Beedo’s Star Wars Lego Reviews - Jabba’s Palace of Fun

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2013-02-17, 17:25:21

The final Lego review I’ve got lined up (until the Sail Barge set comes out in June, coincidentally just in time for my birthday) is the whacking gurt big Jabba’s Palace. Well, unless they bring out another Cantina set, that is. Because I missed out on the first one they made, and I don’t feel like spending several hundred quid to get it from Lego scalpers, nor sixty quid just to get the Lego Greedo for my Rodian focus collection from the aforementioned scalpers. Bugger that idea with a chainsaw. Anywho . . . .

So, after the mania that gripped me with the Monster Fighters line, I thought I’d be a good boy and control myself. Then I saw this thing: Image Image

. . . found it would link up with the Rancor Pit set, and I went a bit mad and splurged again. Fortunately, I know there is no way in the Seven Rodian Hells that I could ever hope to be a Lego Star Wars completist, so that helped to minimise my purchases. Jabba’s Palace was actually the first of the recent sets that I picked up, but as it’s possibly the best of the bunch -- and certainly the biggest and most expensive Lego set I’ve ever bought -- I’ve saved it for last.

  • Box contents: 7 large parts bags with a few smaller bags therein, a few loose larger parts, 9 mini-figures with accessories, 2 instruction books
  • Features: Sliding front door with movable TT-8L droid eye, moving laser cannons, detachable watchtower with multiple levels, sliding throne, secret storage compartment underneath Jabba’s throne, removable roof, moving trap door, opening wall, launching flick-missile
  • Figures: Jabba the Hutt, Salacious B. Crumb, Bib Fortuna with cape, Gamorrean Guard with axe, Oola, B’Omarr Monk, Han Solo with carbonite block, Leia in Boushh disguise with helmet, backpack, staff, thermal detonator, and extra hairpiece, Chewbacca with manacles

Mini-figures and accessories as shown on the box . . . Image

. . . and assembled. The carbonite block not only has handles that allow it to be clipped into place in the display, but also carried by other mini-figures. There are handles inside the hollowed-out block that Han’s hands can clip onto. More on that next . . . . Image

For the following few shots, I’m going to focus on the mini-figures that have multiple display options. These are Jabba, Oola, Leia, and Han. Just below, we’ve got Jabba in his signature reclining pose, Oola dancing and happy, Leia in Boushh disguise with her thermal detonator, and Han “thawing out.” (His carbonite block has been turned around to show how he clips into it.) Image Image

Again, Oola dancing and happy, Leia in Boushh disguise with her thermal detonator, and Han “thawing out.” A close-up to show off some of the amazing level of detail on these teeny little guys. Quite apart from all the paint applications on Leia’s helmet and doodads on her bandoliers and suchlike, Oola has two-tone eye make-up! Seriously! Just above her eyes, it’s reflective silver, and just above that, it’s a sort of peach colour. Impressive. Most impressive. Lego could possibly teach Hasbro and certainly teach Mattel how to do paint decoration on their figures properly! Image

You can see how the new Jabba looks much better than the original version, even if it doesn’t have a multi-section poseable tail. But he’s got some relatively simple, yet very effective paint applications. His face looks great, he’s got the Desilijic clan tattoo on his arm (shown in a later picture), and the painted wrinkles on his abdomen / tail are arranged to that you can rotate his head in any direction, and he looks perfectly natural facing that way. Here, he’s shown face-on, as if he were slithering around, say, Docking Bay 94, for example. Again, Oola is smiling, Leia has her helmet off, her alternative hair piece on, and a subtly smiling face, while Han is disoriented and on the floor with his eyes closed and his slack cakehole drooping open. Damn cold-blooded cousin-killer. You shot first and you know it. You suck, Solo! Image

Jabba reclining the other way for a nice change, Oola terrified, Leia showing her stern unmasked face, and Han up and fumbling about, frowning and vexed, with his eyes open. Again, Han’s font is called Carbon Block. I hope you slip in some Gamorrean puke, Solo. But look at the great detail on that teensy thermal detonator! Image

As promised, a close-up to show Jabba’s tattoo and also Salacious Crumb’s tiny, beady eyes and hair and beak details. Amazing. Crumb has no articulation, so all you can really do is plug him onto a stud and have him sit there. Still, he looks good while doing nothing. And as he's made of a more flexible type of plastic, you shouldn’t have to worry about the little guy’s skinny little appendages snapping like pretzel sticks. (Don’t get me started on Jazwares' Mortal Kombat 4” figures, though.)

