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When images of the female Mandalorian came out of New York Toy Fair, revealed later as Sabine, there was plenty of speculation about who she might be. I was more focused on what her role could suggest happened to Mandalore following the Darth Maul story arc in season five of The Clone Wars.

The fallout of Darth Maul’s hostile takeover of planet Mandalore has consumed most of my thoughts on the show’s last season. When we left, the planet was in Civil War. Bo-Katan’s splinter group, the Nite Owls, was in heated battle to regain control from Maul’s Shadow Collective, including Death Watch.

Although the pacifistic government was overthrown, the planet’s neutral siding would mean there’d be no intervention by the Jedi or the Republic. If the Nite Owls were defeated, this would mean the planet would remain controlled by organized crime – right? It may not be that clean cut.

While the audience is aware Darth Maul was usurped by Sidious, nobody else survived the encounter that could enlighten either side of the conflict. Of course, Sidious wouldn’t advertise his victory; in fact, he’d use it to his advantage – the natural puppet master that he is. If he left Maul on the planet, but under his thumb, he could now influence the happenings of a planet previously outside his influence.

Through controlling the figure head of Mandalore, it would provide an emerging Empire with two advantages. The first, it neutralizes one of the most threatening warrior classes; and second, it allows the existence of Imperial outposts with no resistance when the Empire expands.

Of course, there would be Nite Owl members who survive the clash and either continue to fight, or go underground. Either way, their children would be raised to distrust and hate the Empire that controls their planet – sending their planet into depression as its resources and industry is taken over and used to pump out weapons and items for Imperial forces.

Sabine’s bucket is very similar to the design of the Nite Owls, which leads me to speculate she could be an offspring of one of the members. Also, her artistic tendencies could be a product of being a youth during the pacifistic regime, where arts could have been pushed more over the older roots of being warriors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

January:
image-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.

February:
-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.

March:
-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

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April:
-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.

May:
-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.

June:
-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.

July:
image-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.

August:
-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.

September:
-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.

October:
-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.

November:
image-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.

December:
-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 thebobabounty@gmail.com.

Had some free time today and put together this tree chart, which illustrates the familial ties in Clan Fett. I included Connor Freeman, but left out other clone offspring, because they have much stronger history and connections to each other - compared to other examples.

Brian Snook, aka Engelhast, grabbed everyone’s attention not too long ago with his jaw dropping fan designs for “Star Wars Rebels.” But, before his Photoshop work made the rounds on fan sites, he shared one of his early pieces on our Facebook page.

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Engelhast produced about a dozen mock-up cards based on his envision for future ‘Rebel’ action figures. What he produced far surpassed, in my opinion, what Hasbro has been churning out – in fact, one of the reasons I’m looking forward to ‘Rebel’ based action figures is the “Clone Wars” line produced some of the best sculpts to hit pegs in years.

About 10 days ago, Engelhast revealed some concept designs for his “wish list” of characters. Truly, some remarkable work – we can only hope Disney and Lucasfilm have caught wind of his work and bring him into their folds.

His concept design for Boba Fett was posted on July 6. Clarification – he posted two versions of Boba Fett – one with a traditional Mandalorian helmet and the other with the proto helmet young Boba wore during his last appearance in The Clone Wars.

The design is interesting. It uses the green color scheme we’ll see in later films, but the feel of the uniform lends itself to one of my proposed ideas – that Boba Fett would commission armor to resemble his fathers, but lacking knowledge of his culture and basing designs only on childhood memories – the armor wouldn’t be 100 percent true to what we know as Mandalorian.

I like the blasters Engelhast chose to arm Boba Fett with, a nod to Jango Fett’s long and slender barrels and similar to what he used in The Clone Wars. The body armor appears light and fitting for a bounty hunter in his youth. It also appears almost patched together, also fitting for a bounty hunter still rising in the ranks and who doesn’t have the funds yet to afford Durablast and more sophisticated designs.

Check out more of Engelhast’s gallery. What do you think of his vision of Boba Fett’s evolution? Share your thoughts at our #BringBackBoba Campaign page.

