Hardcore 3.75″ super-articulated fans ultimately stepped up to the plate to prove to Hasbro that we’re here and want more in the way of classic scale goodness. It took what we can refer to as a complex bribe to get it done, however. Hasbro forced us to speak with our wallets. And speak with our wallets we did. Let’s face it. The Khetanna is NOT an “iconic enough” vehicle to produce for the 3.75″ line. Don’t misunderstand my point here. I am THRILLED it is coming, but it was a significant risk (that felt like it wasn’t coming to fruition until the bitter end). And evidenced by the slow performance of reaching the required amount of backers, many of us were sweating bullets.
In our worry over the fire going out on 3.75″ collecting Paul discussed earlier, there is a spark that will light the fire that may inspire you once again. It definitely gives me some hope for upcoming figures to come!! Click through for the full video… Full Story
You probably didn’t get this email, because Hasbro Toy Shop isn’t even aware of it at the moment, but there is an exclusive update to the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge. Special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull for forwarding their email to us!
My gut told me that this was inevitable and I was right. Collectors who backed Jabba’s Sail Barge and used PayPal as their form of payment might be in a pickle (if you don’t have a backup method of payment that is). We have received confirmation that Hasbro is calling these affected backers of the barge and alerting them that they have until 5 PM on Thursday to provide them with a credit card number (not another attempt at the PayPal transaction – they will NOT attempt another PayPal transaction), or their Barge orders will be canceled. They will also NOT allow you to place a new order for the Barge so you can utilize PayPal again. It’s credit card or bust. You may have received your Behind The Workbench book. It doesn’t matter. PayPal is declining a few orders for reasons that aren’t yet totally clear. I don’t know if it’s because of a certain cutoff date or not, so if your PayPal transaction went through and the monies were debited, your order should be fine. Call Hasbro Customer Service at 1-800-408-0052 for more information on this.
UPDATE: SO far it looks like very few people were affected. Good news!
Wow! Have you seen the eBay auctions for the Behind The Workbench booklet? If this is any indication of what the Yak Face figure will go for, people may be able to turn a pretty penny. Special thanks to Steve U. for the alert!
It’s always good to be proactive, isn’t it? Is there ever a time when planning for things ever turned out negatively in the end? Well, maybe, but stick with me that’s its a good thing for this post. JTA is getting inundated with store reports that show evidence that The Vintage Collection is on clearance at so many stores (both Walmart AND TARGET). Some of the prices are as low as $5 each. We even have a report from barely-alive Kmart that they have them on sale (clearance) too. I had an epiphany that retail is dead when it comes to Star Wars. I am completely serious about this. It’s not about what stores get and don’t get any more. It’s about the changing times. Because of these clearance trends, I have a suggestion. (more….)
JTA readers Orlando R., Danny and Henry just received email confirmations that their Behind The Workbench booklet from Hasbro has shipped! You better check your inbox. You probably have one too! It’s getting REAL, folks!
You saw our popular post of what figures would make beautiful additions to your newly guaranteed Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) and how you can secure them on eBay. (If you missed out this fun post, check it out HERE.) So now we want to know if anyone you have taken any steps to acquire figures you’ve missed on the eBay aftermarket ever since the #backthebarge campaign had been hailed a success. Let us know of your new acquisitions and post them in the comments! We want to see how you’re going to #populatethebarge now! It looks like we’re going to need about 128 figures to fill it! As a side note, can anyone else feel the excitement in the air again with collecting? It’s like a rebirth, and it is a fantastic feeling!
JTA reader Aldo S. sends us word that he contacted Hasbro’s customer service department and was informed that Hasbro would not be charging credit cards/debiting PayPal accounts until April 25th when the Barge booklet is available and ready to ship. It seems as if we all have a little more time to situate our finances if needed. The rep also informed him that Hasbro was not prepared for the influx of orders that came in the last couple of days and needed to print more booklets.
ALL ABOARD! You did it! Whether it was FOMO, last minute desperation, a strategic plan to order at the last minute or a spare for a rainy day, the first HasLab campaign is now over. Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is coming to your collection February 2019 (approximately), but only if you backed one. A low edition size of 8,810 units of Jabba’s Sail Barge is all that will be produced for USA and Canada residents. If you passed on this expecting to find it at Walmart or TARGET or Amazon on clearance, (and you wanted one) you’re going to be a very, very disappointed collector.The aftermarket will be your only choice, and we know how things on eBay go. Congratulations to everyone and we know we all cannot wait for Hasbro’s continuous updates on this project’s progress.
UPDATE: It looks like Hasbro is auditing their orders and the final number of backed Sail Barges keeps changing (minimal/negligible differences). It seems like 8,810 is the final number.
That was not a spelling error! Now that we have backed the barge and we have all put out a substantial amount of money, it’s time we worry about packing the barge! As many of you know, sometimes our SDCC orders don’t show up in the best shape, so it is essential that such a limited item comes to us as safe and packaged as well as possible. We won’t get any replacements I’m sure so PLEASE! Ensure that we will get our Barges and Yak Face safely! Share your thoughts with us here.
