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.
About 16,000 participated in an online poll at IGN.com on who they most want to see return in Episode VII. The results were a near landslide, with Boba Fett receiving nearly a quarter of the votes. Twenty-three percent of the people polled voted for Boba Fett.
The best way to illustrate the scale of these results, the runner up was Darth Maul with 12 percent and Chewbacca with 11 percent. IGN.com included 20 characters in the poll, excluding “obvious” choices like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader.
Earlier this year, StarWars.com came up with similar results during their March Madness Character Tournament. If you take the same characters out, that IGN omitted, and you’d be left also with Boba Fett as the top choice – note, he did make the semi-finals during that tourney.
While I was excited to learn these results, the result articles made my teeth grind – the writer commenting that Boba Fett is dead, a fact we all know is false. Even if you’re only considering G-Level canon, you cannot conclude Boba died.
A rule of thumb for genre television and movies has always been – if you don’t see a body, you can’t know 100 percent they’re fate is sealed. That being said, this story has been making the rounds and I must imagine has come to the attention of Lucasfilm officials.
Let’s continue to cross our fingers that we’ll see the “resurrection” of Boba Fett in the sequel trilogy.
Matt Booker from JediNews.com shared a preview of three new Star Wars character mugs coming to the UK next year. The mugs feature depictions of Boba Fett, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. No details on what stores or websites these will be made available, but the retail price is being rumored to be £6.99 each.
Podcast Interviews JW Rinzler, Bulloch At London Q&A
Shotglass Digital launched a new companion podcast to its flagship, RebelForce Radio, which partners with Jedi News correspondents James Burns and Mark Newbold. The monthly podcast, Radio 1138, will feature in-depth conversations about Star Wars fandom centered in United Kingdom and other parts of Europe – which may go over the radar of U.S. based fan communities.
Its inaugural episode features highlights from a The Making of Return of the Jedi panel recorded live in London. The Q&A event was filled with engaging stories and Star Wars trivia from author Jonathan Rinzler, who was joined by Jeremy Bulloch.
Download October’s episode for free on iTunes or at www.shotglassdigital.com to hear some great antidotes ranging from how many times Bulloch’s worn the Boba Fett armor off screen to the decision to have the bounty hunter befall the Sarlacc Pitt in ROTJ.
JediNews.com has become a comprehensive source for Star Wars rumors and news, but I’m looking forward to receiving even more supplemental information about fan events and interviews happening overseas that those of us in the U.S. may not be privy to.
This should also be a great new source of actor news. We are rich with appearances and interviews from voice actors in the states, but this show could bring us more insights from Star Wars actors who work and live across the pond.
Boba Fett Found In Galactic Files 2 and Jedi Legacy
If you were impressed by the 350 card base set of Star Wars Galactic Files, then you’ll be blown away to learn the second series of this card line introduces more than 300 new cards.
After these additions, it would be hard to argue with Topps claim this is the most comprehensive Star Wars trading card set ever seen. The set also introduces new insert sets, sketch cards, autographs and more.
Boba Fett is featured many times in this expansion, including a Medallion Relic card, dual autographs of Jeremy Bulloch and Alan Harris a.k.a Bossk, an autograph card for Daniel Logan and Bulloch, amongst others – many more Boba Fett cards than seen in the base set.
This year, Topps also debuted a new trading card set, Star Wars Jedi Legacy, which visually follows the parallel journeys of Luke and Anakin Skywalker – the set consists of 90 base cards and three insert sets including Connections, Influences and The Circle is Now Complete. Although this is a Jedi-centric series, Boba Fett is included in a half dozen insert cards. These include a Jeremy Bulloch autograph card.
Star Wars Magnets Feature Busts Of Character Favorites
Target is always reliable for stocking officially licensed Star Wars merchandise, and one of the coolest items have been popping up in my area – well sculpted refrigerator magnets, featuring the busts of popular characters.
There’s a lot more characters included in the line than teased on the packaging – like the Jawa (my wife’s personal favorite) which now holds a reminder of an upcoming dentist appointment.
The magnets are really beautiful pieces. As I just said, the molds are spot-on and rich in detail, the paint is cleanly applied and the fabric of the character’s clothing has texture and feel to it. There not the strongest magnets, but have enough strength to hold notes, photos or reminders.
