Several pieces of action figure news dropped this month, including updates for Hasbro’s 6-inch line and Jakks Pacific’s giant sized 31-inch line. If you missed the announcements, here are a few Boba Fett related snippets that may be of interest.
Vintage Boba Fett T-Shirt: While most designer T-Shirts popping up these days feature clever mash-ups; it’s refreshing to get a simple and elegant Boba Fett item once and awhile. Artist Mark Daniels of Sublevel Studio has unveiled one of his latest custom designs, which is a clean and beautiful illustration of the vintage Boba Fett action figure by Kenner. I personally, love this design, and at $12 it’s a great item for any collector or fanboy. This T-Shirt is available at WeLoveFine.com – and the good news, this awesome shirt doesn’t have a running clock to make your purchase.
Giant Sized Action Figure: Jakks Pacific revealed images of this year’s lineup of 31-inch giant action figures, following the success of last year’s deluxe Darth Vader. I’m not sure how readily available these figures will be at retailers – they take up a lot of shelf space, so I can’t see stores stocking all the figures at one time – but the 31-inch Boba Fett reminds me a lot of the Saga Legends Boba Fett that hit stores earlier this year. How many of you plan to scoop up this giant sized action figure once it’s available?
Black Series Update: The fourth wave of Black Series 6-inch figures are presently up for pre-order, but some may noticed a change in the lineup – there’s no longer a tall fur ball in the wave. While Hasbro originally planned on releasing Chewbacca in this wave, the awkward positioning of Chewbacca to squeeze him into the packaging didn’t fly – so the figure’s release is being postponed. Instead, the hard to find figures of Boba Fett or a Stormtrooper will be included. This is great news for those still hunting for these earlier figures, especially for army builders.
One of the biggest impacts Star Wars has had on the world, is its influence in the arts community. Some of the greatest works of art in the fan community has come in the form of customized figures, which enables fans to own and create characters that have never been produced, or build more screen accurate costumes or versions of characters that haven’t been released.
Stephen Ward is a Texas-based customizer who caught our attention with some absolutely stunning Boba Fett figures. While the Boba Fett 6-inch is one of the highest praised figures from the new Black Series line, Ward has not only created more screen accurate versions of the bounty hunter – but has pumped out a small squadron of armor variants – ranging from the Holiday Special, to Droids and Boba Fett’s Prototype Armor.
We got the chance to talk to Ward about his custom work, how he got into the hobby and what projects he has planned in the future.
How long have you been a Star Wars collector? Do you have any specific collecting focus?
My Star Wars story started early. I started collecting Star Wars toys as a little kid; it was 1989 and I was 5 years old. One of my first childhood memories was at KB Toys and my mom buying a Han in Carbonite from the Power of the Force line. I wasn’t really into Star Wars yet, but as I understand it, the last figures KB had were on steep discount sale for 50 cents or so – even in 1989, that was pretty cheap. It was a few more years until I got really into the movies and subsequently going to antique malls and flea markets with my mom, picking up vintage figures. My favorite character was – of course – Boba Fett.
It was the POTF2 line’s introduction which had me super stoked upon its release and I bought up everything I could get my hands on with lawn mowing money. Once I got to high school I was ‘too cool’ for Star Wars toys and everything I owned went into boxes and I didn’t get back into collecting until after I got out of the Army years later.
As an adult, I collect vintage figures loose and on-card. Occasionally I have to pick up a modern Boba Fett item like the Black Series figure or the new Saga Legends figure.
When did you learn about customizing figures? What prompted you to first try your hand at it?
Customizing figures was a natural extension of my ‘original’ hobby, which is sculpting and painting historical/military miniatures. As a kid I loved painting the figures which came with plane and tank models – more than I enjoyed the scale models themselves. That grew into converting existing figures and eventually sculpting my own, mostly in 1:32 scale, with each figure only being about as tall as my pinky finger. I’m a literature and art nerd so I’ve done pieces of Hemingway (my favorite writer) and stuff like a piece based on old German woodcuts by Hans Holbein the Younger. I’ve done quite a few pieces about the Iraq War in recent years as well since that’s within my wheelhouse, having served there in combat over 10 years ago.
What was the first character you ever customized? How did the project turn out and what important lessons did you learn from the experience?
