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.
Looking for something colorful or breathtaking for your Geekcave? Some new Boba Fett artwork have made their way onto the Internet this past week.
It’s not too often limited edition prints are made at affordable prices, so it’s not shocker that Tom Hodges’ “Boba and his Bounty” sold out pretty fast. In fact, as you read this, the item has been removed from his etsy page – sold out before 8 a.m. two days ago.
If you missed out on Hodges’ piece, another affordable, but fantastic piece is available for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth.com. “Luke To The Rescue,” is a hand-numbered limited edition of 95 pieces, measuring 19 inches tall by 13 inches wide and available for $89.
The piece illustrates Luke’s heroic scene on the Desert Skiff in Return of the Jedi, as he faces off against Boba Fett during his rescue mission. The artist, James Silvani, has a unique and fresh approach to his artwork – fantastic for your child’s room or hanging over your collection of animated style Star Wars toys.
Two popular Boba Fett cosplayers, who regularly appear at DragonCon, have been highlighted in the news the last couple of weeks. Both men have been recognized for the high level of craftsmanship in their costumes, and the different approaches each of them take make for an engaging read.
Yesterday, CNET ran an interesting article on Michigan-resident Andrew Miller who has spent hundreds of hours building his custom Boba Fett armor from Return of the Jedi. What sets this article apart from others I’ve read, is it takes a close look at the armor itself, testifying to the process and tedious nature of creating a custom suit and bucket. Click HERE to visit the 12 images highlighting the different parts of Miller’s costume and details of what went into creating that portion of the armor.
An article ran by The Marietta Daily Journal highlighting Cobb residents who are finalizing their costumes for the convention. Amongst the focused cosplayers, the journal mentioned John Strangeway, who has fabricated a stunning Steampunk Boba Fett. Strangeway said when he started attending DragonCon in 2008, he wanted to create something unique –which merged two of his interests – Boba Fett and Steampunk. The article dives into how Strangeway became interested in both genres and what went into the invention of his costume. Click HERE to read the story.
Here’s a round-up of all the Boba Fett related news from the past week or so. This is quite a month for our favorite bounty hunter, so rather than flood you with a series of posts, here are the highlights, including more news on SDCC and Celebration exclusives!
While making an appearance at a local convention in Cedar Falls last week, actor Jeremy Bulloch was joined by a chapter of Mandalorian Mercs to brighten the day of 7-year-old Jacob Fresher, a Star Wars fan who’s been fighting cancer the last two years. Jacob got to spend an hour with one of his heroes, received autographs and picked out his own souvenirs.
Gentile Giant announced it will offer an exclusive Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust at this year’s Sand Diego Comic Con. The bust is based off his appearance in Return of the Jedi and comes with multiple interchangeable arms, allowing numerous poses. Available at the Gentle Giant booth, this piece limited to 2,500 pieces is available for $150.
Another San Diego Comic Con exclusive this year includes Evel Fett, a 12-inch exclusive by Retro Outlaw. A mash-up of Boba Fett and iconic stuntman Evel Knievel, this figure features a removable cape and swagger stick. It’s available for $120 and the first 150 customers will also receive a free screen print.
LEGO announced its latest product from its Star Wars line, which features a Boba Fett Minifigure Keylight. This can be attached to your keychain and shines a light from the minifigure’s feet when its chest is pressed. I’ve yet to see a prototype of this item, so it’s not quite clear how bright the light actually is – but it still makes a great addition to your LEGO Star Wars collection.
Now on retail shelves is “Star Wars Mega Models,” a guide to building four papercraft models. The projects include a TIE Fighter, Boba Fett’s helmet, a miniature Yoda and Anakin’s Lightsaber. Most stores have this book on clearance for $11.04 and it can be found near other craft related Star Wars reference titles, including LEGO minifigure encyclopedias and origami guides.
Yahoo! UK & Ireland caught up with Jeremy Bulloch during his appearance at MCM Midlands Comic and Entertainment Expo earlier this month. The interview expanded on Bulloch’s previous statements that he’s more than willing to strap on the Mandalorian gear and reprise his role as Boba Fett.
Bulloch has been very vocal about Episode VII, ever since the announcement was made last year. He’s been quoted in multiple articles, but since rumors have begun about a Boba Fett film, reporters are chopping at the bit to get their exclusive interviews.
Bulloch has had his thumb on the pulse of fans for decades, so hopefully those at Lucasfilm are listening to his input – namely, don’t bastardize the Expanded Universe. There’s very little G-level canon regarding Boba Fett. The character was introduced with great bravo around the time of Empire Strikes Back, but fans unanimously agree, the character was shafted in his treatment in Return of the Jedi.
George Lucas made up for this a little in the prequels, giving Boba Fett an engaging origin story in Attack of the Clones. Still, the story shed more light on the clones and Jango Fett than Boba. While the Clone Wars has given fans further adventures of the young Boba Fett – the majority of his story has existed in comics and books.
For thirty-some years we’ve had to rely on novels and comics to turn to Star Wars literature to get a taste of the bounty hunter. Much of what we most appreciate, love about Boba Fett comes from the Expanded Universe.
If Lucasfilm and Disney completely discard these stories and adventures, there’s a strong potential of fan backlash – if stories like Twin Engines of Destruction or the Bounty Hunter Wars are said to never have happened.
