Deposing Bib Fortuna… with LEGO

Remember Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt’s oily Twi’lek consigliere with the tentacles coming out of his head?  Thanks to the power of imagination and LEGOs, you can now roleplay his downfall!

Like any self-respecting man-child, I’d been lusting after set #75326, Boba Fett’s Throne Room, for some time.  To me, it’s Jabba the Hutt’s iconic throne room, just without the lovably disgusting, sluggish crime lord.

Unfortunately, this bad boy MSRPs for a whopping $100.  Fortunately, my brother found it at Costco in an example of mercantile serendipity—he didn’t even know I wanted it—for $60.  Finding any new LEGO set for 40% off is like, well, finding forty bucks on the ground—it doesn’t really happen.

I finally got around to building this bad boy over the weekend, and it was a pretty fun build.  It wasn’t as deeply satisfying as some other sets I’ve done, but it also didn’t become tedious.  All in all, it was pretty fun to put together, and I love the variety of mini-figures—especially the porcine Gamorrean Guard and the aquatic Quarren.

The set consists of 732 pieces, with a few neat specialty pieces (in addition to the aforementioned mini-figs).  Like the Medieval Blacksmith set, it comes with a very nice instruction booklet, which itself is a joy to hold and use.

The entire build only took a few hours, during which I finally began watching the third season of Stranger Things (unfortunately, Set #75810, The Upside Down, is retired and no longer available from retailers—d’oh!).  I probably started around 2 PM on Saturday, and wrapped up a little before 4:30 PM.  There are six bags of pieces, so I tried to organize the pictures below by bag, showcasing the end of each step:

There are a few cool moving parts to this set, too, like the palace door with the robot eye that pops out:

Behind the throne, there’s a grill, complete with a spit and a couple of legs of alien chicken:

Being Jabba the Hutt’s former palace, there are plenty of booby traps, like this trick step:

Of course, canon dictates that Bib Fortuna must be deposed.  The set makes that possible, too:

If only it were so easy to remove our government officials.  Maybe LEGO can figure out a set that does that—ha!

Happy Building!

—TPP

2 thoughts on “Deposing Bib Fortuna… with LEGO

  1. Looks like a good build, Tyler. I wonder, and there’s a high chance that someone will have done it, if someone has used Lego to build a life size house, complete with furniture. You’d probably be able to get them at some form of Legoland but I wonder if you could add basic mod cons, like water and electricity to a house made of Lego. It’d help your bank balance, if you could.

    By the way, what did you think of your exchange on TCW yesterday? It really was a hot topic, wasn’t it?

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    • Years ago, I remember my dad telling me about a company that made interlocking bricks for construction, and LEGO was the inspiration for the bricks. This was back when he was working for the Public Works Department in my hometown, so he was always getting the latest information about innovations in construction and maintenance. I think that company was using the bricks for outdoor projects, the kind of thing that would pertain to public works generally, but the concept is more widespread.

      For example, think about laminate flooring. That often comes in boards with interlocking planks. Sure, it’s not *exactly* like LEGO, but there’s a similar logic and simplicity to it.

      That would be pretty cool to live in a LEGO house… but you’d be stepping on LEGOs all the time! Ouch!

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