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Kotobukiya is a great alternative to statue collecting, especially for those of us who enjoy marveling at magnificent pieces of art – but don’t have the disposable income to drop hundreds of dollars on products by other companies like Sideshow or Gentle Giant.

Its latest Boba Fett statue is scheduled for release in October, and is currently up for pre-order for $44.99.

This statue features Boba Fett in his Cloud City paint scheme, and is posed holding up his blaster, ready to take shots down the Bespin corridor – elegantly sculpted to look like it was pulled right out of the film.

The statue comes in a model kit with pre-painted parts, which snap-fit together to form a lightweight and durable statue at 1:10 scale.

This is Kotobukiya’s first addition to new round of smaller scale Star Wars models. There’s no glue required to build this kit.

At this price, this line of statues also makes for great gift ideas for younger fans and family members, or at the very least, the opportunity to own a quality statue without fear of buyers remorse or over paranoia over the product breaking.

If you enjoyed last year’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher, then you should pick up his follow-up adaptation, The Empire Striketh Back. This second book in the trilogy features Boba Fett prominently, which is great fun – although there are a whole lot of monologues for a bounty hunter known for being a man of few words.

If you enjoyed last year’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher, then you should pick up his follow-up adaptation, The Empire Striketh Back. This second book in the trilogy features Boba Fett prominently, which is great fun – although there are a whole lot of monologues for a bounty hunter known for being a man of few words.

If you recall the Star Wars: Force Collection mobile card game from last year, you may remember how much of an utter disappointment it was – especially coming from a company like Komani.

Last week, Disney Interactive released Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Android and Windows devices – which are the game we hoped Force Collection would be.

A product of Disney Interactive, this is a turn-based combat game that spans the story of the entire film saga and features popular characters – including Boba Fett.

It’s in the style of a card game, by which it allows players to acquire character cards to assemble their dream team to complete missions and battle other players.

Unlike last year’s game – which was graphically no more than cardboard cut outs and lame game play – the graphics are brilliant and fun. There are hundreds of cards to come across, and you can improve your team’s skills through completing in-game missions.

The New York Toy Fair is long past, but a huge thanks to SirStevesGuide.com for sending images of some upcoming Boba Fett products that flew past our radar. If you thought there were plenty of officially licensed Boba Fett items flooding retailers last year, just as much product seems to be coming down the pipeline for this year.

An image of the Boba Fatt plush toy from Angry Birds Star Wars II was released last year, but the vendor, Common Wealth, showcased the latest addition to its plush line at Toy Fair. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Angry Birds franchise, you can’t deny the adorable-factor for this plush toy, and you can’t deny this makes for a great, low-cost gift item for any Boba Fett fans.

This next items takes me back to the 90’s – Yomega, a leading manufacturer of Yo-Yo products is releasing a line of Star Wars Yo-Yos. While they are selling a limited line of professional Yo-Yos – one such Boba Fett design goes for $130 – the company showcased a more affordable Boba Fett Yo-Yo for about $22.

Cardinal has been a longtime vendor for licensed Star Wars products. These are the items most commonly found at Target’s bargain bins. We’ve seen a few of its products earlier this year, but some more items are coming down the road including a 50-piece Boba Fett puzzle.

Joann Fabrics is discounting its licensed character fabrics by 30 percent, allowing you to grab any number of Star Wars throw blankets for $19.59. These no sew blankets are about 48 inches wide once cut and fashioned together, but measure larger if left uncut and hung on a wall for decoration – as I recently have done. Featuring classic comic art from Marvel’s Star Wars – the stunning illustrations add punch to a room and is an affordable, easy way to accentuate any collection.

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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?