Did you hear about the 2-inch vintage Boba Fett?
This one slipped by us, as well as many other collectors. When Gentle Giant announced this year’s holiday exclusive would be a jumbo sized Yoda, inspired by the Lucasfilm Christmas card by Ralph McQuarrie years ago, they had a surprise in store for customers.
Along with the Yoda, sculpted in the vintage style of Kenner toys, came a fully articulated Boba Fett – that is a miniature version his vintage design and also on a vintage card. The clam shell is specially designed to be opened and closed – for those on card collectors.
The Holiday Yoda sold for $80, but the Boba Fett is now going for $100 or more on third-party websites. I’m sure many of us will be kicking ourselves for missing out on this awesome Boba Fett collectible.
Check out this YodaNews.com YouTube video for a full review of the Holiday Yoda, miniature Boba Fett and other goodies from Yoda’s Santa bag.
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.
The majority of Star Wars collectors are familiar with the storied past of Boba Fett’s action figure. The vintage Boba Fett was released as a special mail-away offer in 1979, originally advertised as including a rocket firing jet pack – a promise never fulfilled, as the feature was cancelled due to safety concerns.
It’s been rumored that shortly before the figure’s release, there was a court case involving a young boy choking on an accessory from the result of a similar firing action. Presumably, the news was enough to result in Kenner pulling out from their plans.
Boba Fett is one of the top five best-selling action figures in Star Wars collecting, according to many reports. We could argue the various reasons Boba Fett toys sell so well, but it’s all subjective. I have to say though, out of the dozens of Boba Fett action figures I have – the vintage figure is one of my favorites.
The sculpting of action figures has evolved greatly over the years, but the simple, yet elegant mold of the vintage Boba Fett, still enchants me. Earlier this year, Gentle Giant released a 12-inch jumbo sized version of the vintage Boba Fett. They re-wrote history a bit, as it is actually the rocket firing prototype – which never made its way to the general public, and is only available in a small number, however many prototypes were made, at high prices to collectors.
Gentle Giant digitally scanned an authentic Kenner prototype for its reproduction, featuring a J-Slot, one of the two firing mechanism types found on the prototypes – the second being an L-Slot. Usually when you blow something up, it becomes less detailed, but the Boba Fett jumbo action figure looks better than ever. It’s sleek, defined and pulls the eye in all the right ways.
Another 12-inch jumbo vintage figure was released for Boba Fett earlier this year, as a premier guild membership exclusive for Gentle Giant. This is the same mold as the previous version, but painted in its unfinished blue state. The deep red hue of the rocket, contrasts sharply with the light blue and is absolutely stunning.
The vintage Boba Fett will always be one of my favorite molds, as it’s not only just plain cool – but represents inventive toy design, captures a time in toy collecting and Star Wars fandom, nostalgia and most importantly – is simple – showcasing an era long gone.
My wife and I had just arrived at Kings Island, when a window display near the Eiffel Tower caught my eye – tucked between an arrays of vintage toys, was the original Kenner Jedi Starfighter – complete with a mint condition Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. The ship was loose, but in great condition, no yellowing of the plastic or wear and tear.
I wasn’t familiar with the specialty store, which was tucked between a food spot and roller coaster souvenir shop. I was in heaven when I walked into “I Love the 80’s,” coming face-to-face with a treasure trove of franchise collectibles. The shop had figures from a dozen popular franchises, but what really caught my attention was the glass display case, found near the cash register.
The case was filled with high-end Star Wars collectibles, the majority of items from companies like Gentle Giant, Sideshow Collectibles, Art FX and more. A large portion of the items were also Boba Fett related, including a neon sign, the Kenner Boba Fett jumbo figure, a few statues and more.
This was the first time I’ve seen the Boba Fett jumbo figure in person, and it literally left me in awe. If you haven’t seen in firsthand, yet, the detail of the sculpt and packaging is spectacular – images on the Internet does not give it justice. I’ve wanted this item for a while now, but left empty handed. All the items were priced much higher than you’ll find, even on eBay.
If you are planning a trip to Kings Island this summer, here’s a list of the merchandise they have in stock and the correlating prices. Like I said, the theme park is selling these items with a huge markup, so you’ll have to decide if cost is worth purchasing it in-person – or if you’d rather go online to grab these items.
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.
Here’s a round-up of all the Boba Fett related news from the past week or so. This is quite a month for our favorite bounty hunter, so rather than flood you with a series of posts, here are the highlights, including more news on SDCC and Celebration exclusives!
While making an appearance at a local convention in Cedar Falls last week, actor Jeremy Bulloch was joined by a chapter of Mandalorian Mercs to brighten the day of 7-year-old Jacob Fresher, a Star Wars fan who’s been fighting cancer the last two years. Jacob got to spend an hour with one of his heroes, received autographs and picked out his own souvenirs.
Gentile Giant announced it will offer an exclusive Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust at this year’s Sand Diego Comic Con. The bust is based off his appearance in Return of the Jedi and comes with multiple interchangeable arms, allowing numerous poses. Available at the Gentle Giant booth, this piece limited to 2,500 pieces is available for $150.
Another San Diego Comic Con exclusive this year includes Evel Fett, a 12-inch exclusive by Retro Outlaw. A mash-up of Boba Fett and iconic stuntman Evel Knievel, this figure features a removable cape and swagger stick. It’s available for $120 and the first 150 customers will also receive a free screen print.
LEGO announced its latest product from its Star Wars line, which features a Boba Fett Minifigure Keylight. This can be attached to your keychain and shines a light from the minifigure’s feet when its chest is pressed. I’ve yet to see a prototype of this item, so it’s not quite clear how bright the light actually is – but it still makes a great addition to your LEGO Star Wars collection.
Now on retail shelves is “Star Wars Mega Models,” a guide to building four papercraft models. The projects include a TIE Fighter, Boba Fett’s helmet, a miniature Yoda and Anakin’s Lightsaber. Most stores have this book on clearance for $11.04 and it can be found near other craft related Star Wars reference titles, including LEGO minifigure encyclopedias and origami guides.