Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#104: Star Wars Jabba's Throne

Back during the 90s revival of the Star Wars line, the only Jabba figure available was based on his appearance in the special edition of the first movie. So of course I had that, but it just wasn't the same. Since I got back into collecting a few years ago, I've been waiting for a new version of Jabba as he appears in Return of the Jedi. Hasbro teased us recently with a new Jabba in the animated style, but I'm glad I skipped on that one because they pretty much nailed it with this new Jabba. Unfortunately, they also made it a Wal-Mart exclusive. Fortunately, I was able to order it from Wal-Mart's website the second time it was in stock. Part of their world domination strategy includes surprisingly cheap shipping charges, so it wasn't a big deal that I never found one of these in person.

So this is basically the ultimate Jabba the Hutt. It's got Jabba, his dais, a bunch of cushions, Salacious Crumb, and Oola. Oola, the dancer, is a cool figure. The string is permanently attached to a collar around her neck, so if you don't like that, you'll have to cut it off. The pipe and its stand are removable, as are all of the cushions. You can come up with whatever arrangements strike your fancy. The dais has wheels on the bottom, so it can be moved back and forth whenever Jabba wants a better view of what's going on in the rancor's den. Jabba himself is a great representation of his onscreen appearance, right down to the tattoo on his arm and the scar on his tail (I always wondered about that, was Salacious Crumb chewing on Jabba's tail?). The tail itself has a bendy wire inside it, otherwise the lower body is hollow soft plastic. The upper body can rotate, and the arms are articulated at the wrists, shoulders, and elbows.

If you managed to pick up that slave outfit Leia a while ago, this is the perfect companion piece for her. If not, this is still a totally cool set to have.