The Boba Bounty

Your latest news and speculation on Boba Fett's presence in Star Wars film, television, comics, video games and collectibles. Also, the originator of the #BringBackBoba Campaign.

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Boba Fett continues to climb the brackets in the This Is Madness: Star Wars Character Tournament, after defeating Jango Fett in the second round by 70 percent. This was yet another strong victory, on the tails of a 94 percent victory over Greedo in the first week.

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Boba Fett’s next battle is against General Grievous, who has carved his way through his own respected opponents with strong numbers. I have little doubt Boba Fett will pull the win against Grievous – but there’s always room for upsets – just look at the surprising outcome of Luke Skywalker vs. Obi Wan Kenobi, and the recent defeat of last year’s champion, Yoda.

If proving victorious, Boba Fett’s fourth round opponent is still on the bubble. Darth Vader defeated Emperor Palpatine in round two by 82 percent, and he’ll now face either Jabba the Hutt or Pre Vizsla – with 12 hours remaining, Jabba is pulling the win by nearly half the votes. I’d like to see Vizsla take out the crimelord, but it’s still too early to tell.

I seriously doubt either Jabba or Pre Vizsla would defeat Darth Vader, meaning we may see a rematch between Boba Fett and Darth Vader in the semi-finals. This would then be a rematch to last year’s matchup that knocked out Boba Fett from the championship. Continue to cast your votes for #TeamBoba – with your support, we can go all the way!

The X-Wing Miniatures Game rolled out a Slave I expansion set last year, which included 19 new cards, 22 tokens, a maneuver dial, rule sheet and Slave I – which could also be piloted as a normal Firespray-31. You can find this expansion set Barnes & Noble for around $35. 

If you play X-Wing Miniatures and have used the Slave I/Firespray-31, we’d like to interview you about your experience and thoughts on the game and expansion. Email us at thebobabounty@gmail.com and we’ll set something up.

Nintendo Console Case: Gamers may be interested in picking up this Boba Fett carrying case for Nintendo consoles, which will be released April 5 and is currently up for pre-order at Amazon.com. This case can hold any Nintendo 2DS or 3DS console, including the 3DS XL and up to six games. This is an officially licensed product and also comes in designs for Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.

LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary: Also up for pre-order on Amazon.com, the revised edition of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary will ship out May 5. It’s become standard for Boba Fett to be featured on any LEGO Star Wars dictionary or sticker book, but this time around, he’s even more prominently displayed on the cover. The book will also feature an exclusive minifigure, which has yet to be announced.

Tin Money Bank: There’s lots of officially licensed products also coming out this year, and amongst these is a Boba Fett money bank by the Tin Box Company. The cylinder design with Boba Fett’s design wrapped around it is a fun, kid-friendly money bank and a perfect gift idea for the coming year.

Boba Fett Windup: Another new licensee is Schylling Toys, which is putting out a number of Star Wars windup, including Boba Fett. Promoted as being a windup robot, this item is lithographed with a plastic trim and measures almost 8 inches tall. It’s a classic idea I haven’t seen in a while – wind it up and watch it roll!

While designed to sit atop your computer monitor, the Funko Boba Fett Computer Sitter just as nicely perches along any edge - whether a bookshelf, television or shadowbox. This is a fun way to accessorize your home or work office, or just add some character to your collection room.

Dave Filoni doesn’t post things online too often, but when he does – they tend to blow our minds. This was no truer than when he shared conceptual drawings from his personal sketchbook last week on the Official Star Wars Blog. They included concepts from the rumored (but unaired) Boba Fett story arc for The Clone Wars.

These episodes were originally meant to air in the fifth season of The Clone Wars, but were pushed to season six – something that was not uncommon. Writers have previously stated in interviews they always created more stories than episodes produced in a season.

After the cancellation of The Clone Wars, fans were afraid we’d never learn the details of Boba Fett’s development as a bounty hunter.