I have a major problem with this product though – their blind packaged. This is fine with trading cards or even low-priced toys, but not fine for something like magnets. Boba Fett is previewed on the packaging and I really wanted to acquire him to put next to our Jawa. But there’s no account to how many of these magnets you may have to buy to find him.
Blind boxed or packaged products can be fun, until you acquire a number of them then start getting repeats. Even if you are fine with having a vast collection of Star Wars magnets on your fridge – nobody needs 10 Chewbacca’s on their fridge.
Halloween Pails Found At McDonalds Featuring Boba Fett
If you’ve made any visits to McDonald’s then you may have seen its new Happy Meal offering – three available Angry Birds Star Wars candy pails. Depending on your location, you may find a Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi or Chewbacca pail, each complete with stickers that can be applied to the pail. Boba Fett is featured prominently on the Chewbacca pail – along with a Boba Fett sticker.
Last year, we saw retail stores stocking up on Rubies costumes for Boba Fett and Jango Fett, but I’ve yet to see these in stores this time around. In their place, retailers like Wal-Mart are carrying officially licensed children’s costumes – although I’ve stumbled upon Jango Fett’s, but Boba Fett’s have been scarce – whether this is a demand issue or just not ordered.
Halloween is right around the corner, so who’s planning on dressing up as their favorite Mando – whether that is Jango Fett, Boba Fett, Bo-Katan, etc.? Share your costumes with us @TheBobaBounty and we’ll show off your costumes in a special photo set at the end of the month!
Limited Edition Boba Fett Giclee Prints For Pre-Order
If you’ve been thinking about acquiring some Star Wars art for your walls, there are a number of pre-orders now available from well-known artists. Whether you lean toward fine art or comic book styles, here are some great options to decorate your Geekcave.
Scheduled for release this month, but still accepting pre-orders is a reasonably affordable fine art giclee print by Star Wars artist Brian Rood. Limited to 95 pieces – Wood’s piece, “Boba Fett Is On The Hunt,” is a stunning watercolor-style on canvas that measures 19 inches tall by 13 inches wide. The print features Boba Fett is an iconic posture, elegantly executed to fit the décor of any room and priced only at $125.
If you consider yourself a hardcore fan of Dark Horse’s, “Star Wars,” then you’ll want to check out the limited edition “Star Wars” #2 print of Alex Ross’ epic cover, featuring Slave I in pursuit of Millennium Falcon, and floating heads of Luke Skywalker, Wedge, Princess Leia and four X-Wing fighters. Fans should especially note, the canvas is signed by Alex Ross and limited to 77 hand-numbered pieces. This piece is priced at $195 and slated to ship this month.
In November, a limited edition giclee print by artist William Silvers, entitled “A Good Day To Die,” will be released through Entertainment Earth for $345. The canvas measures 26 inches tall by 13 inches wide and is signed by the artist – restricted to only 77 copies. According to the artist, this piece pays homage to the bounty hunters fate as seen in Return of the Jedi.
The holiday season is upon us and retailers are prepping their aisles with Halloween and Christmas goodies.
You may roll your eyes at seeing Christmas products in stores already, but it’s the perfect time to grab stocking stuffer items – saving your money for the more pricey items later in the year.
Here’s a round-up of items available for pre-order or already available, which would make great gift ideas for the Boba Fett fans out there.
Enamel Boba Fett Keychain: If LEGO Star Wars isn’t your style, you may dig this enamel keychain featuring Boba Fett’s bucket. This is an officially licensed product, you can pick up from www.ThinkGeek.com for $4.99, and they also offer designs from Darth Vader and Stormtrooper to the Death Star and emblems for the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. The enamel coloring is baked, so it won’t crack or peel and it measures about 2 inches by 2.5 inches in diameter.
LEGO Boba Fett LED Torch: The LEGO Boba Fett nightlight stands almost 8 inches tall with its base included, and features a 30-minute automatic shut off and a blaster rifle accessory. The light radiates from the figures feet – similar to the LEGO Boba Fett keychain that was released this summer. This is a fun accessory for any kids room, and the auto shut off ensures the item won’t eat through batteries or the light will keep them awake. This item will be in stock through www.bigbadtoystore.com this December and available for pre-order for $44.99 – if you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas.
Empire Strikes Back Can Hugger: Currently in stock at Entertainment Earth, party-goers may be interested in this Empire Strikes Back movie poster can hugger, featuring stylistic imagery of Boba Fett’s helmet, with Cloud City merging with his T-Visor. Available for $5.99, and with the holidays just around the corner, this makes for a great stocking stuffer for your friends and family that love both Star Wars and nice, cold adult beverages. The art is taken from artist Olly Moss.