Fans are more prone to accept a compromise of two alternative timelines, which can only happen if the present Expanded Universe is continued and not retconned to fit with the film universe.
We don’t need to see an exact adaptation of the Expanded Universe, but it should at least be respected when making these films. After all, those are the stories that kept fandom alive and made these new movies possible.
Most importantly, Disney needs to redeem Boba Fett in the new films. No more defeats by blind smugglers like we saw in Return of the Jedi, or swapped in place of a slave bride as in his last appearance in Clone Wars.
The good news is Lawrence Kasdan is rumored to be the one scribing a Boba Fett film. Kasdan penned Empire Strikes Back, which was the closest film to flesh out Boba Fett in the badass fashion we’ve seen him portrayed in the Expanded Universe. Therefore, I have faith he is the man that can resurrect the character that for thirty years has had casual fans believing Boba Fett is still in the belly of the Sarlacc.
Kasdan can put the rumors to rest, Boba Fett is alive and well.
My wife got me the LEGO Star Wars Dessert Skiff set for Valentine’s Day. This is an item I’ve had my eye on for a while now, so I was pretty excited to receive it.
LEGO has evolved quite a lot since I was a kid. Its licensed products are definitely the bread and butter that have kept them alive and strong over the years. This LEGO set captures the rescue scene from Return of the Jedi, where Jabba and friends condemn Luke Skywalker to 1,000 years in the belly of the Sarlacc.
The set includes the LEGO figures of Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett and Kithaba. Of course, it also features the Dessert Skiff and Sarlacc Pit. The skiff has some cool functions, including a retractable plank, a firing missile and a weapons locker.
An instruction manual makes it easy to construct the skiff and the Sarlacc Pit. The set also comes with extra pieces, like the Sarlacc teeth, just in case you lose a few items. This is handy, especially if you’re buying this for children who may not be constructing these pieces for display; rather they end up in a toy box.
There’s amazing detail put into the characters and other items. It’s also easy to put together, I constructed my set in under an hour. There’s enough characters included, that the set offers plenty of imaginary scenarios to play with. You can run through a number of alternative outcomes to the scene, whereas anybody could end up in the mouth of the Sarlacc (which can open and close.)
Accessories for the LEGO figures include four blasters, a Lightsaber and axe. The Boba Fett minifigure comes with his jetpack and removable helmet – the case is the same for Lando. These LEGO sets are a ton of fun and easily accompany each other to create larger play sets to recreate scenes from the films or make your own adventures.
I highly recommend this LEGO set for collectors of any age. This is a good item to start with, which can supplement sets like Jabba’s Palace, etc.
In 2003, Hasbro showed homage to the events from Return of the Jedi through its release of the Boba Fett (The Pit of Carkoon) action figure. This action figure stands apart from other Boba Fett additions in a multitude of ways.
The action figure was inspired by the battle on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge. Audiences got to see Boba Fett engage his jet pack for the first time in Return of the Jedi, as he launches from the sail barge to squash the rescue of Luke Skywalker.
This action figure is accessorized with flames that can be attached to Boba’s jetpack, and with the articulation in his legs, the bounty hunter can be posed in midflight. A similar accessory can be attached to Boba Fett’s blaster – simulating live firing. What’s confusing though, is this attachment resembles flames, when it should really be a laser discharge.
The figure includes quick draw action, by pressing down on Boba Fett’s rocket. While this is a cool feature, it limits the dexterity of the arms. Also, the quick draw feature means the jet pack is not removable.
Its paint job is clean, but doesn’t match the armor we see on film. The figure was released with two color schemes – first in blue and later in green. The jet pack is painted white and blue, and Boba’s attire lacks the wear and tear we see in other figures.
Despite the conflicts presented by the color schemes, the unique accessories and flight simulation make this figure an interesting and engaging addition to any collection.
“Bounty hunter Boba Fett, whose exploits are known throughout the galaxy, was the only figure capable of collecting the bounty on Han Solo by delivering him to Jabba the Hutt’s desert palace. Even the appearance of Luke Skywalker could not rescue Solo and the other captured Rebels.
On a prisoner skiff above the Great Pit of Carkoon, Fett pits his formidable skills against a Jedi Knight and his Rebel friends as they attempt to save themselves from the lethal date with Carkoon’s dreaded Sarlacc. The hunter discovers that his firepower is no match for the Rebel Alliance.”
The above blurb is featured on the package art of the Star Wars Epic Force figurine of Boba Fett. The text is a bit insulting to fans of Boba Fett, though. Our favorite bounty hunter wasn’t overpowered or strategically defeated – his jet pack was merely accidently engaged by a blind and scared Han Solo.
Looking beyond the box’s blurb, the figurine is quite nice. Boba Fett is sculpted in a fixed position that is scene on film seconds before his blaster is destroyed by Luke Skywalker. The figure stands 6 inches tall and is placed on a platform, which can be spun 360 degrees.
Boba Fett cannot be removed from the platform and is designed to be showcased, aimed more for older collectors.
The packaging is a clear cylinder with an opening for the platform’s dial, so it can be functional and beautifully displayed by collectors who prefer to keep their item in original packaging. However, Boba Fett is sculpted in such detail; I feel its best appreciated outside of the plastic.
The artist succeeds in creating a figure that, as far as I can tell, matches perfectly to Boba Fett’s armor and posture we see in Return of the Jedi. The paint job is applied well and also matches the tones and hues we see on film.