When images of the female Mandalorian came out of New York Toy Fair, revealed later as Sabine, there was plenty of speculation about who she might be. I was more focused on what her role could suggest happened to Mandalore following the Darth Maul story arc in season five of The Clone Wars.
The fallout of Darth Maul’s hostile takeover of planet Mandalore has consumed most of my thoughts on the show’s last season. When we left, the planet was in Civil War. Bo-Katan’s splinter group, the Nite Owls, was in heated battle to regain control from Maul’s Shadow Collective, including Death Watch.
Although the pacifistic government was overthrown, the planet’s neutral siding would mean there’d be no intervention by the Jedi or the Republic. If the Nite Owls were defeated, this would mean the planet would remain controlled by organized crime – right? It may not be that clean cut.
While the audience is aware Darth Maul was usurped by Sidious, nobody else survived the encounter that could enlighten either side of the conflict. Of course, Sidious wouldn’t advertise his victory; in fact, he’d use it to his advantage – the natural puppet master that he is. If he left Maul on the planet, but under his thumb, he could now influence the happenings of a planet previously outside his influence.
Through controlling the figure head of Mandalore, it would provide an emerging Empire with two advantages. The first, it neutralizes one of the most threatening warrior classes; and second, it allows the existence of Imperial outposts with no resistance when the Empire expands.
Of course, there would be Nite Owl members who survive the clash and either continue to fight, or go underground. Either way, their children would be raised to distrust and hate the Empire that controls their planet – sending their planet into depression as its resources and industry is taken over and used to pump out weapons and items for Imperial forces.
Sabine’s bucket is very similar to the design of the Nite Owls, which leads me to speculate she could be an offspring of one of the members. Also, her artistic tendencies could be a product of being a youth during the pacifistic regime, where arts could have been pushed more over the older roots of being warriors.
When I first heard Hasbro was planned to lower the articulation on its figures, I was dubious. While happy the figures would be sold at more affordable prices pleased me, I didn’t know if I liked taking a step backwards. But I’m now a fan of the lower articulation.
We’ve become accustomed to the super articulated figures, but once seeing the lower articulated figures in person – I reached several conclusions.
The first, I wonder if artists can focus on sculpt more than engineering/hiding joints, because the figures are just more stunning compared to the Black Series 3.75-inch line.
The first wave of Saga Legends came out beautiful, especially the clean paint applications. Jango Fett from the Mission Series is very screen accurate and just as detailed as a larger scaled figure or statue.
Not to mention, I instantly fell in love with the Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul Mandalorian two-pack released this year. I was hoping Hasbro would create a figure of Maul in the outfit he wore during the Mandalorian arc, I wanted to add it to my sub-focus collection of Mando-oriented figures.
I was impressed with the Jango Fett, so I had high hopes for the Boba Fett 3.75-inch figure from the Saga Legends line. This figure is great in every way – the plastic is durable, the paint is clean, the sculpt is well crafted and the figure is well balanced – it always sucks to have Boba tip over when wearing his jetpack.
This line, especially Boba Fett, feels like it could have been produced during the 1990s, when Hasbro re-launched its Star Wars line. Actually, I think this is what the execution Hasbro should have done, rather than the bulked-up design many of the characters had.
I only have two complaints about this figure, which carry over in part to the Saga Legends line as a whole. The first is, while I’m fine with his Wookie braids being sculpted into the figure’s body, I miss the cap accessory. Second, while I understand the move toward lower articulation, I wish Hasbro would continue the practical holsters – and on that note – Boba Fett only comes with a rifle, I would have liked a secondary blaster, too.
One of my favorite features in the modern Star Wars toys is the holsters that can snugly keep blasters with the figure. I really wish they would continue this feature. Overall though, this is a great figure – if you can find it.
Easter is not too far away and a lot of retailers have put out their seasonal Star Wars products, and you can bet Boba Fett is featured prominently on many of these new items.
As usual, Target is the forerunner in stocking officially licensed Star Wars items. One of the most fun for the family is probably a Easter egg decorating kit, featuring 46 stickers and two stencils. The set includes imagery from the Original Trilogy, specifically Return of the Jedi.
Also found at Target is a variety of Star Wars Easter baskets. You’ll find these in their seasonal aisle, not the bargain bins. The basket featuring Boba Fett is constructed of high-quality and sturdy paper. Boba Fett is shown on one of the four sides, with the other sides showcasing Greedo, Han Solo and a Storm Trooper.