After years of indirectly being told how small and insignificant we were to your bottom line, Hasbro, I hope that the performance that #backthebarge that the 3.75” super-articulated Star Wars collecting community has proven our worth to you. (more….)
Hasbro did their own neat little April Fools’ prank. Check out their Sushi Barge on our Facebook page!
Hasbro sends out one final email alerting everyone in the USA and Canada that it’s NOW or NEVER to secure your Jabba’s Sail Barge. This means you have until April 3rd at 11:59 PM ET to order one. Despite the disbelief seen on social media that this long-awaited item will be released in stores and made available again at some other point, Hasbro’s email could not be more explicit and more transparent that Jabba’s Sail Barge will NEVER AGAIN be offered in the USA and Canada. Secure yours today!
Hasbro, is it possible to give any insight or a statement on what options international collectors will have for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) now that it has been fully backed (before the deadline). These collectors would liek to know if they have any other better options before paying a ton in shipping costs. Thank you!
OK, this is IT folks! If you don’t back Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) now, it is going to slip through our fingers forever. It will be all your fault if I don’t get this item for MY collection. Thanks for NOTHING! #backthebarge NOW! Special thanks to Binary_Sun for the artwork again, but I am not sure how much good it’s done!
We are in ‘backed’ territory now, and moving beyond 5000! We want to see how many of our viewers backed the barge? If you backed at least 1, or have every intention of backing one before the deadline, go vote yes… otherwise, well, I guess you vote no. Click through to vote!
OK, so it’s “clear” Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is getting fully backed. So what else can we talk about now? I have an idea. Now that 5000+ of us will have a stunning new vehicle for our collection, how about getting on Hasbro’s case to reissue/redo the Sarlacc pit they made years about in 2008’s TLC Battle At The Sarlacc Pit TARGET exclusive Battle Packs release? They could NEVER do a straight repack of it (too many things have been updated since its release), but we’re going to need something to throw Jabba’s prisoners in next! So, how about it, Hasbro? Look how much this “outdated” set goes for on eBay. It’s crazy! See our Research Droids Review on it HERE.
We had planned to post this later today, but we think it’s going to be entirely backed before then! Don’t experience FOMO! #backthebarge now! Special thanks to Binary_Sun for sharing his talent with us!
Folks, without sounding cocky because I am nervously walking on eggshells at the moment, I think Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is really happening. (I AM NOT TRYING TO JINX THIS, CHRIS!) With so much resistance on Twitter, YouTube and pretty much everywhere else social media exists, people that should have championed for this vehicle’s success decided to do other things instead, almost trying to thwart this campaign. Regardless, the Sail Barge campaign has plowed through nearly all of the negativity. I never thought we’d get close to 4000 backers; now we’re beyond that significantly. I am thrilled that we’re so close to seeing this a reality. So, of course, I need to ask if you’ve backed one, please consider backing another. I want to look at that magical 5000 number, and I can’t wait until Tuesday night. I am sure all others who want this feel the same. In the meantime, feel free to talk about this whole campaign, what could be done to improve it, and how excited you are to display your Sail Barge when it *arrives* February 2019 (help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope).
If you have done your part to #backthebarge, the staff at JTA profusely thanks you. For the first time, we sense that this small miracle is going to happen. This is our modern Sears Cantina with rare Blue Snaggletooth. I wouldn’t want to have any fear of missing out on this great item. In fact, people that never considered buying a 3.75″ action figure are backing them like crazy. We remain cautiously optimistic, but emotionally we’re also bordering on excited. Now that Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is significantly closer to becoming a reality, we thought we’d provide something to you that many have been requesting in email correspondence to us. We did some homework and compiled a list of characters you’ll need (that have been produced by Hasbro as an action figure already) that you’ll need with your Sail Barge. Click through to see a comprehensive list of existing Hasbro 3.75″ action figures required to effectively populate Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) *when* it becomes a reality. Some of these figures cost nearly as much as the #backthebarge does! (more….)
Well, this is interesting, yet oddly expected. Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is on eBay to help out international collectors. Check out the ad! Special thanks to JTA reader Justin V. for the alert! #backthebarge!
We’re officially 80% backed! We just hit 4000 backers! #backthebarge!
With special thanks to my friend Chris at Bantha Skull for stealing my idea, we have in return stolen his FAQ post (with permission) and created a document that you can download and share all over the web. Please keep in mind that the official FAQ can be found on the HasLab website, but there is still so much confusion surrounding Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) that we felt compelled to share this with you. Dispel the myths and show others why they need this vehicle in their collections! Please spread the word (pun intended). We are all so close to making this a reality! #backthebarge
We all know what we saw in the movie… but what REALLY happened when Luke Skywalker offered a gift to Jabba the Hutt? We should all follow our beloved Jedi Master’s lead on this one! A big thanks to JTA reader Todd for opening our eyes to what really happened all those years ago! #backthebarge
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