October 13, 2014 – Thirty years ago, Kenner had tentative plans to produce the iconic Jabba’s Sail Barge for sale as either a playset or stand-alone vehicle. In February, 1985, the toy company filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Patent Office is authorized by the U.S. Constitution under Article 1, Section 8, wherein Congress is authorized to “have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”.
So we know Kenner had tentative plans to mass-produce Jabba’s Sail Barge albeit nearly two years late after the hovercraft’s appearance in Return of the Jedi (1983). We know Kenner spent some time and money researching the vehicle, drafting various plans and renderings, and paying a fee to the U.S. Patent Office to protect Kenner’s intellectual property. What we don’t know is why nothing materialized. The best speculation is that as Star Wars entered the Dark Years (roughly mid-1980s through the early 1990s) of no merchandise, no movies on the horizon and waning public interest, Kenner saw no profit-incentive to tool up its production sites and release the craft. To this day, Hasbro (Kenner’s successor) has also declined to release the iconic vehicle.
Fast forward to October, 2014: If you missed an earlier opportunity to add Jabba’s Sail Barge to your collection, custom model-builder David Styles has listed a one-of-a-kind Sail Barge model for sale on Ebay. Bidding is open for seven (7) days. Click the E-Jabbay icon to view the listing (ends Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 17:22:44 PDT) and check out the incredible close-up photos below.
● Dimensions: 41″L x 15″W x 20″H (104.1cm L x 38.1cm W x 50.8cm H); under 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
● Large luxury suite with room to pose all your action figures, including the mighty Jabba himself. The access panels have been enlarged for easier access and viewing of your figures inside the suite.
● Deck planks with anchor chains and hatch doors which open to a spacious cantina below
● The cantina features a framed mural of Jabba as well as stairs to the upper decks.
● Jabba’s throne with arm rest
● Rancor statue that can be placed anywhere in the barge
● Realistically weathered hull and engines with windows that open
● Twin orange sails that really bring the barge to life
● Also comes with the deck cannon, missiles and Slave Leia (in unopened cardback) for your placement.