|Norm checks in tonight with a
look at the latest Walmart exclusive Star Wars figure - take it away,
Evening everybody! Upon hearing rumblings that this exclusive set has
been spotted at Walmarts around the country, I decided to give it a
shot. Lo and behold, I found the set first try. Iıve never head luck
like that in my life, especially with WM exclusives.
Iıve needed an upgraded Jabba The Hutt for years now. Iıve still been
using combinations of the original throne and subsequent releases of
Jabba with odd action features and poor likenesses. So when this set
was announced, I was pretty psyched to the point where the set would
become my most anticipated Star Wars release for 2010. Does it live up
to my expectations?
I love the illustration of the characters and contents of the package;
very detailed and dynamic. However, this is blind packaging, meaning,
you canıt see the actual product inside the box (save the window for
Oola). Thatıs a big peeve for me, because I like to know exactly how
what Iım buying looks like. Also, since 2010 seems to be bringing back
the vintage package designs, I think that would have been far more
appropriate for a set like this. Bummer that itıs not the case. One
more positive thing to note: the twist ties have been replaced with
thread-like twine thatıs easy to cut.
The sculpt for Jabba is outstanding. Theyıve got all the grimy,
slug-like details and texture captured beautifully. The tattoo, tail
scar.. itıs all there, even his lazy right eye looks perfect. Iıd say
this is the best representation of the character weıve gotten, and itıs
about time. The throne itself is very well textured, and something I
wasn't expecting.. the demon gargoyles that protrude from the sides of
the throne are much smaller than anticipated, certainly smaller than
the gargoyles on the original throne. There are also two more, one on
the left and right surfaces of the throne.
Oola is an all new figure, and is sculpted completely nude
under her soft goods mesh outfit. I havenıt tried to take the outfit
off for fear of not being able to put it back on, creating evidence
that Iım some ridiculous pervert. I just pulled the outfit aside to
confirm the nudity on the figure to better hide that Iım some
Salacious Crumb is a repack of the articulated version that came with a
30th Anniversary C-3PO figure (the one with the pop-out eye). No real
surprises here, but if you missed out on that figure, this is a welcome
No real issues here. The paint on Jabba looks about as good as one
would expect for a mass-market figure. Sure, it could use some
additional grime and slime, but Iım fine with the little bit of drool
coming from the corner of his mouth.
Oolaıs eyes are a bit wonky and asymmetrical, so if you have a choice,
check out all the packages to pick the best one. Itıs the one thing you
can actually be choosy about.
The throne is also well painted, with grit and grime tucked into every
nook and cranny.
Jabba has some decent articulation, but itıs not without issues. Heıs
got ball hinge shoulders and elbows, a swivel waist, and a bendy tail.
It works the same way as the Mr. Fantastic pack in from the first
Fantastic Four movie line, where thereıs a wire skeleton inside a loose
fitting rubber skin (thatıs what she said?). The problem is, the bendy
wire inside the tail wonıt hold the pose well. It can bend, but due to
the nature of the rubber skin, the tail tends to bow up or down. That
got very annoying as I tried to pose and place everything on the throne.
Oola has tons of articulation, standard ³super articulation² for a Star
Wars figure. Ball/socket neck, ball hinge shoulders, elbows, knees and
ankles, cut waist and wrists, and unfortunately, cut hips as well. I
was misinformed that Oola would have ball hinge hips, so I had my hopes
up for a figure that would be just a little less limited to pose.
Crumb has a ball/socket neck, cut shoulders and ball hinge hips.
This set is loaded with accessories. I havenıt been counting the throne
tself as an accessory, since the package actually gives it top billing.
If anything, the figures could be considered accessories, based on that
title. But it also comes with seven pillows, a small draped throw, his
armrest and hooka pipe. The pillows especially give the set so much
more display value. The original throne looked so empty, and the
pillows are just what it needed. (Note to bachelors- give throw pillows
a try in your living room! Theyıll look nice for the ladies, and you
can rest your head on them after a long day of playing video games!
Look at what the pillows do for Jabba! He gets all the ladies!)
Factor - ***1/2
This is the set I always wanted as a kid. I didnıt love the original
throne, with its absence of slave girls and that faux dungeon that
could never fit a Rancor under Jabbaıs rump. Adding Jabbaıs denizens
and cronies to the display was tons of fun. If only I had room for a
I paid about $38 including tax for this bad boy. A little impulsive,
but being that this is my most anticipated SW purchase of the year, I
wasnıt gonna wait for clearance. Thereıs plenty of stuff included, a
beast, a standard figure, a mini-figure, accessories, and a slab of
rock with wheels. Toys in general are expensive, so nearly $40 was just
as difficult to swallow as pretty much any toy out these days.
Overall - ***1/2
Does the set live up to my expectations? It
falls a little short! And thatıs mainly due to how difficult it is to
pose his tail. That became frustrating. But otherwise, itıs an awesome
addition to what is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for Star Wars
collecting. This long overdue update does the character
Packaging - **1/2
Scultping - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2