We’ve written an editorial in response to the recent Boba Fett feature in Star Wars Insider #146. We’ve also announced our own investigative feature story on the multi-generational popularity of Boba Fett, read the whole editorial at BobaFett.com for details on how you may weight in.
The latest issue of Star Wars Insider is now available on newsstands, featuring a cover story on how Boba Fett’s popularity has endured and flourished over the last 30 plus years. As a contributing member of the Boba Fett community, I was left wanting.
In September, Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor, alerted followers of an upcoming Boba Fett feature on his Twitter account. He prompted fans to weigh in on a singular question: Why do you think Boba Fett is so popular? I imagined this was an initial way to mine data for early stages of research, but turned out to only be used to generate sidebar content.
The article did a well enough job explaining Boba Fett’s in-universe adventures, from his debut in the Holiday Special to his life in the Expanded Universe. But was any of the information new or insightful? No, it was nothing that couldn’t already be found on Wookipedia. While it looked at one writer’s ongoing appreciation for Boba Fett, the story failed to look at the character’s fandom as a whole.
Read the entire editorial at BobaFett.com.
About 16,000 participated in an online poll at IGN.com on who they most want to see return in Episode VII. The results were a near landslide, with Boba Fett receiving nearly a quarter of the votes. Twenty-three percent of the people polled voted for Boba Fett.
The best way to illustrate the scale of these results, the runner up was Darth Maul with 12 percent and Chewbacca with 11 percent. IGN.com included 20 characters in the poll, excluding “obvious” choices like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader.
Earlier this year, StarWars.com came up with similar results during their March Madness Character Tournament. If you take the same characters out, that IGN omitted, and you’d be left also with Boba Fett as the top choice – note, he did make the semi-finals during that tourney.
While I was excited to learn these results, the result articles made my teeth grind – the writer commenting that Boba Fett is dead, a fact we all know is false. Even if you’re only considering G-Level canon, you cannot conclude Boba died.
A rule of thumb for genre television and movies has always been – if you don’t see a body, you can’t know 100 percent they’re fate is sealed. That being said, this story has been making the rounds and I must imagine has come to the attention of Lucasfilm officials.
Let’s continue to cross our fingers that we’ll see the “resurrection” of Boba Fett in the sequel trilogy.
Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars” #9.
We’re now nine issues deep into the first story arc of Dark Horse’s “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin.” The story by Brian Wood is superb and continues to capture the spirit of the Original Trilogy, the art is stunning every issue and the book keeps a swift pace – however, I feel this is a story better read in trade paperback.
Having to wait a month between each issue is frustrating, because Wood checks in with each subplot every time. While it’s nice to provide face time to each fan favorite, it’s like watching three minutes of a movie each day – sure, we’ll get to the peak of drama eventually, but its sure taking a while to get there. Each week I keep hoping the next issue is where all the subplots will meet for a giant payoff.
In “Star Wars” #9, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Atilles escape custody and are maneuvering toward the data core to bug the communication system. We get a tie in to The Clone Wars, with Princess Leia receiving contact by the Audacity, a ship from the wartime era. The most staggered storyline, though, continues to be Boba Fett and Han Solo.
At the end of Issue #8, a long-awaiting gunfight was teased between the smuggler and bounty hunter. Promotional images further promised an engaging encounter, as we saw images of Boba Fett ejecting from Slave I to pursue Han Solo face-to-face.
The dialogue written for Boba Fett is great, stating that Jabba pays more for his bounties to be turned in whole, rather than blown to smithereens. However, we’re denied a decent gunfight, as Perla crashes a platform, quickly evading the bounty hunter. Also, we see Bossk hot on the tail of the Falcon, being piloted by Chewbacca.
In the previous issue, there was a passing comment about bounty hunters not usually crossing into Imperial compounds or stations. Unless we see it in the forthcoming issue, I think this was a missed opportunity. All the chaos and destruction and Imperial agents aren’t swarming onto scene?
