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  • Toy: Star Wars Exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Playset
  • Toyline: Star Wars
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Suggested Retail: $39.99
  • Includes: Oola, Salacious Crumb, throw pillows, a hookah, and a rolling throne base
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Star Wars Exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Playset Review

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By Robert T. Trate     February 09, 2012

 

In the original, non-special edition version of Star Wars (1977), he was only spoken of. In The Making of Star Wars we saw a brief look at him in some deleted footage. It was not until the summer of 1983 that we, officially, met the vile crime lord known as Jabba the Hutt. He’s big, bad, slimy, and an incredible testament to real world effects and puppetry. His name has become synonymous with uh… well you know and he has undoubtedly left his mark on cinema forever. In the Star Wars toy universe Jabba the Hutt first came on the scene with a royal throne, hookah, and his court jester Salacious Crumb. Since that time there have been some improvements of the figure as well as some missteps. Here is Mania’s review of the Exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Playset from Entertainment Earth.
 
WHAT CAME BEFORE:

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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 PACKAGE:

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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.
 
THE FIGURE:

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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.
 
ACCESSORIES:

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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.
 

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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.
 
THE FINAL WORD:

Photos for Hasbro’s New Jabba the Hutt Action Figure Set

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.
 
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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jedibanner 2/9/2012 7:39:26 AM

Ahhh, the memories of the 80's toys compared to today...some are better today but the feeling isn't the same (the obvious is that I ain't 8 years old anymore but still).

 

millean 2/9/2012 8:44:23 AM

Ditto, Jedi

I still have the original playset packed away somewhere, and it was a great toy to play with.  I had/have a TON of original Star Wars toys.  Don't know what the parents were thinking as I wasn't worth all the money they spent on them/me.  :)

Never knew Jabba had a tattoo.  Guess you do learn something new every day.

keithdaniel 2/9/2012 11:48:01 AM

Although I had lots of other Star Wars stuff, I never had this set, but some friends of mine did.  Wow...the memories these things bring back!

EagleManiac 2/9/2012 1:36:13 PM

I've still got too much Star Wars "stuff" packed away in storage! I need to sell it all!!

demonfire 2/12/2012 5:03:26 PM

i had the original jabba set and have to admit it was one of my faves of the old stuff and have to agree the throne is a lot cooler this time along with Oola. for manage to pick up my own set.  and its one of the cool pieces  in my display.

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