The Boba Bounty

Your latest news and speculation on Boba Fett's presence in Star Wars film, television, comics, video games and collectibles. Also, the originator of the #BringBackBoba Campaign.

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Today marks the 35th Anniversary of Boba Fett’s animated debut in the Star Wars Holiday Special! The Galaxy of Toys podcast released a special show on iTunes that pays homage to the holiday special and has insights into the introduction of Boba Fett from some of the most listened to Star Wars podcast hosts and reporters on the Web. Download it for free and give it a listen! Will you be watching the Boba Fett animated clip today to celebrate the anniversary?

Underground Toys are taking orders for their Star Wars Collector Watch featuring the iconography of Boba Fett. What do you get for the price of $239.99? This watch is water resistant, features dark green leather straps, silver highlights and illustrates Boba Fett in mid-battle on the watch’s face.

The watch also comes packaged in a stainless steel case, unique serial number (for insurance purposes) and a collector’s certificate. My favorite detail on the watch is the Mythosaur emblems, etched in steel on the leather bands.

While pricey, this collector’s piece is elegant in design, therefore, you could get away with wearing this to more formal functions – events where your LEGO Boba Fett watch may not be appropriate. Pair this with some Boba Fett cufflinks, throw on your tux and make a toast to Mandalore.

The guys over at the Star Wars Collector Archive released their latest podcast, diving deep into the history and back story of vintage Boba Fett action figure. When Kenner promised a free mail-in offer for the first Boba Fett action figure in the late 1970s, kids were stoked about the rocket firing action promised with the offering.

However, the rocket would be deemed a choking hazard and the rocket firing feature was removed from the figure – except for a limited amount of prototypes – that today, go for as high as $20,000 to collectors.

In their Vintage Pod 34: Disney and Fett (Classic), a roundtable consisting of collectors Gus Lopez, Chris Georgoulias, Ron Salvatore and Tommy Garvey, discuss their personal experiences obtaining this rare action figure for their vintage collections.

Was the rocket firing feature an urban legend? What’s the difference between the J-Slot and L-Slot prototypes? Why was Boba Fett so popular? They tackle all these questions and more.

The guys also discuss the future of the Star Wars franchise, the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney and how new films could affect the market value of vintage Star Wars action figures.

You can download this podcast for free on iTunes or visit www.theswca.com/podcast

In 2011, Hasbro released this exclusive figure of Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) as part of its Vintage Collection. It was only available as a mail-away offer after purchasing five Star Wars action figures and sending in the UPC codes, along with shipping and handling.

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) is a repaint of the 30th Anniversary Collection action figure. Its accessories include two blaster pistols and a jet pack, seen previously from the Concept Boba Fett in the McQuarrie Signature Series.

This figure pays tribute to the evolution of Boba Fett’s character, which initially started as a glorified Storm Trooper. The back of the figures card contains the following blurb:

"This limited edition figure depicts the first costume ever produced for Boba Fett. The all-white armor reflects the character’s initial concept as a ‘super trooper’ before he evolved into the bounty hunter he is today. This prototype design was unveiled on June 28, 1978 in a screen test shot and is being worn by the assistant film editor for The Empire Strikes Back. In the 20-minute screen test, the sound designer describes the myriad weapons and features on this armored uniform for George Lucas and the Star Wars crew. For the first time ever, we created this special action figure to commemorate the birth of this favorite character from the Star Wars saga.”

Since the figure is a repaint, it doesn’t exactly replicate the prototype armor seen from the screen test. The armor captured in 1978 doesn’t include Wookie braids, cape, a different rocket and other details on the armor.

However, this figure might be one of my favorites. With 14 points of articulation, you can pose Boba Fett in any way you like, weather that’s patiently standing and cradling a weapon to preparing to fire on an enemy. The large blaster fits well in his right hand and snugly in its holster, but the smaller blaster fits funny in his left hand. I would have also liked for the helmet to be removable with a face underneath.

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