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A newly released Angry Birds Star Wars II sticker book has been spotted at Giant Eagle, featuring more than 1,000 character stickers from the hit mobile game. On an interesting note, the sticker book has shed light on Boba Fett’s official character name for his Angry Birds adaptation – Boba Fatt.

Win a Prize! Contest in collaboration with #BringBackBoba, The Boba Bounty and The Boba Fett Fan Club. We’re giving away an Angry Birds Star Wars Boba Fett Telepod, all you have to do is leave a caption for the above photo HERE. Visit the page for full details on the rules and guidelines. This item is a rare find and goes for $60-$120 on eBay.

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.

“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?

Angry Birds Star Wars has reached its epic conclusion, but the story has just begun for Angry Birds Star Wars II. Rovio has released three levels thus far, but the prequel-inspired mobile game hints at an upcoming level based around Jango and Boba Fett’s focus in Episode III. But have you been able to find any Boba Fett Telepods in stores? Fans report they are nearly impossible to find.

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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.

January:
image-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

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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.

July:
image-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.

November:
image-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 thebobabounty@gmail.com.

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!

There’s been speculation Angry Birds Star Wars II is a testing bed for future Star Wars mobile games. We’ll will have a full in-depth review of the game coming soon, along with thoughts on what it could mean for Star Wars proper.

After nearly a year without new toys on the shelves, Star Wars collectors are seeing the first waves of new products. However, the introduction of 6-inch figures, a schism in 3.75-inch figure lines and the debut of interactive Angry Birds toys have led to speculation on what the future holds for Star Wars collectors.

We spoke with John a.k.a. EngineerNerd from the Action Figure Blues Podcast about his collecting habits and insights into how Hasbro’s changing approach to Star Wars toy production might affect Star Wars collecting and the industry, itself.

You can download the AFB Podcast for free on iTunes or at ActionFigureBlues.com You can also check out EngineerNerd’s latest toy reviews at TVandFilmToys.com.

Boba Bounty: How did you got started in collecting Star Wars? If you began with the vintage Kenner figures, what kept you going when the line reemerged in the 90’s?

EngineerNerd: I think I’m in the same boat as a number of older collectors. I was around 6 when the first film came out and it really captured my imagination. My first two figures were the 12-back Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. Star Wars was “the thing” I was interested in until the dreaded “girl years” so many of us experienced. I didn’t have all the vehicles and playsets, but as a kid, my Darth Vader Collectors case was overflowing with all the figures up to the 2nd wave of Return of the Jedi.

Like most folks who reconnected with toys in the 90’s, I think the POTF2 figures came along at just the right time. Folks were nostalgic for Star Wars and guys like me now had disposable income. At the time they came out, I had been picking up the odd Playmates Star Trek figure here and there, but Star Wars would soon take over collecting for me. I was trying to hunt down every figure for a long time. I’m a loose collector, so I didn’t care about package variants. However, I really wanted to build as much of the Star Wars Universe line as I could.

BB: The AFB podcast provides a platform to discuss upcoming toys. Has this affected the way you look at action figure lines? Do you look at/for different things than before you reviewed them in a podcast?

EN: If anything, I’m more open to other lines than I was before. I’ve always dabbled, but I’ve really gained an appreciation of different things.

We’ve been fortunate to talk to a number of different guests from the toy and statue world. Each of those guests has taught me something new about the industry. I’ve noticed I’m a lot more forgiving than I used to be when I write a review for TVandFilmToys.com now. I think this stems from getting to know that behind each toy on the shelf, there are people who worked hard to bring it to market. It might not be what they intended, have all the features they wanted or paint applications, but they worked hard to make us happy. Each of these people works hard to try and make us happy, and for the most part, their efforts go unrecognized.

I think putting names and face with the folks behind the toys really does humanize the whole process. I know I don’t like it when folks criticize my work when it’s the best I can do with what I’m given to work with. I think all of us need to keep that in mind before we speak ill of an action figure or statue.

BB: Does podcasting on toy collecting results in a greater awareness in trends or patterns in the toy industry? Do action figures seem to be headed in any predictable direction, whether it’s how they’re articulated, sculpted, scaled or inspired from?

EN: The thing I’ve noticed myself getting hooked on is blind boxed/blind bagged mini figures. It’s odd, but when I see the news for a new line of these kind of things, I’m instantly fascinated. I’m not sure if its cuteness or size, but I just dig that stuff.

I think Funko’s Pop Vinyl series has managed to tap into that. They really are looking for niches to fill in that line. Where they may not make every character, their sheer number of licenses means there’s something from them for everyone. I think folks also look at those types of items as acceptable desktop items at work. Keep a Luke on Taun Taun action figure on your desk, and you’re the weird guy in the office. Pop Vinyl of Ghost Rider? Nobody even notices. I really think if Hasbro were doing Muggs now, it would be more successful.

Most people talk about the focus being between kids and collectors, but I think the minifigures and small urban vinyl type items service a third group I’m going to call “casual adult collectors.” This is a group that wants to collect something that isn’t so kid oriented it’s obvious, nor do they want to pay out the nose for a decent representation of their favorite characters. I think this is the group we are going to lose to other interests.

The thing I don’t get is the lowered articulation for “kids” toys. I don’t know if we’ll see it reversed, but if you listen to folks who collected GI Joes as a kid, you’ll hear one thing. They liked them better than Star Wars figures because they moved better. Hasbro can say it’s what kids want, I think we all now it’s a cost thing.

