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?

Shotglass Digital launched a new companion podcast to its flagship, RebelForce Radio, which partners with Jedi News correspondents James Burns and Mark Newbold. The monthly podcast, Radio 1138, will feature in-depth conversations about Star Wars fandom centered in United Kingdom and other parts of Europe – which may go over the radar of U.S. based fan communities.

Its inaugural episode features highlights from a The Making of Return of the Jedi panel recorded live in London. The Q&A event was filled with engaging stories and Star Wars trivia from author Jonathan Rinzler, who was joined by Jeremy Bulloch.

Download October’s episode for free on iTunes or at www.shotglassdigital.com to hear some great antidotes ranging from how many times Bulloch’s worn the Boba Fett armor off screen to the decision to have the bounty hunter befall the Sarlacc Pitt in ROTJ.

JediNews.com has become a comprehensive source for Star Wars rumors and news, but I’m looking forward to receiving even more supplemental information about fan events and interviews happening overseas that those of us in the U.S. may not be privy to.

This should also be a great new source of actor news. We are rich with appearances and interviews from voice actors in the states, but this show could bring us more insights from Star Wars actors who work and live across the pond.

The highly sought Star Wars Galactic Heroes Slave I with Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, goes for nearly $100 on sites like eBay and Amazon. If it looks familiar, the model was repainted for the hard-to-find Jedi Force Jango Fett’s Slave I in stores now. If you’re not willing to shell out a hundred bucks for this collectible online, like I am hesitant to do, I’m hoping this item will be repackaged and released in next year’s wave of Jedi Force toys.

The highly sought Star Wars Galactic Heroes Slave I with Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, goes for nearly $100 on sites like eBay and Amazon. If it looks familiar, the model was repainted for the hard-to-find Jedi Force Jango Fett’s Slave I in stores now. If you’re not willing to shell out a hundred bucks for this collectible online, like I am hesitant to do, I’m hoping this item will be repackaged and released in next year’s wave of Jedi Force toys.

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If you were impressed by the 350 card base set of Star Wars Galactic Files, then you’ll be blown away to learn the second series of this card line introduces more than 300 new cards.

After these additions, it would be hard to argue with Topps claim this is the most comprehensive Star Wars trading card set ever seen. The set also introduces new insert sets, sketch cards, autographs and more.

Boba Fett is featured many times in this expansion, including a Medallion Relic card, dual autographs of Jeremy Bulloch and Alan Harris a.k.a Bossk, an autograph card for Daniel Logan and Bulloch, amongst others – many more Boba Fett cards than seen in the base set.

This year, Topps also debuted a new trading card set, Star Wars Jedi Legacy, which visually follows the parallel journeys of Luke and Anakin Skywalker – the set consists of 90 base cards and three insert sets including Connections, Influences and The Circle is Now Complete. Although this is a Jedi-centric series, Boba Fett is included in a half dozen insert cards. These include a Jeremy Bulloch autograph card.

We were first introduced to Boba Fett in the Holiday Special, when he was portrayed as a spy for the Empire. Even after an overhaul and a more menacing and mysterious debut in Empire Strikes Back, he was still seen as a villain.

Similar to many other franchises, when a character becomes popular enough, there’s an internal push by creators to transform them into an anti-hero. This has been, arguably, the development of Boba Fett over the years. Just look at last year’s release of Angry Birds Star Wars as proof – before he appeared in the game, lots of fan art poured onto the web.

The majority of this fan art illustrated Boba Fett as a bird, instead of a pig. It could be debated, the reason this happened is some fans subconsciously view the bounty hunter leaning more toward the good, than the dark side. This makes sense – since K.W. Jeter’s “The Bounty Hunter Wars” trilogy, Boba Fett has been painted as more of a decent guy who does bad things when paid. Although, he filled a more ruthless role in this book than in modern storylines.

This norm continues through a number of comics and novels. In Dark Horse’s “Blood Ties,” he does right by his half-brother Connor Freeman, even though he should feel as much kinship with Freeman as he should with any other clone or their offspring. In Karen Traviss’ Legacy of the Force series, he even further is illustrated as being more than an emotionless killer.

Contrast these recent stories to his portrayal in early Marvel comics or Dark Horse’s “Dark Empire,” where instead of being surgical in his approach when hunting down his bounties, he is cut throat and willing to shoot down anyone or anything standing between him and his prey. It’s evident, he was written as more of a “true baddie” in these early projects than he is now.

In fact, he’s helped save the galaxy numerous times in relatively modern books – even training one of the Solo children to save the day, opening himself up to family bonds and working to better the lives of Mandalorians as their leader.

The fate of the Expanded Universe is up in the air, so if it’s dispatched of, will we be left with a more ruthless and cold Boba Fett, as hinted at in the Original Trilogy? Not quite. The push to sway Boba Fett away from being a villain is already been planted within the official canon, through his character development in The Clone Wars.

The writers could have written Boba Fett much more sinister in his initial Clone Wars story arc. He was, after all, out to avenge his father’s death and take down the Jedi. They could have made him a “child soldier,” who could shoot down an unarmed clone without blinking. A vengeful kid, whose only concern was the bounty being paid – laying a foundation to the Boba Fett we see in the films.