The first Star Wars figure I ever customized was the new Black Series 6” Boba Fett; I wanted to improve the stock Hasbro paint apps. I was pretty happy with how it turned out actually. The biggest lesson I learned? Probably that a lot more hours went into a 6-inch figure than I ever would have expected.
What goes into customizing a figure? What’s a basic way to customize a figure, compared to more advance methods? What are the tools of the trade?
Customizing a figure is as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Keep in mind that I jumped into doing custom stuff without any real experience with action figures specifically. All my experience was starting from a wire armature and using putty and some stock parts to build miniature figures. Much of my work with customs has been modifications of the existing figures with some putty, a couple coats of primer and then acrylic paints made for the gaming and miniature hobbies. Swapping and heavily modifying parts from different figures as well as the scratch building of accessories for a figure are definitely more complex applications.
Tools for customs are fairly simple – a good Xacto knife, files, putty, some handmade lathed brass rods for sculpting, and steel wool & polishing pads are essential to making the figure into its final form. Brite Touch automotive primer, Vallejo and Reaper acrylic paints, and some good Winsor &Newton Miniature Series 7 brushes are what I use to prime and paint each figure. Good brushes are absolutely essential; Series 7 brushes aren’t cheap but they are the best brushes for any artist working in miniature. All the talent and the best supplies can’t save a figure painted using a cheap brush which won’t hold a sharp point.
When Hasbro announced its 6-inch line, did you immediately begin thinking about opportunities to customize? Is customizing this scale of figure more or less challenging than the smaller scale figures?
To be honest, I didn’t really think about customizing any of the 6-inch stuff at all. I had thought previously about reworking some of the existing 3.75-inch stuff and repainting it the way I would paint a scratch built figure, with highlights, shadows, mid-tones, all placed to replicate light and shadow in scale.
Larger scale means you can load the figure up with tons of small details – but some of the stuff like base coating sections of a figure with a specific color feel much more like a chore because of the size.
Your custom Boba Fett is astounding. What inspired you to start this project, how did you go about planning what you needed to complete the figure?
I’ve been humbled by the feedback I’ve received from these custom figures. Like I said earlier, I never really had any intentions of working on the 6-inch Black Series. But I have always been a huge Boba Fett fan, and the paint apps on the Hasbro figure were pretty lacking in my opinion. I received two of the Black Series figures around the holidays so one I kept in the box for the collection, and one became fodder for a more accurate version.
I scoured the best reference for Boba on the Internet – thedentedhelmet.com – for tons of pictures of the original costume to get small details right, especially the helmet. Using hundreds of pictures from the times the ‘hero’ helmet from Empire was on tour and displayed (plus HD screen grabs, production shots, and behind-the-scenes stills) I was able to get a great library of reference.
I tried to make the colors match better, make every scratch and scrape and paint chip accurate, and bring the Hasbro figure to a new level. Obviously some small modifications were made such as replacing the rangefinder stalk, shortening the cape, and replacing the Wookie braids were done to add some more accuracy and depth to the figure itself.
Did you have any trouble locating 6-inch Boba Fetts for these projects, since some fans have reported trouble finding the figure? What type of costs goes into the average custom project?
As far as projects for other folks go, the Fetts themselves have been provided but I have had to get a few on my own from third party sources in order to complete some orders for figures. Personally, I can’t easily find extra figures at retail for MY own projects I wanna do, so I feel the pain of the fans who are unsuccessfully hunting them down. I’m like you guys, and have to resort to sourcing them from the secondary market sometimes, too.
How long did you work on the customized versions of Boba Fett? How did you go about customizing these figures and which was more challenging?
Planning, planning, planning is key. If you are gonna customize anything, research and reference pictures are the most important part of the process. I could have winged it with my Empire figure, but I took the time to gather hundreds of pictures first because it makes all the difference when you have the right stuff to compare the work in progress to.
The most challenging version, believe it or not, is the Super Trooper. Filling the helmet dent and the dings in the armor of the stock figure are a bit more difficult than they originally seemed on the first one I made. The whole kicker is that it’s gotta look seamless in the transition between the original plastic of the figure and the epoxy putty used to fill it in. Lots of careful sanding and polishing was needed to make it happen – and I’ll admit that the first attempt at wasn’t 100 percent successful.
How did you approach customizing the accessories for these figures? Also, what goes into the added step of customizing packaging for these projects?