Boba Fett Sunglasses: Entertainment Earth is offering new Boba Fett sunglasses, featuring Boba Fett iconography and a pop culture case – featuring comic book pop art and a slide out box. Honestly, the box is cooler than the sunglasses, but nonetheless, this item is currently sold out – but EE should get more in if demand is there. These glasses are going for $19.99.
Boba Fett Watch w/ Rubber Strap: I’m not big on watches, but the Boba Fett watch coming next year through Entertainment Earth is – stunning. At an affordable price of $29.99, the watch features a mean (in a good way) ink drawing of Boba Fett on the face and Japanese quartz movement. The green rubber strap is understated and is a nice, darker shade. This item is slated for January, so a little too late for stocking stuffer, but still worth a mention.
Star Wars Coaster w/ Tin: I’m big on using coasters. If you feel the same, then here’s a great item for your Geekcave – a set of Star Wars coasters that comes with a nice collector’s tin. The character art for this set is out of this world, and the tin is beautiful and can be multi-purposed for other needs – from keeping trading cards, or gaming dice or pieces, or just storing the coasters – obviously. Boba Fett is included in this set and $15.99 is a good price for such quality product. Another great stocking stuffer or mini-gift for your friends or family.
Funko announced yesterday its next installment of their Papercraft Playset series centers around Star Wars, especially highlighting Cloud City.
The set includes seven characters in Papercraft form including Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Lando, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker amongst others. The set requires no glue, scissors or other tools, but easily folds together so you can play out your favorite scenes.
Like most Funko products, it’s affordable and appropriate for any age. This would be especially good for teachers who are looking for something low cost and fun to occupy children’s time – or reward them for good behavior.
Also, with the holidays around the corner – this is great stocking fodder.
A few months ago we reported that Daniel Logan and Matt Wood were featured at a Star Wars panel at DragonCon. The podcast, Full of Sith, just released a special episode with co-host Bryan Young interviewing the actors for a question and answer session during the convention.
The episode is about an hour long and is a great listen to not only fans of Logan and Wood, but to fans of The Clone Wars in general. Most interesting, Logan answers some questions I’ve not heard repeated from the number of other interviews he’s given over the last few months.
They discuss how the landed their roles in The Clone Wars, comment about the future of Star Wars and share fun stories from the production of the show.
You can download the podcast episode for free on iTunes.
Note: The following blog contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars” #10.
If you’ve followed my reviews of “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin,” then you’re well familiar with my feelings on the overuse of story tropes we’ve seen in Star Wars comics for decades. One of the most common of these tropes is with subplots between Han Solo and Boba Fett.
Earlier this year, when Entertainment Weekly ran a sneak peek at “Star Wars” #2, I was excited to see Boba Fett would be introduced in this title – but, I was also wary from the fact it appeared to be the same story we’ve seen too many times – Boba Fett chases Han Solo, the smuggler escapes, Boba Fett catches up, and the smuggler once again escapes. No payoff, no consequences.
Although the subplot was dragged out, the appearance of Bossk as Boba Fett’s partner gave me hope there’d be more to the confrontation. I was very interested in seeing how the two bounty hunters hooked up, and wanted to see an altercation that would shed light into Han Solo’s reaction to the bounty hunter in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
I also wanted to see the relationship explained between Boba Fett and Bossk. Something had to have happened to explain why they worked together to hunt down Solo after the Battle of Yavin, but they worked apart during Empire. What was the falling out?
However, we got none of this. In “Star Wars” #10, we receive a gripping illustration of Boba Fett clinging to the Millennium Falcon in a last ditch effort to claim his prize. The Falcon crew loses their “extra cargo” upon leaving the planet’s atmosphere.
In one of the last panels of the confrontation, Perla says, “You two can continue this another time,” which is almost funny if the trope wasn’t so tired. Is this a nod from writer Brian Wood that he understands how many times we’ve seen this same story unfold?
While I love seeing Boba Fett in comics, when nothing new or original is shown through the story, I feel it just makes the story flat and one dimensional.
We’re in high anticipation for the Star Wars Rebels presentation coming next month to the New York Comic Con, but earlier this month we got one of our first big pieces of casting rumors – word spread that actors David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steve Blum were being brought on to voice characters.
