Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge heads to San Diego
Who could forget the first time they saw Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi?
He was supposed to be in the first Star Wars, but once we saw him in all his slovenliness in 1983, Jabba became another in the long line of wonderfully colorful and unique Star Wars villains. And now to help celebrate Comic-Con, he’ll be rearing his ugly head once again.
As the L.A. Times reports, there’s going to be a four day relay from Santa Monica CA, to San Diego, where runners will also be passing the Star Wars torch, meaning the light saber, every quarter-mile. Leading the runners will be Jabba on a replica of his barge, the Khetanna.
The barge can travel up to 40 MPH, but it’s obviously going to roll much slower so the runners can keep up with it. (Try to imagine anyone explaining they were late for work because they were held up by Jabba the Hutt).
As the Times tells us, it’s taken quite a bit of work to make the barge street legal enough that it can coast down the Pacific Coast Highway, and it’s being put together by Fiesta Parade Floats, who usually work the Rose Parade.
There are also two companies involved in this run, and you have to love these names, Course of the Force and Nerdist Industries, that will donate all the proceeds from runner registration to Make-A-Wish. (It’s $500 to run in the quarter mile, and as this story was being finalized, the Times reports it has almost sold-out),
Finally the barge will stop at Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday at 4:30 P.M., where there’s going to be a big, ol’ Star Wars jamboree, with food vendors, live music and more. The Styrofoam Jabba will be provided by LucasFilm, and as much as we hated him back in the Jedi days, it’s good to see the fat, drooling alien slob back again.