Posted by B. on December 20, 2018 at 08:38 AM CST
The holiday season is upon us and 2018 is preparing to make the jump to hyperspace. But before the year gets away, we're excited to bring you one more update on Jabba's Sail Barge!

We've reached the stage where parts are being produced at the factory and paint is being applied, as the talented artists on the production line perfect the spray masks, washes, and wipes that will give Jabba's Sail Barge that unique Star Wars "lived-in" look.

We are also assembling a small number of factory-made barges as a test to make sure that all manufactured parts fit and act the way we expect them to. This is called our "engineering pilot", which gives us our first glimpse at what the final product will actually look and feel like.

We're also deep into interior and exterior packaging development. We are constructing and testing our interior packout, so the barge is easy to access and also protected for when it is shipped to you. We're implementing a new way to open the box using tabs instead of glued and taped edges. This allows easier access to the barge. Instead of sliding it out of a traditional box, you "unwrap" the barge, revealing the accessory tray, polystyrene protected hull, Jabba Figure, and the exclusive Yak Face on Power of the Force cardback with collectable coin!

Now without further ado, the moment you've all been waiting for: final packaging!

Isn't it glorious? The top, bottom, back, and sides of the package are equally great and really showcase the barge's internal details and pay tribute to the heritage of The Vintage Collection. Originally we wanted to print the box in traditional vintage form, using a sticker label on the corrugate box. However, the box was too big, and we were afraid of wrinkles and crooked labels. As a final gift, here is a link to a PDF FILE that contains a 3D, interactive example of the packaging, so you can experience the magic our designers conjured up designing the package.

That's all for now, super fans, Our next Insider Report will arrive in 2019 right before te barge ships.

Happy Holidays, and may the Force be with you!