February 18, 2018 – In a surprise announcement that fans and collectors have been waiting for for 35 years, Hasbro announced yesterday its plans to release a scaled version of Jabba’s Sail Barge.
Measuring just over 4 feet long, 14 inches wide, and 17 inches tall (125cm L x 37cm W x 43cm H), the Sail Barge will include a Jabba the Hutt figure which will fit easily inside the massive ship. Vehicle weight is just under 14 pounds.
But there’s one giant catch: Hasbro will guarantee manufacturing only after receiving an online paid commitment from 5,000 fans by 11:59 PM EST, April 3, 2018. The cost is $499.99 plus tax. Standard shipping is included in the price and includes deliveries within the continental United States. An additional shipping charge may apply to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To help digest the particulars of the video, some screenshots of the video are printed below.
Some Exterior Renderings
Note that the following illustrations are preliminary renderings, thus the absence of color and texture.
Some Interior Renderings
Details from Some Slides in the Video
The above graphic promises these display and play features:
A. Two-person cockpit with full instrument layout and navigation system
B. Prisoner’s cell with sliding door, floor drains, wall-chained ankle shackles and Hammerhead skeleton shackled to the cell
C. Galley with built-in grill top and sink
D. Armory features a weapons repair bench and storage racks.
E. Jabba’s Lounge has ornate details including wall-mounted trophy heads.
F. Integrated deck gratings to illuminate interior compartments
G. Prison cell drop door on the forward deck
H. Smuggler’s compartment in armory floor
I. Two rotating cannons with 6 rail-mounted locations
J. Two soft-cloth fabric sails
K. Shutters in Jabba’s Lounge will open and close.
What About Overseas Collectors?
Hasbro’s announcement will no doubt disappoint non-U.S. collectors as Hasbro’s online setup only allows U.S.-based addresses to register. This limitation hurts ALL collectors as there is no guarantee that the goal of 5,000 commitments can be reached by U.S. fans alone.
With large numbers of collectors based in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Canada, and other nations, overseas campaigns are already underway to petition Hasbro to expand its offering. One example is Jedi News for U.K. fans, which writes it is working on Hasbro to bring the Sail Barge overseas.
Steve Evans, Hasbro’s Product Design Director, also announced formation of HasLab: “HasLab is Hasbro’s new platform that we hope will bring dream products to life for fans.”
Keep in mind that HasLab’s commitment challenge, which expires April 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST, will likely be collectors’ last and only hope to secure production of Jabba’s Sail Barge. After a 35-year wait, now is the time to act and do your part.
As a bonus, the Khetanna (another name for Jabba’s Sail Barge) will be boxed in vintage-style packaging and come with a 64-page booklet, “Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind The Workbench”. According to Hasbro, the booklet goes “behind the scenes of the design and development of the actual Sail Barge film set piece and Hasbro toy and includes set photos, product blueprints, interviews, and more.”
To add your commitment and prepay your order, or for more information, visit www.hasbrolab.com. If the 5,000 order commitment is reached, Hasbro estimates shipments will begin Feb. 28, 2019 – just over a year from now.