The images are the same as used in this year’s oversized calendar. It’s priced at $6, which is great price since it could easily be re-purposed for other storage needs.
Boba Fett New York Toy Fair News And Other Pre-Orders
Boba Fett Fabrikation: Funko unveiled a new line of products at New York Toy Fair, featuring some of our favorite pop culture characters – including Boba Fett. The new line is called Fabrikations, which are 6 inches in length and filled with foam. What sets these apart from your usual plush toy is they have free standing feet and rotating heads. The Boba Fett Fabrikation is scheduled to release this June.
Slave I Keychain: There wasn’t too much additional Boba Fett products coming out of Toy Fair, but another new item showcased was from Quantum Mechanix, which is producing replica keychains of Slave I. The design comes from digital scans from the Lucasfilm archive and is made from solid steel alloy – crafted at a 1:400 scale ratio. This item is expected the second quarter of this year, and is priced at a reasonable $12.95.
Rubies Costume: Rubies had some new costumes on display at Toy Fair, including an officially licensed Boba Fett/Jango Fett children’s costume. This item is actually two costumes in one – you can reverse the costume to dress up as either Boba or Jango Fett.
Goodnight Darth Vader: Also earlier this month, Lucasfilm announced Jeffrey Brown will release a second follow-up to his hit children’s book Darth Vader and Son. The third book, Goodnight Darth Vader follows our favorite Sith Lord as he faces the challenges that come with putting kids to bed. Lucasfilm officials confirmed Boba Fett will feature a cameo in the book. There’s no official release date yet, but it should hit shelves sometime later this year.
Boba Fett Collector’s Helmet: Shipping in April, a new Boba Fett collector’s helmet is up for pre-order on Entertainment Earth. This bucket is made from injected plastic and is priced at $99. While it’s a nicely made helmet, the paint scheme and weathering doesn’t match the films.
Boba Fett Fingerboards: The company, Tech Deck, released its Star Wars collection in January. These miniature skateboards feature an assortment of Star Wars characters, including two Boba Fett designs – one on a skateboard, and the other on a longboard.
Boba Fett Tunic Tank: The last item on our list is a new product by Her Universe. The fangirl-oriented site has created a Boba Fett Tunic Tank, which comes in sizes X-Small to 4-XL and is priced at $35. It features a print of Boba Fett’s armor on the front, and a stylized jetpack design on the back of the tunic.
When the Salt Lake City Comic Con FanXperience made its inaugural debut last year, it broke national records for a first-time convention, according to Forbes Magazine. On Jan. 29, more than 100 fans showed up in costume to participate in this year’s marketing material.
Amongst the cosplayers was non-other than Daniel Logan, who in his usual fashion, took time to meet fans and pose with them for photos and video. Logan recently moved from California to Salt Lake City, according to Deseret News, and will be a featured guest at the convention which is April 17-19.
Jeremy Bulloch is also slated to be a guest at the convention, so if you’re in the area, this is an event you’ll be sure not to miss!
This past December, my brother and I were Christmas shopping when we strolled past the video game section at Walmart. We had just left the toy aisle, but when we came upon a shelf with pegs filled with Disney Infinity and Skylanders products – he asked why these action figures weren’t kept with the others in the toy aisle.
I tried my best to explain to him that the figures he was admiring – ranging from Pixar favorites to Captain Hook – were more than action figures, but actually components to a video game. While I’ve never played either platforms, I understand the basics behind it and told him users purchase figures of the characters they wish to play in the game.
It’s a brilliant evolution in toys and a concept I believe we’ll see more in coming years, perhaps the most promising strategy to breathe new life into action figure sales. I imagine this concept was the inspiration behind Telepods – although stripped down and much less sophisticated, tech wise.
While Skylanders was the first to really corner this marriage between video games and toys, Disney launched Infinity August of last year and sold more than three million copies of its toys and video game products. That’s a huge success and encouraged them to expand the line.
Disney officials announced they’re working on Disney Infinity 2, which will expand the character roster to include Marvel and Star Wars. As information comes forward in coming months, I have to imagine Boba Fett is high up on the list of characters to roll out.
