Over the past year, very little new Star Wars toys, in the regular line, have hit the pegs. Just within the past month have we seen fresh items line retail aisles and companies like Hasbro are shaking things up in the world of collecting – launching its 6-inch line, cutting down on articulation in upcoming toy lines, to name a few.
With new movies on the horizon and a new animated series, there’s sure to be new collectors joining our ranks. Also, longtime collectors will have to reevaluate their habits as space will become a premium as surely there’s potential for more Star Wars lines coming out for every film.
I decided to take a look at the current collecting landscape, talking to different types of collectors about their thoughts on what’s in store for Star Wars toys. For the first entry in this series, I spoke with a new collector, Shane Brooks from Ohio, who just began diving into Star Wars action figures this past year.
Boba Bounty: What were your favorite toys to collect as a kid?
Shane Brooks: I’d grab any toy I was interested in at the time, if my parents would buy it. Collecting wasn’t really a focus. However, some of my favorite toys were Mighty Max, Power Ranger figures or battle accessories and Transformers figures. I have collected coins, cards and blade weaponry. Only recently have I picked up action figure collecting.
BB: Did you differentiate buying toys with collecting? When did that divide become clearer?
SB: As a kid I never really differentiated buying toys with collecting items. Only until I started collecting cards and coins did this distinction become clear. By this time, I believe, I was in my early to mid-teens.
BB: When did you start collecting Star Wars toys? Did you buy them as a kid?
SB: Even though I enjoyed the Star Wars genre as a kid, I never collected the figures. I don’t think the figures for Star Wars had the appeal then as they do now. Only within this last year have I been impressed enough by the figures to start collecting.
BB: What got you collecting Star Wars? Notice anything different between older and modern toys?
SB: From talking to a few friends, and a reignited passion for Star Wars, I decided to start collecting again. All in all I have to admit, the quality of toys/figures have improved drastically since my childhood. From the coloring, to the amount of articulation, it all has changed for the better.
BB: Are you a loose or carded collector? Also, do you collect complete lines or are you more targeted?
SB: I would have to say I am not a single type of collector. It definitely depends on the line/type of figure. I have figures that are carded, and yet others that I find better to display loose. I generally decide based on the size or articulation of the figure. The bigger the size, or more articulation, I tend to display loose.
BB: What is your favorite Boba Fett action figure you’ve seen? What makes it so cool to you?
SB: Out of the multiple Boba Fett action figures I’ve seen, I found the Prototype Boba Fett the most interesting. It’s mostly due to the simplicity of the figure in the color (obviously white) and the detail that still shows through. Not to say the artistically rendered Boba Fett figures are not mind blowing, but no one else has done an all white figure.
BB: Why do you think Boba Fett is such a popular toy?
SB: I think the interest/popularity in Boba Fett all starts from the mystery of the character itself. As a child of the original three Star Wars movies, I have always wanted to know the history/development of the character. From this, I think, a lot of people find Boba Fett intriguing, and would want a piece of that mystery in obtaining an action figure. Plus, Boba Fett is the most bad ass bounty hunter in the Star Wars Universe.
BB: How much does articulation matter to you as a collector? Do you think Hasbro should focus different lines on different demographics of consumers?
SB: It is more of a selling point or added bonus, especially in the amount of articulation. With that being said, Hasbro and other companies should focus on different lines to cater different demographics or styles of collecting. Mostly, kids don’t really care about articulation or graphically intricate figures, and thus they could have a different line of figures. This, then, allows the company to still get the “bread and butter” purchases that keep them going, but also allow for collectors to get what they want.
BB: What do you think about the price of action figures in stores? Would you be willing to sacrifice quality of packaging and articulation for lower retail prices?
SB: Honestly, the prices I have seen are fair in their own right. However, I would rather have less quality in packaging for slightly less price, but not articulation and packaging.
BB: What advice would you give to someone just jumping into buying Star Wars toys? What should they know, beware of, etc?
SB: It comes down to whether you can find the items in store, and if not, research your online sources. As with any online purchasing site, always check the reviews, if there are any. I would also recommend trying to find another collector to bounce ideas off of, or get info on where to find the items you’re looking for.
Yesterday, an interview with Jeremy Bulloch was ran in the “Gusto Blog” in The Buffalo News. Bulloch addressed a number of questions, which revolved around his memories of filming Episode V-VI. It appears Bulloch had larger expectations of his role in Return of the Jedi.