Accessories aren’t much different than the figure itself. They may require some primer and paint to bring them up to par. The Super Trooper version I did first actually had a simple scratch built laser pistol; it was made from Evergreen styrene rod and tube plus good ol’ superglue.
I haven’t really done much custom packaging. That’s a whole other realm that folks with the talent for need to do. I did see some really great work on a Super Trooper custom which included a white with black accents box for it. Awesome stuff.
Do you have any plans to customize other versions of Boba Fett or other Mandalorians?
So far I’ve done quite a few versions of Boba: Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Droids, the Holiday Special, and of course the prototype Super Trooper.
I have a few others that are in the works soon- the pre-production version 2 (based on the version painted by the talented Sandy Dhuyvetter and subsequently photographed for the original Kenner figure cardback), a version based on the Mythos statue by Sideshow Collectibles, and a Jodo Kast, of course.
I’m about to start a vintage 3.75-inch Luke as well for my friend Shane, which will be painted in the same style as my miniature work – with light and shade to make the face and hands seem more alive than just an old figure with wide eyes and generic flesh tone paint.
I always thought that most of the Star Wars figures were pretty damn good sculpts beneath their simple paintwork, and that one could improve the classic sculpts with serious paintwork if they tried. The 3.75-inch stuff is more my speed since it’s smaller and more comfortable to paint and I’m looking forward to many more projects in this scale.
That’s what’s so great about the hobby and about custom work with Star Wars figures, there’s more subject matter than any one person could have time for which leaves the possibilities wide open.
Do you have any other comments about customizing in general? Also, have you considered doing commission work?
There’s some cool work being done in the customs hobby today, a lot of creative artists turning some decent figures into really neat original work. Man, as far as my stuff goes, I’m just a guy from Texas doing what I love to do. I am enjoying working on Star Wars stuff as much as miniature stuff I’ve done, and probably a bit more so. Star Wars has been a constant since I was a kid and it’s taken on a deeper meaning now that I have two daughters, one who is 8 and one who is about 9 months. My oldest has a lot of my childhood POTF2 stuff still on the card displayed proudly, and my little one likes to use old beater vintage figures as playthings. Seeing it all as a parent makes me love Star Wars that much more.
As far as commission work, every single figure I have done with the exception of my initial Empire version has been a commission thus far actually. I am always open to more commission work, and not just Boba Fett stuff (although he’s a lot of fun), so if there’s something anyone has in mind feel free to drop me a line.
Thanks for taking the time to talk and showcase the work. I owe a lot to good friends in the collecting hobby, Frank, Jav, Shane, for being good friends in general and for encouraging the work I’m doing. It’s grown into something all its own now which keeps me constantly busy and continues to become much bigger than just one single figure I made for myself.
When I first heard Hasbro was planned to lower the articulation on its figures, I was dubious. While happy the figures would be sold at more affordable prices pleased me, I didn’t know if I liked taking a step backwards. But I’m now a fan of the lower articulation.
We’ve become accustomed to the super articulated figures, but once seeing the lower articulated figures in person – I reached several conclusions.
The first, I wonder if artists can focus on sculpt more than engineering/hiding joints, because the figures are just more stunning compared to the Black Series 3.75-inch line.
The first wave of Saga Legends came out beautiful, especially the clean paint applications. Jango Fett from the Mission Series is very screen accurate and just as detailed as a larger scaled figure or statue.
Not to mention, I instantly fell in love with the Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul Mandalorian two-pack released this year. I was hoping Hasbro would create a figure of Maul in the outfit he wore during the Mandalorian arc, I wanted to add it to my sub-focus collection of Mando-oriented figures.
I was impressed with the Jango Fett, so I had high hopes for the Boba Fett 3.75-inch figure from the Saga Legends line. This figure is great in every way – the plastic is durable, the paint is clean, the sculpt is well crafted and the figure is well balanced – it always sucks to have Boba tip over when wearing his jetpack.
This line, especially Boba Fett, feels like it could have been produced during the 1990s, when Hasbro re-launched its Star Wars line. Actually, I think this is what the execution Hasbro should have done, rather than the bulked-up design many of the characters had.
I only have two complaints about this figure, which carry over in part to the Saga Legends line as a whole. The first is, while I’m fine with his Wookie braids being sculpted into the figure’s body, I miss the cap accessory. Second, while I understand the move toward lower articulation, I wish Hasbro would continue the practical holsters – and on that note – Boba Fett only comes with a rifle, I would have liked a secondary blaster, too.