Last August, Disney asked fans to vote for what characters they want to be included in the game via a hashtag campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do a similar prompt during development of the sequel – and when this happens, you can bet we’ll be pushing to get Boba Fett well represented and push to have him a part of the expansion.
James Burns shared his findings from the UK Toy Fair (at least, the findings he was allowed to report on) on the Official Star Wars Blog.
Amongst his post, he gave us a first look at the prototypes for some new Chubbie Russian Dolls by Together Plus, including an adorable Boba Fett – which opens up to reveal Bossk, which opens up to reveal Zuckuss.
Last year, Jakks Pacific released a 20-inch Darth Vader action figure. By most reports, collectors loved this item and at the retail price of around $25 – it was a great addition to any Geekcave.
This year, Jakks Pacific will release a 20-inch Boba Fett action figure. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this will also be released with an electronic sound effects version, much like the Darth Vader release.
The New York Toy Fair is fast approaching and will give us a nice look at what we have to look forward to in terms of Boba Fett collectibles later this year. Meanwhile, we haven’t heard of too many figures from Hasbro’s new wave of Saga Legends action figures being spotted in stores - at least around the Midwest.
There was a strong focus on Boba Fett products last year, due to the planned (but canceled) release of Attack of the Clones 3D in theaters. The LEGO Advent Calendar is a good example of this.
Lucasfilm and Hasbro will certainly be changing their focus to Star Wars Rebels this coming year, so unless they #BringBackBoba - we could see less Boba Fett related toys included in upcoming toy lines. But we shall see!
Some new Valentine’s Day items are hitting stores, featuring our favorite bounty hunter. The coolest of these items is a heart-shaped collector’s tin.
While it holds eight lollipops for your sweetheart, the real treasure is the amazing comic art featured on the top of the tin – fully colored pop-art from Marvel-era Star Wars comics has been the trend this year for officially licensed seasonal products.
This tin could easily be repurposed for your needs, I’ve been using it to store my smaller collectibles like dog tags, minifigures and Fighter Pods.
If your Valentine is a LEGO fan, then they’d also love the LEGO Star Wars Valentine cards, brought to us by Hallmark. The set includes four designs, with eight cards of each design in the box. The Boba Fett card includes images of the Boba Fett minifigure and LEGO Slave I soaring in the background.
Have you seen any other Boba Fett related Valentine’s Day products? If so, send us some photos via Twitter or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We’re less than a month into the New Year and a number of Boba Fett products have already hit the market – and have sold out.
Unless you’re lucky enough to make it out to Disney World or Disneyland this year, you can still order these exclusive Star Wars emblem pins at Disneystore.com. The set includes seven pins including symbols for the Jedi, Rebel Alliance, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Senate, Galactic Empire, Open Circle Fleet and the Mandalorian icon of the Mythosaur. Each pin is about 1.5 inches in height and has glitter accents. The online price is $34.95.
Japan-based F-TOYS is accepting pre-orders for its seven piece Star Wars vehicles series, which includes 1:350 scale models of the AT-AT, Sandcrawler, Imperial Shuttle and Slave I in Jango Fett’s colors. It also includes a 1:144 scale B-Wing Fighter. Items are scheduled to ship out in March and the online price is about $47.66 USD.
Hasbro’s new wave of Saga Legends action figures is now available, but the Boba Fett is already out of stock – no surprise there. The Boba Fett figure began popping up overseas earlier this summer, but they should start being seen in the states now – although I’ve yet to see any of the new figures in any of my local stores. The Boba Fett action figure has 5-points of articulation, but is beautifully sculpted from what I see online. The Jango Fett Mission Series figure was a favorite last year, and I expect this sculpt to be just as impressive in person.
United Kingdom’s Debenhams came out with a Boba Fett onesie as an online exclusive, which quickly sold out. The one-piece jumpsuit is made from 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, but before you kick yourself for missing this one – it also featured a warning that the material is very flammable – therefore, keep away from fire. That’s not really something I’d want to deal with.
The inaugural issue of Cool & Collected Magazine was released this winter, by the blogging site of the same name. The team over at Cool & Collected were able to launch their own publication after raising over $6,000 on Kickstarter – surpassing their goal by over $800.
The premier issue includes an article on the history of Boba Fett action figures, along with stories on a number of other toy lines, comics and even some convention coverage. The 64-page magazine is $7.99 for its print edition or $5 for a digital copy.
