May the Fourth Be With You, friends, as you travel across today’s blog hop like the awesome Jedis I know you all are!
My contribution this year is dedicated to my little brother. I am sure that many girls of the 80′s can appreciate the memory of wanting to play with awesome Star Wars toys “for boys” and ransacking their brothers’ collections.
One particularly awesome toy that I remember being especially jealous of was the Kenner Jabba the Hutt playset from Return of the Jedi. Imagine my delight when I searched for images of this toy and discovered it on eBay, labeled as VINTAGE! Thanks for making me feel a little older, eBay sellers! Anyway, one of the best features of this toy was the trap door. You could could be Jabba and drop your enemy into the dungeon! Endless fun. Jabba actually completely scared me as a kid and I still get a little creeped out thinking of this ruthless slug-like disgusting mess of a creature. So naturally, I found it totally appropriate to commemorate him in my Kindergartener’s lunchbox.
My lunch Jabba is made with a whole wheat tortilla that I cut by hand to show his round body and long lumpy tail. There is a plain tortilla on the bottom that will be the lid to the quesadilla. The open-faced one on top has cheese melted onto it and then was spread with re-fried beans. I tried to use a knife to add a wrinkly pattern to Jabba’s skin, but the beans were lumpy enough to make him look quite disgusting as-is. I gave him candy eyes and a carrot mouth, and I tried to smear the beans around those features to make them look more inset, as he is very blob-like. I have a cheese stick next to him, instead of a hookah, and I used alphabet picks to spell out his name. The EasyLunchbox itself is being presented as vertical to represent the way that Jabba sits on the trap door. Fortunately for the child eating this lunch, this dungeon consists of carrots, celery, grape tomatoes and a mini-dipper of low-ranch, instead of a “pit of monstrous rancor.” I told my daughter that the mini-dipper contained Han Solo, frozen in Carbonite, even though he’d actually be on display in the throne room and not in the dungeon.
If you want to relive your Jabba play-time memories, or if your childhood somehow did not include this toy, here’s a great video review of it that I found on YouTube:
For my son’s lunch, I definitely took the easy route! He got a PB&J Tie Fighter with his first initial as an emblem. He has pirate booty, carrots, celery, strawberries, and a papaya animal Jedi that I constructed using bento picks.
Is Star Wars a big thing in your home? My kids haven’t really gotten into it yet, but they are certainly aware of it. I am excited to see if my son develops an interest in it when he gets a little older. How old were your kids when they got into it?
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