’m glad they did. This was available at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, although the box itself has a sticker that reads “2019 Convention Exclusive” so maybe they will be selling it elsewhere as well?

It includes a fairly large (maybe 8″ wide?) statue of Jabba on his throne. I think it’s really quite well done and includes a lot of detail on the throne, like pillows and the like. I think it works pretty well just as a statue, although of course it is made of hollow clay pottery.

They also give you a little wooden Salacious Crumb that you can stick in a slot in front of Jabba. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be similar to the little wooden sticks you put in the soil by plants to tell what they are? (Not a gardener.)

This was a little on the pricey side: $45 retail at the convention, and of course considerably more on the secondary market. So I don’t think I’ll be trying out the chia growing part of the product, since it will probably discolor the statue. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to get two of them.

(By the way, this was included in this YouTube video I made about Celebration exclusives, if you want to see a bit more about it.)

Now on YouTube: Jabba-Related Merch & Swag From Celebration Chicago 2019

May 20, 2019

Even though I couldn’t make it to the convention, I did manage to pick up a lot of exclusive merchandise from it, so here’s a video outlining all of the Jabba-related stuff I got from Celebration Chicago 2019. I’m going to be making individual entries on the site for these items in the coming days.

Get a Jabba the Hutt Aura on LINE Play!

May 3, 2019

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I’m willing to bet that the Venn diagram of Jabba fans and LINE Play fans does not overlap much at all. LINE Play is a mobile game where players make avatars that they can dress in all kinds of cute and/or frilly outfits, and they can also decorate their houses with similarly cute items. My sister has played the game for a long time, and let me know that they had a special deal for Star Wars Day where you can get a Jabba the Hutt “aura” (basically a thing that you wear that follows you around all the time in the game). To get it, you have to have another player send you three Princess Leia costume items, which cost “cash” (an in-game currency that costs actual money to buy). So yeah, the number of people who would want to do this is probably very small. But I’m one of them!

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Above is my avatar wearing the aura. The only slightly bad part is that your avatar always obscures part of Jabba when you’re wearing it. Part of me wishes they had made it a furniture item that you can decorate your house with instead, but on the other hand making it an aura means that you can take it with you when you visit other people’s houses or the public areas of the game. Below you can see me wearing the Princess Leia outfit that I needed to get the Jabba. Cute, no?

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If you want one of these auras for yourself, you have to act quickly — they are only available through sometime on May 5th (although that may be Japan time, so it’s probably best to think of it as ending on May 4th). Below is a short video to give you a better idea of what it looks like in the game.

Mighty Jabba’s Collection is now on Patreon!

May 1, 2019

I’ve thought about starting a Patreon page many times, but I was never sure that I really made enough content to make it worthwhile for people. But apparently Patreon will be raising fees for people who join after next week, so I figured now was as good a chance as any to start. For now, I don’t plan to offer different Tiers or benefits — I’m just thinking of this as a way to connect with fans and maybe give them a bit more content than the general public gets, but it’s possible I will add more things later on. For now, we’ll see if anybody is even interested in this! Click the link below to check out my page.

https://www.patreon.com/mightyjabba

Video Review of Jabba’s Sail Barge (“The Khetanna”) From Hasbro Now On YouTube

April 21, 2019