This rumor holds some weight in my opinion, because a few of these performers have past histories with Star Wars properties. Some have even commented about it since the rumor hit the Internet.
In an interview with RebelForce Radio a few weeks ago, voice actor Tom Kane, best known for his role as Yoda in The Clone Wars, disclosed that he landed the job due to previously working with Lucasfilm, voicing some early Star Wars games. So it’s no surprise two of these individuals come from this arena.
Of the names mentioned, Steve Blum has the longest relationship with Star Wars projects – having provided voices for nearly a dozen Star Wars video games – including such recent titles as The Old Republic, The Force Unleashed II, and games as old as 1996’s X-Wing vs. TIE Fighters.
Vanessa Marshall is also part of the Star Wars family, having voiced characters in The Old Republic, Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knights II – like Blum, she has been in the folds for more than a decade. Both of them also have working relationships with producer Greg Weisman.
Most of the roles Blum played has been Imperial troopers, whether AT-ST drivers, Infantry, or Imperial officers. Marshall has played Force users, whether Sith or Jedi. Could these hint at what parts they’ll play in the show?
Some of the other actors are a little harder to tie to the project. This is Taylor Gray’s first major voice work job, previously best known for a Nickelodeon show, Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures.
However, odds are strong he landed a lead role – and it’s a Jedi – source? – Well, an article from Hollywood Reporter, announcing Gray’s been cast in a lead role was posted as news on Gray’s official website. Gray also tweeted the following four days ago, dropping a bomb: “Cool article that came out today. Always wanted to be a Jedi!”
David Oyelowo is one of the most exciting names attached to this rumor, because earlier this month it was reported he may be the first actor casted for Episode VII and that he’d also play a role in Rebels that would lead way to the film performance. The exciting part of this rumor is Simon Kinsberg is working with Rebel producers to create continuity between the two projects.
However, this is no surprise, Weisman has mentioned on Twitter, on multiple occasions, he’s talked story with Kinsberg. Like most actors who’ve been onscreen for a while, he’s been quiet.
Hollywood Reporter also broke that Freddie Prinze Jr was being sought to voice a role. Prinze has done voice work before, in video games like Mass Effects and television shows like Kim Possible and Robot Chicken.
It’s no surprise that so far evidence points to Jedi being around in Rebels. The premise of the show, as stated by Lucasfilm, is the Empire hunting down the remains of the Jedi Order. That would be a little hard to do – with no Jedi characters.
Following the first wave of Class II attack vehicles made available earlier this year, Hasbro will release Boba Fett’s Slave I next month. This is a repaint of the first wave’s Jango Fett’s Slave I, with the same weapon features and smaller scale. It’s slated to have the same retail price at around $20, but if history repeats itself – hold off and you can pick up this ship for a clearance price of around $13 at Target.
Earlier this year we saw a set of “His N’ Her” Boba Fett grilling aprons for sale, but at the steep price of more than $100. Later this year, probably around December, the company iCup, Inc. will release a much more affordable Boba Fett inspired apron, which will be an online price of $20. Why so much cheaper? Basically, this is an officially licensed product being released through iCup, instead of being independently made and distributed. While it comes out too late for summer BBQs, it will arrive just in time for those holiday cookie season.
Tech geeks will be thrilled to learn a new line of Star Wars USB flash drives are being released by Tribe, including eight characters. The Boba Fett flash drive will have 8 GB memory capacity and a 2-year warranty. The flash drive also comes with a chain to double as a key ring. Boba Fett’s helmet pops off to reveal the USB. You can pick this up for about $30.
Last April, a rumor followed the news of the LucasArts shut down, concerning the much anticipated game, 1313. It was reported by insiders multiple changes during development led to Boba Fett being the central figure of the game.
This led to plenty of conversation on forums and social media platforms. Some fans casted doubt on these rumors, citing early concepts shown at E3. Other fans totally believed the rumors and voiced disappointment – nonetheless, when IGN.com shots of the game – confirming Boba Fett’s role – a delayed rage finally showed its face on the Internet.
IGN received a look at a 15 minute demo of 1313, which they report would have debuted at this year’s E3. The footage fully confirmed the rumors heard earlier this year. According to IGN, the game followed a young Boba Fett, working for Jabba the Hutt. Other bounty hunters were featured and they worked for other crime bosses. The game traced Boba Fett’s evolution from the prequels to the Original Trilogy.
