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.
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.
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.”
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?
The last time we saw Boba Fett he had tracked the Millennium Falcon to a far reach of space, where Han Solo and Chewbacca were hiding within space debris for a rendezvous. The smuggler got away, but Boba Fett has now tracked Solo back to the planet Coruscant – and he’s not alone – the Mandalorian has allied himself with the bounty hunter, Bossk.
I’ve been wondering when writer Brian Wood would check back in with the bounty hunter. In “Star Wars” #5, we finally catch up with this subplot – but it leaves us with more questions than answers. Han Solo has come to Coruscant to obtain forged identification papers, but he and Chewbacca must run for it when they realize they’re being followed.
Boba Fett is torn between the two bounties which have been placed on the smuggler – the original bounty placed by Jabba the Hutt, and the latter by Darth Vader who specifically wants to get his hands on the Falcon. It’s while juggling his options that he loses track of Han Solo.
The Corellian managed to escape the grasp of Boba Fett and Bossk by accepting a proposition of an Imperial Sanitation Officer named Perla. She is aware of the high bounty placed on Solo’s head, a smuggler herself, she capitalizes on Solo’s predicament by offering him a getaway for 10 percent of the bounty reward.
There are a few things to note about this issue: the first is Wood seems to have adopted the retconned relationship between Boba and Bossk – mainly that they have a working relationship that seems (thus far) friendly.
Is this acknowledgment of the history of partnership we saw in The Clone Wars or the shaky partnership forged in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy of books?
I continue to hope Wood has plans to devote an entire issue to the Boba Fett/Han Solo plot line, rather than giving a few panels to this story every few issues. I also hope he further fleshes out the partnership between Boba Fett and Bossk.
It should also be noted the illustration of Bossk is more similar to his tall and lanky appearance in The Clone Wars than depictions of him in comics and novels prior to any recon stories.
There’s no hints as to whether or not Boba Fett will appear in “Star Wars” #6, but as the story arc concludes – I can only imagine Wood plans to tie up this subplot – meaning chances are strong we won’t have to wait so long for another appearance by the Mandalorian.
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Today it was officially announced Disney already has plans for a number of standalone Star Wars films. Many fans are hoping a Boba Fett film will be among these projects. Here is a continuation of possible storylines for a feature film.
Pitch #3: Years after the happenings of “Return of the Jedi,” the nephew of Jabba, Gorga the Hutt, has inherited much of the crime lord’s criminal empire. He has even expanded the reach of his power. Of course, one does not gain such a fortune without making enemies – other Hutts, who believe they have a greater claim to Jabba’s windfall. One such Hutt hires Boba Fett to assassinate Gorga’s beloved wife, Orko. Filled with rage, Gorga places a bounty on Boba Fett’s head – using his control over local pirates and bounty hunters on his payroll to corner the Mandalorian. Boba Fett must go on the defense as he finds himself as the most profitable target since Han Solo. The bounty is so enticing, Boba finds himself pitted against former partners, the most dangerous being the bounty hunter named, Bossk. This story would journey through the underworld, giving rich looks at the world of the Hutts, the nastiest cantinas and pirate organizations in live action.
Pitch #4: Following the Clone Wars, the planet of Mandalore was virtually crippled. Once the Empire formed, it was further squashed as its warriors were considered a great threat if given opportunity. However, this would change with the arrival of Spar, a clone who had escaped Kamino before the wars and was one of the rare specimens who retained all memories of Jango Fett. He had been working as a bounty hunter for years, but returned to Mandalore to return the planet to its former glory. His success in reforming a Mandalorian army caught the eye of Imperial spies who feel they must end the threat before it grows too large to contain. The Empire hires Boba Fett to journey to Mandalore and infiltrate the new Mandalore Protectors, gain their trust, learn their plans and then kill Spar and anyone else who may pick up arms. Things become complicated, though, for the bounty hunter, who begins to see too much of the father he lost in the man he’s assigned to kill.