What’s awesome about this magazine is how they collaborate with other fan sites and blogs to enrich the publication. Photography from Jedi-Business.com is featured prominently with the Boba Fett action figure retrospective.
This one slipped by us, as well as many other collectors. When Gentle Giant announced this year’s holiday exclusive would be a jumbo sized Yoda, inspired by the Lucasfilm Christmas card by Ralph McQuarrie years ago, they had a surprise in store for customers.
Along with the Yoda, sculpted in the vintage style of Kenner toys, came a fully articulated Boba Fett – that is a miniature version his vintage design and also on a vintage card. The clam shell is specially designed to be opened and closed – for those on card collectors.
The Holiday Yoda sold for $80, but the Boba Fett is now going for $100 or more on third-party websites. I’m sure many of us will be kicking ourselves for missing out on this awesome Boba Fett collectible.
Check out this YodaNews.com YouTube video for a full review of the Holiday Yoda, miniature Boba Fett and other goodies from Yoda’s Santa bag.
If you haven’t visited Jedi News today, then glide over and read the John Morton interview posted earlier this afternoon. The virtual sit-down was conducted with the Elstree Base of the Rebel Legion and – as pretty much everything coming from Bespin Boba – is engaging, fun and filled with trivia.
Morton talks about how he got involved with the Star Wars franchise; his first meeting with George Lucas and how Star Wars is still a big part of his life. He also announced he’ll start blogging regularly for Jedi News starting in the New Year – which is good news for those of us who’ve loved his features at the Official Star Wars Blog.
The Differences Between Boba Fett Blind Bag & Telepod
If you’re hunting down the Boba Fett Telepods figurine, don’t be fooled by unscrupulous online sellers. Avoid sellers who attempt to pass off a Boba Fett Blind Bag figurine as the Telepods counterpart. As a reference, we’ve created this side-by-side comparison of both products.
The Blind Bag and Telepod are nearly the exact size, but there are four major differences between the two items. Otherwise, both items are nearly identical.
Difference One: The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the items is the shade of green. The Telepod has a darker application of green paint; otherwise they share the same shades of red trim and green skin tone.
Difference Two: The most significant tale-tale sign you’re looking at the Telepod is Boba Fett’s holding his blaster rifle. It’s most visible when looking at the figure’s right side; most can be hidden by sneaky camera angles from the figure’s face or left side.
Difference Three: Boba Fett’s bucket sits higher on the Telepod figure, showing more of its green skin at the back of its head. This angle also creates more of a curve to the jetpack’s sculpt and Boba Fett’s snout is more pointed.
Difference Four: Another major difference, although one you cannot see unless looking at the bottom of the figure, is the QR code printed at underneath the Telepod figure. This is what your phone or tablet reads to “teleport” the character into Angry Birds Star Wars II.
Distribution Problems For Boba Fett Telepod Figure
“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?”
Han Solo must have been in search of the Boba Fett figure from Hasbro’s Telepods line. In less than six months, Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods became one of the top selling toys this year – but although more than a million units sold – nobody can find Boba Fett.
The Boba Fett Pig is so rare; you can barley find listings for it on eBay. And when you do – you’ll have to drop at least $60 to acquire the figure. There’s no excuse for this since the toy line was introduced with only two six-figure battle packs and two-figure packs which are supposedly randomized.
Hasbro officials acknowledged they’re aware of the distribution problem via Twitter. They report the problem would be fixed by Christmas but this is too little, too late.
By now the majority of hardcore Angry Birds fans have filled their collection. Since there are only two six-figure packs in this year’s wave, what’s left of retailers stock will become peg warmers. Store are likely backlogged with old stock, so there’s no reason to order new figure packs with the fixed distribution.
Also, collectors and players are only looking for Boba Fett by now – so if stores do receive an order, they’ll fly off the shelves almost immediately. The answer to this problem is repackaging Boba Fett in future waves of figurines.
The Boba Fett Pig figure is also included in a new exclusive Jenga set at Target. It should be called illusive, though, rather than exclusive. Shout out to BobaFett.com for sharing a photo of the Jenga Bespin Battle set, but I’ve yet to see this product in any Target store in my area.
Have you had any luck tracking down or spotting the Boba Fett Telepod?