BB: For a while, collector’s didn’t have much new to look forward to in stores. How do you think this affected the hobby? Do you think this drought was felt the same by U.S. collectors versus the International fan base?

EN: Without a doubt it affected U.S. collectors. You never used to hear about folks ordering cases before did you?

I very rarely buy online. I want to go hunt down action figures. It’s just the kind of collector I am.

Unfortunately, this is probably what caused my interest to wane in Star Wars collecting. Some waves you could only buy online or were barely shipped. There were a number of figures I was really interested in that I never saw. The Gamorrean Guard, for example. I would’ve snapped him up in heartbeat. And this isn’t a new problem. The red space suited alien from Episode 1? Why can’t I remember his name? I didn’t see him and don’t have him. Cripsy Anakin? Only saw him once at a comic store and a kid was buying him.

After a while of not finding figures I was interested in and only finding “new” versions of one I already had, it became harder and harder to stay interested in Star Wars collecting.

BB: What are your thoughts on the Black Series? Has your opinion evolved from its first announcement, to now that they’re finding their way to collectors?

EN: LOL, this is a setup right? I was pretty outspoken on the idea I didn’t like the 6-inch series from when it was announced. I said so on the podcast, it was interesting because four of us were on that episode and two liked and two didn’t. On episode 82, Ben and Scott are reviewing the first four figures. I was asking questions; maybe it changed my thoughts about the line, but not my desire to collect it.

I will say they’re good looking figures. I think they are a shade off from being called great. For folks like Ben and Scott, who collect other 6-inch lines, I think it’s great. Folks have wanted this for years, so it’s good to see people getting something they wanted. I would imagine that some lapsed Star Wars collectors were stirred up by it as well.

For me however, I just can’t stray from the smaller universe I’ve been building for 30+ years. With the small army of figures I have, I could put together a display of almost any scene in any of the films. It would take me years to get to that level with the 6-inch line.

Also, they are going to look like oddities in my displays. I don’t generally collect 6-inch figures, so a few are going to stand out as odd balls.

As for the 3.75-inch side of the Black Series, I haven’t seen anything that has just blown me away. It’s just a continuation of what was out there. Sure it’s renamed. But I don’t see anything special making me want to purchase any of them.

BB: Do you think Hasbro is consciously catering to both, adult collectors and casual consumer, by focusing one line on super articulation and the other, according to Hasbro, focusing on sculpts and limiting articulation? Would this be a good move for both Hasbro and collectors?

EN: Personally? I think it’s a mistake. If you look at a number of previous lines that have tried to do this, they never seem to be really successful at doing both. Look at Pirates of the Caribbean, Dark Knight Rises, Green Lantern. It just really divides folks up into what they collect. I fear with this division, the collectors will only scoop up the higher end stuff and leave all the kid stuff.

We’ve heard the margins aren’t as good on the high end figures nor do they sell in line sustaining quantities.  The kids are going to look at the lower end stuff and know that it’s “meh” and pass it by. Stores will be stuck with kids’ Star Wars toys clogging shelves and not want to order either.

When I think about all the stories I’ve heard over the years of kids and parents enjoying Star Wars collecting together, it makes me sad to see the split happening this way.

BB: What direction would you predict Star Wars toys going once the sequel trilogy debuts?

EN: Folks aren’t going to like my guess. Fewer of what we term action figures. A few to keep collectors interested, maybe double the Black line numbers for one year. Few if any kids’ figures.

Instead, I think you are going to see lower end non-articulated figures that are interactive in the way the new Angry Birds Telepods are. I’m really guessing they are using that as a test bed for the technology. I’m basing that on the release of the birds, Disney Infinity and the success of Skylanders.

Boba Fett had the honor of throwing the first pitch in last week’s Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. The Dodger went on to win the game, defeating the San Diego Padres, 9 to 2. While images and video from fans in attendance poured across social media feeds, this was only one piece of Boba Fett news that demonstrated popularity over the weekend. Here’s a round-up of other pieces of news:

Just a few days after revealing Boba Fett’s appearance as a playable character in Angry Birds Star Wars II, Daniel Logan posted an exclusive look at the upcoming Boba Fett Angry Birds plush toy, which will hit shelves soon. I’m guessing this image is just a prototype, since the helmet appears more charcoal than the green we see in the characters Angry Birds design.


Pet owners are taking to Twitter to show off the new Star Wars Pet Fans Collection found at Petco. While the items hit stores last week, the collection became available for online purchased Sept. 1. The line features three Boba Fett items, including two dog toys and a dog hoodie. The canvas dog toy and stick dog toy are under $10, while the hoodie is priced at $19.99.


HerUniverse took to Instagram to showcase the latest dress samples, which will be available this fall. The clothing company has designed two new Boba Fett dresses, one illustrating the bounty hunter’s iconic T-Visor and the second showcases a stencil of his armor. Looking at previous Boba Fett-themed items from HerUniverse, these dresses should prove popular with the ladies. They’ll be available online or at your local Hot Topic retail stores.

 

A lot of card battling games are adapting digital versions of their games, allowing users to purchase virtual booster packs to battle their friends. On Aug. 20, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Force Collection, a new online card battling game, created by Konami Digital Entertainment, will go live on Sept. 4. The application will be free on iOS and Android devices, and features more than 230 characters – including Boba Fett. Unlike other digital card games, this mobile app features a storyline element to its game play. Look for a full review of this game in the near future.