Jabba the Hutt’s Eyes

In 1996 the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago hosted a special exhibit titled “Special Effects 2” that featured tons of models, props, and matte paintings from dozens of Hollywood blockbusters. My wife and I drove up to see the exhibit. I didn’t have a digital camera back then but I did have a camcorder. I shot lots of video of all the exhibits. Although I’ve since lost the video, I did take several still shots from the video years ago. This week I’ll be sharing a few stills from that video.

I have always been, and despite what happens to it, will always be a Star Wars fanboy. Some of the coolest things I saw at the Special Effects 2 exhibit were props from the original Star Wars Trilogy, including Jabba the Hutt’s eyes.

The controls in front of the eyes were used by operators to make Jabba’s eyes blink and make the pupils dilate.