Some new Valentine’s Day items are hitting stores, featuring our favorite bounty hunter. The coolest of these items is a heart-shaped collector’s tin.
While it holds eight lollipops for your sweetheart, the real treasure is the amazing comic art featured on the top of the tin – fully colored pop-art from Marvel-era Star Wars comics has been the trend this year for officially licensed seasonal products.
This tin could easily be repurposed for your needs, I’ve been using it to store my smaller collectibles like dog tags, minifigures and Fighter Pods.
If your Valentine is a LEGO fan, then they’d also love the LEGO Star Wars Valentine cards, brought to us by Hallmark. The set includes four designs, with eight cards of each design in the box. The Boba Fett card includes images of the Boba Fett minifigure and LEGO Slave I soaring in the background.
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There’s a slew of new opportunities to win Boba Fett collectibles, as a number of sites are hosting sweepstakes and giveaways. You could have the chance of winning high-end merchandise from companies like Sideshow Collectibles and Gentle Giant, plus a number of medium tier items from sites like Mint In Box or ThinkGeek.
Entertainment Earth is giving away Gentle Giant’s Boba Fett Mini-Bust, which was an exclusive item at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The bust is 1:6 scale and features interchangeable arms and a certificate of authenticity. The winner will receive #1369 of the 2,500 limited run. The bust measures a little over 7 inches tall and is hand painted, and also includes a tin box that’s emblazoned with the insignia of the Mythosaur skull. You can enter at Entertainment Earth’s Facebook page.
ThinkGeek.com and Sideshow Collectibles has partnered to offer a Boba Fett prize pack. This is the ultimate giveaway for Boba Fett fans, as it includes a Sideshow Collectible’s Boba Fett Mythos Statue, ThinkGeek’s Boba Fett designer watch, bathrobe, backpack and a LEGO Boba Fett LED Keychain. Enter this giveaway at SideshowCollectibles.com.
French-site Mintinbox.net is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special Boba Fett giveaway. By simply entering the contest at its Web site, you’ll be entered to win one of five prize lots. Prizes include a Gentle Giant Boba Fett Mini-Bust, Joe Corroney’s painting “The Slave Princess,” a Boba Fett Medallion, Star Tots of Han Solo in Carbonite and Anakin Skywalker, or a Boba Fett T-Shirt and five bounty hunter patches.
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.
Everytime you turn around, Funko has a new wave of POP! Vinyl hitting store shelves. It’s no wonder, the company is releasing more than 50 exclusives over the next year, including a Boba Fett variant, painted to resemble his appearance in the animated Droids animated series. This is a repaint of its earlier Boba Fett bobble-head and is limited to just 300 pieces. It’s available for $15 during Celebration Europe later this month in Germany.
JediNews.com announced plans for its Caravan of the Force, a two vehicle convoy, which will travel through Europe prior to Celebration Europe – raising money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the persons joining the caravan is none other than Jeremy Bulloch, who will be joined by his wife, Maureen. Bulloch will be signing autographs at their stop to a local Toys ‘R’ Us in Brent Cross, London. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Bulloch will autograph a special Black Series backing card. For information, visit www.justgiving.com/caravan-of-the-force.
With only a few weeks till thousands pour into Essen, Germany for Celebration Europe – we’ve received a peek at the official event’s merchandise, some of which features our favorite Mandalorian. Items include a Boba Fett hoodie, and a very sharp looking messenger bag.
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.
In May, Sideshow releases its latest addition to the Star Wars Mythos Collection, Boba Fett. This polystone statue stands 19 inches tall and weighs 14 pounds. Sideshow deployed a team of nearly a half dozen artists to create this detailed piece, including sculpting by Michael Norman and Pascual Wawoe, a design by David Igo and a magnificent paintjob by Bernardo Esquivel. Collector’s can pre-order Boba Fett for a retail price of $324.99, but Sideshow also offers a payment plan for as low as $65 per month.
Great detail was put into the statue. Boba Fett wears his Mandalorian armor, which shows the wear and tear of numerous battles. The armor is banged up and burnt, his cape and tattered and his clothing is worn and dirty.
Boba Fett gribs two blasters and a larger blaster rifle straps over his shoulder. Hanging from his belt, underneath is jet pack are three Lightsabers. A knife is also strapped to his right boot. The statue carried a high purchase price, but this piece is superior to many other statues I’ve seen in the past and would be a great addition to any collection.
In 2011, Topps began brainstorming a new series of trading cards that would prove engaging, informative and collectible. With a base set consisting of 350 cards, the Star Wars Galactic Files succeeded in spades, including a comprehensive collection of characters from the films and Expanded Universe.
In a blog entry last month, product developer David Waldeck wrote Topps wanted a series that worked as a “Who’s Who” for the Star Wars Universe. He said in an era of Internet sites and Blu-ray extras, the bonus information provided through trading cards has diminished.
Waldeck said the series needed to be informative and possess interactivity between cards. The reverse of each card is packed with interest. Not only does each card provide a brief synopsis of the character card, but points out what era of the Star Wars timeline the person was active, and what other cards the individual has history with.
Boba Fett is featured on four of the 350 base cards. One provides information on the bounty hunter as a child, then two more for track Boba Fett as an adult at two different points in the film. The fourth card features his ship, Slave I, which he inherited from his father following his death. He is also mentioned in other character’s cards, like bounty hunter Aurra Sing.
What’s also nice about this series is it could easily be expanded upon. Theoretically, the series could track each character through the various eras they remained active – whether film or Expanded Universe. Though, this could be complicated depending on what direction Disney takes its newly adopted trilogy and other future films.