When the new line of 6-inch Black Series figures was announced last year, it grabbed my interest. I’ve been eager to get my hands on the Boba Fett and Greedo figures in its second wave, and was nervous about distribution.
The first wave was plentiful on store shelves, but it’s common nowadays to miss new waves due to stores being back stocked on initial orders.
I spotted the first batch of wave two figures in my area at Target earlier today. They had about a dozen figures available on the sales floor, the majority of those being Slave Leia. I lucked out, though, and found a single Boba Fett and Greedo.
Whenever Boba Fett is featured in a line, they disappear fast. You could argue this is because Hasbro intentionally distributes lower quantities of Boba Fett, they’re snatched up quickly by fans or scalpers hoard them to flip on third-party websites – I imagine it’s a mix of all three. I wasn’t taking any chances though and picked up the bounty hunters.
The packaging on the 6-inch figures should be commended. The design is sleek and elegant, and featuring headshots of each character with the Star Wars logo gives the package a high-end feel – along with the stylistic back, which features a brief summary of the character’s role in the films and one of their well-known quotes.
The best part of its packaging is it can be easily opened without compromising the box. It’s nice to be able to take the figure out, appreciate the craftsmanship and have the option to slip it back in the box to display like new.
The Boba Fett figure is nearly flawless. The 6-inch scale allows for detail you just can’t get in smaller scale. The paintjob is clean and gives the appearance of being well worn and subtle touches of battle scars. With about 15 points of articulation, he can be posed in any number of iconic stances and stands well balanced – with or without his jetpack.
The Boba Fett sculpt is the exact mold fans saw in the exclusive San Diego Comic Con and Celebration Europe Boba Fett with Han Solo In Carbonite. He comes accessorized with a rifle, small blaster and his jetpack. My only problem with this figure is the blasters are a little difficult to get into his hands – primarily the blaster rifle.
Boba Fett’s helmet does not come off, which is a compliment to the film mythology of the character. It’s also nice to see at this scale that Hasbro can sculpt and paint more detail into weapons. The blasters are firm, so there’s less chances for barrels to get bent, twisted and mangled when removing from the packaging – always hated displaying an action figure who’s pointing a bent blaster into the air.
These figures are well worth the $20 price tag and are even more stunning in person than what you’ve seen in pictures online. Has Wave 2 hit store shelves in your area yet? Are you seeing a fair amount of quantities of all figures?
Fanboy Moments is starting to promote their upcoming Bounty Bonanza tour, which hits the land down under the first week of March.
This is a dream lineup of scum and villainy – featuring appearances by Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Paul Blake (Greedo) and sculptor and prop builder Brian Muir as special guests.
Everyone is familiar with Bulloch and Blake, but for those not privy to Muir – he’s been involved in a hoard of pop culture franchises like Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars (of course), Dark Crystal, Indiana Jones and more.
This event is different in dynamic compared to your usual convention. It’s designed to allow fans to “hang out” and socialize with their onscreen favorites, rather than a few minutes at an autograph table.
This event is early in planning, so who knows if more performers will be added to the roster of guests.
The two stops scheduled so far are Adelaine on March 1, Melbourne on March 2, Brisbane on March 7 and Sydney on March 8. Tickets range from $90 to $450, depending on what experience you can afford.
Last April, a rumor followed the news of the LucasArts shut down, concerning the much anticipated game, 1313. It was reported by insiders multiple changes during development led to Boba Fett being the central figure of the game.
This led to plenty of conversation on forums and social media platforms. Some fans casted doubt on these rumors, citing early concepts shown at E3. Other fans totally believed the rumors and voiced disappointment – nonetheless, when IGN.com shots of the game – confirming Boba Fett’s role – a delayed rage finally showed its face on the Internet.
IGN received a look at a 15 minute demo of 1313, which they report would have debuted at this year’s E3. The footage fully confirmed the rumors heard earlier this year. According to IGN, the game followed a young Boba Fett, working for Jabba the Hutt. Other bounty hunters were featured and they worked for other crime bosses. The game traced Boba Fett’s evolution from the prequels to the Original Trilogy.
IGN’s source also revealed the game would tie into Star Wars Underworld, a live-action television show that never got off the ground. I’m very disappointed this game was canceled, although I’m surprised fans didn’t voice their anger about its plug being pulled until now – other than now they can see actual screen grabs – but I’ve seen the Internet go running with much more vague rumors in the past.