IGN’s source also revealed the game would tie into Star Wars Underworld, a live-action television show that never got off the ground. I’m very disappointed this game was canceled, although I’m surprised fans didn’t voice their anger about its plug being pulled until now – other than now they can see actual screen grabs – but I’ve seen the Internet go running with much more vague rumors in the past.
Although this game is canceled, I have faith it will be show up as another project in the future. While the franchise now belongs to Disney, I don’t think the good people at Lucasfilm will suddenly abandon their trait of never throwing anything out. Kathleen Kennedy and other officials studied under George Lucas, and he was the biggest proponent of archiving concepts and finding the right time to reintroduce them in new ways.
Looking for something colorful or breathtaking for your Geekcave? Some new Boba Fett artwork have made their way onto the Internet this past week.
It’s not too often limited edition prints are made at affordable prices, so it’s not shocker that Tom Hodges’ “Boba and his Bounty” sold out pretty fast. In fact, as you read this, the item has been removed from his etsy page – sold out before 8 a.m. two days ago.
If you missed out on Hodges’ piece, another affordable, but fantastic piece is available for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth.com. “Luke To The Rescue,” is a hand-numbered limited edition of 95 pieces, measuring 19 inches tall by 13 inches wide and available for $89.
The piece illustrates Luke’s heroic scene on the Desert Skiff in Return of the Jedi, as he faces off against Boba Fett during his rescue mission. The artist, James Silvani, has a unique and fresh approach to his artwork – fantastic for your child’s room or hanging over your collection of animated style Star Wars toys.
Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars” #9.
We’re now nine issues deep into the first story arc of Dark Horse’s “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin.” The story by Brian Wood is superb and continues to capture the spirit of the Original Trilogy, the art is stunning every issue and the book keeps a swift pace – however, I feel this is a story better read in trade paperback.
Having to wait a month between each issue is frustrating, because Wood checks in with each subplot every time. While it’s nice to provide face time to each fan favorite, it’s like watching three minutes of a movie each day – sure, we’ll get to the peak of drama eventually, but its sure taking a while to get there. Each week I keep hoping the next issue is where all the subplots will meet for a giant payoff.
In “Star Wars” #9, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Atilles escape custody and are maneuvering toward the data core to bug the communication system. We get a tie in to The Clone Wars, with Princess Leia receiving contact by the Audacity, a ship from the wartime era. The most staggered storyline, though, continues to be Boba Fett and Han Solo.
At the end of Issue #8, a long-awaiting gunfight was teased between the smuggler and bounty hunter. Promotional images further promised an engaging encounter, as we saw images of Boba Fett ejecting from Slave I to pursue Han Solo face-to-face.
The dialogue written for Boba Fett is great, stating that Jabba pays more for his bounties to be turned in whole, rather than blown to smithereens. However, we’re denied a decent gunfight, as Perla crashes a platform, quickly evading the bounty hunter. Also, we see Bossk hot on the tail of the Falcon, being piloted by Chewbacca.
In the previous issue, there was a passing comment about bounty hunters not usually crossing into Imperial compounds or stations. Unless we see it in the forthcoming issue, I think this was a missed opportunity. All the chaos and destruction and Imperial agents aren’t swarming onto scene?
Woods could have had Imperial Troopers arrive on scene, and that, in my opinion, could have been a better distraction to allow Perla and Solo to escape. Also, more chances to show Boba Fett in action. Once again, we continue to watch the cat-and-mouse game between the two men – which I continue to have faith will result in a payoff in the end.
If you’re reading this blog entry, you’re either a fan of Boba Fett or at minimum, think he’s cool looking. But there’s a contingent of fans out there who shake with hatred and fear the Mandalorian could return in upcoming films and television.
What’s to fear? For about 30 years, Boba Fett haters have thrown the Sarlacc in our faces. Most of them know very well that Boba Fett escaped the Pit of Carkoon, but they know it’s a sore spot for our community of fandom. There’s also the crass name calling and “blind man” jokes. The haters fear losing these taunts if Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc on film or is shown as we see him in comics and novels.
Everyone has their right to an opinion, but it bothers me when people attack a character just to get a rise out of another fan. I understand if you are indifferent or not fanatic about a character, but it’s bizarre to me to literally attack a fellow fan for liking a particular character.
I’m sure you’ve all visited forums or read tweets, where somebody says they hate Boba Fett. I usually ignore these remarks, but today I decided to collect the most common comments by haters, and have supplied counter arguments to each.