One of my favorite features in the modern Star Wars toys is the holsters that can snugly keep blasters with the figure. I really wish they would continue this feature. Overall though, this is a great figure – if you can find it.
James Burns shared his findings from the UK Toy Fair (at least, the findings he was allowed to report on) on the Official Star Wars Blog.
Amongst his post, he gave us a first look at the prototypes for some new Chubbie Russian Dolls by Together Plus, including an adorable Boba Fett – which opens up to reveal Bossk, which opens up to reveal Zuckuss.
Last year, Jakks Pacific released a 20-inch Darth Vader action figure. By most reports, collectors loved this item and at the retail price of around $25 – it was a great addition to any Geekcave.
This year, Jakks Pacific will release a 20-inch Boba Fett action figure. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this will also be released with an electronic sound effects version, much like the Darth Vader release.
The New York Toy Fair is fast approaching and will give us a nice look at what we have to look forward to in terms of Boba Fett collectibles later this year. Meanwhile, we haven’t heard of too many figures from Hasbro’s new wave of Saga Legends action figures being spotted in stores - at least around the Midwest.
There was a strong focus on Boba Fett products last year, due to the planned (but canceled) release of Attack of the Clones 3D in theaters. The LEGO Advent Calendar is a good example of this.
Lucasfilm and Hasbro will certainly be changing their focus to Star Wars Rebels this coming year, so unless they #BringBackBoba - we could see less Boba Fett related toys included in upcoming toy lines. But we shall see!
We’re less than a month into the New Year and a number of Boba Fett products have already hit the market – and have sold out.
Unless you’re lucky enough to make it out to Disney World or Disneyland this year, you can still order these exclusive Star Wars emblem pins at Disneystore.com. The set includes seven pins including symbols for the Jedi, Rebel Alliance, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Senate, Galactic Empire, Open Circle Fleet and the Mandalorian icon of the Mythosaur. Each pin is about 1.5 inches in height and has glitter accents. The online price is $34.95.
Japan-based F-TOYS is accepting pre-orders for its seven piece Star Wars vehicles series, which includes 1:350 scale models of the AT-AT, Sandcrawler, Imperial Shuttle and Slave I in Jango Fett’s colors. It also includes a 1:144 scale B-Wing Fighter. Items are scheduled to ship out in March and the online price is about $47.66 USD.
Hasbro’s new wave of Saga Legends action figures is now available, but the Boba Fett is already out of stock – no surprise there. The Boba Fett figure began popping up overseas earlier this summer, but they should start being seen in the states now – although I’ve yet to see any of the new figures in any of my local stores. The Boba Fett action figure has 5-points of articulation, but is beautifully sculpted from what I see online. The Jango Fett Mission Series figure was a favorite last year, and I expect this sculpt to be just as impressive in person.
United Kingdom’s Debenhams came out with a Boba Fett onesie as an online exclusive, which quickly sold out. The one-piece jumpsuit is made from 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, but before you kick yourself for missing this one – it also featured a warning that the material is very flammable – therefore, keep away from fire. That’s not really something I’d want to deal with.
If you’re hunting down the Boba Fett Telepods figurine, don’t be fooled by unscrupulous online sellers. Avoid sellers who attempt to pass off a Boba Fett Blind Bag figurine as the Telepods counterpart. As a reference, we’ve created this side-by-side comparison of both products.
The Blind Bag and Telepod are nearly the exact size, but there are four major differences between the two items. Otherwise, both items are nearly identical.
Difference One: The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the items is the shade of green. The Telepod has a darker application of green paint; otherwise they share the same shades of red trim and green skin tone.
Difference Two: The most significant tale-tale sign you’re looking at the Telepod is Boba Fett’s holding his blaster rifle. It’s most visible when looking at the figure’s right side; most can be hidden by sneaky camera angles from the figure’s face or left side.
Difference Three: Boba Fett’s bucket sits higher on the Telepod figure, showing more of its green skin at the back of its head. This angle also creates more of a curve to the jetpack’s sculpt and Boba Fett’s snout is more pointed.
