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.
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!