Fire up the R2-D2 drink cart! Star Wars geeks are going to get Jabba’s Sail Barge, a nearly 4-foot-long replica of the vehicle that was featured in “Return of the Jedi.”
The transport ship, also known as The Khetanna, was funded through Hasbro’s first use of its new crowd-funding platform, HasLab. The company sought 5,000 backers to guarantee production, and as of Tuesday morning, 7,726 people had plunked down $499.99 to preorder the barge. The math on that is headed toward $4 million.
If you still want to get in on the action — which started 45 days ago — you have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Fans of the sci-fi saga will remember the barge being used to carry Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca to their planned demise at the Sarlacc Pitt on the desert planet Tatooine.
But, Luke had “taken care of everything” in that scene that turned into a battle and ultimately led to Princess Leia choking out Jabba the Hutt. Mark Hamill even took care of plugging the HasLab campaign on Instagram. “Like I told Jabba, ‘This is your last chance!’ Back the barge or you’ll regret it,” Hamill wrote.
Here’s more on the barge from HasLab:
Exquisitely detailed, fan accessible decks that complement 3.75-inch figures (not included) allowing fans and collectors to recreate intense battles in the Star Wars saga. Its removable side panels also offer a unique opportunity to pose and set up incredible dioramas. Complete with premium deco, vintage packaging, and soft cloth sails, this dream product offers Star Wars devotees the quality and realism they know and love. Included with the vehicle is Jabba the Hutt and Yak Face (3.75-inch scale figure).
Backers will immediately receive a companion 64-page booklet — “Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind the Workbench” — that goes behind the scenes of the design and development of the actual Sail Barge film set piece and Hasbro toy.
The barge itself won’t ship until the end of February 2019.
Here’s a time-lapse video of the collectible being built and painted: