Jabba the Hutt
Released February, 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 5, 2004
With Return of the Jedi two decades back, one would assume that one of the largest and most influencial characters to come from the movie would have been remade in a toy form since 1995. One would be wrong. Well, one would sort of be right-- the Special Edition Hutt was made in 1997, and a Jabba Glob toy, which this figure is based on, came out in 1999. Now, a brand new Jabba is made from that Jabba Glob mold to make the very first modern era ROJ Jabba the Hutt.
This figure is packaged a railing, pipe, bowl, but his fiddlers three are sold separately.
It's big, mean, and green. And while it's based on an older toy, it shows that a little paint can take a good mold and make it into a great one.
For whatever reason, the Hasbro Episode One Jabba Glob was based on the model for the Return of the Jedi character design. As such, it makes sense that Hasbro wanted to tweak it and release it with the proper colors over making a new mold.
The head has had a few changes made to it. For starters, you can't easily pop it off anymore, and the toy is no longer hollow and filled with slime. The tongue is removable, and there's a small peg in his mouth which holds the tonuge or the pipe in place, which is a good design. The drool seems a little excessive and stands out a great deal, but it more or less works. Aside from that, most of the changes to the head are mostly turning it into something other than a slime recepticle, and more of an actual action figure type toy.
The body is more or less the same thing, without a few changes that could have really helped. For example, the vintage Jabba the Hutt has a tattoo on his arm so subtle, I never noticed it until Shadows of the Empire was introduced in 1996 and it was in the comics. It was surprising that it went unnoticed, but even more surprising that Kenner saw it back in the day. Jabba Glob was missing it, and as such, this new Jabba is as well.
The sculpts for both Jabbas are really similar, which goes to show that the Jabba Glob was a far better toy than most fans would ever admit. There's a lot of wrinkles and folds of fat that make him look pretty disgusting, which is the intent. The character looks right, with huge nostrils and a wide mouth sure to make people stop and say "hey, that Jabba looks pretty good." Because, you know, he does.
The figure will fit into any diorama you might have, namely the Jabba's Palace Diorama from 1998 which, until just now, has been lacking a proper Jabba the Hutt.
This package the railing, pipe, bowl, and removable tonuge. No throne.
The tonuge and the pipe are nice extras, because it allows you to change his mood from "sitting with tongue out" to "sitting and smoking" or simply "sitting."
All the parts connect quite well, and it may take some doing but you can fit the rail with Jabba on the throne from the aforementioned Jabba's Palace diorama. (They're on eBay for $7-$15. Get one.) He can also be placed on top of the original throne from 1983, which is also cheap if you get one missing all the parts. At this time, Hasbro has no plans to make one of their own out of plastic.
If you already have somewhere to place Jabba, you'll be happy with the accessories. If you don't, well, you won't be.
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. You should be able to find one easily.
For $10, it's great. Fantastic, even. It took Hasbro a long time to get us a Jabba that we wanted, but here he is-- and he's good. Snag one when you see it, because your collection is incomplete without it.
Our regular sample was obtained from Toys "R" Us in April 2004.