'Star Wars: Attack Squadrons" Game To Feature Slave I
Disney Interactive announced its upcoming game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, inviting fans to sign up for beta testing this coming New Year. Promotional materials including game art and a short trailer shows a glimpse at Slave I, which will appear in the game.
Attack Squadrons will be a free online game, which offers users to customize popular vessels and wage combat with as much as 16 players at a time. Lucasfilm officials said more details on ships, environments and more will be forthcoming the next few weeks.
There’s one more day to vote in Del Rey Books’ Crazy Duel poll – which wages Slave I against Millennium Falcon in a fantasy match-up. You can vote at Facebook.com/StarWarsBooks.
Del Rey posts character battles every Wednesday, but last week changed things up with their ship vs. ship contest. The poll emphasizes this isn’t about Boba Fett facing off against Han Solo – but your vote should only consider the vehicles themselves – imagine anonymous pilots with equal skill and knowledge of the vessels.
This is a battle we’ve seen a number of times in the comics, and my vote went to Slave I. Looking past my bias, I believe Slave I has the edge – with superior cloaking, tracking and weaponry. The Falcon is faster, though, but in a face-to-face dogfight – the Falcon would have its wings clipped.
Play As Jango, Boba Fett In LEGO Advent Calendar Game
One of my favorite holiday pastimes this month was the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. If you’re looking for more LEGO fun, then you may be interested in playing the Advent Calendar video game at Lego.com.
To get the fullest experience from this game, you’ll want to use the secret codes attached to each day’s box from the physical calendar – when peeling away each square, a code is printed on the bottom right-hand corner of the building instructions. These codes unlock characters and ships in the online game.
The game play is smooth and easy to grasp. Use the arrows to move your character and the spacebar to fire your weapon. It’s very reminiscent of the 16-bit Nintendo games like Mario Brothers. There graphics also run smoothly, so there’s no lag or buffering that Hasbro’s Fighter Pods online game suffered.
My favorite element of this game is playing with Jango Fett running around in a Santa Claus suit. You can still play this game online, even if you haven’t purchased the Advent Calendar – Jango is a default character and can be played with immediately – but entering codes to unlock other characters just enriches the experience.
We’ve written an editorial in response to the recent Boba Fett feature in Star Wars Insider #146. We’ve also announced our own investigative feature story on the multi-generational popularity of Boba Fett, read the whole editorial at BobaFett.com for details on how you may weight in.
The latest issue of Star Wars Insider is now available on newsstands, featuring a cover story on how Boba Fett’s popularity has endured and flourished over the last 30 plus years. As a contributing member of the Boba Fett community, I was left wanting.
In September, Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor, alerted followers of an upcoming Boba Fett feature on his Twitter account. He prompted fans to weigh in on a singular question: Why do you think Boba Fett is so popular? I imagined this was an initial way to mine data for early stages of research, but turned out to only be used to generate sidebar content.
The article did a well enough job explaining Boba Fett’s in-universe adventures, from his debut in the Holiday Special to his life in the Expanded Universe. But was any of the information new or insightful? No, it was nothing that couldn’t already be found on Wookipedia. While it looked at one writer’s ongoing appreciation for Boba Fett, the story failed to look at the character’s fandom as a whole.
Boba Fett's 2013 Year In Review - Toys, Comics and More
If you follow our blog on a regular basis, then you know how busy the last year has been for Boba Fett collectors. Two-thousand thirteen was swamped with comic book cameos, convention exclusives, mobile game and roleplaying expansions – amongst other news items ranging from spin-off rumors and the launch of the#BringBackBoba Campaign.
We’ve reviewed some of the most popular highlights of 2013 and created a list broken down by months, which focuses on this year’s Boba Fett collecting. Some of the major happenings were the wrap up of Agent of the Empire, Boba’s 6-inch figure in the Black Series toy line, his update in Angry Birds Star Wars and controversy over the canceled 1313 video game.
If we missed anything you feel should be on the list, or would like to talk about your favorite Boba Fett product or project, jump over and discuss it at our #BringBackBoba Campaign page on Facebook.
-Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #4. -Street artist Brian Donelly releases exclusive Boba Fett vinyl figure in Tokyo. -Dark Horse Comics released Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead in trade paperback. -Target carried officially licensed Boba Fett water bottles, puzzles and play packs.
