Sneak Peak at Hasbro Jabba's Sail Barge Workshop Booklet

May 01, 2018

Sneak Peak at Hasbro Jabba's Sail Barge Workshop Booklet

 

In honor of Star Wars Week and Force Friday, we dive into the exclusive booklet delivered to whomever helped fund Hasbro's Haslab initiative for Jabba's Sail Barge, or Khetanna.

Alright, let's have a look under the hood.

Hasbro acknowledges what all of us already knew--that this toy has needed to be made ever since Return of the Jedi was released 36 years ago. Better late than never!

This picture hammers home just how gargantuan the barge will be.

That Jabba is no slouch, but is still dwarfed by the barge itself.



The actual history serving as the inspiration for the Khetanna is fascinating to read up on.

 

 The film version didn't end up looking much different than this hand-drawn concept art, did it?

The same can more or less be said for this piece and the 'Sarlac Pit' sequence from the film.

Woah, really? Okay, this booklet is officially a really cool slice of memorabilia (and not just sleight of hand meant to make us forget that the actual Khetanna won't be released until 2019).

Definitely a lot of consistency across the concept art and blueprints. They knew exactly what they wanted this thing to be in the film, drew it up, and created it. You gotta applaud that type of visionary creativity.

So, let's get this straight--people actually rode dune buggies out to the construction site of the Khetanna (and set of ROTJ) and saw the thing being built? 

A. That's not fair

B. That could never happen in our Information Age. No way would it be kept discreet. 

Lucky schmucks.

 

 

What an enormous and ornate thing to build from scratch, especially for just a few movie scenes.

CGI and green screens have kind of killed this type of film-set ingenuity. Shame--it's such a stellar display of artistry.

I'm not sure how or why this was calculated...but no--that's definitely still not right.

This is a film production model, but you could be forgiven for mistaking it for the Haslab playset (the playset is big, just not THAT big).

That production model is, again, just colossal. It gives a better idea of how large the real deal must have been.

I'm interested to learn what exactly went into this. Moving along...

I guess these are the folks behind this particular project. They hit the lotto that day at work.

An interior cross-section of the barge playset. Again, try to let Jabba (lower right) impress the scale of this thing upon you.

"A titan on the shelf", is how Hasbro describes the Khetanna. I'm not sure that's how I'd choose to display this bad boy, but to each their own.

Dimensions: 4 ft. long, 18 in. tall, 14 in. wide (head-on)...

Yeah, this thing is humongous.

For what could have been a novelty throwaway, they don't seem to be skimping on detail with this project at all. This pleases me.

The design team gathered reference materials from the ROTJ set design to build a replica cockpit into this playset, modelled after the film-version Khetanna. Seems like a labor of love (and a subsequently high quality product).

Worth a read.

A kitchen complete with grubs being prepped for Jabba? Sign me up.

Also worth a read; the attention to detail really does inspire confidence.

Yes--Part function, part inspiration, and a buttload of Gatling guns.

The on-board jail cell probably doesn't adhere to human rights laws, so much.

I'm still staring and taking the whole thing in. 2019 can't come soon enough.

 

 

Well, when I first thumbed through the manual without really studying it, I thought this "WE REALLY DO CARE" was a dumb, empty slogan. Now I'm actually convinced that they mean it. Hasbro seems to have put a passionate team in charge of this project that has engineered a top-shelf quality product on a ridiculously huge scale. 

We will have a limited quantity on sale at Megalopolis next year, but I'm equally excited to have my own to display at home. Not since the USS Flagg have I seen anything even remotely like this. We will keep you posted as more news rolls in.

Thanks!

-M.W.





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