Last week we reported an alleged rumor that the sequel trilogy – and spin-off films by extension if developed around the same time period – will be inspired by stories from the Legacy Era. If this is true, there’s a strong possibility of seeing the debut of Mirta Gev.

In the novels, Mirta Gev is the granddaughter of Boba Fett. She plays a pivotal role in the character development of Boba Fett – she was essential in him fully embracing his position as Mandalore, is key in him finding a cure to his failing health and is helps him bring closure to the death of his father and separation from his wife. Both issues haunted Boba Fett for decades.

Mirta Gev’s inclusion in the sequel trilogy or spin-offs would also bring another strong female role to the Star Wars saga. There’s been an increase in female fans over the years, arguably thanks to the female characters introduced in The Clone Wars. Disney would surely want to secure its girl fanbase, and a tough character like Mirta Gev would be a ideal candidate for that goal.

This leaves the question – who could play Mirta Gev? I’d like to throw in my own two cents. I think the perfect actress to portray Mirta Gev is none other than Lacey Chabert – best known by the masses for her role in “Mean Girls.”

However, this actress has a lot more depth than seen in the prissy high school girl she played in that movie.

Chabert already has a number of connections to Star Wars and Lucasfilm crew.

In 2011, she provided the voice for Mako in the video game “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” She also has a working relationship with Greg Weisman, producer of the new “Rebels” cartoon, when she voiced a few episodes of “Gargoyles” in the 90’s and most recently in Weisman’s “Young Justice” and “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”  

The #BringBackBoba Campaign is growing. We’d like to get more media attention, but first we need to establish a strong social networking presence to catch their attention. If you haven’t already, please “Like” our Facebook page - approaching our first 100 friends. We have lots planned for this initiative, you won’t want to miss out! If you’re a fan of Boba Fett, you can do your park by “liking” our page, reblogging this link, tweeting #BringBackBoba and sharing this page on your timelines! Thanks from the united teams at The Boba Bounty and the Boba Fett Fan Club.

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There’s been speculation whether or not the Star Wars spin-off films will be related to the series proper. If the latest plot rumors have a kernel of truth, as reported by SchmoesKnow.com, this very well may be.

According to the “leaked” information, the plot centering on Episode VII will involve the characters of Jaina and Jacen Solo – the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa. The New Jedi Order has been established, but tensions rise when Jacen turns to the Dark Side.

Fans of the Expanded Universe are familiar with this story, especially from the “Legacy of the Force” novels. Jaina was trained by Luke Skywalker and her brother, Jacen, becomes one of the most powerful Jedi in the universe, rivaling Luke, himself.

In the novels, Jacen is seduced to the Dark Side as a way to better the world. He becomes convinced he can learn this side of the Force without falling into the same trappings his grandfather, Anakin, had. In the novels, it becomes left to Jaina to stop her brother – and to do so, she seeks out Boba Fett to train her.

Jaina’s time spent on Mandalore, training with Fett, becoming comrades with Mirta Gev, Boba Fett’s granddaughter, and fighting beside Mandalorians, was a pivotal piece of her readying to take down her brother.

Therefore, if the plot of Episode VII is truly about the Solo twins – we’ll likely see a heavy amount of Mandalorians – even if this isn’t fleshed out until Episode VIII or IX.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Disney wants to include more Mandalorians in the sequel trilogy. The popularity of Death Watch and Mandalore-centered episodes in The Clone Wars has proven fans embrace Mandalorian factions as much as Jedi and Sith.

This also would open Boba Fett’s rumored spin-off, especially if Episode VIII is when they land Jaina on Mandalore.

They could set up the fall of Jacen in Episode VII, and then release the Boba Fett spin-off, which centers on Boba Fett’s survival from the Sarlacc, reunion with Mirta Gev and becoming Mandalore.

Then we have all the information we need to lead into Episode VIII – which shows Jaina arriving on Mandalore and her experiences with the people.

What are your thoughts?