Although this game is canceled, I have faith it will be show up as another project in the future. While the franchise now belongs to Disney, I don’t think the good people at Lucasfilm will suddenly abandon their trait of never throwing anything out. Kathleen Kennedy and other officials studied under George Lucas, and he was the biggest proponent of archiving concepts and finding the right time to reintroduce them in new ways.
One of my favorite moments from the fourth season of The Clone Wars, was when Obi Wan went undercover in the episode, Deception. I hadn’t seen the previews, so was caught by surprise when some of my favorite bounty hunters popped up in the Republic prison.
During this episode, Obi Wan is confronted by Boba Fett in the cafeteria. A passing glance between him and a watching Cad Bane grabbed my attention. From then on, I began to wonder if we’d get to see more about the relationship shared between these two hunters.
This is one of the reasons I was disappointed when I heard a Boba Fett/Cad Bane story arc was planned for season six, but we’d never get to see it. What had the Clone Wars writers had planned for these two? What role would Bane fulfill for the young Boba?
I thought back to this episode while listening to a recent podcast episode of Geek Out Loud, featuring Michael Cohen of Frontline Podcast and a number of other shows. While discussing Star Wars Rebels, Cohen mused that he believed we’d certainly see Cad Bane in the upcoming series, he also said he viewed Cad Bane as a figure Boba Fett might aspire to emulate.
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 had. I question whether the military skills we see Boba showcase while posing as a cadet was thanks to training by Sing or others – but came from a mix of Kamino genetic coding and the training he’d have undergone with his Jango.
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.
At Celebration Europe, Dave Filoni said he is endeared to characters he helped create, hinting that we would see familiar faces in Star Wars Rebels. This added to the popularity of Cad Bane, and the need to explain what happened to such a notorious bounty hunter, makes it likely we’ll see the Duros again.
Will the Rebels team carry over their plans for the Cad Bane/Boba Fett story arc to the new show? Will Cad Bane be developed into a mentor for the up-and-coming bounty hunter, helping him reach the notoriety he has during the original films? Is this something you’d like to see?
After months of very little collecting news, a tornado of announcements has fallen upon San Diego Comic Con. I was thrilled to see plenty of new Boba Fett merchandise previewed and with companies saving their biggest reveals for Celebration Europe next month – we can only assume even more Boba Fett-oriented collectibles are going to pop up next weekend. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve seen come out of the convention so far.
Hasbro officially announced the line-up for its second wave of Black Series 6-inch action figures. Wave 2 includes four characters, including Boba Fett, Han Solo, Slave Leia and Greedo. Boba Fett is the same figure included in the SDCC/Celebration exclusive box set, but without the Han Solo in Carbonite. These figures are scheduled to hit store shelves this fall.
Take its cue from the Skylanders franchise; Hasbro is introducing Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods. These figurines are similar to the mystery bags we saw earlier this year, but with new sculpt and they can be digitally entered as playable characters in an Angry Birds Star Wars II online game. They can be purchased in figure packs or through sets – including a Bounty Hunter set, featuring Jango Fett and an Angry Birds version of Slave I in Boba Fett’s colors. The application and Telepods are debuting this September.
Even though Hasbro’s Class II vehicles released a few months ago didn’t fly off the shelves, the toy company plans to release another three vehicles this fall. In addition to Obi Wan and Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter, Hasbro will release Boba Fett’s Slave I. This is just a repaint of Jango Fett’s Slave I, which is currently clearance for $13 at Target.
The Clone Wars toy line was canceled earlier this year, but Hasbro is including characters from the animated series, along with Original Trilogy characters, in its Saga Legends line – waves coming in 2014. Hasbro officials report this line will feature less articulation, but at a lower price. They say the sculpts will remain highly detailed, but after being used to high articulation, the figures appear visibly stiff. Included in early waves will be Boba Fett, designed after his Episode V appearance.
Gentle Giant laid a surprise on fans during preview day at SDCC, when via Instagram, they revealed a new Holiday Special Boba Fett maquette. Fans remember Gentle Giant producing an animated style Boba Fett as a Celebration IV exclusive in 2007, but this statue is vastly different in style and its pose. The officials didn’t give any further details, like release date or price, but the images of the piece are amazing. I for one, I am eager to secure this item on my display shelves.
During the onslaught of information, images and news coming from the convention – The Dented Helmet posted a photo of a Prototype Helmet they helped develop with eFX Collectibles. The cast was designed after the actual hero helmet Boba Fett wore from The Empire Strikes Back.