Hasbro Shocker: Jabba’s Sail Barge to Be Produced on One Condition

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.

Hasbro unveiled its Sail Barge prototype at the New York Toy Fair on Feb. 17th, 2018 (Photo Credit: Tariq Malik/Space.com)


The iconic vehicle from Return of the Jedi (1983) will be the longest and possibly largest of its 3.75-inch scaled vehicles.

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.

Steve Evans, Hasbro’s Product Design Director (left) and Mark Boudreaux, Sr. Principal Designer (right) show off a holographic concept rendering of Hasbro’s scaled design of Jabba’s Sail Barge.

A rotating hologram of the proposed Sail Barge can be viewed below:

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

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Details from Some Slides in the Video

Hasbro’s designers are using the Lucasfilm illustration pictured above for the exterior as well as its own creative imaginings to execute the interior of the Sail Barge.

More Details


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.

HasLab


Hasbro’s Steve Evans (L) and Mark Boudreaux (R) lead the design team at HasLab, which has already begun computer renderings of Jabba’s Sail Barge.

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.”

Steve and Mark are passing the baton back to you. Be one of the 5,000 committed fans with your deposit of $500 by April 3, 2018, to guarantee production of Jabba’s Sail Barge.

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.

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New York Toy Fair Unveils New Star Wars Products

February 17, 2018 – The New York Toy Fair, which runs Feb. 17-20th, 2018, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, has unveiled some great new action figures coming to you soon.

The reveal includes the return of The Vintage Collection (super-articulated 3.75-inch figures); new 6-inch Black Series figures; and perhaps the biggest surprise of all, a Rogue One Imperial Combat Assault Tank, which collectors have been begging for since the movie’s release in Dec. 2016.

Imperial Combat Assault Tank (Rogue One) for your 3.75-inch figures. Release date: Fall 2018. No price announced yet. (Photo Credit: Hasbro/Steve Evans)

The Vintage Collection


The long-awaited return of The Vintage Collection is just around the corner – starting in April, 2018. Here is a sneak peek of some upcoming super-articulated figures:

Dr. Aphra from the Expanded Universe won Hasbro’s fan poll in April, 2017, and will be among the first 3.75-inch SA releases. (All photos: Twitter@StarWarsJunk)

Fans love the vintage-style cardback packaging.

The Black Series


Hasbro’s 6-inch Black Series has been running strong since August, 2013. The New York Toy Fair has revealed images of another wave of 6-inch figures. An interesting mixture of figures from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Original Trilogy and the sequel movies should satisfy most collectors.

Porgs, Patrol Dewbacks and More


More than a few fans have asked Hasbro to release a multi-pack Porgs set. Hasbro is dutifully complying:

An interactive Chewbacca may well become a big seller. The version shown at Toy Fair New York has various sensors, including an accelerometer, so that Chewie responds when you stroke his head, pick him up, or even rock him to sleep. (Yes, he snores when you lay him down.)

Not sure what to make of this other Chewie.

Figures from “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will soon be hitting store shelves.

Another Forces of Destiny release: Luke and Yoda

In 1979, Kenner released the first Patrol Dewback with a hole in its back. Because the vintage stormtrooper could not bend his knees, you had to stand the trooper inside the Dewback to give the illusion of riding the creature. Hasbro’s 2018 version is more articulated and now allows a proper Stormtrooper – with bending knees – to actually ride atop the Dewback.

Walt Disney World Admission Prices Just Went Up

February 12, 2018 – How much will it cost to attend Disney’s Star Wars-themed land when it opens sometime in mid-2019?

Better start saving your spare change as ticket prices are now, for the first time ever, in the triple digits at all four theme parks in Orlando.

Walt Disney World yesterday announced its annual price increase for admission to its four Orlando theme parks, including Magic Kingdom (the world’s No. 1 most visited theme park); Disney’s Hollywood Studios (where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be located); Animal Kingdom; and Epcot.

The cost of admission fluctuates based on dynamic pricing, similar to how airlines and hotels increase or decrease their prices according to market demand.

“Value tier” is the lowest price for lower attendance days. “Regular tier” is the price charged on the majority of days. And “Peak tier” will cost you the most during the busiest times of the year, such as the Christmas/Holidays period, Thanksgiving Weekend, Spring Break and peak summer days.

Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom


● Value tier: $102 (an increase from last year’s $99, which breaks the 3-digit psychological barrier)
● Regular tier: $114 (an increase of $7)
● Peak tier: $122 (up $3)

Magic Kingdom


● Value tier: $109 (up $2)
● Regular tier: $119 (up $4)
● Peak tier: $129 (up $5)

One-Day Park Hopper Option


To visit a combination of two or more theme parks on the same day, Disney offers a “Park Hopper” option. In lieu of paying the above quoted prices, you would instead pay:

● Value tier: $164
● Regular tier: $174
● Peak tier: $184

Multi-Day Tickets


Few people buy just a one-day ticket. There’s just too much to see and experience in one day. A better value are the multi-day tickets, which lower your per-day cost the more days you visit.

