Greetings, HasLab Insiders! To celebrate the home entertainment release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at packaging development for the barge, including the process of placing the barge in a diorama set that includes over 900(!) pounds of sand-sorry, Anakin.

As we set out to design the packaging, we referenced the original Kenner Ewok Village playset box. However due to the size of the box snd the detail of the model, we decided to eliminate the addition panel of the inset illustrations in order to include more photography highlighting various features the barge. Check out these mood boards for our design inspiration for the front panel, back panel, and top and bottom panels.

To capture all the photographs we needed for the package, we first needed to steer the barge on tis inaugural voyage though the halls of Hasbro, from the model shop to the photo studio. In this time-lapse video, you can see the barge’s journey as well as the building of the photoshoot set. The set includes three different varieties of sand for the coloring effect and a special designed tentacled Sarlaac. Ultimately, we ended up with three different images of the full barge, one with the Sarlaac tentacles, one without the Sarlaac tentacles, and one at less of an angle.

Not to be overlooked, the Sarlaac set pieces was a beast in and of itself. As you can see in this image each tentacle was molded separately and contained a wire that allows us to bend them into position.

Of course, Star Wars expert Mark Boudreaux wasn’t far from the set during our session. Here you can see him opening the shutters of the barge to get the “full effect”.

But what would Jabba’s Sail Barge be without Jabba’s court of denizens? In this image, see the lucky characters that made the photoshoot cut.

Like they say in the business, thats a wrap! Stay tuned for our next Haslab Insider Report.

And as always, May the Force be with you!