Jabba's Palace Court Denizens
Released February, 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 12, 2004
One new figure and a couple of repeats were common for the multi-packs from Hasbro, but this time we get a three pack with a lower price point and some fairly decent variety. Jabba's Palace Court Denizens has three figures, one modified from its original mail-in only release and two brand new, although one is arguably not equal to a whole figure.
This set includes a B'Omarr Monk, Wol Cabasshite, and of course, Bubo.
Since you get three figures, it's easy to find a lot to like, and a lot to complain about. For the cost, though, it's tough to complain for too long.
The smallest and the simplest figure in the set, Wol Cabasshite is more of an accessory than a figure. It's little more than a head with a tonuge on a suction cup, although it is accurate to the movie with its wrinkles and coloring. The question of "what do I do with this?" comes up, though, because our sample didn't exactly stick well to the walls in Jabba's Palace diorama, and well, what else would you do with it? It looks good but really doesn't do much of anything but sit there. We appreciate anything to enhance scenery, though, and as such this is a really nice little piece.
The other brand-new piece in this set is Bubo, a wrinkly and frankly hideous looking beast on a chain. It's a lot like Slimer from Ghostbusters, minus the ability to fly. The sculpt is pretty excellent, with a lot of wrinkles and jagged teeth as well as sculpted fingernails and a ton of painted details.
His opening jaw is nice to see, and moves easily. His arms are also articulated, as is his neck-- which may be a little tough to see. The wizards at Hasbro get better and better about hiding articulation and making it part of the design so that it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, and this is always, always appreciated.
The removable chain is just a bendy plastic chain, nothing too special but a nice touch to flesh out one's diorama. Hasbro could have sold this one by itself if they really wanted to, but if they did, I'd want a metal chain. There's a number of bumps that are highlighted by the figure's paint job, which makes this a pretty great little figure instead of one that's merely adequate. This is probably the reason to buy the set, second only to the B'Omarr Monk if you didn't already get one.
Originally offered several years ago through Hasbro's Web site as its first exclusive, the B'Omarr Monk is pretty much the same from his first release with some added paint. The blue "liquid" is now red, and there's a ton of silver scuffing and highlights on his body. Aside from that, it's pretty much the same, but it's nice to see the once-$6+shipping figure in stores and cheap.
The brain-in-a-jar concept still works well, and the figure looks better than it did during its first run. As such, even if you have one or two, you might want to get this set for the improved version.
Nothing. What you see above is it, which for the money, is enough. The chain on Bubo is removable, which is great but nothing too fancy.
This toy comes in an extra large, extra thick Saga-style cardback. The design is fairly identical to that of the basic figures, but it's bigger. It would have been nice to have had it be just a little more distinctive, though, but I should also note I'm not a big fan of the gold-striped late-2003 Saga packaging anyway.
In stores everywhere. While not as common as Jabba, they're all over.
Well, there's no faster way to fill out the ranks of Jabba the Hutt. One rerun and some great new entries make this set $10 well spent, and if you have the means it's worth a look. Consider that the B'Omarr was something like $8 shipped back in 1997, and this is a really spectacular value.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in April 2004.