We hoped the episodes would be included in The Lost Missions, but those dreams were deflated on March 7, when season six was released on Netflix, without the arc – although by all reports, it was fully written and near completion – Daniel Logan even said he voiced the lines more than two years ago.

Filoni’s sketches were bitter sweet to view. One drawing showed Cad Bane and Boba Fett strolling across the Tatooine desert, talking candidly to one another. Another sketch shows Bane surrounded by a posse of bounty hunters, including young Boba Fett and his old ally Bossk.

These images reminded us we’ll never see (unless retooled for another series) these episodes, but it was exciting to see possible proof concerning speculation we posed last year.

In August, I theorized the story would showcase young Boba Fett leaving the mentorship of Aurra Sing and being taken under the wing of Cad Bane. Here are a few snippets from my previous story:

“There’s always been a comparison drawn between Cad Bane and Boba Fett. Bane was considered a notorious bounty hunter, at the top of the game, worked regularly for crime syndicates, like the Hutts, was armed to the teeth, held his own against Jedi to just name a few characteristics. In fact, there are more similarities in style between Boba and Bane than compared to Jango Fett.”

“One could speculate Cad Bane might have taken Boba under his wing while in prison, fulfilling more of a mentor role than Aurra Sing or Bossk.”

“Since the Boba Fett we see later along the timeline more closely mirror Cad Bane’s discipline and principles, we could assume he gained those traits by modeling himself after a mentor like Bane. As an associate of Cad Bane, this would also help understand how he became so familiar with the cartels.”

It’s also intriguing to see that in the sketches, he’s wearing what appears to be Mandalorian armor. There would have been some major growth for Boba Fett in these episodes, and I think it’s tragic they were not included in The Lost Missions.

I hope now that The Lost Missions have aired, Filoni can speak more about these sketches and what was planned for the story. However, there’s no reason this story couldn’t be retooled for Star Wars Rebels – of course, later in their mentorship/partnership.

What did you think about these images? Do you think the main themes of this type of story could be refitted for the world we’ll see in Rebels?

Barnes & Noble has a wide selection of bookmarks, featuring art from Empire Strikes Back. The Boba Fett bookmark grabbed my eye, with a floating head design of Boba Fett atop the shot of the bounty hunters lined up for Darth Vader’s roll call.

With nine hours left to vote, Boba Fett is winning his first matchup in the This Is Madness: Star Wars Character Tournament by 94 percent. This would prove a landslide victory against Greedo in the tournament’s first round of 32 battles.

Upon finalizing his victory, Boba Fett will next face either Cad Bane or Jango Fett.  Last year, Boba Fett made it to the final four after defeating Dengar, Jango Fett and Emperor Palpatine – until succumbing to Darth Vader during his final bout.

StarWars.com has stepped up their coordination of this year’s tournament, after listening to criticism last year about some matches not being evenly matched. There’s also a number of fresh faces in this year’s event, but I’m excited to see three Mandalorians included this time around – Boba Fett, Jango Fett and Pre Vizsla.

Greedo had to defeat three bounty hunting peers to earn his spot against Boba Fett in a preliminary match, but most people could easily predict Boba Fett’s win during this round. His second round battle against either Jango Fett or Cad Bane could prove more difficult though, as both have an arguably equal sized fan base that could pull votes – especially younger fans that are endeared to Cad Bane.

So, make sure you tell your friends to come out and vote for #TeamBoba. We came so close to the finals last year – this time let’s bring home the gold! Help spread the word by using #TeamBoba and #ThisIsMadness on Twitter.

Click HERE to vote.

My local Meijer has marked down the 2011-2012 LEGO Star Wars sticker books, featuring dozens of Boba Fett stickers. Has anyone seen the newest edition on shelves anywhere?

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.

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Here’s another Boba Fett exclusive to add to your collection, as he’s featured on this year’s Star Wars Fan Fun Day patch. It was revealed late last week via the official STFFD Twitter page. You can buy the patch at www.swffd.co.uk for about $12, not including shipping and handling