The inaugural issue of Cool & Collected Magazine was released this winter, by the blogging site of the same name. The team over at Cool & Collected were able to launch their own publication after raising over $6,000 on Kickstarter – surpassing their goal by over $800.
The premier issue includes an article on the history of Boba Fett action figures, along with stories on a number of other toy lines, comics and even some convention coverage. The 64-page magazine is $7.99 for its print edition or $5 for a digital copy.
What’s awesome about this magazine is how they collaborate with other fan sites and blogs to enrich the publication. Photography from Jedi-Business.com is featured prominently with the Boba Fett action figure retrospective.
We’ve written an editorial in response to the recent Boba Fett feature in Star Wars Insider #146. We’ve also announced our own investigative feature story on the multi-generational popularity of Boba Fett, read the whole editorial at BobaFett.com for details on how you may weight in.
The latest issue of Star Wars Insider is now available on newsstands, featuring a cover story on how Boba Fett’s popularity has endured and flourished over the last 30 plus years. As a contributing member of the Boba Fett community, I was left wanting.
In September, Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor, alerted followers of an upcoming Boba Fett feature on his Twitter account. He prompted fans to weigh in on a singular question: Why do you think Boba Fett is so popular? I imagined this was an initial way to mine data for early stages of research, but turned out to only be used to generate sidebar content.
The article did a well enough job explaining Boba Fett’s in-universe adventures, from his debut in the Holiday Special to his life in the Expanded Universe. But was any of the information new or insightful? No, it was nothing that couldn’t already be found on Wookipedia. While it looked at one writer’s ongoing appreciation for Boba Fett, the story failed to look at the character’s fandom as a whole.
Read the entire editorial at BobaFett.com.
In last month’s Star Wars Insider #137, the magazine revealed fans voted Boba Fett as the second best villain for its 2012 awards. As a follow up, in Star Wars Insider #138, staff writers James Burns and Mark Newbold picked actor Jeremy Bulloch’s brain about his experiences with fans and the films.
It’s a short interview, but produced some interesting trivia about Bulloch, including his favorite Star Wars toy is a metal Boba Fett wind-up he received during a visit to Japan. Bulloch also revealed his first day filming was during the scene on the Death Star, where Darth Vader is briefing the group of bounty hunters about the hunt for Han Solo.
“When Darth Vader says to Boba Fett, ‘No disintegrations.’ It was my first day on the set and, despite being a calm person, I was quite nervous!”
Bulloch also talks about his first time signing an autograph related to Star Wars in 1983, the strangest place he was recognized and how similar he is to the bounty hunter he played on screen.
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.