Ask any Star Wars toy fan what vehicle Hasbro should produce that they never have and the odds are more than favorable that Jabba’s Sail Barge will top the list. After over 30 years of being pestered by fans for the giant criminal slug’s hovering luxury yacht, Hasbro is finally ready to put this massive toy in your home with one notable caveat.
No, that caveat is not the whopping $499.99 price tag that would make Jabba’s Sail Barge aka The Khetanna the most expensive toy released for the 3.75″ action figure line (1:18 scale) since its inception over 40 years ago.
First let’s backup and address reasons why Hasbro has never delivered a 3.75″ action figure-scaled Jabba’s Sail Barge when they did release the Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon roughly a decade ago that, at the time, was an equally impressive toy.
Jabba’s Sail Barge isn’t exactly a vehicle designed to resonate with kids. It’s aesthetics resemble a rusty old shoe with a couple red masts for pops of color. It’s also the vehicle of a villain, not a hero ship that kids would want to whoosh around the house.
Then there’s the size. To be somewhat faithful to the scale, the Sail Barge would need to eclipse at least three feet in length. That’s a large toy for a parent to stomach and a retailer to stock no matter which way you cut it.
The lack of kid appeal combined with it’s size has kept Jabba’s Sail Barge off toy shelves since it first graced the big screen in 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Times have changed and so has the toy delivery model. The rise of crowdfunding platforms has seen entrepreneur toy developers use pre-order pledges from fans to fund lines into manufacturing. Large toy manufacturers, such as Mattel, have tried something similar with Masters of the Universe by selling toys directly to collectors.
For Jabba’s Sail Barge, Hasbro has launched the HasLab initiative; a new crowdfunding platform that eliminates much of the risk of releasing the giant toy through traditional sales channels.
The rules are simple: Hasbro wants a minimum of 5,000 Jabba’s Sail Barge pre-orders at $499.99 a piece. If they get to that number then anyone who placed a pre-order will receive the incredibly detailed toy delivered on their doorstep roughly a year from now.
If the pre-order limit has not been reached then no credit cards are charged and Hasbro is out the development costs.
At the time of this article pre-orders are approaching 800 of 5,000, or just over 15% of the overall goal less than 24 hours since launch. That leaves until April 3rd to reach the 5000 goal.
What are the odds of Jabba’s Sail Barge coming to fruition? Unlike say the Best odds at the Grand National 2018, I think it’s already a done deal. Worst case scenario is dealers step in at the last moment for a late run to 5,000.
Learn more about the incredible Jabba’s Sail Barge, its inclusive Jabba figure and Hammerhead skeleton, and Behind the Workbench Booklet shipping this year, at the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge page.