Jabba The Hutt action figures from 1983 to 2011
Kenner/Hasbro has been producing Jabba The Hutt Action Figures in the 3'75inch Star Wars line since the release of The Return Of The Jedi in movie theaters back in 1983. Since then, Star Wars Collectors have seen a total of 7 different Jabba The Hutt figures, which were all quite different from another.
Not only are there paint differences between each release, but there are also differences in the action features, the sculpts, paint applications, accessories and articulations.
Jabba The Hutt Release Chronology:
Jabba The Hutt Overview And Comparison
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1983: Jabba The Hutt with Dais, Salacious Crumb
This version of Jabba is by far the most charming and fun of all Jabba's released to date. Kenner released The Hutt in a box set together with his throne, the Hookah pipe with a 3-piece bowl (top,bottom,side), the side railing (which pluggs into the base) and a Salacious Crumb figure. The
throne featured opening doors, which revealed a prison area with various skeleton pieces, a lizard, four rat-like creatures and a snake inside (click here for a close-up picture). The doors open by turning the two most outer cyclope heads on the front of the throne. The two cyclope heads in the middle have a hole in each mouth where a string (slave rope) with neck prison collar can be pulled through.
The action feature on this figure is the tail, which when moved back and forth moves the head left or right simultaneously. Besides the head and the tail, both arms can be moved up and down. Jabba's body is made out of a hard-plastic shell and the eyes are made out of a clear, see-through plastic with the eyeballs painted behind it.
Compared with the other Jabba The Hutt figures, which have their tails to the side, this version stands the tallest. It's also worth mentioning that Kenner gave Jabba 3 fingers on the right hand, and 4 fingers on the left, while all other Jabba figures have 4, except for the 2010 release (which has 3 fingers on both hands).
1997: Jabba The Hutt with Han Solo
This Jabba figure was released during the POTF2 line together with a Han Solo action figure in 1997. Jabba is based on a new additional scene, which was added to the Special Edition of the original Star Wars movie. The figure's action feature is in the 2-piece tail, which just
like the vintage version, moves the head back and forth when it's moved left and right. Jabba is facing forward, with the tail pointed to the back, and it is not possible to move the tail sideways, so that he can sit on his throne. This was also never the attention, as the figure is purely based on the new additional Dockingbay 94 scene.
Just like the vintage 1983 version of Jabba, this figure uses clear, see-through plastic for the eyes and a hard-plastic shell for the body.
For more information, please take a look at our POTF2 Jabba entry.
1999: Jabba The Hutt, Episode 1
In 1999, Hasbro released two Jabba The Hutt figures in one year. This version based on Episode 1, and the Jabba - Glob version, which was based on ROTJ. The figure was packed-in together with a 2-headed announcer (Fode and Beed), a Chuba (which is the projectile), plus a stand with a gong. Jabba is based on
the scene where he bites the head off of a Chuba and spits it at a gong to start the podrace.
The action feature on this Jabba is in the right arm, which when moved down, shoots the projectile out of the mouth. This time around the tail is not movable, but the head and both arms are. This version of the famous slug is the tallest and longest Jabba action figure released so far. It's also the first Jabba figure, which
has the eyes painted on (instead of see-through plastic) and uses a rubber, soft-plastic for the outer body.
1999: Jabba The Hutt, Glob (based on ROTJ)
This version of Jabba was the first ROTJ-based Jabba since the vintage version, which in 1999 was 16 years ago. The improvements in sculpting and painting techniques are apparent right away when both figures are compared with each other. The "glob Jabba" featured various different skin colors, ranging from light brown to dark green, whereas the vintage version only featured a light green color. Another big difference is the soft-plastic used for the body, instead of the hard-plastic shell used for the vintage Jabba.
One of the reasons as to why Hasbro didn't release this figure with a throne environment was probably because of the Jabba's Palace 3D diorama, which had been released one year prior in 1998. The fold-out cardboard showed the inside of Jabba's Palace and had its own throne section with enough room for Jabba to sit on.
Packed-in together with the figure were six little Chuba creatures, which could be placed inside Jabba's mouth. Besides the Chubas, Hasbro included a small plastic container with play gel ("glob"). In order to use it, you had to take Jabba's head off, place the container inside the body, and put the head back on. Now, when you squeezed Jabba's head, "glob" was supposed to come out of the mouth, and give the slug a slimy appearance.