Haters Say: Boba Fett is just popular because he looks cool. He does nothing in the movies but stand there.
Counter: Yes, he looks awesome, but that’s a silly reason to hate a character. Also, while he may not say much in the Original Trilogy, there’s a reason the few quotes he does have are so iconic. Don’t forget, he was also one of the few characters who even teased the line of arguing with Darth Vader.
Haters Say: Star Wars is oversaturated by Boba Fett already; he shouldn’t be in new films.
Counter: Despite being contradictory to the first argument, this is just plain false. The Original Trilogy has a complete running time of about 385 minutes, which Boba Fett appears in only about 20 minutes of – that’s including his cameo in the special edition. He then appeared in only six episodes of The Clone Wars, which ran 108 episodes – and one of those six episodes was just the character’s cameo on a wanted poster. So you hate him because of all the merchandising? With that reasoning, you should also hate Darth Vader or Yoda.
Haters Say: Boba Fett was a punk who got killed by a blind man.
Counter: First off, you know he’s not dead. Second, the Empire was defeated by Ewoks. Does that mean the Empire was a poor threat? Anything can be simplified into an insult. Nuff said.
Haters Say: Boba Fett is dead.
Counter: This is a tired comment by haters. It’s widely understood Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc in the Expanded Universe. In fact, he escaped twice, if you include another story from the comics. Also, George Lucas has gone on the record recently, saying Boba Fett survived. Even without those first two counter points, there’s plenty of reason to suspect his survival. We only see him fall into the Sarlacc, not actually die. There’s no blood or decapitation. Anakin Skywalker survived a lava planet and that was without Mandalorian armor.
Haters Say: He’s too popular.
Counter: It all comes down to this reason; people don’t like that he’s so popular. Personally, I don’t believe this is a valid reason to attack a character. By far, characters like Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, C3-PO are equally, if more popular, but you don’t see hoards of people hating those characters due to that reason. This is as superficial as hating a supermodel, because they’re too pretty.
When Lucasfilm announced it partnered with the video game Konami to release a digital card battle game, I was excited. I’ve always loved trading card games, but the nearest comic book shop is quite out of the way. This was the driving force for me to convert to reading digital comics, rather than buy single hardcopy issues.
When Star Wars: Force Collection became available on Sept. 4, I eagerly downloaded it for free. The online previews were vague, so I didn’t know what to expect. Within seconds though, I got a bad feeling. This application/game was a great letdown. It became abundantly clear this was merely a cash grab for Konami, not only is the game play confusing, but it felt more like a third week workbook prompt from a high school computer programming class.
The guys at Forcecast.net’s The Sabacc Table podcast give a comprehensive review of Force Collection in Episode #6: Virtual Cardboard, downloadable for free on iTunes.com or at ForceCast.net.
My main motivation for giving this game a try was to battle with Boba Fett. Unless you have lots of disposable income, it’s virtually impossible to acquire more rare and popular characters. Not to mention, the game isn’t fun – literally, it consists of endless tapping “cardboard cutouts” of Stormtroopers who never strike back.
Boba Fett does make an early appearance in the “storyline” of the game, wanting your assistance in taking down a target. This rubbed me the wrong way, also. During this era in Star Wars, Boba Fett wouldn’t be recruiting assistance. If you don’t agree to help out, you then battle Boba Fett – a poor execution for a “boss battle.”
I’d love to see a virtual battling card game debut, maybe with similar technology being used by Hasbro’s Telepods. Imagine purchasing an action figure, which comes with a special trading card that could be scanned into a mobile application and used in virtual battles. Now that’s a game I’d love to see.
Force Collection simply piggybacks off the Star Wars name to eat away at our iTunes balance.
The Star Wars Report completed its DragonCon coverage with an episode featuring interviews with Daniel Logan, Liam Mcintyre and Loan Gruffudd. You can download Podcast Episode #105 free on iTunes or stream it at StarWarsReport.com.
While Logan has been making the rounds and featured on a few podcasts lately, this interview is still fresh and entertaining – Logan continues to be worth his salt as a storyteller, as he discusses past projects and his memories of Star Wars projects.
Hosts Riley and Melody were able to sneak Logan away from the convention floor, so it’s also nice to get an interview without background noise and comes across more like an intimate conversation than the fast paced floor interviews we can sometimes get from conventions.
