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If you’re hunting down the Boba Fett Telepods figurine, don’t be fooled by unscrupulous online sellers. Avoid sellers who attempt to pass off a Boba Fett Blind Bag figurine as the Telepods counterpart. As a reference, we’ve created this side-by-side comparison of both products.

The Blind Bag and Telepod are nearly the exact size, but there are four major differences between the two items. Otherwise, both items are nearly identical.

Difference One: The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the items is the shade of green. The Telepod has a darker application of green paint; otherwise they share the same shades of red trim and green skin tone.

Difference Two: The most significant tale-tale sign you’re looking at the Telepod is Boba Fett’s holding his blaster rifle. It’s most visible when looking at the figure’s right side; most can be hidden by sneaky camera angles from the figure’s face or left side.

Difference Three: Boba Fett’s bucket sits higher on the Telepod figure, showing more of its green skin at the back of its head. This angle also creates more of a curve to the jetpack’s sculpt and Boba Fett’s snout is more pointed.

Difference Four: Another major difference, although one you cannot see unless looking at the bottom of the figure, is the QR code printed at underneath the Telepod figure. This is what your phone or tablet reads to “teleport” the character into Angry Birds Star Wars II.

“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?”

Han Solo must have been in search of the Boba Fett figure from Hasbro’s Telepods line. In less than six months, Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods became one of the top selling toys this year – but although more than a million units sold – nobody can find Boba Fett.

The Boba Fett Pig is so rare; you can barley find listings for it on eBay. And when you do – you’ll have to drop at least $60 to acquire the figure. There’s no excuse for this since the toy line was introduced with only two six-figure battle packs and two-figure packs which are supposedly randomized.

Hasbro officials acknowledged they’re aware of the distribution problem via Twitter. They report the problem would be fixed by Christmas but this is too little, too late.

By now the majority of hardcore Angry Birds fans have filled their collection. Since there are only two six-figure packs in this year’s wave, what’s left of retailers stock will become peg warmers. Store are likely backlogged with old stock, so there’s no reason to order new figure packs with the fixed distribution.

Also, collectors and players are only looking for Boba Fett by now – so if stores do receive an order, they’ll fly off the shelves almost immediately. The answer to this problem is repackaging Boba Fett in future waves of figurines.

The Boba Fett Pig figure is also included in a new exclusive Jenga set at Target. It should be called illusive, though, rather than exclusive. Shout out to BobaFett.com for sharing a photo of the Jenga Bespin Battle set, but I’ve yet to see this product in any Target store in my area.

Have you had any luck tracking down or spotting the Boba Fett Telepod?

There’s been speculation Angry Birds Star Wars II is a testing bed for future Star Wars mobile games. We’ll will have a full in-depth review of the game coming soon, along with thoughts on what it could mean for Star Wars proper.

imageEarlier today we got our first look at Boba Fett in Angry Birds Star Wars II, which debuts on Sept. 19. The character reveal came from Daniel Logan’s twitter page today, after being teased earlier this week. A 30-second YouTube video showcases the bounty hunting pig, being slung through the air as he annihilates targets with multiple missiles.   

This game is a true experiment in cross promoting – as Rovio’s #JoinThePorkSide hashtag campaign builds anticipation on social networking sites, the application is also being teased on the packaging of Telepods in the toy aisles of most retail stores.

In my opinion, this is the natural evolution of Angry Birds and could also lead to more interactive mobile games for Star Wars proper. Allowing users to “teleport” their own stable of characters into the game, gives more sense of ownership to the player.

What will be interesting to see is how this game will evolve. Will new waves of the Telepods line trigger updates to the app? Or would updates to the game trigger new waves of Telepods? I’m also intrigued to see if there will be an expansion in the game play – whether that a more intricate storyline, in-game trophies or other surprises.

One thing is for sure, this is different than what we’ve seen in the past. It’s not just merchandising based off a popular mobile game, but the toys literally enhance the gaming experience. It’ll be exciting to see how Rovio developers will one-up themselves and continue to expand on the interactive elements in future releases.

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The Bounty Hunters Telepods set includes a figurine of Jango Fett, an exclusive Count Dooku and the Slave I. As with the entire Telepods line, it also includes a magnifier, which will allow you to “teleport” purchased characters into the Angry Birds Star Wars II app being released in late September. The Slave I features Boba Fett’s color scheme. This item has a retail price of $15 at most retail locations.

Rovio released a new Angry Birds Toons animation featuring Boba Fett earlier today. Here are some screen grabs from the cartoon, entitled, Boba’s Delivery.

Rovio released its Cloud City update today. They hype surrounding this release was well deserved, the new level came with an initial 20 levels – featuring new game features, a clever approach to Boba Fett and new secret Easter eggs planted throughout previous worlds.

When Angry Birds Star Wars debuted late last year, fans of both franchises praised the game for its inventiveness. The characters could power up as you progressed through the game, mastering the Force, and there we discovered other neat functions – like Pigs with blasters, which if attacked correctly, would turn their fatal blaster bolts on their comrades.

Cloud City executes similar friendly fire scenarios. When you attack Boba  Fett, his jet packs throttles him through the air, taking out Pig Troopers and wrecking blocks. The bounty hunter first appears in the 17th level of Cloud City.

Cloud City also features air vents, which changes the trajectory of the birds. This can be used to get extra distance in flight, flinging debris at enemies and other clever uses.  