2004: Jabba The Hutt (SAGA Collection | Ultra Assortment)
This Jabba, released 5 years after the "glob version", appeared to have a slightly bigger body (despite the exact same 1998 date stamp on the bottom as the "glob Jabba") and an all new head sculpt. The body was still soft-plastic, but much harder and sturdier than the "glob" version. The paint application on Jabba was also improved compared to the previously released figure, with some slob around the mouth, stronger colors and more painted details in the facial area. It's also the only Jabba figure, which Hasbro gave eyelashes (click here for a close-up picture).
Hasbro stuck with 3 points of articulation, with the head and both arms being movable, and the tail being static. However,
they did include more accessories this time around, and they gave Jabba a new railing and a new Hookah pipe with a 2-piece bowl! The bowl was a newly sculpted piece, which was almost the same size as the vintage version, but had new features more detailed patterns. The railing was also newly sculpted, which now was much bigger than the vintage version, with many more details in the sculpt and a much better paint application. Compared to the vintage railing, this piece
was a stand-alone accessory, whereas the vintage railing had to be plugged into the base. The most interesting feature on this Jabba was the removable tongue, which could be plugged into a small hole in the mouth. If the tongue wasn't used, the Hookah pipe could be plugged into the mouth instead.
Despite this Jabba being an overall nice representation of the character, it always felt unfinished due to the missing throne.
2009: Jabba The Hutt, Clone Wars (based on Clone Wars)
The Clone Wars Jabba was released in 2009, and is the most distinguished looking out of all the Jabba's released, as it is based on the animated Clone Wars TV show. It is also the smallest, but most articulated out of all the Jabba figures available. Hasbro gave Jabba ball-jointed shoulders, ball-jointed elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel head. This figure can actually hold a small hand blaster, due to the small hands. The only action feature on this figure is the mouth area, which can be pushed in, thus revealing a nicely detailed open mouth. For this release, Hasbro re-used the
previously released railing, including the Hookah pipe and bowl from the 2004 Ultra Jabba. And even though the pieces are identical, there are small paint differences, with the Clone Wars version appearing slightly darker.
Jabba has an interesting paint job, because he is painted "facing forward". If you turn his head forward, the paint application on the head matches the lower body. However, when you turn the head sideways, the paint application looks off.
For more information, please take a look at our Clone Wars Jabba entry.
2010: Jabba The Hutt with Oola (based on ROTJ)
This Jabba The Hutt figure was released in August/September 2010 as a Walmart exclusive, and for the first time since 1983, Hasbro released a full Jabba set, including a newly sculpted throne. Besides the throne, Hasbro included a newly sculpted Oola action figure, a newly sculpted Salacious Crumb figure, and pillows for the throne. Hasbro re-used the previously released
railing and Hookah pipe from the Ultra Jabba and the Clone Wars Jabba, but repainted it, and added a new 2010 copyright (instead of 2003) on the bottom. Jabba himself is all new, and features a wire in the tail, which lets you reposition the tail the way you want. It's also the first Jabba figure, which features the injury on the tail, and the tattoo on the right hand.
The throne is now shorter in height and length than the vintage version, but it's deeper, giving Jabba more room on the throne. The prison area underneath Jabba is now gone, but it features some nice "stone" patterns, which looks great and matches the movie better. The throne now features 6 cyclones (4 in the front, 2 on the sides), instead of only 4 as seen on the vintage version). They now all have the rings through them, just like it was seen in the
movie. It's also interesting to note that Hasbro gave Jabba 3 fingers on each hand, while all the other released versions had 4 fingers (except the vintage version, which had 3 on the right, and 4 on the left hand). Besides the wire in the tail, Hasbro gave Jabba ball-jointed shoulders, ball-jointed elbows and a swivel head.
This version of Jabba turned out brilliantly and is the set collectors have been wanting for years.
So, there you have it ...
Jabba The Hutt action figures since 1983 ... All of them different, all of them charming with their own cool features and looks. The most accomplished figures released are either the 1983 vintage Jabba, or the 27 years later released 2010 Walmart exclusive Jabba, simply for the fact that
they include the throne, extra figures and accessories.