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Devil King
02-28-2008, 09:20 PM
Okay, I'm working on finishing my Jabba the Hutt custom. I'm actually working on two of them at the same time. The base figure is the vintage Jabba the Hutt and I've taken sculpy and lengthen and curved the tail, filled in all the seam lines (no more tail-swinging action) added shoulder fat rolls and boiled it in water to harden the sculpy. (a lot of people will put their figures in the oven for a few minutes, but since the head is made of a softer plastic and the body is made of a harder plastic than the action figures, I wasn't sure how it would react to the heat in the oven.) So while I'm waiting for the water that managed to somehow find it's way into the hollow body, I've been trying to figure out which colour scheme to go with.

I have 2 ways of doing this. I could go with the more movie accurate, darker green/brown colour scheme or I could go with the more sideshow colour scheme that involves more whitish-tans and light greens.

Which one do you guys like more?

Jargo
02-28-2008, 09:28 PM
mix the two. the movie stills are innaccurate because of the lighting on the set and the sideshow one looks too light. somehwhere in between I'd say.

JediTricks
02-29-2008, 01:02 AM
I agree with Jargo, I didn't think the Sideshow coloring was all that dynamic and representative of the character in the film, though it was very well done. Hasbro kinda tried to do one like the movie, but it was too bright and lacking subtlety and intracity.

Bosskman
02-29-2008, 03:39 PM
I made a simple custom Jabba back in 2000 or so using a vintage Jabba and a Jabba Glob Jabba and he was pretty good. I have him put away though.....

Devil King
03-02-2008, 11:52 PM
mix the two. the movie stills are innaccurate because of the lighting on the set and the sideshow one looks too light. somehwhere in between I'd say.

not a whole lot of consensus involed, I suppose. So I'm going with the sideshow paintjob first, and then layering the movie still apps on top of them. I guess that's a combination of the two.

stillakid
03-03-2008, 02:50 AM
I'm going to make a custom Jabba from raw chicken and Jello.

DARKLORD_67
03-03-2008, 07:18 AM
Greetings again Devil King.

About two years ago, I went through the same dillema as you regarding the creation of a single definitive 3-3/4 inch scale Jabba The Hutt figure for my collection.

What color should he be? Which existing Jabba sculpt should I use? Should his nasty tongue be exposed? How articulate should he be? There were a thousand questions.

In the end, the answers to these questions were made academic.

A very talented sculptor named Andrew Rosario created a Jabba the Hutt sculpt (in the correct scale) that blew away any of the versions released by Vintage Kenner or modern Hasbro.

The sculpt represented the jolly malice and menace of Jabba exactly as he appeared in Return of the Jedi.

Andrew offered his Jabba sculpt as a beautifully cast white resin kit. With a nice careful assembly and paint-deco, you could have yourself a very nice Jabba statue to display along with your Hasbro figures.

The trouble was, I really wanted a fully poseable Jabba (with turning head, movable arms, and maybe a working tail). In the end, though, I settled for a Jabba figure without the movable tail since, (like you DK), I was not crazy about the body seam.

I sold off my Vintage Kenner Jabba the Hutt figure mainly because he was simply of no use to me. As far as I was concerned, he bore absolutely no resemblance to Jabba as seen in the film.

The modern Hasbro Jabba sculpt (EP1 and SAGA 1), didn't fare too much better either, in my view. His face sculpt was completely off, his arms were far too long, and the rolls of sculpted fat across his chest looked more like women's breasts to me.

But, this Jabba figure did have a slug-like body without an ugly tail seam (like the vintage Kenner version had), and that was attractive to me.

I ended up using parts of the Hasbro Jabba figure as fodder to convert the Jabba resin kit into a working posable figure.

As for Jabba's final coloring, I decided to go with a slightly brighter tone than what was seen in the film. I based his pallette on the color of the filming puppet as seen in full light.

I was very happy with the results, and I even designed new packaging for my Vintage Kenner Jabba The Hutt Action Playset to reflect my new, more "modern" preference for Jabba, his courtiers, and generally all the characters in my collection.

Devil King
03-04-2008, 01:00 AM
My colour scheme comes out much closer to your picture than it does teh sideshow scheme. But Jabba didn't have such a blunt-ended tail and he had much more fat rolls over his shoulders. The down side is that I don't have as many poc-marks on his underside; which I hope to off-set by the pillows that surround him. But Im glad that the movie stills are much more accurate than is the sideshow colour scheme. This isn't the first Jabba custom I've done, and I'm glad that the comments on how green he was is unfounded. And there's a lot more teal and red than most realize. I've been reworking my Jabba customs for at least 10 years. It's my constant and still-changing custom. (A bit of mona lisa, if you will) I "finish" it and then a few months later, I start to repaint it again.

