Toy Review: Jabba’s Sail Barge

March 12, 2019 at 11:33 am | Posted in Star Wars, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

Well the barge has arrived, and this thing is awesome. It’s also huge. Here’s a look at what you might be missing out on.

The barge started with Hasbro’s HasLab, a crowdfunded projected that got 8,810 backers. Only 5,000 were needed for the project to get the greenlight but participants had to lay down a whopping $500 dollars to get their own Vintage Collection Jabba’s Sail Barge aka The Khetanna. There was also a long wait time, but it was worth it.

“I thought it would be bigger.”

The Khetanna arrived in a massive box (4 feet 5 inches long). It’s funny as the instructions actually talk about having a barge buddy to help you with removing the barge from the box.

Inside the box is another cardboard box, and inside that one is the actual barge box. There’s no inserts to help protect the corners of the barge box, and some people have reported damage because of that. Luckily mine arrived safely.

Removing the barge box was a bit tricky though since I wanted to save the shipper boxes…just in case. Once it was out, it was time to get this sucker in place.

It’s worth noting that the box for The Khetanna is pretty nice. It has the vintage styled packaging, beautiful shots of the barge, and some cool shots of the inside and the action features.

As for accessories, you get this. There is a 3.75″ scale Jabba the Hutt sporting the new photo real paint app (this is shipped loose and wedged into the Styrofoam inserts inside the barge box). There is a Yak Face on card with collectible coin, the struts and sails for the barge which have to be assembled (a little tricky but not too bad), display legs, the side fins, a couple chains for the jail cell, and a couple greebles that go on the outside of the barge.

Here’s a close up of Yak Face which is going for over $200 on eBay right now (and that’s figures that have already sold). He’s in very high demand. Note the card is unpunched. Like Jabba, this was wedged into the Styrofoam inserts. Not the most ideal shipping technique but mine arrived in really good shape. No creases or bubble damage, just a little wear to the card at the bottom.

Once fully assembled, the glorious Khetanna takes up a lot of space, which is why most people opted out of it. I had a spot picked out for it though, and it makes a great display piece.

There’s a lot of detail on the barge. From the coloring of the parts to the molding and sculpt, it looks good.

Here’s a close up of the display legs the barge comes with. There are four of them with are very sturdy. Each has a rubbery tip which prevents it from sliding around.

The Khetanna comes with two clip on deck guns for the rails.

There’s also the main gun which Leia ended up using to blow the ship up. It can be pivoted down to recreate that scene, too. My one grip there is that the rear sail post gets in the way of rotating it around.

Here’s a good shot of the sail struts. There’s a lot of plastic pieces involved here and some literal stretching of the fabric. It works out well to achieve the look of the sails, and hopefully they stand up to the test of time.

Here’s a look inside at the rear cabin where Jabba’s dais is. The dais can slide left and right a little and it includes his microphone which you can take out and Jabba can hold.

There’s enough room in between the support pylons to squeeze in Max Reebo with his red ball jet organ, at least it works for the vintage Reebo. I didn’t have a modern one to test with. There’s also some sculptures on the walls like a Rancor.

Here you can see the Gamorrean sculpture with a little Hutt picture as well.

Worth noting that some of the windows open, but some do not.

Here’s a shot of the next compartment which is the armory.

And here’s a shot of the galley.

This is the prison.

The door slides open to reveal the prison cell. Note the door actually opens further than this. It was a little sticky and resistant, but giving it a little bit of force, it opened more when I was playing around with it the other day.

Inside the cell is a desiccated Ithorian who is chained to the wall. The Ithorian is a very soft rubbery material, but it’s securely attached to something. I wasn’t able to easily remove it, so I left it in place.

The panels also come off the front of the barge to reveal the cockpit. Not sure who the proper pilots would be, but there’s a lot of detail here.

Another thing to note, only the side panels on this side of the barge come off. The other side does not have removable panels. Anyways, with the ship in place and fully assembled, it was time to fill this thing.

Cue the barge party!

As you can see, there’s a lot of room to stuff this thing full of figures. Personally, I like a mix of vintage and new. Mine is a pre-ROTJ barge so it opens it up to more characters showing up for fun rides on the dune seas.

This is one of the main reasons I got the barge – it’s a great way to display your figures. Seeing them in The Khetanna is way better than just standing them on a shelf. And since one of my main interests is the aliens, it’s the perfect location for them to assemble.

It also provides all kinds of fun opportunities, like Jawa parties!

So, was it worth $500? Yes, absolutely yes. I love it. It’s a great centerpiece and an excellent device to display figures. Plus, it’s lots of fun.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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