Well, Hasbro has made this deal sweeter than bringing back The Vintage Collection. Folks on the fence: THIS should be your only reason to #backthebarge now. This exclusive POTF 85 version of Yak Face will only be available with the HasLab campaign. The standard release is coming on a Return Of The Jedi card back. This should be reason enough to support this item. This figure alone will go for $500 and more on the aftermarket. 5000 units (or so) of this exclusively packaged figure is a significant win for all collectors. (Our friends at Bantha Skull made this exact suggestion. I am glad to see it come to fruition.)
Longtime JTA reader and 3.75″ super-articulated enthusiast Mike R. sent us some disconcerting news about his #backthebarge order. It was canceled because of a PayPal time window protocol. Could this be the reason we’re starting to see orders fall off? Click through for more.
Holy moly! Is this the thing that could salvage Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna)? Online UK retailer Dark Side Toys has been working hard behind the scenes to get Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) into the UK. They will be making a “huge” announcement at 6 PM UK time. If you’re in the UK and want this item, you best pay attention to their Facebook page. In the meantime, they write “We have some exciting news about The Jabba Sail Barge for UK customers! We have been working behind the scenes very hard to bring it here come back at 6 pm to find out all the details.”
UPDATE: If you live in these countries, you’re in luck! Click “Full Story” for list of countries!
If we ever get Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna), there will undoubtedly be people who will need skiff guards to populate it. Infamous eBay seller tunghori has some tremendous Jabba-focused aliens and other related figures in stock. Choose from the rare red bandana Kithaba, Vizam, and BAR2-D2. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Martin M. for the alert!
After some recent articles I think it is a good idea to get everyone to calm down just a little.
Most here are probably not acquainted with crowdfunding. And this is Hasbro’s first foray into crowdfunding too – and what a project it is. They ask for no more than $2,500,000. Or $500 from each backer.
As of now the Barge has 2,595 backers. Progress has stalled considerably in the past few days, despite opening up the project to Canada. Reason for panic? Is the Barge bound to fail? Let me show you a few graphics to give you hope and confidence.
Advertisement courtesy of Binary_Son. #backthebarge!
Basic math tells us that we can get to $2.5 million dollars in many ways (the magic number required to make this long-awaited vehicle a reality). So it made us wonder if collectors would be more inclined to pick up Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) if it were half the price. That would of course mean we would need double the backers. How many of you would be more inclined to pick up this beast if it were half the price (also knowing that there would be double the units in the marketplace and double the backers needed). Or would there be 7,143 of us who would be willing to back this thing for $350? Is the $500 price point the real killer of this first HasLab offering? Or is it so much more than this?
With special thanks to JTA reader Binary_Sun, here is today’s advertisement for #backthebarge!
Well, it’s official. Collectors are Jabba The Hutt and Steve Evans and Hasbro are Boushh (in a powerfully descriptive metaphor). As collectors try to suggest to Hasbro that 2500 backers are good enough for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) instead of the full goal required, Steve Evans from Hasbro makes it painfully clear in our comments that Hasbro needs 5000 backers, no less. As we continue to wish, hope and fantasize that this thing is coming despite this fact, maybe we can eventually both agree that 3500 is the most fair number here. (There we go fantasizing again.) In the meantime #backthebarge people. This is serious now, folks. #backthebarge!
Site comicbook.com has posted a preview of the “Behind The Workbench” book that will accompany Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) if the minimum backing is met. Does anyone else find it odd that these booklets would be published and printed before the backing minimum is met? Anyway, check it out and be sure to come back here to talk about it!
Daniel Logan supports #backthebarge! Young Boba Fett himself pleads with Star Wars collectors to support this unprecedented campaign. If it’s good enough for Boba Fett, it’s good enough for you! #backthebarge!
With special thanks to JTA reader Binary_Son for the artwork, here is your daily reminder to #backthebarge! Snap to it!
OK, I am angry* about two things this morning. And you wouldn’t like me when I am angry*. Firstly, I am angry* at my supposed friend Chris S. for alerting me to the horrific news that the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is now heading in the reverse direction for backers. (We lost everyone yesterday who backed and then some.) And I am angry* at Hasbro that they cannot make this thing with the backers who already signed up. It’s a sad turn of events when a vehicle of this magnitude cannot be produced for nearly 1.2 million dollars. I don’t know what to say, folks, I think it’s time to stick a fork in this.
*Subtweeters: I am not angry. (Readers: You have to explain things to them. Otherwise, they think you’re serious.)
**Headline is inspired by Seinfeld.
We have just learned something that may make the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) a reality. JTA reader and friend has alerted us to a thread in the forums at Rebelscum. A reader from the UK has SUCCESSFULLY placed an order for the Sail Barge via MyUS.com. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Nick N. for alerting us to this thread. Hopefully it can help out our UK readeship in some way. Click through for more.
UPDATE: MyUs.com was actually presented by JTA weeks ago. I just forgot about it. Apologies for the confusion. But another example can only help the cause!
Dear Canada, you can now place your order for Jabba’s Sail Barge through HasLab! StarWars.com exclusively revealed that the Sail Barge will now be available for Canadian residents as well. Go and back the Barge! StarWars.com just posted an article that contains the exciting reveal in addition to a fantastic interview with Steve Evans and Joe Ninivaggi. The interview provides an in-depth look at HasLab, the creative process, and the Sail Barge itself. Click through to read the full article!
