|Jabba the Hutt Action Playset|
Kenner's toy version of the intergalactic gangster was, by command of Lucasfilm, kept strictly under wraps until the debut of Return of the Jedi in theaters. But it was worth the wait; kids jumped at the chance to own their very own toy version of the drooling monstrosity. It probably didn't hurt that, in the film, Jabba had chained a bikini-clad Princess Leia to his throne. With this act, Jabba had cemented his reputation as, with the exception of Lando Calrissian, the only certifiable pervert in the Star Wars universe-- and perverts make for great toys. As if to emphasize this pervert angle, Kenner included a "slave chain" on the front of the toy's throne.
What more could a kid ask for? Well, Salacious Crumb, of course, Jabba's irrepressible space monkey pet. And he was included in the playset, too. Coooool. Also included with the toy was a pipe thingamajig, which could be fitted into a stand positioned off the Hutt's shoulder. This has caused more than a few jaded collector types to snicker, as it vaguely resembles some type of drug smoking device. Decades after it was first produced, factory-bagged examples of both this pipe and the accompanying Salacious Crumb figure remain readily available on the secondary market.
All in all, this was a fun toy, and it's remained popular. Collectors should note that it can be found in two distinctly different boxes: the regular photo box, sold through most retailers, and a primarily white line-art package, which Sears used to ship Jabba playsets that were sold through its catalog division. The standard photographic box is generally more popular with collectors. Loose, the item is not hard to find, although the small "chimney" that attaches to the pipe thingie is often missing.
Hasbro issued three different renditions of Jabba during the late '90s. All differed considerably from their vintage counterpart.
First Issued: 1983 (ROTJ packaging, photo box)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||Return of the Jedi|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Playsets|