February: -Mars rereleased M&M Boba Fett candy products for Valentine’s Day. -Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #2. -Jeremy Bulloch named Boba Fett in his favorite five film rogues in Star Wars Insider #140. -Zen Studios released Boba Fett Pinball for mobile devices. -Boba Fett appeared on the cover of Wired Magazine. -Rumors started about a possible Boba Fett spin-off film. -Hasbro announced Boba Fett in second wave of Angry Birds Star Wars at NYC Toy Fair. -Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #5. -Fighter Pods Series 4 included new Boba Fett figurines and Slave I. -Ted dressed like Boba Fett in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. -Boba Fett included in expansion of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Roleplaying Game. -Fantasy Flight Games expanded X-Wing Miniature Game with Slave I ship.
March: -Kotobukiya released its Boba Fett silicon ice cube tray. -Boba Fett makes semi-finals for StarWars.com’s March Madness tournament. -Boba Fett levels added to Angry Birds Star Wars mobile app. -Inside sources reported there was an unaired Boba Fett story arc planned for The Clone Wars S6. -Gentle Giant offered 12-inch Jumbo Boba Fett as gift option for premier gold members
April: -Boba Fett appeared on stage during Walt Disney World announcement about Star Wars Day. -Patton Oswalt mentioned Boba Fett in episode of Parks and Recreation. -LucasArts sources report video game 1313 was centered on Boba Fett. -Boba Fett appeared in children’s book Vader’s Little Princess. -UK-based company Direct Blinds released blueprint Slave I window covers.
May: -Magician Chris Cross challenged Jeremy Bulloch in escape act at Star Wars Day event. -Boba Fett appeared in The Assassination of Darth Vader released on Free Comic Book Day. -Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #5. -We launched the #BringBackBoba Campaign. -Winning T-Shirt for the Dark Side Design Contest featured Boba Fett. -FanWraps.com released Boba Fett car wraps for Star Wars Day. -Her Universe released Boba Fett tank top for Star Wars Day. -Boba Fett found in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars blind bag figurines. -Hollywood Studios released exclusive print featuring Boba Fett for Star Wars Weekends. -Disney released “Sarlacc Attack” toy set exclusively for Disney Park gift shops. -StarWars.com offered printable Boba Fett mask for Cinco de Mayo.
June: -Medicom released new designs for Boba Fett Be@rbricks Collection. -Rovio released Boba’s Delivery cartoon for Angry Birds Toons. -X-Raided offered limited edition Boba Fett challenge coin. -Jeremy Bulloch began giving exclusive Boba Fett patches with copies of Flying Solo. -Comic Images released Boba Fett rag doll. -Sideshow Collectibles announces its Sixth Scale Prototype Boba Fett.
-Artist Joe Corroney released The Slave Princess featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II. -Artist Brian Rood released Homecoming featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II. -Limited edition giclee Boba Fett paintings released by artist Christian Waggoner. -Giclee painting featuring Boba Fett released by artist Raymond Swanland. -Bounty hunter card set including Boba Fett offered as exclusive for Celebration Europe II. -Gentle Giant offered Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust at San Diego Comic Con. -Exclusive 6-inch Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite offered at SDCC and Celebration Europe II. -Retro Outlaw Boba Fett figure offered as San Diego Comic Con exclusive. -Boba Fett actors reunite on stage at Celebration Europe II. -Funko released Holiday Special Boba Fett Pop! Vinyl exclusive. -Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #7. -Dark Horse Comics released Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets on trade paperback.
August: -Bioworld Merchandising released Boba Fett backpack. -Amazon.com shipped out exclusive Vintage Collection Slave I. -Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #8. -LEGO released Boba Fett LED Keychain. -Gentle Giant announced its Boba Fett Holiday Special Animated Maquette. -UD Replicas released Boba Fett leather motorcycle jacket. -Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Galactic Files II. -Boba Fett throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game.
September: -Boba Fett featured in Petco’s new Star Wars Pet Fans Collection. -Tribe released new line of Star Wars USB flash drives including Boba Fett. -Retailers stock officially licensed inflatable Boba Fett jetpack. -Hasbro announced Boba Fett’s Class II Slave I to hit stores in fall. -Her Universe announces new Boba Fett dresses coming soon. -Konami launches Star Wars: Force Collection for mobile devices featuring Boba Fett. -Boba Fett featured in Angry Birds Star Wars II.
