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!
Earlier today we got our first look at Boba Fett in Angry Birds Star Wars II, which debuts on Sept. 19. The character reveal came from Daniel Logan’s twitter page today, after being teased earlier this week. A 30-second YouTube video showcases the bounty hunting pig, being slung through the air as he annihilates targets with multiple missiles.
This game is a true experiment in cross promoting – as Rovio’s #JoinThePorkSide hashtag campaign builds anticipation on social networking sites, the application is also being teased on the packaging of Telepods in the toy aisles of most retail stores.
In my opinion, this is the natural evolution of Angry Birds and could also lead to more interactive mobile games for Star Wars proper. Allowing users to “teleport” their own stable of characters into the game, gives more sense of ownership to the player.
What will be interesting to see is how this game will evolve. Will new waves of the Telepods line trigger updates to the app? Or would updates to the game trigger new waves of Telepods? I’m also intrigued to see if there will be an expansion in the game play – whether that a more intricate storyline, in-game trophies or other surprises.
One thing is for sure, this is different than what we’ve seen in the past. It’s not just merchandising based off a popular mobile game, but the toys literally enhance the gaming experience. It’ll be exciting to see how Rovio developers will one-up themselves and continue to expand on the interactive elements in future releases.
Earlier this year Hasbro gave a first look at the characters being introduced in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars mystery bags. Each mystery bag includes two miniatures, including characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Boba Fett.
Reports came in a few months ago that Series 2 had popped up overseas. These items have finally made their way to the U.S. I’ve been checking the toy aisle at retail stores and finally saw the new mystery bags appear at my local Target.
We’re still waiting for reports on the larger Boba Fett Power Battler, including a Han Solo target, to be spotted at local retail outlets.
When Angry Birds Star Wars was announced, great speculation hit the Internet. Fans of both properties wondered what characters would be included, fan art circulated the blogs and the merchandise hit store shelves before the game was even released.
Angry Birds Star Wars launched Nov. 8 with two episodes open for game play – Tatooine and Death Star – each with 40 levels to attempt for three stars. These episodes represented the major two locations from A New Hope.
These episodes included the main characters from the first film: Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Representing the Empire and the pigs are Imperial Troopers and Darth Vader.
The mobile app also features a Bonus episode with droids R2-D3 and C3PO, and Path of the Jedi also became available for a few extra dollars. This last episode is located in Dagobah – another major location from A New Hope.
It stands to reason the initial release of the game focuses on the first film of the original trilogy. However, teased to come next is an episode themed around Hoth – the ice planet and location of the secret Rebel base that opens up Empire Strikes Back.
If the game follows its current pattern, the following episodes will be developed around major locations from the Empire Strikes Back, including Hoth and Cloud City. Additional levels will most likely be updated into Path of the Jedi.
I’m guessing these new episodes will introduce Boba Fett and Lando to the roster of Angry Birds Star Wars characters. I have two pieces of evidence to support this theory:
In October, I tweeted about my anticipation for the new Angry Birds game and my hope to see Boba Fett translated into the application. Within 24 hours my tweet was answered by the verified Angry Birds account:
“Well there’s a long future of opportunities ahead, so who knows,” was the reply I received, along with a winky face. I took this as a hint of Boba Fett’s inclusion and a reference to Rovio’s history of keeping its games fresh by continually adding new levels and developing new characters.
My second item of evidence is an image I posted a few days ago of Boba Fett and Slave I being included in Angry Birds Star Wars coloring book and sticker album. Whether this was an accidental inclusion or a purposeful nod – it confirms the bounty hunter is under development.
It’ll be interesting to see how fans of both franchises react to Boba Fett’s introduction. Many pieces of fan art illustrated the bounty hunter as a bird, but these images surfacing in coloring books and sticker albums obviously show Boba Fett as a pig.
Most likely, this is because he will be the “boss” at the last level of the Cloud City episode – similarly to Darth Vader being the boss at the last level of Death Star.