At the New York Toy Fair, Hasbro announced that they would be getting into the crowd-funding business and would launch HasLabs. The intent is getting items made that normally couldn't be created in a retail setting (or else they'd be sitting on a shelf collecting dust) and to wet collector's appetites for grander display pieces for their collections.
The first project under HasLabs is Jabba's Sail Barge from Star Wars Episode V: Return of the Jedi. The vehicle is for 3.75-inch figures is FOUR FEET LONG, has various compartments, display areas, trap doors, and of course an actual room for Jabba himself.
The estimated price for all of this? $499.99 (that includes shipping). Only one day old, and at this very moment the funding for this has reached over 1,000 (5,000 is the intended funding limit) with only 43 days to go.
If there is one problem with the new crowd-funder is it's only available for the US. There is no international shipping (because probably shipping this thing would be insane). Here's the official press release:
HASBRO is constantly working to create innovative and exciting new products that cater to the unique needs of consumers and fans. In 2018, we take that pledge one step further with the launch of HASLAB!
Announced at this year's Toy Fair, HASLAB is Hasbro's new platform that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans. To that end, we're excited to announce that the first HASLAB item is the biggest Star Wars vehicle Hasbro and Kenner have ever produced – fan favorite JABBA'S SAIL BARGE! Measuring approximately 4 feet long, this large scale, highly detailed item features premium deco and vintage packaging. An incredible addition to any collection, Jabba's Sail Barge comes complete with exquisitely-detailed and fan accessible interior/exterior decks, one Jabba the Hutt 3.75-inch scale figure, two soft-cloth fabric sails, and other realistic features that mimic one of the most notorious vehicles in the Star Wars universe.
HASLAB takes inspiration from other platforms by inviting participants to support the product by backing the project up front by placing a pre-order. You're our only hope to make Jabba's Sail Barge a reality! For Jabba's Sail Barge to go into production, Hasbro must meet a certain minimum threshold of 5,000 pre-orders. It's up to the fans to support the campaign and help successfully reach that goal by 11:59pm ET on April 3rd, 2018. Those who pre-order the item will also receive "Jabba's Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind The Workbench," a premium, 64-page booklet that goes behind the scenes of the design and development of the actual Sail Barge film set piece and Hasbro toy and includes set photos, product blueprints, interviews, and more.
Starting today, fans can place a pre-order for Jabba's Sail Barge at HASBRO.COM/HASLAB. If the goal is met, the product will go into production. For more information on HASLAB and to follow the project's progress throughout the 45 day pre-order window, visit HASBRO.COM/HASLAB and follow @HasbroPulse on social media.
The prospect of Hasbro going into a crowd-funded scene is a long-time coming. Why? Because if there's ONE thing any collector of 3.75-inch figures would want an official to remaster is JUST ONE THING.
Tell me I'm wrong.