Woods could have had Imperial Troopers arrive on scene, and that, in my opinion, could have been a better distraction to allow Perla and Solo to escape. Also, more chances to show Boba Fett in action. Once again, we continue to watch the cat-and-mouse game between the two men – which I continue to have faith will result in a payoff in the end.
"Star Wars" #10 will be available Oct. 9.
Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars #8
In “Star Wars” #8 we finally get more than just a handful of panels dealing with the subplot of Han Solo on the run from Boba Fett and Bossk. The chase began in issue #2 and we’ve been building to a hopeful conflict – which writer Brian Wood delivers in this action packed issue.
While Luke Skywalker and Wedge sneak aboard a Star Destroyer, the real action takes place on Coruscant. We are treated to a massive dogfight, that highlights the cunning evasive skills of Chewbacca and Han Solo – as well as showcases the hunting skills of Boba Fett.
When we last left Han Solo and Chewbacca, they had hired garbage-barge pilot, Perla, to aid them in an escape from bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk, who tracked them to Coruscant. The smugglers are forced to split up as Slave I engages them – navigating the Falcon as Han Solo and Perla remain aboard the barge.
The tactic worked, as Boba Fett hadn’t planned on a firefight above the Imperial Center. With Chewbacca’s counterattacks on the Slave I, Fett is forced to allow the Garbage-barge to gain distance – the risk of killing Solo in the dogfight is too high, and he attends to capture him alive to collect on the dual bounty, one from the Hutt Cartel and the other the Empire.
Han Solo tells Perla he is surprised to see the bounty hunter in an Imperial Jurisdiction. Unfortunately for Perla and Solo, the space battle put them on the Imperial security radar, blowing their cover in the process. Once catching up, the Slave I continue to attack the garbage-barge, but aims for its cargo, resulting in Perla to lose large portions of her cargo and jeopardizing their ability to maneuver.
Meanwhile, Bossk chases down Chewbacca in the Falcon. The bounty is on Solo’s head, so Bossk is intent on destroying both, the Falcon and Chewbacca.
Han Solo crashes the barge into the Imperial Center. He believes it’s a calculated risk, which will payoff in their escape, but the plan comes up short as Slave I hones in one the smuggler and Perla, with them outgunned and without a ship on the ground floor of the Imperial Center.
There are several items of note in this issue: first, Wood emphasizes that it’s unusual for Boba Fett to engage his prey in Imperial borders. This must be foreshadowing for the next issue, why are these areas off limits to Boba Fett? Could his saving grace be Imperial Security Forces stepping in right as Slave I closes in on the marooned Perla and Solo?
Ryan Kelly’s art goes above and beyond in this issue. The most haunting image, in my opinion, are the skulls and bodily remains decorating Bossk’s cockpit seat.
We’ve still yet to be told how Boba Fett and Bossk became a team in this issue. Or are they building on the rebooted relationship between the two, which has already been expanded upon in The Clone Wars?
The confrontation will continue in “Star Wars” #9 will be released on Sept. 11
When Hasbro announced it would be releasing an exclusive Boba Fett 6-inch Black Series figure, accessorized by Han Solo in Carbonite, fans pondered whether that meant they’d see Boba Fett in the regular numbered series. Inside sources said we would.
Yesterday, according to Flyguy.net, this speculation and rumor were confirmed – we will see Boba Fett featured in the next wave of the 6-inch line. It has been reported the next wave will also include Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Greedo, Bespin Luke, Slave Leia, Han Solo and a Stormtrooper.
This is exciting news for Boba Fett fans. For those who cannot attend this years’s Comic Con or Celebration Europe II, the secondary market would have been steep – taking into mind the set is costing nearly $50 at Comic Con and Celebration.
Therefore, knowing we can get Boba Fett for the retail price of around $20 is good news. This is assuming retailers order the figures in fair numbers and variety. The bad news is if you want to get your hands on the Han Solo in Carbonite, you’ll still be looking at a pretty penny on eBay or online stores.