I’ve worked in journalism for about eight years. One disappointing trend I’ve noticed is people seldom read an entire news piece before drawing their conclusions – society is being conditioned to ignoring anything longer than a Twitter post. I sometimes want to remind people to read more than the headline, there’s more words under the byline.
Last week the Internet swarmed with news that Boba Fett and Han Solo spin-offs were confirmed by Disney’s Bob Iger and they’d be origin stories. As our friends at BobaFett.com pointed out, while Disney confirmed last February they were developing two spin-off movies, he did not actually mention any specific premises or characters – only that there indeed were films on the horizon, and they’d be written by Star Wars veterans Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.
The aside that Boba Fett, Han Solo and Yoda were characters being tossed around were only rumors – not sourced, vetted or officially confirmed. The website NukeTheFridge.com reported the Boba Fett spin-off being confirmed by citing a story from Movieweb.com.
According to Movieweb, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo announced the spin-off films would be origin stories during an entertainment conference in Beverly Hills. However, with no direct quotes provided, I have skeptical whether the report from this even was a case of misunderstanding or taking what Rasulo said out of context.
BobaFett.com shared this Twitter post from official Star Wars writer Bryan Young: “People need to learn how to properly source, provide links, and learn the definition of ‘confirmed.’”
Lucasfilm and Disney have had ample opportunity to make announcements regarding upcoming films – ranging from San Diego Comic Con to Celebration Europe and more. An announcement of this weight would be made with greater fanfare and through wider channels than a convention in Beverly Hills to a select inner circle. Unless, Rasulo spoke out of turn. I find that unlikely for someone in his position and for such a major company.
This is a good lesson in critical thinking, especially when it comes to rumors. Development is still underway for not only Episode VII, but also for Star Wars Rebels. While a general story for the first season of Rebels has been outlined, Star Wars officials have said writing is still underway. The biggest red flag about the “confirmation” of the spin-offs, is that origin stories would directly conflict with the timeline being fleshed out in Rebels.
Disney is a smart company and would not write itself into a corner, one of the main reasons it will not comment on whether or not the Big Three will appear in Episode VII. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely they would commit the spin-offs to a timeline that is would create continuity dilemmas in the official canon.
Thanks to the support of everyone, we’ve reached 500 “Likes” on our #BringBackBoba Campaign page.
With your continued support, we hope to gain the attention of the producers and writers of Star Wars Rebels and encourage them to further develop the story of young Boba Fett’s rise to the bounty hunter we see later in the Star Wars Saga.
For our second campaign challenge, we invite our friends to share the #BringBackBoba Campaign page with three of your friends – we’re hoping this will assist in reaching a benchmark of 1,000 “Likes” on Facebook.
In our first campaign challenge, we asked fans why they’d like to see Boba Fett’s return. Here is a sample of the responses that shared via Twitter:
@johnnyeleazu Such an iconic character, who wouldn’t bring back Boba Fett #BringBackBoba
@Amne97 #BringBackBoba I’d love to know what happens to him within the time period of Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back
@flyguy #BringBackBoba because dammit, we want to see @Daniel_Logan get the bucket on and hunt down a one handed @SamuelLJackson
@Ulic80 Boba Fett is an iconic character! Must be in #StarWarsRebels #BringBackBoba
@N7Trooper3 Boba is one of the most iconic characters of the Star Wars Universe. You can’t have Star Wars Rebels without him! #BringBackBoba
@MariahLambes I would #BringBackBoba because he has been my favorite character since I was 3 and both Jeremy Bulloch and @Daniel_Logan are awesome people!
Two popular Boba Fett cosplayers, who regularly appear at DragonCon, have been highlighted in the news the last couple of weeks. Both men have been recognized for the high level of craftsmanship in their costumes, and the different approaches each of them take make for an engaging read.
Yesterday, CNET ran an interesting article on Michigan-resident Andrew Miller who has spent hundreds of hours building his custom Boba Fett armor from Return of the Jedi. What sets this article apart from others I’ve read, is it takes a close look at the armor itself, testifying to the process and tedious nature of creating a custom suit and bucket. Click HERE to visit the 12 images highlighting the different parts of Miller’s costume and details of what went into creating that portion of the armor.