Difference Four: Another major difference, although one you cannot see unless looking at the bottom of the figure, is the QR code printed at underneath the Telepod figure. This is what your phone or tablet reads to “teleport” the character into Angry Birds Star Wars II.
“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?”
Han Solo must have been in search of the Boba Fett figure from Hasbro’s Telepods line. In less than six months, Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods became one of the top selling toys this year – but although more than a million units sold – nobody can find Boba Fett.
The Boba Fett Pig is so rare; you can barley find listings for it on eBay. And when you do – you’ll have to drop at least $60 to acquire the figure. There’s no excuse for this since the toy line was introduced with only two six-figure battle packs and two-figure packs which are supposedly randomized.
Hasbro officials acknowledged they’re aware of the distribution problem via Twitter. They report the problem would be fixed by Christmas but this is too little, too late.
By now the majority of hardcore Angry Birds fans have filled their collection. Since there are only two six-figure packs in this year’s wave, what’s left of retailers stock will become peg warmers. Store are likely backlogged with old stock, so there’s no reason to order new figure packs with the fixed distribution.
Also, collectors and players are only looking for Boba Fett by now – so if stores do receive an order, they’ll fly off the shelves almost immediately. The answer to this problem is repackaging Boba Fett in future waves of figurines.
The Boba Fett Pig figure is also included in a new exclusive Jenga set at Target. It should be called illusive, though, rather than exclusive. Shout out to BobaFett.com for sharing a photo of the Jenga Bespin Battle set, but I’ve yet to see this product in any Target store in my area.
Have you had any luck tracking down or spotting the Boba Fett Telepod?
If you follow our blog on a regular basis, then you know how busy the last year has been for Boba Fett collectors. Two-thousand thirteen was swamped with comic book cameos, convention exclusives, mobile game and roleplaying expansions – amongst other news items ranging from spin-off rumors and the launch of the #BringBackBoba Campaign.
We’ve reviewed some of the most popular highlights of 2013 and created a list broken down by months, which focuses on this year’s Boba Fett collecting. Some of the major happenings were the wrap up of Agent of the Empire, Boba’s 6-inch figure in the Black Series toy line, his update in Angry Birds Star Wars and controversy over the canceled 1313 video game.
If we missed anything you feel should be on the list, or would like to talk about your favorite Boba Fett product or project, jump over and discuss it at our #BringBackBoba Campaign page on Facebook.
-Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #4.
-Street artist Brian Donelly releases exclusive Boba Fett vinyl figure in Tokyo.
-Dark Horse Comics released Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead in trade paperback.
-Target carried officially licensed Boba Fett water bottles, puzzles and play packs.
-Mars rereleased M&M Boba Fett candy products for Valentine’s Day.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #2.
-Jeremy Bulloch named Boba Fett in his favorite five film rogues in Star Wars Insider #140.
-Zen Studios released Boba Fett Pinball for mobile devices.
-Boba Fett appeared on the cover of Wired Magazine.
-Rumors started about a possible Boba Fett spin-off film.
-Hasbro announced Boba Fett in second wave of Angry Birds Star Wars at NYC Toy Fair.
-Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #5.
-Fighter Pods Series 4 included new Boba Fett figurines and Slave I.
-Ted dressed like Boba Fett in an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
-Boba Fett included in expansion of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Roleplaying Game.
-Fantasy Flight Games expanded X-Wing Miniature Game with Slave I ship.
-Kotobukiya released its Boba Fett silicon ice cube tray.
-Boba Fett makes semi-finals for StarWars.com’s March Madness tournament.
-Boba Fett levels added to Angry Birds Star Wars mobile app.
-Inside sources reported there was an unaired Boba Fett story arc planned for The Clone Wars S6.
-Gentle Giant offered 12-inch Jumbo Boba Fett as gift option for premier gold members
-Boba Fett appeared on stage during Walt Disney World announcement about Star Wars Day.
-Patton Oswalt mentioned Boba Fett in episode of Parks and Recreation.
-LucasArts sources report video game 1313 was centered on Boba Fett.
-Boba Fett appeared in children’s book Vader’s Little Princess.
-UK-based company Direct Blinds released blueprint Slave I window covers.
-Magician Chris Cross challenged Jeremy Bulloch in escape act at Star Wars Day event.
-Boba Fett appeared in The Assassination of Darth Vader released on Free Comic Book Day.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #5.
-We launched the #BringBackBoba Campaign.