Rovio also planted five jet packs throughout the worlds, which if collected opens up a Boba Fett’s Missions – similar to the Bonus Level or Path of the Jedi. This stage can also be gained by paying .99 cents, but it’s easy enough to collect the jet packs.

The jet packs can be found on the Death Star (2-32), Tatooine (1-23), Hoth (3-27), Cloud City (4-4) and Cloud City (4-19). The Death Star level proves the most challenging to grab, but can be done with a swing of Luke Skywalker’s Light Saber.

Once you’ve gathered all the jet packs, Boba Fett’s Missions opens up and it features eight levels. I imagine more will be added over time, most likely whenever Jabba’s Palace is introduced to the game. Also, there are no signs of Slave I in the game yet, but I’m eager to see how the ship will function when introduced.

Rovio released an exclusive trailer of the Cloud City update to Angry Birds Star Wars late last week, showing the first footage of new dynamics to the game – including the anticipated addition of Boba Fett.

The images streaming out of MTV.com and GameTrailers.com are being billed as the first public unveiling of Boba Fett, but images of the bounty hunter and Slave I, whether by accident or design, surfaced late last year through various Angry Birds Star Wars coloring books – as originally reported by The Boba Bounty.

MTV reports one of the new in-game obstacles features steam gates that have capacity to change the birds’ trajectory mid-flight. The Cloud City update will reportedly include 20 levels. Other surprises may lay in weight – since no new “good guys” have been hinted at (read Lando) through trailers or upcoming merchandise.

There’s no official date for release of Cloud City or how much of the levels include Boba Fett. We do know through promotional images, there are versions of Boba Fett with and without a blaster, and images of Slave I – which, will most likely appear at the “boss” stage of the planet stage.

Boba Fett’s jetpack should also prove interesting. While it makes the character more difficult to target, it also leads the bounty hunter into taking out his own side. This is nice, because he gives a nod to the anti-hero line Boba Fett walks in much of the Expanded Universe.

Rebelscum.com has posted pictures from the 2013 NYC Toy Fair, which show the second wave of Angry Birds Star Wars merchandise. This wave features the Boba Fett Pig, which we got a sneak peak at earlier this year. The toy fair showed Hasbro releasing this character in its line of Power Battlers and Mystery Bag collectibles. The colors and details on Power Battler Boba Fett appears to be greater than the smaller figure found in the mystery bags, but its exciting to finally see Fett introduced to this series. With Rovio releasing new levels to the mobile game, this merchandise hints that Boba Fett may just make an appearance very soon.
Check out Rebelscum’s entire first showroom gallery HERE.

Rebelscum.com has posted pictures from the 2013 NYC Toy Fair, which show the second wave of Angry Birds Star Wars merchandise. This wave features the Boba Fett Pig, which we got a sneak peak at earlier this year. The toy fair showed Hasbro releasing this character in its line of Power Battlers and Mystery Bag collectibles. The colors and details on Power Battler Boba Fett appears to be greater than the smaller figure found in the mystery bags, but its exciting to finally see Fett introduced to this series. With Rovio releasing new levels to the mobile game, this merchandise hints that Boba Fett may just make an appearance very soon.

Check out Rebelscum’s entire first showroom gallery HERE.

When Angry Birds Star Wars was announced, great speculation hit the Internet. Fans of both properties wondered what characters would be included, fan art circulated the blogs and the merchandise hit store shelves before the game was even released.

Angry Birds Star Wars launched Nov. 8 with two episodes open for game play – Tatooine and Death Star – each with 40 levels to attempt for three stars. These episodes represented the major two locations from A New Hope.

These episodes included the main characters from the first film: Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Representing the Empire and the pigs are Imperial Troopers and Darth Vader.

The mobile app also features a Bonus episode with droids R2-D3 and C3PO, and Path of the Jedi also became available for a few extra dollars. This last episode is located in Dagobah – another major location from A New Hope.

It stands to reason the initial release of the game focuses on the first film of the original trilogy. However, teased to come next is an episode themed around Hoth – the ice planet and location of the secret Rebel base that opens up Empire Strikes Back.

If the game follows its current pattern, the following episodes will be developed around major locations from the Empire Strikes Back, including Hoth and Cloud City.  Additional levels will most likely be updated into Path of the Jedi.

I’m guessing these new episodes will introduce Boba Fett and Lando to the roster of Angry Birds Star Wars characters. I have two pieces of evidence to support this theory:

In October, I tweeted about my anticipation for the new Angry Birds game and my hope to see Boba Fett translated into the application. Within 24 hours my tweet was answered by the verified Angry Birds account:

“Well there’s a long future of opportunities ahead, so who knows,” was the reply I received, along with a winky face. I took this as a hint of Boba Fett’s inclusion and a reference to Rovio’s history of keeping its games fresh by continually adding new levels and developing new characters.

My second item of evidence is an image I posted a few days ago of Boba Fett and Slave I being included in Angry Birds Star Wars coloring book and sticker album. Whether this was an accidental inclusion or a purposeful nod – it confirms the bounty hunter is under development.

It’ll be interesting to see how fans of both franchises react to Boba Fett’s introduction. Many pieces of fan art illustrated the bounty hunter as a bird, but these images surfacing in coloring books and sticker albums obviously show Boba Fett as a pig.

Most likely, this is because he will be the “boss” at the last level of the Cloud City episode – similarly to Darth Vader being the boss at the last level of Death Star.