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Your latest news and speculation on Boba Fett's presence in Star Wars film, television, comics, video games and collectibles. Also, the originator of the #BringBackBoba Campaign.

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The X-Wing Miniatures Game rolled out a Slave I expansion set last year, which included 19 new cards, 22 tokens, a maneuver dial, rule sheet and Slave I – which could also be piloted as a normal Firespray-31. You can find this expansion set Barnes & Noble for around $35. 

If you play X-Wing Miniatures and have used the Slave I/Firespray-31, we’d like to interview you about your experience and thoughts on the game and expansion. Email us at thebobabounty@gmail.com and we’ll set something up.

Disney Interactive announced its upcoming game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, inviting fans to sign up for beta testing this coming New Year. Promotional materials including game art and a short trailer shows a glimpse at Slave I, which will appear in the game.

Attack Squadrons will be a free online game, which offers users to customize popular vessels and wage combat with as much as 16 players at a time. Lucasfilm officials said more details on ships, environments and more will be forthcoming the next few weeks.

Sign up for the beta testing at www.starwars.com/attacksquadrons.

My wife and I have a busy day tomorrow, so we celebrated our gift giving earlier tonight. I received a nice bounty of Boba Fett merchandise for my collection including, a Titanium Series Diecast Slave I, Boba Fett Pez Dispenser, LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga for Wii, and Agents of Empire: Hard Targets and Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin trade paperbacks. Several of these items I’ve been hunting for a while, and was thrilled to finally own them! Did you receive any Boba Fett items for Christmas? Comment and share your bounties below!

Check out this breathtaking photo entitled Bossk’s Cool Day Out, by Vesa Lehtimaki. We saw this shared by our friends at BobaFett.com and just had to re-share. The imagery is perfect for this time of year; I can just imagine Jango Fett, dressed in his Santa Claus attire from the Advent Calendar, navigating Slave I.

There’s one more day to vote in Del Rey Books’ Crazy Duel poll – which wages Slave I against Millennium Falcon in a fantasy match-up. You can vote at Facebook.com/StarWarsBooks.

Del Rey posts character battles every Wednesday, but last week changed things up with their ship vs. ship contest. The poll emphasizes this isn’t about Boba Fett facing off against Han Solo – but your vote should only consider the vehicles themselves – imagine anonymous pilots with equal skill and knowledge of the vessels.

This is a battle we’ve seen a number of times in the comics, and my vote went to Slave I. Looking past my bias, I believe Slave I has the edge – with superior cloaking, tracking and weaponry. The Falcon is faster, though, but in a face-to-face dogfight – the Falcon would have its wings clipped.

Who would you vote for and why?

Here’s a closer look at the exclusive Jango Fett, redesigned young Boba Fett and Slave I from the 2013 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. Jango Fett comes in a snazzy Santa Claus outfit and you can alternate his gift sack with the sled’s jetpack “if you wish.” Boba Fett received a new design for his hair and slight differences in the legs. Click here to read more details on Amazon.

The highly sought Star Wars Galactic Heroes Slave I with Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, goes for nearly $100 on sites like eBay and Amazon. If it looks familiar, the model was repainted for the hard-to-find Jedi Force Jango Fett’s Slave I in stores now. If you’re not willing to shell out a hundred bucks for this collectible online, like I am hesitant to do, I’m hoping this item will be repackaged and released in next year’s wave of Jedi Force toys.

Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars” #9.

We’re now nine issues deep into the first story arc of Dark Horse’s “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin.” The story by Brian Wood is superb and continues to capture the spirit of the Original Trilogy, the art is stunning every issue and the book keeps a swift pace – however, I feel this is a story better read in trade paperback.

Having to wait a month between each issue is frustrating, because Wood checks in with each subplot every time. While it’s nice to provide face time to each fan favorite, it’s like watching three minutes of a movie each day – sure, we’ll get to the peak of drama eventually, but its sure taking a while to get there. Each week I keep hoping the next issue is where all the subplots will meet for a giant payoff.

