Boba Fett’s first televised appearance was on the Star Wars Holiday Special on Nov. 17, 1978. While the film only aired once and is an infamous sore spot for George Lucas, the one segment to received any sort of praise was an animated story featuring the bounty hunter.
After saving Luke Skywalker from a creature, Boba Fett offers his assistance in helping Skywalker and friends toward finding a talisman – which ends up infecting Han Solo and Skywalker with a sleeping sickness. Boba helps Chewbacca find a cure, but he is secretly gathering information and forwards it to Darth Vader.
The transmission between Boba Fett and Darth Vader is intercepted by R2-D2 and the Rebels are alerted. Boba Fett then escapes, promising they’ll all meet again.
Screen grabs from the Holiday Special are readily available throughout the Internet, which illustrate the vast difference in Boba Fett’s clothing and armor compared to his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Instead of the grays and greens, his attire is bright, polished and clean. There are no laser burns or wear and tear. He also carried a two-pronged electropole as his primary weapon.
The action figure released by Hasbro in 2007 as part of its 30th Anniversary Collection pays homage to Boba Fett’s animated debut. This figure stands apart from other Boba Fett toys, and not only because of the electropole. The lack of battle scars on the armor gives the figure a polished appearance similar to Imperial Troopers.
I also like the belt, which has a western gunslinger feel to it. A small blaster fits snugly in the holster and Boba Fett’s jet pack is balanced on his back, not affecting the figure’s balance. These bright colors pull a positive focus in any toy collection and the unique weapons allow different battle scenarios than other Boba Fett figures during playtime.
This action figure also comes with a special Boba Fett collector coin, which can be showcased in your geekcave, or even carried in your pocket to bring you some luck! Overall, this is an engaging addition to the line of Boba Fett figures. Not only is it a fantastic toy, but illustrates the evolution of Boba Fett and his ongoing relationship with Darth Vader.