February 1, 2016 – Passionate fans and collectors of all things Star Wars have been waiting literally decades for Hasbro to produce one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe – Jabba’s mighty Sail Barge. We first glimpsed the repulsor-lift vehicle in Return of the Jedi (1983), nearly 33 years ago. We cheered when Luke and Leia (and a couple droids) successfully escaped Jabba’s clutches and we witnessed his ship crash and burn.
Curiously, no toy company has attempted to produce a playset version of the sail barge. Hasbro has hemmed and hawed, citing high design and retooling costs. Yet fan interest remains high: To date, over 3,000 fans have signed an online petition begging Hasbro to reconsider. (Click on the photo below to view or sign the petition)
For collectors with some money to spare, you no longer have to wait for Hasbro. Custom model-builder David Styles of Colorado is now offering on Ebay a remarkable version of Jabba’s Sail Barge, which measures 42″L (107cm) x 18″W (46cm) x 20″T (51cm).
Other details include:
- Two (2) spacious interior rooms: a Cantina and Jabba’s Suite
- Eight (8) windows which open for your viewing pleasure
- Two (2) large hull openings so you can display and pose your 3-3/4″ action figures
- A large multi-level deck with Barge Canon (perfect for recreating Luke’s rescue of Leia)
- Twin large orange sails
- The barge canon (see photos) is included. The figures and skiff are not included.
As an added bonus, the Sail Barge includes this retro-looking custom-made box label: The hull is constructed primarily of cardboard and foam core. Silver poster board and multi-layering of spray paint give the exterior that weathered armor look. The two sails are made of double-layered poster board with bass wood supports and masts. The windows are a basswood frame and the slats are cut from bronze/copper posterboard.
The starting bid is just under $200 U.S., and shipping is about $55 U.S. (Overseas shipping is about $225 to Europe or $325 to Asia.) Click the Jabba icon below to view the Ebay listing: But hurry: Bidding ends Saturday, 5 February 2016 at 9:23 PM (EST)/2123 hours.