The Boba Bounty

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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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.

The inaugural issue of Cool & Collected Magazine was released this winter, by the blogging site of the same name. The team over at Cool & Collected were able to launch their own publication after raising over $6,000 on Kickstarter – surpassing their goal by over $800.

The premier issue includes an article on the history of Boba Fett action figures, along with stories on a number of other toy lines, comics and even some convention coverage. The 64-page magazine is $7.99 for its print edition or $5 for a digital copy.

What’s awesome about this magazine is how they collaborate with other fan sites and blogs to enrich the publication. Photography from Jedi-Business.com is featured prominently with the Boba Fett action figure retrospective.

When the new line of 6-inch Black Series figures was announced last year, it grabbed my interest. I’ve been eager to get my hands on the Boba Fett and Greedo figures in its second wave, and was nervous about distribution.

The first wave was plentiful on store shelves, but it’s common nowadays to miss new waves due to stores being back stocked on initial orders.

I spotted the first batch of wave two figures in my area at Target earlier today. They had about a dozen figures available on the sales floor, the majority of those being Slave Leia. I lucked out, though, and found a single Boba Fett and Greedo.

Whenever Boba Fett is featured in a line, they disappear fast. You could argue this is because Hasbro intentionally distributes lower quantities of Boba Fett, they’re snatched up quickly by fans or scalpers hoard them to flip on third-party websites – I imagine it’s a mix of all three. I wasn’t taking any chances though and picked up the bounty hunters.

The packaging on the 6-inch figures should be commended. The design is sleek and elegant, and featuring headshots of each character with the Star Wars logo gives the package a high-end feel – along with the stylistic back, which features a brief summary of the character’s role in the films and one of their well-known quotes.

The best part of its packaging is it can be easily opened without compromising the box. It’s nice to be able to take the figure out, appreciate the craftsmanship and have the option to slip it back in the box to display like new.

The Boba Fett figure is nearly flawless. The 6-inch scale allows for detail you just can’t get in smaller scale. The paintjob is clean and gives the appearance of being well worn and subtle touches of battle scars. With about 15 points of articulation, he can be posed in any number of iconic stances and stands well balanced – with or without his jetpack.

The Boba Fett sculpt is the exact mold fans saw in the exclusive San Diego Comic Con and Celebration Europe Boba Fett with Han Solo In Carbonite. He comes accessorized with a rifle, small blaster and his jetpack. My only problem with this figure is the blasters are a little difficult to get into his hands – primarily the blaster rifle.

Boba Fett’s helmet does not come off, which is a compliment to the film mythology of the character. It’s also nice to see at this scale that Hasbro can sculpt and paint more detail into weapons. The blasters are firm, so there’s less chances for barrels to get bent, twisted and mangled when removing from the packaging – always hated displaying an action figure who’s pointing a bent blaster into the air.

These figures are well worth the $20 price tag and are even more stunning in person than what you’ve seen in pictures online. Has Wave 2 hit store shelves in your area yet? Are you seeing a fair amount of quantities of all figures?

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.

I stumbled upon this while killing time on Tumblr today. It’s the mail-away offer for the original Boba Fett figure released by Kenner in the late 1970s. In fact, the offer expired May 31, 1979!

I have a few observations:

  • This is proof of how well done Hasbro has replicated the look of Kenner’s 1970s toy line packaging with their current Vintage Collection.
  • Boba Fett wasn’t available in stores, but only through this mail-away offer. Hasbro also releases special edition Boba Fett figures exclusively via mail. I wonder if this fact added to the unsuspected rise in Boba Fett’s popularity?
  • It’s important to note that when this toy was released, Boba Fett had yet to appear in the films. His scene was cut from A New Hope, and not added back until George Lucas released the Special Edition. We were only aware of his existence through 1978’s holiday special, “A Wookie Holiday.”
  • The third image is very amusing. Lucas likes to pretend the holiday special never happened and has tried his best to eradicate it from existence. Therefore, it’s interesting to see the program mentioned on officially licensed products.

If you’ve visited the Star Wars section of any retail store, then you’ve surely seen Star Wars Fighter Pods. There are dozens of small plastic characters that can be collected. The small, plastic figures are stout and cartoon in design, but sculpted in great detail.

The packages also come with plastic, sculpted pods which open up to fit the figures inside. The characters are meant to be fitted in the pods and used for a battle game. Players are able to choose which characters they wish to play with and re-create or invent battle scenarios with friends.

The point of the game is to knock your opponent out of a battle zone by spinning, rolling your pods – or by launching them from vehicles. The rules are not set in concrete and purposely so, because players are supposed to create their own rules of engagement.

The collection features three versions of Boba Fett. These versions include the bounty hunter fixed in two positions – two of which show him standing at ease with his blaster rifle in hand and the second pose is him ready to launch darts from his cufflinks.

The difference between two of the figures is Boba Fett’s armor. In one he wears his traditional green and gray armor, and on the second, he wears white prototype armor.

These micro-figures are reminiscent to me of the playsets released in the early 1990s, featuring helmets or faces of Star Wars characters that opened up to reveal miniature scenes from the movies. These toys were a result of the popularity of the Mighty Max and Polly Pocket toy lines and featured micro-figures of popular Star Wars characters.

The fighter pods are a great way for children to exercise their imagination. The beauty of this line is children don’t have to play with these figures through battling the pods, but can treat them in the same vain as action figures.

I’ll also add that retailers sell these pods in individual mystery packs. Each pack comes with two pods and two characters, but the catch is you never know what might be inside! This adds the same element of surprise as opening a pack of trading cards, with the mission of collecting the entire set.

Create your own battles with these Star Wars Battle Pods

The first line of Star Wars figures my generation was exposed to was Kenner’s Power of the Force 2 collection, which launched in 1995. I imagine I wasn’t the only one who played with these figures while watching the original trilogy on VHS.

The toy line was given the name Power of the Force 2, because it was meant to be a continuation of Kenner’s toy line from a decade prior, before they stopped production due to small demand for Star Wars action figures.

Kenner re-launched its Star Wars line to test the demand. George Lucas was preparing to release the Special Edition version of the original trilogy, sequels were being rumored and Star Wars was showing signs of reviving in popularity.

Boba Fett was one of the first nine toys that were produced from this line, although three variations made their way to the market. The only differences between the versions were the circle design on Boba Fett’s gloves: the figure had either full circles or half circles on both gloves or a circle on the right hand with nothing on the left.

The figure was accessorized with a removable cape, jet pack and a large blaster rifle. Like most of the other early additions to this line, Boba Fett was sculpted bulky and only has six points of articulation. However, that’s not unusual for action figures of that decade.

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