In “Star Wars” #9, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Atilles escape custody and are maneuvering toward the data core to bug the communication system. We get a tie in to The Clone Wars, with Princess Leia receiving contact by the Audacity, a ship from the wartime era. The most staggered storyline, though, continues to be Boba Fett and Han Solo.

At the end of Issue #8, a long-awaiting gunfight was teased between the smuggler and bounty hunter. Promotional images further promised an engaging encounter, as we saw images of Boba Fett ejecting from Slave I to pursue Han Solo face-to-face.

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The dialogue written for Boba Fett is great, stating that Jabba pays more for his bounties to be turned in whole, rather than blown to smithereens. However, we’re denied a decent gunfight, as Perla crashes a platform, quickly evading the bounty hunter. Also, we see Bossk hot on the tail of the Falcon, being piloted by Chewbacca.

In the previous issue, there was a passing comment about bounty hunters not usually crossing into Imperial compounds or stations. Unless we see it in the forthcoming issue, I think this was a missed opportunity. All the chaos and destruction and Imperial agents aren’t swarming onto scene?

Woods could have had Imperial Troopers arrive on scene, and that, in my opinion, could have been a better distraction to allow Perla and Solo to escape. Also, more chances to show Boba Fett in action. Once again, we continue to watch the cat-and-mouse game between the two men – which I continue to have faith will result in a payoff in the end.

"Star Wars" #10 will be available Oct. 9.

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.



Note: The following blog entry contains SPOILERS to “Star Wars #8

In “Star Wars” #8 we finally get more than just a handful of panels dealing with the subplot of Han Solo on the run from Boba Fett and Bossk. The chase began in issue #2 and we’ve been building to a hopeful conflict – which writer Brian Wood delivers in this action packed issue.

While Luke Skywalker and Wedge sneak aboard a Star Destroyer, the real action takes place on Coruscant. We are treated to a massive dogfight, that highlights the cunning evasive skills of Chewbacca and Han Solo – as well as showcases the hunting skills of Boba Fett.

When we last left Han Solo and Chewbacca, they had hired garbage-barge pilot, Perla, to aid them in an escape from bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk, who tracked them to Coruscant. The smugglers are forced to split up as Slave I engages them – navigating the Falcon as Han Solo and Perla remain aboard the barge.

The tactic worked, as Boba Fett hadn’t planned on a firefight above the Imperial Center. With Chewbacca’s counterattacks on the Slave I, Fett is forced to allow the Garbage-barge to gain distance – the risk of killing Solo in the dogfight is too high, and he attends to capture him alive to collect on the dual bounty, one from the Hutt Cartel and the other the Empire.

Han Solo tells Perla he is surprised to see the bounty hunter in an Imperial Jurisdiction. Unfortunately for Perla and Solo, the space battle put them on the Imperial security radar, blowing their cover in the process. Once catching up, the Slave I continue to attack the garbage-barge, but aims for its cargo, resulting in Perla to lose large portions of her cargo and jeopardizing their ability to maneuver.

Meanwhile, Bossk chases down Chewbacca in the Falcon. The bounty is on Solo’s head, so Bossk is intent on destroying both, the Falcon and Chewbacca.

Han Solo crashes the barge into the Imperial Center. He believes it’s a calculated risk, which will payoff in their escape, but the plan comes up short as Slave I hones in one the smuggler and Perla, with them outgunned and without a ship on the ground floor of the Imperial Center.

There are several items of note in this issue: first, Wood emphasizes that it’s unusual for Boba Fett to engage his prey in Imperial borders. This must be foreshadowing for the next issue, why are these areas off limits to Boba Fett? Could his saving grace be Imperial Security Forces stepping in right as Slave I closes in on the marooned Perla and Solo?

Ryan Kelly’s art goes above and beyond in this issue. The most haunting image, in my opinion, are the skulls and bodily remains decorating Bossk’s cockpit seat.

We’ve still yet to be told how Boba Fett and Bossk became a team in this issue. Or are they building on the rebooted relationship between the two, which has already been expanded upon in The Clone Wars?

The confrontation will continue in “Star Wars” #9 will be released on Sept. 11