Instead though, they avoided any actions on young Boba Fett’s part that would make it difficult to redeem him as a good guy later on. He never killed in cold blood and demonstrated a moral compass that separated him from characters like Aurra Sing. When we see him in later seasons, he is working as a bounty hunter – but not carrying out assassinations. He’s specializing more as a mercenary than an assassin.

Since he never performs acts of atrocity, the creators are free to take Boba Fett in a more anti-hero direction in Star Wars Rebels, if they wish. Even in the original films, he technically does nothing that would warrant an ultimate death to fully redeem his actions.  Han Solo was not an innocent, so delivering him to Jabba the Hutt in Carbonite, could even be argued as nothing close to a truly evil act.

Will Disney decide to create a story that distinguishes Boba Fett as a bounty hunter to be feared, never hesitating to kill – but never ending the life of the unarmed or innocent? A bounty hunter who uses moral judgment, before accepting a job?

As a fan, what do you want to see – Boba Fett developed into an anti-hero or executed in the role of a villain?

Last week the production team for “Star Wars Rebels” hashed out story ideas for season one. Fans have begun tweeting spoiler-oriented questions to producer Greg Weisman. Obviously, the team over at Disney/Lucasfilm isn’t going to share anything at this point – but we can speculate – or hypothesize.

Here is a list of four ways Boba Fett could fit into the world of “Rebels,” some of which is based on various levels of canon we’ve seen dealing with the Dark Times between Episodes III-IV.

  • When the Rebellion starts its leaders realize an important element of their cause is information. This brings rise to another group to counteract Rebel spies, none other than Imperial agents. While agents are initially created to gather data on Rebels, their roles evolve into manipulating politics, businesses and powerful families. These missions often times brings them working side-by-side or trading information with bounty hunters like Boba Fett.
  • After the pacifistic government of Mandalore fell, the planet was held together by the splinter group Nite Owls, led by Bo-Katan. The new regime blames the takeover that occurred on turning away from traditional Mandalorian ways. However, they become an enemy of the Empire due to not agreeing to bow down before the Emperor or fight for them. With the Jedi gone, Boba Fett switches from revenging his father’s death to wanting to learn of his life and returns to Jango’s homeworld.
  • Years after the Clone Wars ended, the Empire faces the problem of dwindling troopers. The Clone Troopers who survived the war are now aging progressively faster and there’s no longer enough genetic materials from Jango Fett to create more. So, the Emperor recruits bounty hunters to hunt down remaining Jedi.
  • Boba Fett hadn’t yet adopted his “work alone” mentality yet in the canon established in The Clone Wars. The increased demand for bounty hunters during the Dark Times stimulates the formation of a Bounty Hunters Guild, which an older Boba Fett quickly climbs the ranks within. Although, it’s from his experience in the guild that he later decides to work alone.

How do you think Boba Fett could fit into ‘Rebels?” Share your theories over at our #BringBackBoba campaign page at www.Facebook.com/BringBackBoba

The future is bright for Star Wars fans, which for years held fast the dream of one day seeing new films on the big screen. With the acquisition of Lucasfilm, not only have we received the promise of additional movies, but there’s the possibility of spin-off franchises.

There’s a long list of characters worthy of their own series of flicks, but perhaps none warrant a spin-off as much as our favorite Mandalorian – Boba Fett.

However, what would make for a worthwhile story? Taking a look at G-level cannon, materials from the Expanded Universe and a pinch of wishful thinking – here are four possible story ideas for a Boba Fett feature film.

Pitch #1: It took every ounce of training and experience he’d garnered over decades of battles to escape the belly of the Sarlacc. The digestive acids of the beast had done its damage, destroying not only his father’s armor, but the genetic copy of his father’s face – virtually destroying everything left of Boba Fett’s template – Jango Fett.

The bounty hunter is found at the brink of death and recovering near a scrap yard by sometime-ally, sometime-foe, Dengar, who must be convinced of Boba’s identity.

According to Dengar, he ran into Boba just a week or two prior while hunting down a target. Boba learns that while he was trapped in the belly of the Sarlacc, an imposter has been taking jobs under his name and wearing Mandalorian armor. When Dengar describes the markings on the armor, Boba concludes it’s the backup set stored away on his ship – now missing, which is the reason he’s been stranded on Tatooine.

The imposter is a man named Jodo Kast, a half-rate bounty hunter who took advantage of the situation following Return of the Jedi. Robbed of everything that Boba’s felt separated him from just being another clone, he calculates revenge.

His mangled face and body allows him to easily move about, putting pieces of the puzzle in place, all leading to a very public return and retribution against Jodo Kast – making him a public example of crossing the Mandalorian.

Pitch #2: The majority of Boba Fett’s youth was seeking revenge for the death of his father at the hands of Mace Windu. In general, Fett held distaste for the entire Jedi Order, and their “pet” clones that reminded young Boba of the father he’d never see again.