Personally, I’m also eager to see the sculpt for Greedo. Most of the comments I’ve read online point to fans cherry picking this line based on their interests, be that Jedi, droids, bounty hunters, etc.
Flyguy.net also reports this may not be a complete list of the next wave of new figures, but more characters may be announced. If you’re targeting bounty hunters then it would be safe to assume the next couple figures in this category will be Dengar, Zuckuss, IG-88, 4-LOM and Bossk (Now that should be a gnarly sculpt.)
These figures will be released throughout the next year.
Coming this July are some new pieces of fine art by artist Christian Waggoner. These 30-inch by 24-inch giclee canvases are limited to 25 pieces and carry hefty price tags up toward $1,250, but are signed and absolutely breathtaking.
You may be familiar with Waggoner’s work from his Boba Fett painting that pans closely to his T-visor, with the Carbonite slab of Han Solo reflecting off his helmet.
This new painting is similar in style, with a reflection of Lando Carlissian negotiating with Darth Vader on Cloud City.
A more affordable option is artist Raymond Swanland’s canvas giclee, limited to 95 available pieces, is 30-inch by 20-inch and features Boba Fett standing atop a building, blaster in hand as he keeps an eye out for his prey. This is also signed by the artist and is going for $395 – available in July.
These limited edition pieces are available for pre-order through Entertainment Earth.
While a little expensive, the artwork by these two artist would look great in any Geekcave or collection gallery.
Dog the Bounty Hunter was interviewed last week by MTV during a promotional tour of his new show on CMT, “Dog & Beth: The Hunt.”
For some reason, he was asked to give advice on bounty hunting to Boba Fett – since there are rumors of a feature film spin-off for the Mandalorian.
This question seems out of left field to me. I got the impression he thought Boba Fett is an actual living person, who is being spotlighted in a new reality television show. At the very least - it’s obvious he’s not familiar with Boba Fetts mythos.
Here’s what he said:
“Be sure to know your prey. Be sure to know where he’s from, what he’s about, what his record is. Be sure you don’t go alone, have three or four people with you all the time and, may the Force be with you, because it will be.”
Today it was officially announced Disney already has plans for a number of standalone Star Wars films. Many fans are hoping a Boba Fett film will be among these projects. Here is a continuation of possible storylines for a feature film.
Pitch #3: Years after the happenings of “Return of the Jedi,” the nephew of Jabba, Gorga the Hutt, has inherited much of the crime lord’s criminal empire. He has even expanded the reach of his power. Of course, one does not gain such a fortune without making enemies – other Hutts, who believe they have a greater claim to Jabba’s windfall. One such Hutt hires Boba Fett to assassinate Gorga’s beloved wife, Orko. Filled with rage, Gorga places a bounty on Boba Fett’s head – using his control over local pirates and bounty hunters on his payroll to corner the Mandalorian. Boba Fett must go on the defense as he finds himself as the most profitable target since Han Solo. The bounty is so enticing, Boba finds himself pitted against former partners, the most dangerous being the bounty hunter named, Bossk. This story would journey through the underworld, giving rich looks at the world of the Hutts, the nastiest cantinas and pirate organizations in live action.
Pitch #4: Following the Clone Wars, the planet of Mandalore was virtually crippled. Once the Empire formed, it was further squashed as its warriors were considered a great threat if given opportunity. However, this would change with the arrival of Spar, a clone who had escaped Kamino before the wars and was one of the rare specimens who retained all memories of Jango Fett. He had been working as a bounty hunter for years, but returned to Mandalore to return the planet to its former glory. His success in reforming a Mandalorian army caught the eye of Imperial spies who feel they must end the threat before it grows too large to contain. The Empire hires Boba Fett to journey to Mandalore and infiltrate the new Mandalore Protectors, gain their trust, learn their plans and then kill Spar and anyone else who may pick up arms. Things become complicated, though, for the bounty hunter, who begins to see too much of the father he lost in the man he’s assigned to kill.