“There was this excitement about what’s this character going to do in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Most fans expected a big fight between Han and Boba Fett and it never happened. So I then thought because that didn’t happen,does that mean they fought way, way back in time and there’s some revenge factor? They were probably friends. He was a rogue; Boba Fett is more a rogue. They probably flew together in the Millennium Falcon and then went their ways. At one time they were maybe sort of friendly.”
To read the entire interview, visit The Gusto Blog here.
RebelForce Radio broadcasted live from C2E2 over the weekend, where they caught up with actor Daniel Logan. His interview can be found 36 minutes into the episode.
Listen to Logan’s interview, and those of numerous other actors, by downloading RebelForce Radio through iTunes for free or hear it for free at http://www.shotglassdigital.com/release/april-28-2013
Actor Jeremy Bulloch was interviewed by the guys at Bombad Radio, where he talked about his career as an actor, his interaction with fans and whether or not he believes Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc at the end of Return of the Jedi.
The interview can be found around 32 minutes into podcast #75.
The conversation treads some old ground, but it also shed light on new insights about the character I have yet to hear from Bulloch.
With the sequel trilogy coming in a few years, and rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off, questions relevant to this topic were posed to the actor.
Bulloch said he never believed the bounty hunter’s fate was sealed in the belly of the Sarlacc. The actor said that would be like an amusement park to Boba Fett, who would be protected by his armor, bide his time to calculate an escape with a cool head, and easily survive the ordeal by escaping with the use of his weapons and tools.
For 30 years, Bulloch shared he’s held the belief that Boba Fett should never show his face – that in the Star Wars Universe, that would give enemies leverage against the bounty hunter, something he’d never do. However, while he thinks nowhere (in universe) should know much about Fett, the back story fleshed out in Attack of the Clones makes the character more engaging and interesting.
Bulloch also shared he is good friends with Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison – who when together are nicknamed “The Three Fetts.” He said, he and Logan have spent time together, recently at Disneyworld, where they held a competition as to who could ride the most rides – Logan won.
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You can download Bombad Radio #75 for free on iTunes.
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, the three men who’ve played Boba Fett in featured films were brought together for a special double sized reunion issue.
Staff writer Matthew Salacuse spoke with actor Jeremy Bulloch, stunt man Dickey Beer and film/voice actor Daniel Logan about their experiences playing the most popular bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe.
“He muttered only four measly lines in the original Star Wars trilogy. But badass bounty hunter Boba Fett still became a fan favorite from the minute Darth Vader summoned him to hunt down Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. In order to properly fete the Fett, we used a tracking device to locate and reunite three of the men who played the supercool (and super-quiet) criminal,” – Matthew Salacuse, Entertainment Weekly.
Bulloch shares his oddest fan request and biggest regret, Beer tells how he performed stunt fighting for both Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett (therefore, battling himself in Return of the Jedi) and Logan speaks on how he first thought he’d get to wear a jet pack – but then discovered he would only wear a blue jumpsuit that looked like pajamas.
Those are just a taste of the interesting stories explored in the two page interview. If you’re not a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly, I highly recommend snatching this issue up at your local grocery store or newspaper stand.
Even the harshest critic of the prequel trilogy has to admit the most engaging characters in Episode II: Attack of the Clones was the portrayal of Daniel Logan as a young Boba Fett, and his father, Jango Fett, played by actor Temuera Morrison.
Boba Fett became a fan favorite from the original trilogy, even though his back story was fleshed out more so in the expanded universe of comics and novels. However, in Attack of the Clones, we received a cinematic look at the origin and motivations of the child bounty hunter.
In October’s edition of Star Wars Insider, readers are treated to two excerpts from interviews with these two actors.
From a 2005 interview, Logan recounts he was surprised when he was offered the role of a young Boba Fett after auditions. He went in thinking he was reading for the part of a Jedi. He also shares an amusing antidote of how he picked up a stick and twirled it around, pretending it was a lightsaber during the auditions.
Morrison’s interview is from earlier this year and he talks about the pressure of playing such a pivotal role to the franchise. The father and son dynamic we saw on the screen, also rang true, because he took Logan under his wing during filming – treating him like his own son.
The one disappointment for Morrison, he said, was being killed off so early in the franchise. Luckily for us, we can read more about Jango and Boba in written works.
Thinking back to the prequels, it was the relationship between the bounty hunter and son that stands out the most. While these interviews are short, it’s nice to receive some insight from the two actors on how they developed their characters, what it was like to work with George Lucas and relate to other cast and crew.