After Order 66, the Jedi disappeared and pushed into extinction, the young bounty hunter found himself needing to put away the baggage he’s carried for years. Wanting to learn more about his father, Boba Fett travels to Mandalore where he becomes a Journeyman Protector, and also begins to fall for a young Mandalorian woman, Sintas Vel. The only thing that grows faster than their romance is Boba’s reputation as a fighter and leader.

With the Jedi gone, the Empire has moved their sights on Mandalorians, who now pose the biggest threat to the Emperor – being they refuse to be ruled and are proven warriors. Things are looking up, until Boba learns that his commanding officer, Lenovar, had assaulted Sintas Vel while Boba Fett was away fighting a battle against a fleet of Imperial ships. When Boba Fett finds out, he kills Lenovar, but is exiled and barley escapes with his life due to the political weight of Lenovar’s father, the governor of Concord Dawn.

Forced to leave his father’s home world and the woman he loved, Boba Fett returns to his former life of bounty hunting. Boba’s reputation was not lost on the ears of Imperial intelligence officers.

When the Emperor learns of Boba Fett’s exile, he assigns Darth Vader to bring in the Mandalorian and we see the beginning of what becomes a long relationship between Boba Fett and Darth Vader. Boba is contracted to decapitate the upper command of the Mandalorian Protectors.

“Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the conflict… and the beginning of war.”

It’s the synopsis of Episode II, but the real highlight of Attack of the Clones was the appearance and origin story of Boba Fett.

After years of speculation in the Expanded Universe, the film shed light on how Boba Fett was an unaltered clone of notorious bounty hunter Jango Fett. As payment for his genetic code, Boba Fett was an unaltered clone of Jango, who trained under his father until Jango’s demise at the hands of Mace Windu during the Battle of Genosis.

In 2002, Hasbro released the action figures of Jango and Boba Fett. The young Boba Fett came accessorized with his father’s Mandalorian helmet, a jet pack, two blasters, a poncho and acrylic blast effects that can be attached to either his blasters or jet pack.

The Escape from Kamino action figure was the first version of young Boba Fett to reach collectors, but the figure leaves a little to be desired. The sculpting for this series line is a bit crude and waxy and the accessories are odd, since they do not mirror the tools Boba uses in the film during the Kamino scene.

Boba Fett only has four points of articulation and very little detail is applied to the face and body. I’m also frustrated by the fact you must choose between the poncho and jet pack being worn at one time – so if you like to display your figures loose – you must either clutter the area around Boba Fett with the unused accessories or store them elsewhere.

The blast effects sit at odds when displaying as well, due to the limited articulation. On that note, Boba Fett can hold his blasters alright in his right hand, but the left hand keeps a very loose grip around the weapons.

Note: The following blog contains SPOILERS to the video game.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II was released as the second installment of The Force Unleashed multimedia project in 2010, which developed the story of Starkiller and the rise of Darth Vader through a mix of books, video games and graphic novels.

As the player, you control a clone of Starkiller as he quests to find the original Jedi’s love interest – Juno. The journey also pits you against legions of troopers, droids and creatures. However, for readers of this blog, the most engaging element of this game is the addition of Boba Fett.

After escaping the cloning facility on Kamino in the first level, a video clip shows Darth Vader recruiting Boba Fett to kidnap Juno and bring her back to Kamino. It’s obvious this is a ruse to draw Starkiller into a trap.

This story is set between Episode III and Episode IV in the Star Wars canon, and this scene establishes more history between the relationship of Darth Vader and the bounty hunter. The scene is haunting, with Boba Fett examining the ruble and delivers the line:

"I’ll need a squadron of Storm Troopers. They won’t be coming back.”

Darth Vader not only gives Boba Fett the troopers he requests, but also equips him with a giant spider droid, which later serves as a formable distraction and opponent to Starkiller as Boba Fett succeeds in abducting Juno and taking her back to Kamino.

Disappointedly, the player never gets to battle Boba Fett, but that’s not the last time we see the bounty hunter. The games finale allows the player to choose one of two alternative endings once defeating Darth Vader at the end of the game.

If you choose the light side – allowing the Rebel Alliance to capture Darth Vader for interrogation – Starkiller and Juno are reunited and board their starship, with Darth Vader in custody, only to reveal the Slave I camouflaged in space debris and then detaching from the floating haul of an enemy craft and pursing Starkiller and the captured Sith Lord.

The Force Unleashed II is a great game, with an engaging story and breathtaking graphics. The gameplay is easy to learn and you’ll have a great time taking out enemies with the half dozen abilities Starkiller possesses, including Force Push, Force Lighting, Mind Trick, Repulse, duel Lightsaber action and more.

Players can also upgrade abilities and unlock various costumes to wear throughout the game – these costumes also carry over into the video clips between levels. There is also a vast array of secret costumes to play in, including Boba Fett’s armor.

You can play as Boba Fett by pressing start, toggling over to “cheat codes” and entering, “Mandalore.” If you play as Boba Fett, you cannot use any of his weapons, but retain all of Starkiller’s abilities.

The Force Unleashed II is available for PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS and iOS.

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