Jabba the Hutt Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
I got bit by the Sideshow/Hot Toys sixth scale figure collecting bug just over two years ago. Part of it was the “I’ll just buy one or two and stop” mentality along with having the funds to actually spend on them. Then it turned into the “I’ll just buy the main original trilogy characters and stop” frame of mind. From there it morphed into, “if I like it and can afford it, I’ll buy it.” It’s not a good mentality to have.
Add to the whole obsessive compulsive collecting problem, there were figures I missed out on because I wasn’t buying them at the time. There weren’t/aren’t that many I really wanted to go back and get because some characters have been redone better or with the certain costume/look I preferred instead.
One of the main figures I knew I needed to get no matter what was Sideshow’s Jabba the Hutt. I’ve written before about how much I dig Jabba and have ever since I was a kid. This figure was released in 2007 and limited to 4000 pieces. In my video I said that it was released in 2012 and then saw the copyright at the bottom that said 2006, so I got confused although I just KNEW it was wrong. Anyway, I found one at the beginning of 2016 online for a decent price and the shipping wasn’t too bad at all.
The box for this guy is pretty big. I think in the video I have embedded below I was estimating how big the figure and the box is. The box is about 20″ tall and 30″ wide, so mailing this can hurt your wallet.
It’s the similar style packaging that we’ve seen many Sideshow sixth scale figures in. The glossy black allows the figure on the front of the box to really pop out. On the back, you can see the other figures that were available at the time in the “Scum and Villainy” line. The figures all have to do with Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. The bio about Jabba on the back was a nice touch, too!
You can see on the front of the box that there’s a “Sideshow Inclusive Edition” sticker on it. That meant that it came with the exclusive cup for Jabba to hold. Unfortunately, the person I bought this from lost it and that’s why I got it for a little bit cheaper (and the dings on the box itself).
When you take Jabba out of the box, it’s actually overwhelming at first. I’m used to the size of him now, but when others come over and see him for the first time, they’re surprised, too. The sheer size of the figure comes from it being in scale with the other 1/6th scale figures. That makes this Jabba have the dimensions of just over 11″ tall and about 20″ long! That’s one pretty huge intergalactic slug.
The face sculpt is pretty damn close to the source material. If I had to rate it out of five stars, I’d say it’s about a 4-4.5. There’s something that it’s missing for me, but I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps it has to do with the shading or the eyes. I love the nose and that big wart on the right side of one of his chins. The slimy saliva effect is done well and the glossiness of it really makes the figure come alive.
The body of the figure is hollow, so it’s not too heavy. The sculpting of all the wrinkles and other body features is done quite well. You can also see down near his tail that they actually sculpted the cut/scar. I went back and looked at my Black Series Jabba to see if that detail was added, but it wasn’t. Surprisingly enough, the Walmart exclusive Jabba (that I really need to do a feature on for my site) has it and that figure is in the old-school 3 3/4″ scale.
The one thing that is kind of a bummer with the figure is the lack of articulation. I suppose with a big plastic figure it would be hard to do something with the tail without messing up the overall look of the figure or having to use a softer plastic.
The arms, though, could have had a little more motion because they only move up and down. There’s nothing in the wrist and no ball joint to help poses. At least they didn’t forget Jabba’s signature tattoo!
His head or mouth isn’t articulated either. I’m glad his head isn’t because you really don’t see Jabba ever turn his head too much in the films, plus it would wreck the sculpt of the figure. I think the decision to have the mouth in a static pose was also made to maintain the integrity of the figure.
While Jabba really isn’t anything more than one big hunk of plastic, the paint job on him, especially around his mouth, and the detailing on the body of the figure do make it a pretty cool figure to own. It’s massive and a really great piece for my collection. While he is long gone on Sideshow’s site, some do pop up regularly on Ebay, so that will be your best bet if you want to get one . I now have to track down the glass that came with this figure. If you can help, please contact me!
There was also a piece that was released around the same time as the Jabba the Hutt figure by Sideshow to go along with this figure. What was it? Well, it was a Holy Grail piece for me to track down and buy for a while now. I got one in January (2017) and it’s featured in my next piece. In the meantime, stay in suspense and enjoy the video!