Ever since Hasbro launched HasLab with its first campaign, Jabba’s Sail Barge, the question was: will it be a success? As of now the barge has 2,131 backers. Which accounts for 42.62% of the backers needed.
There are some stats we can use to see whether or not the campaign might reach its goal of 5,000 backers. Click here to find out more!
We’ve hit another milestone today, hitting the 2000 mark with 36 days to go. What are you waiting for? Back the Barge! Thanks to JTA reader Agustín for the alert and screenshot!
It does appear as if Hasbro is doing its part in advertising Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). I have received multiple emails since Toy Fair, and each has something about this HasLab initiative in it. I personally feel Hasbro should be tagging celebrity Star Wars fans/collectors like Chris Hartwick and Donald Faison (amongst MANY others) on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word. There are some people out there that are influenced by celebrities that they’d probably buy one just to believe they’re making the celebrity happy. (Sarcasm, folks.)
It seemed like the perfect time to back another Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Be sure you back at least one too!
I have an honest question for you, so I am seeking genuine answers. For those of you on the fence with backing Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna), if Hasbro included the highly sought-after Salacious Crumb (VC66) and Mouse Droid (VC67) miniature carded figures, would that be enough to make you take the plunge? They almost never show up on eBay anymore, are HUGE holes for 95% of The Vintage Collection collectors, and go for ridiculous amounts of money on eBay. (Click either thumbnails below to see what I mean.) Let us know your thoughts in our comments. It would cost next to nothing for Hasbro to produce these and add them to this campaign as a bonus. I believe that bonus/exclusive carded figures in this campaign are what is going to push people over to deciding yes.
IGN has put together an excellent video which discusses the real problems with Hasbro’ first HasLab project. While excited to see it get produced (and one-half of the team wants this thing), they go into great detail about why this may not have the steam behind it that it should. One example is lack of exclusive pack-in figures. I feel strongly that if five EXCLUSIVE skiff guards were included with this set that this would have reached its minimum order by now. Hasbro needs to understand the power of exclusive figured and when it’s essential and necessary to include them in exclusives like this. Anyway, check out the video and come back and leave your thoughts here. PLEASE BACK THE BARGE!
The RetroBlasting YouTube channel has posted a video on the Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) HasLab project. While I think the speaker makes many valid to excellent points, his opinion turns into judgment because fingers are pointed at both Hasbro, for being a big business (God forbid they make money), and fan sites like JTA (we’re not mentioned specifically) and other collectors, for lack of ethical standards. Apparently promoting ways to make the Sail Barge a reality whether financially or practically, is unethical. Is he saying that collectors are too stupid to manage their own finances? We’re not sure. It’s all very confusing. Some of our morally superior colleagues have accused us of the same. You’d almost think for a moment that these people are mad it isn’t coming to retail so they can buy it on clearance eventually, or something. Watch the video and let us know what you think about it in our comments. For the record, JTA is proselytizing a dream and a hope to one day become a reality. And as adults we trust you to make the best financial decisions for you and your family. We don’t see you as stupid collectors.
Hasbro just wanted to thank you all so much for your incredible support on the HasLab initiative since it launched at Hasbro’s Entertainment Brand Preview event last Saturday! We’re almost halfway there and it’s all thanks to you!!!
In celebration of this incredible fan community and your ongoing support, we’d love to give you access to never-before-seen images of Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Click the image below to start your journey! Also, BACK THE BARGE!
(Thumbnail stolen from BanthaSkull.com.) We have eleven (11) good reasons why you should INVEST in the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). If history isn’t any indication that we should, at the very least, learn from our mistakes, I don’t know what is. Click through to see why the $500 backing price is only the jumping off point for where this thing’s value can go. After you click through, click the thumbnails of each previously released TVC vehicle to see the latest aftermarket values.
Here is a tip for you that might make the backing of Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) a reality if $500 is just too much at once for your budget. We have NO IDEA why Hasbro gave us all such a sudden and short window to promote and support this item, but here is an option for you that might be more realistic.If you back this vehicle using PayPal Credit, the $500 won’t charge until April 3rd, and then you have six months to pay it off, which comes to about $91 a month. It’s an option for those who are waiting for income tax return checks and who just need more time to save up money. Good luck. Special thanks to JTA reader Jimmy K. for the idea. Back the Khetanna HERE. (Remember, we are NOWHERE near making this a reality yet.)
Hasbro has sent us an update to the international availability of the HasLab Khetanna Sail Barge. Click through for the update!
We have compiled a Top 10 list of things that are more expensive but less important than the HasLab Sail Barge. Click through and see if we can hopefully motivate your butt to purchase this thing. Time is RUNNING OUT and we’re not even close to making this a reality yet!
There is rightfully a lot of angst with international collectors over securing the Khetanna Sail Barge. If you currently live outside the USA, this is YOUR CHANCE to let Hasbro know that you desperately want to back this great vehicle. In our comments, please express your desire to back this item and also please list your country. This will give Hasbro a baseline of what they may need to do next to get international collectors to become a part of this campaign. Hasbro is watching, so be sure to leave your comments right away!
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