The original version of Jabba the Hutt is still a classic toy from the eighties (top picture). It isn’t nearly as detailed or as poseable as the versions that have come later, but was still fun. Finally all those creepy crawly henchmen, bounty hunters, and aliens had a place to congregate around. If anything that early edition of Jabba was missing one thing: Oola, his slave dancer. In 1998 Oola would finally get her own figure in a fan club exclusive. Jabba, on the other hand, would take a turn for the worse with his Special Edition rendition. Despite coming with Han Solo this figure paled in comparison to the original (not pictured). Jabba would have several more figures with the Star Wars prequels in theaters. The Jabba Glob (right) had the body sculpt of the original 1983 figure with an improved head. The oozing slime and frogs were a nice touch but with no throne it was just a big slug. Jabba the Hutt and the two-headed announcer (left) was just a nightmare for old school fans (see column) and a reminder that the great figure from 1983 was long gone.
The box (pictured) is from the previous Star Wars line that featured The Clone Wars logo. It is yet to be seen if any further releases of Jabba will feature the Darth Maul packaging or if it will have the original Kenner Star Wars packaging. Jabba is packed tightly into his box and supported by a tray that makes it easy for repacking and storing. Open Jabba from the non-Oola side. You cannot remove Jabba from the box any other way. Sadly there were no instructions, Star Wars upcoming figure booklets, or even a letter to join the Star Wars fan club inside.
Jabba has that incredible real feel skin that all the “beast” figures have now in the Star Wars line. His body has also progressed from a solid piece of plastic to a rubbery state with a poseable tail. The poseable tail is a replacement of the original’s swinging tail, but necessary to allow Jabba to sit on his mighty throne. The only other articulations, besides the tail, are his arms, wrists, and head. Moveable eyes and a jaw might be too difficult as the Jabba Glob version illustrated. The inclusion of Jabba’s tattoo (right forearm) again brings it up a notch against its predecessors.
This is where this version of Jabba the Hutt toy buries his predecessors. The original Jabba came with a hookah, his throne, and Salacious Crumb. Jabba’s throne is now highly detailed and complete with moveable rings for the tiny heads at its base. It is also completely stylized with a more stone-like appearance. The wheels beneath it also give you the ability to role Jabba back and fourth after he has dropped someone in the Rancor Pit for his amusement. Another great touch by Hasbro is the inclusion of throw pillows. It might not seem like much of a toy accessory, but it completes the atmosphere for Jabba’s throne. If it were just a slab it wouldn’t have that same lived-in look that it did in the movie. The Jabba Glob figure from 1999 was pretty lame as it was just Jabba and some frogs.
Without a doubt, the best part of Jabba’s new throne room playset is having Oola, complete with leash. Oola has 14 points of articulation and is a vast improvement over her 1998 edition. Included as well is Salacious Crumb and he, too, comes with articulation that was not present in either his 1983 or the 1998 editions.
Jabba the Hutt has had several figures in the past and each brought something new and different to kids and toy collectors. The original Jabba is still a classic toy form the era of Return of the Jedi, but its time has past. It is time to put that old Kenner figure away and give Jabba’s Palace a new look. That look requires Entertainment Earth’s Exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Playset.