-Winning T-Shirt for the Dark Side Design Contest featured Boba Fett.
-FanWraps.com released Boba Fett car wraps for Star Wars Day.
-Her Universe released Boba Fett tank top for Star Wars Day.
-Boba Fett found in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars blind bag figurines.
-Hollywood Studios released exclusive print featuring Boba Fett for Star Wars Weekends.
-Disney released “Sarlacc Attack” toy set exclusively for Disney Park gift shops.
-StarWars.com offered printable Boba Fett mask for Cinco de Mayo.
-Medicom released new designs for Boba Fett Be@rbricks Collection.
-Rovio released Boba’s Delivery cartoon for Angry Birds Toons.
-X-Raided offered limited edition Boba Fett challenge coin.
-Jeremy Bulloch began giving exclusive Boba Fett patches with copies of Flying Solo.
-Comic Images released Boba Fett rag doll.
-Sideshow Collectibles announces its Sixth Scale Prototype Boba Fett.
-Artist Joe Corroney released The Slave Princess featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II.
-Artist Brian Rood released Homecoming featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II.
-Limited edition giclee Boba Fett paintings released by artist Christian Waggoner.
-Giclee painting featuring Boba Fett released by artist Raymond Swanland.
-Bounty hunter card set including Boba Fett offered as exclusive for Celebration Europe II.
-Gentle Giant offered Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust at San Diego Comic Con.
-Exclusive 6-inch Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite offered at SDCC and Celebration Europe II.
-Retro Outlaw Boba Fett figure offered as San Diego Comic Con exclusive.
-Boba Fett actors reunite on stage at Celebration Europe II.
-Funko released Holiday Special Boba Fett Pop! Vinyl exclusive.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #7.
-Dark Horse Comics released Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets on trade paperback.
-Bioworld Merchandising released Boba Fett backpack.
-Amazon.com shipped out exclusive Vintage Collection Slave I.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #8.
-LEGO released Boba Fett LED Keychain.
-Gentle Giant announced its Boba Fett Holiday Special Animated Maquette.
-UD Replicas released Boba Fett leather motorcycle jacket.
-Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Galactic Files II.
-Boba Fett throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game.
-Boba Fett featured in Petco’s new Star Wars Pet Fans Collection.
-Tribe released new line of Star Wars USB flash drives including Boba Fett.
-Retailers stock officially licensed inflatable Boba Fett jetpack.
-Hasbro announced Boba Fett’s Class II Slave I to hit stores in fall.
-Her Universe announces new Boba Fett dresses coming soon.
-Konami launches Star Wars: Force Collection for mobile devices featuring Boba Fett.
-Boba Fett featured in Angry Birds Star Wars II.
-Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Jedi Legacy card series.
-Boba Fett featured on Angry Birds Star Wars Happy Meal pails.
-Artist Brian Rood released Boba Fett is on the Hunt for limited time.
-Dark Horse released limited edition of Star Wars #2 canvas prints.
-Funko featured Boba Fett in its Star Wars Papercraft Playset.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #10.
-Release of The Bounty Hunters Code: From the Files of Boba Fett.
-Artist William Silvers featured Boba Fett in his painting A Good Day to Die.
-Boba Fett celebrated the 35th anniversary of his animated debut.
-Boba Fett merchandise given away in contests for Entertainment Earth, Think Geek and Mint in Box.
-Retailers stocked Boba Fett stationary sets and hot chocolate for holiday specials.
-Hasbro released Boba Fett in Wave 2 of the Black Series 6-inch line.
-Boba Fett featured in mobile application Tiny Death Star.
-Boba Fett wins majority vote in IGN.com’s Episode VII poll.
-Star Wars drinkware featuring Boba Fett showed up at Target.
-LEGO Advent Calendar features Boba Fett, Jango Fett and Slave I.
-More than 20 Black Friday sales related to Boba Fett products.
-Boba Fett sketch by Joe Johnston raises money for Shine On Sierra Leone.
-Tiny Death Star adds Holiday Special Boba Fett to in-game characters.
How’s that for a year?! Lastly, as this year ends it also marks near the one year anniversary of The Boba Bounty. How have you enjoyed our reporting on Boba Fett collectibles and Star Wars speculation? What could we improve, adjust or expand on? Let us know your thoughts by commenting on Facebook or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?