An article ran by The Marietta Daily Journal highlighting Cobb residents who are finalizing their costumes for the convention. Amongst the focused cosplayers, the journal mentioned John Strangeway, who has fabricated a stunning Steampunk Boba Fett. Strangeway said when he started attending DragonCon in 2008, he wanted to create something unique –which merged two of his interests – Boba Fett and Steampunk. The article dives into how Strangeway became interested in both genres and what went into the invention of his costume. Click HERE to read the story.
One of the biggest accomplishments brought on by The Clone Wars, was the introduction of powerful female figures. Amongst these ladies is none other than Bo-Katan, who we last saw in the fifth season’s Darth Maul arc.
Bo-Katan broke away from Maul’s Shadow Collective, creating a splinter group of Mandalorian Warriors called the Nite Owls. She also delivered one of my favorite quotes from the season, “Mandalore will survive. We always survive.”
Dave Filoni admits he loves the characters he developed, hinting we’ll see familiar faces in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. Could Bo-Katan return in the new animated series? Once the civil war resolved, could Bo-Katan be the new leader of Mandalore? I am intrigued on seeing more of this character developed.
Depending on what time period between Episode III and IV that Rebels takes place in, there’s a huge question mark surrounding the fate of Clone Troopers.
Will the show writers address the fallout of thousands of aging Clones, no longer of use to the Empire, who find themselves now without purpose or maybe even a complication? Will they be simply abandoned, or will a new Order be executed, calling for the complete elimination of these troopers?
If so, this could give opportunity to introduce Kal Skirata, the Mandalorian warrior that Jango Fett recruited to help train the Grand Army.
The Expanded Universe portrays Skirata as a man with great love for his men, so when the Kamino project is scrapped, would he surface to the forefront, with a new self-imposed mission – salvaging what’s left of his squad and keeping them alive.
It took some tinkering to perfect the cloning process on Kamino. In some of the Expanded Universe material produced over the years, it’s detailed that early batches of Clones are created with some errors or defects.
One such case is Spar, a Clone who inherited the full memories of Jango Fett and lacked the genetic coding to limit his free thinking. Spar escaped Kamino before the Clone Wars and adopted the lifestyle of a bounty hunter.
Equipped with no only Jango’s skills as a fighter, but with his genetic father’s memories and experience, he could easily evade detection by the Republic, and later, the Empire. Would he also inherit Jango’s desire for an heir? What would happen then, if Spar and Boba Fett encountered one another?
Boba Fett is used to running into men who look like his father, but what about a man who possesses the mind of his father? Furthermore, what if after bonding, Spar is killed in front of him? What stories could they mine from this relationship?
Dred Priest was another Mandalorian that Jango Fett recruited to train his Clone Commandos on Kamino.He possessed a leaning toward the ideals carried by Death Watch, so following The Clone Wars, he returns to Mandalore to rejoin his brothers.
But, only to find a great schism between the planet’s warriors. His return to Mandalore could conflict with the direction Bo-Katan wants to guide her people – as a system independent of the Empire, while Priest, wishing to use the Empire as a tool to spread a Mandalorian Empire. This conflict could result in further civil war on Mandalore.
Former Clone Troopers
What Mandalorians would you like to see pop up in Star Wars Rebels? Also, would you like to see former Clone Troopers - like Rex or Cody - adopt the culture and lifestyle of Mandalorians if discarded by the Empire?
Some of the most comprehensive coverage from DragonCon came from none other than The Star Wars Report Podcast Network. A number of its hosts were in attendance, including Aaron Goins, who reported the happenings from the Daniel Logan and Matt Wood panel.
The Official StarWars.com Blog posted an article by Goins earlier this week, where he relayed to us what Logan and Woods had to say during their panel, which was moderated by Bryan Young. You can read the entire post by clicking here, but these were the highlights:
Daniel Logan hadn’t heard about Star Wars prior to auditioning. When asked about special skills, Logan listed the bo staff. Logan admitted that was an exaggeration at the time.
Matt Wood landed his first job at Lucasfilm at 17 years old, testing video games. It was a dream come true. He now is not only a voice actor, but sound editor for Lucasfilm. He was nominated for an Oscar for both WALL-E and There Will Be Blood.
Logan said not everything on set for Attack of the Clones was blue screen. The Slave I cockpit was a practical prop, along with the cave and balcony at the Genosis arena. He did have to use his imagination when interacting with Taun We, the only thing he had to work with was a lady in a hard hat.
You can listen to The Star Wars Report and Star Wars Bookworms podcasts for free on iTunes or visit www.starwarsreport.com.