October: -Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Jedi Legacy card series. -Boba Fett featured on Angry Birds Star Wars Happy Meal pails. -Artist Brian Rood released Boba Fett is on the Hunt for limited time. -Dark Horse released limited edition of Star Wars #2 canvas prints. -Funko featured Boba Fett in its Star Wars Papercraft Playset. -Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #10. -Release of The Bounty Hunters Code: From the Files of Boba Fett.
-Artist William Silvers featured Boba Fett in his painting A Good Day to Die. -Boba Fett celebrated the 35th anniversary of his animated debut. -Boba Fett merchandise given away in contests for Entertainment Earth, Think Geek and Mint in Box. -Retailers stocked Boba Fett stationary sets and hot chocolate for holiday specials. -Hasbro released Boba Fett in Wave 2 of the Black Series 6-inch line. -Boba Fett featured in mobile application Tiny Death Star. -Boba Fett wins majority vote in IGN.com’s Episode VII poll. -Star Wars drinkware featuring Boba Fett showed up at Target. -LEGO Advent Calendar features Boba Fett, Jango Fett and Slave I. -More than 20 Black Friday sales related to Boba Fett products.
December: -Boba Fett sketch by Joe Johnston raises money for Shine On Sierra Leone. -Tiny Death Star adds Holiday Special Boba Fett to in-game characters.
How’s that for a year?! Lastly, as this year ends it also marks near the one year anniversary of The Boba Bounty. How have you enjoyed our reporting on Boba Fett collectibles and Star Wars speculation? What could we improve, adjust or expand on? Let us know your thoughts by commenting on Facebook or emailing us at email@example.com.
Boba Fett Sketch Raises Money For Sierra Leone Initiative
An original sketch by Star Wars artist Joe Johnston sold last week for $760, featuring Boba Fett mounting a speeder bike. Johnson auctioned the illustration on eBay to raise funds for Shine On Sierra Leone – an initiative to better education, adult literacy and technology training for the country’s people.
A time-lapse video of the sketch was featured on Johnson’s YouTube channel, which features the artist illustrating some of Star Wars’ most popular characters and vehicles – including a lot of the designs that he had a hand in bringing to life in for the Original Trilogy.
There’s a slew of new opportunities to win Boba Fett collectibles, as a number of sites are hosting sweepstakes and giveaways. You could have the chance of winning high-end merchandise from companies like Sideshow Collectibles and Gentle Giant, plus a number of medium tier items from sites like Mint In Box or ThinkGeek.
Entertainment Earth is giving away Gentle Giant’s Boba Fett Mini-Bust, which was an exclusive item at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The bust is 1:6 scale and features interchangeable arms and a certificate of authenticity. The winner will receive #1369 of the 2,500 limited run. The bust measures a little over 7 inches tall and is hand painted, and also includes a tin box that’s emblazoned with the insignia of the Mythosaur skull. You can enter at Entertainment Earth’s Facebook page.
ThinkGeek.com and Sideshow Collectibles has partnered to offer a Boba Fett prize pack. This is the ultimate giveaway for Boba Fett fans, as it includes a Sideshow Collectible’s Boba Fett Mythos Statue, ThinkGeek’s Boba Fett designer watch, bathrobe, backpack and a LEGO Boba Fett LED Keychain. Enter this giveaway at SideshowCollectibles.com.
French-site Mintinbox.net is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special Boba Fett giveaway. By simply entering the contest at its Web site, you’ll be entered to win one of five prize lots. Prizes include a Gentle Giant Boba Fett Mini-Bust, Joe Corroney’s painting “The Slave Princess,” a Boba Fett Medallion, Star Tots of Han Solo in Carbonite and Anakin Skywalker, or a Boba Fett T-Shirt and five bounty hunter patches.
RebelForce Radio launched another sister podcast, which will be released once a month and feature hosts Tricia Barr of the FangirlBlog.com and Teresa Delgado of JediNews.co.uk. The show will present the female voices of Star Wars fandom, including spotlight interviews and fangirl perspectives.
The inaugural episode dropped last week, which featured an engaging interview with voice actress Catherine Taber – best known as the voice of Padme from The Clone Wars.
