Hasbro has held the Star Wars license for a long time, longer if you count its years under Kenner (whom Hasbro bought out). In February Hasbro launched Haslab, their own personal crowdfunding site where they’ll promise to make ridiculously decadent collector’s items only if enough people pledge to buy them.
The first item: a recreation of Jabba’s Sail Barge that promised to be the biggest-sized Star Wars vehicle they had ever created. The Sail Barge measures 49 inches long…the previous record holder, the Millennium Falcon toy, measures 31 inches long (if you never owned one, then you’re probably familiar with its existence through nostalgic media like Stranger Things).
Hasbro would only make this toy if 5,000 people committed their wallets….and at $500 apiece, they would need a lot of crazy collectors. As of today, it looks like they found them. Hasbro broke the goal with 14 days to spare. Jabba’s Sail Barge will be a thing! Now all we need is a fuzzy standard-definition TV spot starring excited kids in striped shirts piloting the Barge through the sand.
If you’re sitting here and thinking “I’ve got $500 to throw around; why not?” it’s not too late. The campaign doesn’t actually end until April 13, so you can pledge anytime before then and get a Sail Barge in the mail.