Shall we get down to business, then? Let’s. Image

The outside of the palace, full-frontal view. Image

The outside of the palace, Throne Room Wing. Yeah, there’s a big hole in the side of the building where Han’s alcove is meant to be. Solo ruins everything. On the upside, though, you can rotate the carbonite block on a tiny turntable, so it can be displayed facing into the room as either solid or thawed. Image

The outside of the palace, Watchtower Wing. You can just make out a Gamorrean Guard on the lookout in the top floor of the tower. The protruding red switch on the left of the main structure is the end of the push-button for the flick-missile launcher. The flick-missile “warhead” is the translucent orangey blob on the opposite side of the main structure. Image

Interior shot, full-backal. Or whatever the opposite of full-frontal is. Jabba must be having a party, because there are tables with wine goblets and a plate with a small pyramid of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Or oranges, or marula-fruit, or cheesy popcorn balls or whatever those are meant to be. A blue version of that piece is going to be packed with the upcoming Sail Barge set, as Bill has pointed out. Image

Interior shot, roof removed, looking towards Han’s alcove. And I’m well aware that Oola had been dropped down the Rancor pit by the time this scene occurred. But she just looks so darned happy sitting there. You can see the recessed, smooth trap door right in front of Jabba’s throne, and the white-domed hookah / snack tank with a green frog in it just above the gold goblet at the bottom of the picture. Image

Interior shot, roof removed, looking towards the main entrance. You can get a better look at the hookah / snack tank assembly in this one. My biggest complaint about this set (other than the usual “I wish this set were three times bigger with loads more mini-figures”) is that the hookah / snack tank assembly falls apart very easily (the gold pipes in the middle of the construct being the weak link) and that Jabba can’t hold the business end of it without it popping off his hand a second later. Also, it should ideally be attached to Jabba’s throne, but I’d prefer it if the thing just held together and worked like it was supposed to. But honestly, after the size and the hookah complaints, I have only one other gripe about this set (which I’ll cover shortly); everything else is a big heaping pile of neat-o with a double side-order of sweeeeeeeet. Image

The inside of the watchtower, showing the levels and features. Image

An exterior shot of the watchtower, with TT-8L extended on its stalk, the movable laser guns trained on the trespassers, and a Gamorrean in the lookout station. Again, great detail on the TT-8L eye, considering it’s just a tiny button on the end of a stick. Note the terra-cotta-coloured grille with the angled rod just above it, half-way up the tower. That’s part of the door “mechanism.” Image

With TT-8L retracted into the door, you can use the grille-tipped slider to raise the door to allow entrance. Image

From behind, you can see how the angled rod pegs into the holes in the slider to keep the front door open. The gears are merely decorative finials. Image

The watchtower can detach for easier storage or reconfiguration. Image

Launching the flick-missile. Pushing in the extended grille-tipped slider at the front of the palace moves Jabba’s throne forward. The slider beneath Han’s alcove controls the trapdoor. Image

This wall swings open on hinges. You can see the hibachi with frying pan that’s usually hidden behind Jabba. Obviously, Jabba’s a fan of bacon. (As anyone of impeccable taste is.) The hibachi is the business-end of the slider that moves Jabba’s throne forward. So, yes, pushing red-hot coals up Jabba’s backside gets him to move. You can also just about see the items in the hidey-hole under Jabba’s throne. More on that next . . . . Image

With Jabba’s throne removed, you can see (burrily - sorry about that) his secret stash of gold coins, a hold-out blaster, and an escaped snack. Image

Pulling this slider sends mini-figures tumbling. If you have the Rancor Pit set underneath this one, they get dropped down to have dinner with the rancor. If you don’t have the Rancor Pit set underneath this one, they get dropped about half an inch to the table-top below, as shown here. Image

Pushing Jabba’s throne forward with the hibachi-slider covers the trap door hole and lets him watch the fun through the grates in the floor. Pulling the slider out doesn’t move the throne back again; you have to push it back into its original position manually. Image

And again, here we have Jabba’s Palace combined with the Rancor Pit, and Oola isn't so lucky. (In my experience, there’s no such thing as “luck.”) Yes, I know it’s the same photo I used in the Rancor Pit review. Cope.

As I said earlier in the review, I have the usual “I wish this set were much bigger” wish, as well as the complaint about the hookah / snack tank falling apart too easily. But I have one last gripe about this otherwise cool-as-all-get-out set. You see, the design of the B’Omarr Monk that comes with this set is based on that of the prototype maquette. I would prefer it to look like the monk seen in the film. But that’s fairly easily fixed.

Soon . . . . Image Image Image Image

All the parts shown above went into making the larger B’Omarr. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough black hinges or claw-arms, so he looks a little Jawa-rigged. It’s been so long, I can’t remember where I got the brown Lego boulder from, but it finally came in handy! And that inexpensive little Ninjago set I tracked down online was perfect for supplying the B’Omarr Monk’s remaining legs without much expenditure.

So there you have it, folks. Four of the niftiest Lego products I’ve seen in a while, that I just couldn’t resist because of their coolness factor. If Lego wants to make some more Jabba-themed sets, or another, bigger Cantina set, all of them with more cool mini-figures, I’ll be all over them like tattoos on Darth Maul.

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