The first episode also featured a well balanced discussion of Boba Fett’s popularity and use in the films and Expanded Universe. This conversation earned my full respect and made me an official fan of their podcast, who will now become a loyal listener.
Barr and Delgado debated on whether the use of Boba Fett is exhausted in Star Wars, speculating the merit of both sides of the argument. What I appreciated is their respect for both perspectives, instead of attacking opposing views rather than insulting Boba Fett’s fan base.
The hosts speak clearly and are very articulate. There are no annoying speech habits, they don’t try to force jokes or tire the audience by repeating the same talking points over and over. I highly recommend this podcast. Barr and Delgado are endearing and you’ll find yourself looking up their other online projects following your first listen.
Between Fangirls Going Rogue and Radio 1138, Jason and Jimmy are putting together a strong, diverse stable of podcasts that I’m sure will provide comprehensive coverage and speculation of the Star Wars Universe going into a new era of the galaxy far, far away.
You can download Fangirls Going Rogue for free on iTunes or at Shotglassdigital.com. Also, follow these ladies on Twitter @FGGoingRogue and at Fangirlsgoingrogue.tumblr.com.
When the new line of 6-inch Black Series figures was announced last year, it grabbed my interest. I’ve been eager to get my hands on the Boba Fett and Greedo figures in its second wave, and was nervous about distribution.
The first wave was plentiful on store shelves, but it’s common nowadays to miss new waves due to stores being back stocked on initial orders.
I spotted the first batch of wave two figures in my area at Target earlier today. They had about a dozen figures available on the sales floor, the majority of those being Slave Leia. I lucked out, though, and found a single Boba Fett and Greedo.
Whenever Boba Fett is featured in a line, they disappear fast. You could argue this is because Hasbro intentionally distributes lower quantities of Boba Fett, they’re snatched up quickly by fans or scalpers hoard them to flip on third-party websites – I imagine it’s a mix of all three. I wasn’t taking any chances though and picked up the bounty hunters.
The packaging on the 6-inch figures should be commended. The design is sleek and elegant, and featuring headshots of each character with the Star Wars logo gives the package a high-end feel – along with the stylistic back, which features a brief summary of the character’s role in the films and one of their well-known quotes.
The best part of its packaging is it can be easily opened without compromising the box. It’s nice to be able to take the figure out, appreciate the craftsmanship and have the option to slip it back in the box to display like new.
The Boba Fett figure is nearly flawless. The 6-inch scale allows for detail you just can’t get in smaller scale. The paintjob is clean and gives the appearance of being well worn and subtle touches of battle scars. With about 15 points of articulation, he can be posed in any number of iconic stances and stands well balanced – with or without his jetpack.
The Boba Fett sculpt is the exact mold fans saw in the exclusive San Diego Comic Con and Celebration Europe Boba Fett with Han Solo In Carbonite. He comes accessorized with a rifle, small blaster and his jetpack. My only problem with this figure is the blasters are a little difficult to get into his hands – primarily the blaster rifle.
Boba Fett’s helmet does not come off, which is a compliment to the film mythology of the character. It’s also nice to see at this scale that Hasbro can sculpt and paint more detail into weapons. The blasters are firm, so there’s less chances for barrels to get bent, twisted and mangled when removing from the packaging – always hated displaying an action figure who’s pointing a bent blaster into the air.
These figures are well worth the $20 price tag and are even more stunning in person than what you’ve seen in pictures online. Has Wave 2 hit store shelves in your area yet? Are you seeing a fair amount of quantities of all figures?
Fanboy Moments is starting to promote their upcoming Bounty Bonanza tour, which hits the land down under the first week of March.
This is a dream lineup of scum and villainy – featuring appearances by Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Paul Blake (Greedo) and sculptor and prop builder Brian Muir as special guests.
Everyone is familiar with Bulloch and Blake, but for those not privy to Muir – he’s been involved in a hoard of pop culture franchises like Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars (of course), Dark Crystal, Indiana Jones and more.
This event is different in dynamic compared to your usual convention. It’s designed to allow fans to “hang out” and socialize with their onscreen favorites, rather than a few minutes at an autograph table.
This event is early in planning, so who knows if more performers will be added to the roster of guests.
The two stops scheduled so far are Adelaine on March 1, Melbourne on March 2, Brisbane on March 7 and Sydney on March 8. Tickets range from $90 to $450, depending on what experience you can afford.