Enormous 'Star Wars' Toy of Jabba's Sail Barge is Being Crowdfunded

Monday, 19 February 2018 - 7:21PM
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Monday, 19 February 2018 - 7:21PM
Enormous 'Star Wars' Toy of Jabba's Sail Barge is Being Crowdfunded
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One of the big innovations that Star Wars action figures brought to children's toy shelves around the world was the 3 3/4" action figure.

Before Star Wars, all kids' toys were Barbie and G.I. Joe sizes, but this size wouldn't work with the various starships of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Instead, smaller toys were made so that it would actually be practical to create a plastic X-Wing for Luke Skywalker to fly around in.

Of course, in a universe as diverse and complex as Star Wars, there are still plenty of vehicles that are just too big to get a to-scale recreation for 3 3/4" figures. We're probably never going to get a Death Star at this size, and we certainly won't get a Starkiller Base.

But what of Jabba's sail barge? This is a very ambitious toy that wouldn't appeal as much to casual younger fans (and, more importantly, their parents). For the big leagues collectors, though, a sail barge might well be a popular luxury premium vehicle that would be perfect for displaying other figures and toys.

Hasbro has a feeling that the sail barge might go down well, but it's clear that the toy company isn't quite willing to go all-in with such an expensive creation without proof that fans are going to be willing to stump up the hefty $499 price tag for the toy model.

As such, the company has created "HasLab", a crowdfunding platform that will allow fans to pre-order toys before they've been officially confirmed for release. And if five thousand people pre-order the sail barge, then Hasbro will move forward with production.

In all fairness, while this thing is incredibly pricey, it does look like it'll be worthwhile for a lot of the more enthusiastic Star Wars toy collectors - not least because its retro packaging will fit perfectly with old-school action figures.

Weighing in at 13.89 pounds (6.3 kilograms) and over 49 inches (124 centimeters) long, this enormous playset is almost as big as the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star itself. With removable panels, this can either be used for display purposes, or for any grown-up kids to act out fantasies of an alternate universe Return of the Jedi where Boba Fett never fell into the Sarlacc, and instead torched Luke Skywalker with his flamethrower and kicked R2-D2 off the side of the barge.

However collectors intend to make use of this expensive toy, it's clear that Hasbro's game plan with HasLab is a success - at the time of writing, a just a few short hours since the announcement of the sail barge, well over a thousand people have backed the set. With months to go until the April deadline, it looks like Hasbro will probably want to try using this strategy to try greenlighting some new types of riskier Star Wars toys as well.

Who knows? Perhaps we really will get a scale model of the Death Star after all? In a world where Star Wars fans have the power to decide what toys get made, anything can (and probably will) happen.

Well, apart from a Monopoly set with a Rey figure. Apparently the buck stops there as far as Hasbro is concerned.
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