10 days: $465 / 9 days: $455 / 8 days: $450 / 7 days: $435 / 6 days: $425 / 5 days: $415 / 4 days: $400 (Florida residents = $229) / 3 days: $325 (Florida Residents = $209) / 2 days: $209

Multi-Day Park Hopper Option


● If you buy a 2- or 3-day base ticket for one park, pay an additional $65 for the park hopper pass
● If you buy a 4- through 10-day base ticket for one park, pay an additional $75 for the park hopper pass

Disney World’s Annual Passes


Disney Silver Pass (Florida residents only): If new, $439 (up $20). If renewal, $373.
Disney Gold Pass (Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club, i.e., timeshare, owners): If new, $589 (up $30). If renewal, $500.
Disney Platinum Pass: Regular $849; renewal $721; Florida residents new purchase $729 (up $50); Florida residents renewal $619.
Disney Platinum Plus Pass: Regular $949; renewal $806; Florida residents new purchase $829; Florida residents renewal $704.

In addition, parking your car now costs $22 per day (up $2), though you can park at multiple theme parks for the one-time charge if using a park hopper pass.

Disneyland Ticket Prices


At Disneyland in Anaheim, California, a regular adult ticket is now $117 (up $7) and a peak period ticket is $135 (up $11). The cheapest ticket remains at $97.

Disneyland’s Signature Plus annual passport has risen $100 to $1,149, the most expensive option. The most affordable annual passport, but with the fewest park entry days allowed, costs $369 (up $30).

But Is It Worth It?


No doubt about it, visiting Disney will put a dent in your wallet. A common complaint is that for a family of four, the cost of admission is pricing many families out of their dream vacation. Add in dining, hotel and travel costs, and Disney becomes more of a pipe dream.

On the other hand, Disney is a for-profit company and surging attendance numbers are causing upward pressure on prices. With new value-added attractions coming online shortly (Toy Story Land this summer; Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in 2019; Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille rides and Magic Kingdom’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster in the next 3-4 years, to name a few), expect crowds to grow even more.

Consumers regularly pay triple digits to attend a 2- or 3-hour concert or sporting event. For a like amount, a consumer could have attended Disney’s Magic Kingdom this weekend from 8:00 AM through 12 midnight. For some, those sixteen hours at “the Happiest Place on Earth”, as Disney calls it, might seem the better value.



To plan your Walt Disney World vacation (hotel, dining, admission, etc.), visit disneyworld.com/tickets.

(Image Credit: Walt Disney World Co.)

“Game of Thrones” Creators to Take Star Wars on a New Series of Journeys

February 6, 2018 – Lucasfilm announced today a new line of Star Wars films will be written and produced by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Separate and apart from either Episode IX or director Rian Johnson’s future Star Wars post-trilogy (Episodes X, XI and XII), the new series of Star Wars films will steer clear of the familiar Skywalker saga.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today. Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

Sparse in details, the Lucasfilm announcement leaves us with more questions than answers:

● Will the Benioff and Weiss series be released after Rian Johnson’s post-trilogy is completed or run interspersed or concurrently?

● Will the new series of films be similar in approach to the anthology films (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story) by focusing on miscellaneous sidestories, or will there be a cohesive new storyline?

● Are the films to be full feature-length releases for theater audiences – or adapted to a TV/cable series format?

● Will Benioff and Weiss tap into already-existing source material from the Expanded Universe? Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) might be a good place to start. KOTOR takes place almost 4,000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, where Darth Malak (a Sith Lord) has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic.

● Timing: Why did Lucasfilm make the announcement now? With the debut of Solo only three months away (May 25th) and dates uncertain for Rian Johnson’s post-trilogy, is there a risk of public confusion?

● Merchandising: For toy manufacturers and collectors, the breakneck speed of releases (one or two movies a year) is greatly reducing the number of action figures, toy vehicles and playsets being distributed. Hasbro typically requires about 18 months from concept design to production to distribution to churn out a new toy, so the accelerated movie-release schedule – with no breathing gaps in between – is already leading to a reduction in variety and quantities of toys produced.

You can watch the announcement below from StarWars.com:

First TV Spot Is Broadcast for “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

February 4, 2018 – The first TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story was broadcast this evening. Running for barely 45 seconds, the quick-shot visuals are somewhat dark but intriguing.



The brief TV spot is but the first shot in a coming advertising blitz to promote Solo, which is the second Star Wars anthology movie. (The first stand-alone movie was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.)

Expect to see the first full trailer tomorrow, February 5th.