Force Facts - Jabba's Sail Barge


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Aug 21, 2021
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Hello again, Rebelscum fans! This past week on the site we’ve once again headed to the most luxurious hive of scum and villainy in the Star Wars universe, Jabba’s sail barge. Make sure to check out our “Expand Your Mind” article first to read all about the history of the sequence and its importance within the saga, but stay tuned throughout the week for more articles, videos, and insights on the best merchandise available.

The sail barge scene from Return of the Jedi is one of the most exciting in the original trilogy, reminiscent of some of the swashbuckling adventures of earlier adventure films. Here are some Force Facts about the climactic action scene from the first act of Return of the Jedi.

  • The alien Klaatu shares his name with one of the lead characters from the 1951 science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by Robert Wise.

  • In the currently unreleased Star Wars Detours animated series, Salacious Crumb is an out-of-work actor who works shifts at Jabba’s palace in between gigs.

  • In the 2011 Blu-Ray re-release, a Dug was inserted via CGI into the background of Jabba’s palace. It’s been confirmed that it is not, in fact, Sebulba.

  • Sy Snootles makes a memorable appearance as the femme fatale that slays Jabba’s uncle Ziro in The Clone Wars episode “Hunt for Ziro.”
  • In the Robot Chicken version of events, Boba plunges to his doom at the bottom of the Sarlacc Pit to find Weequay guards who are his adoring fans.

  • Although most crime lords could not afford to invest in a luxury barge, similar skiffs appear as speeders throughout the franchise. Hondo Ohnaka memorably uses them in The Clone Warsi

  • Princess Leia’s golden bikini is an iconic costume in pop culture history. An unnamed “slave girl” costume is worn by an uncredited extra sitting next to Jabba as he watches the Boonta Eve Classic in The Phantom Menace.

  • Max Rebo is one of the musical icons of the Star Wars universe, and despite few canon appearances, posters teasing his upcoming performances appear throughout The Clone Wars and Rebels.

  • Boba Fett’s return had been planned from the beginning, and Lucas considered shooting an additional scene showing the bounty hunter escaping. He decided against it in order to avoid confusion if fans thought he would return in the third act.

  • What ever happened to Rotta the Hutt? Since appearing in The Clone Wars film, select episodes of the series, and The Clone Wars tie-in material, the young Hutt’s fate has not been confirmed.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What other fun bits of trivia do you want to share about Jabba’s barge? Which “Force Fact” do you find most interesting? Let us know below, and as always, may the Force be with you!