Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Funko Pop! Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt and Slave Leia Review

Funko Pop! Star Wars Slave Leia and Jabba the Hutt posed with a vintage SW: Return of the Jedi playset.

My love of bobbleheads has officially been renewed! These cuties are numbers #18 (Leia) and #22 (Jabba) in Funko Pop!'s line of Star Wars collectible vinyl bobbleheads. They stand at around 4" tall and look great together. Sadly, there are several instances of paint errors/color bleeding on the two I ordered. Not bad enough to be deal-breakers for me, but a shame nonetheless. In my opinion, their overall adorable factor makes up for these issues.

Jabba the Hutt

Funko Pop! Star Wars Jabba the Hutt with box.
This is arguably the cutest Jabba ever, right down to his drool... and his facial expression is absolutely perfect. :) His sizable girth also sets him apart as the largest figure (and the only one with a proportionate head). The sculpt is fairly detailed, and just right for the cartoony look of the line. Jabba's body is hollow and lightweight, but it doesn't feel "cheap" at all.

Back view of Funko Pop! Jabba the Hutt bobblehead.
Here's a view from behind. As you can see, there are no paint apps in back.

Close-up of Funko Pop! Jabba the Hutt vinyl bobblehead.
Here some paint issues are visible. There's chipping on Jabba's tongue and chin, and a streak of beige paint near the bottom-right of his face.

Slave Leia

Funko Pop! Star Wars Slave Leia with box.
Even as a super-deformed bobble head, Leia still manages to look like the spunky rebel princess we all know and love. She stands with her hands on her hips, defiant and clearly displeased with her current predicament.

The little details are all there: the designs on her signature metal bikini, the intricately braided hair, the jewelry, the collar... In fact, the only thing really missing is her chain, which is a bit unusual considering the instrumental role it plays in RotJ. Perhaps bobblehead Jabba watched the movie ("Spaceballs" style), and thought better of giving her one in the "Funko Pop! Star Wars Universe". (Or perhaps a chain would have just interfered with the spring that makes her head bobble.)

Unlike Jabba (who doesn't need one), Slave Leia includes a circular stand with "Star Wars" printed on the front. There are pegs to keep her in place, and she doesn't fall off of it no matter how many times you set her bobbling. ;)

Funko Pop! Star Wars Slave Leia from behind.
I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail. Her hair ornament features a realistic texture that just adds that much more awesomeness to the figure. The rich, metallic-gold paint is also lovely.

Bottom line: These are adorable figurines, and I'm happy to add them to my SW collection. If paint errors really eat at you, though, I'd suggest buying these in store so that you can give them a first-hand examination.

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