Check Out This 1983 TV Commercial For The Jabba The Hutt Playset!

I received the Jabba the Hutt playset on my birthday, one that was held at the Showbiz Pizza of my youth. For some odd reason during that particular party I also was given three Tauntauns from three different school mates. That is a lot of Tauntauns…especially considering I already had two from the previous Christmas!


Although my memory banks could be suffering from faulty data, I do believe I received the Jabba playset before the movie had been released, I do at least recall however at how we kids were all captivated by the interior of the “dungeon” with it’s skeleton and rats!

Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt Dungeon Playset

Thanks to The Museum of Classic Chicago Television you can see just a snippet of video before the TV ad from the TBS Superstation Funtime block of Looney Tunes, Three Stooges, and Terrytoon shorts like Heckle and Jeckle!

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