I'm still waiting to find the right way to customize his eyes. I have no issue with resculpting his eye lids, but I can't find a suitable replacement for his actual eyes.

I only wish that the layered paint job truly showed up in digital pictures.

jlw
03-09-2008, 01:41 PM
Greetings again Devil King.

About two years ago, I went through the same dillema as you regarding the creation of a single definitive 3-3/4 inch scale Jabba The Hutt figure for my collection.

What color should he be? Which existing Jabba sculpt should I use? Should his nasty tongue be exposed? How articulate should he be? There were a thousand questions.

In the end, the answers to these questions were made academic.

A very talented sculptor named Andrew Rosario created a Jabba the Hutt sculpt (in the correct scale) that blew away any of the versions released by Vintage Kenner or modern Hasbro.

The sculpt represented the jolly malice and menace of Jabba exactly as he appeared in Return of the Jedi.

Andrew offered his Jabba sculpt as a beautifully cast white resin kit. With a nice careful assembly and paint-deco, you could have yourself a very nice Jabba statue to display along with your Hasbro figures.

The trouble was, I really wanted a fully poseable Jabba (with turning head, movable arms, and maybe a working tail). In the end, though, I settled for a Jabba figure without the movable tail since, (like you DK), I was not crazy about the body seam.

I sold off my Vintage Kenner Jabba the Hutt figure mainly because he was simply of no use to me. As far as I was concerned, he bore absolutely no resemblance to Jabba as seen in the film.

The modern Hasbro Jabba sculpt (EP1 and SAGA 1), didn't fare too much better either, in my view. His face sculpt was completely off, his arms were far too long, and the rolls of sculpted fat across his chest looked more like women's breasts to me.

But, this Jabba figure did have a slug-like body without an ugly tail seam (like the vintage Kenner version had), and that was attractive to me.

I ended up using parts of the Hasbro Jabba figure as fodder to convert the Jabba resin kit into a working posable figure.

As for Jabba's final coloring, I decided to go with a slightly brighter tone than what was seen in the film. I based his pallette on the color of the filming puppet as seen in full light.

I was very happy with the results, and I even designed new packaging for my Vintage Kenner Jabba The Hutt Action Playset to reflect my new, more "modern" preference for Jabba, his courtiers, and generally all the characters in my collection.

Man that custom Jabba is awesome! So, is that made from a Jabba glob and what else? And where can I get the top section. That is definitely the Jabba that Hasbro needs to make!

Jason

DARKLORD_67
03-10-2008, 04:34 AM
Hi Jason!

Thanks for the compliment on my custom Jabba The Hutt.

As I described before, custom Jabba is an originally sculpted and cast resin kit made available by a customizer by the name of Andrew Rosario.

Andrew made this kit available for sale on rebelscum.com and a few other boards about a year and a half ago. At the time I bought mine, he was down to his final few kits.

Andrew's kit basically allows you to build Jabba as a 3-3/4 inch scale non-poseable Jabba statue.

All I did was to use the Hasbro Jabba The Hutt Ultra Figure (from about 3 years ago), and I adapted Andrew's kit to it:

The operation consisted of replacing the Hasbro Jabba upper body, (head, torso and arms) with Andrew's more accurate sculpts. But in order to do so, I had to completely dis-assemble the Hasbro Jabba figure.

I carefully adapted the head-turning inner mechanism, and arm swivel pegs from the Hasbro figure onto the parts from Andrew's kit.

The newly adapted kit head and new working swivel arms were then assembled back onto the Hasbro Jabba lower body.

The whole thing was then re-painted by hand, and the result is what you see in the photo.

Since that photo was taken, however, I did make one additional change to Jabba's lower body: I added an extension to his tail (complete with scar) to make the tail a bit longer and more pointed.

Unfortunately, I no longer have Andrew's e-mail address, and the link to the website where you could order this kit no longer operates.

About the only way to contact Andrew that I have available anymore is his mailing address.

Drop me a PM if you're interested in getting it.

JON9000
03-10-2008, 10:01 AM
Okay, let's see that puppy set up with a bunch of figures!

Jargo
03-14-2008, 01:59 PM
Isn't that Bigbarada's bro? Andrew Rosario I mean. I recall BigB showing the sculpt off in a different thread.