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Dave Filoni doesn’t post things online too often, but when he does – they tend to blow our minds. This was no truer than when he shared conceptual drawings from his personal sketchbook last week on the Official Star Wars Blog. They included concepts from the rumored (but unaired) Boba Fett story arc for The Clone Wars.

These episodes were originally meant to air in the fifth season of The Clone Wars, but were pushed to season six – something that was not uncommon. Writers have previously stated in interviews they always created more stories than episodes produced in a season.

After the cancellation of The Clone Wars, fans were afraid we’d never learn the details of Boba Fett’s development as a bounty hunter.

We hoped the episodes would be included in The Lost Missions, but those dreams were deflated on March 7, when season six was released on Netflix, without the arc – although by all reports, it was fully written and near completion – Daniel Logan even said he voiced the lines more than two years ago.

Filoni’s sketches were bitter sweet to view. One drawing showed Cad Bane and Boba Fett strolling across the Tatooine desert, talking candidly to one another. Another sketch shows Bane surrounded by a posse of bounty hunters, including young Boba Fett and his old ally Bossk.

These images reminded us we’ll never see (unless retooled for another series) these episodes, but it was exciting to see possible proof concerning speculation we posed last year.

In August, I theorized the story would showcase young Boba Fett leaving the mentorship of Aurra Sing and being taken under the wing of Cad Bane. Here are a few snippets from my previous story:

“There’s always been a comparison drawn between Cad Bane and Boba Fett. Bane was considered a notorious bounty hunter, at the top of the game, worked regularly for crime syndicates, like the Hutts, was armed to the teeth, held his own against Jedi to just name a few characteristics. In fact, there are more similarities in style between Boba and Bane than compared to Jango Fett.”

“One could speculate Cad Bane might have taken Boba under his wing while in prison, fulfilling more of a mentor role than Aurra Sing or Bossk.”

“Since the Boba Fett we see later along the timeline more closely mirror Cad Bane’s discipline and principles, we could assume he gained those traits by modeling himself after a mentor like Bane. As an associate of Cad Bane, this would also help understand how he became so familiar with the cartels.”

It’s also intriguing to see that in the sketches, he’s wearing what appears to be Mandalorian armor. There would have been some major growth for Boba Fett in these episodes, and I think it’s tragic they were not included in The Lost Missions.

I hope now that The Lost Missions have aired, Filoni can speak more about these sketches and what was planned for the story. However, there’s no reason this story couldn’t be retooled for Star Wars Rebels – of course, later in their mentorship/partnership.

What did you think about these images? Do you think the main themes of this type of story could be refitted for the world we’ll see in Rebels?

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If you follow our blog on a regular basis, then you know how busy the last year has been for Boba Fett collectors. Two-thousand thirteen was swamped with comic book cameos, convention exclusives, mobile game and roleplaying expansions – amongst other news items ranging from spin-off rumors and the launch of the #BringBackBoba Campaign.

We’ve reviewed some of the most popular highlights of 2013 and created a list broken down by months, which focuses on this year’s Boba Fett collecting. Some of the major happenings were the wrap up of Agent of the Empire, Boba’s 6-inch figure in the Black Series toy line, his update in Angry Birds Star Wars and controversy over the canceled 1313 video game.

If we missed anything you feel should be on the list, or would like to talk about your favorite Boba Fett product or project, jump over and discuss it at our #BringBackBoba Campaign page on Facebook.

January:
image-Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #4.
-Street artist Brian Donelly releases exclusive Boba Fett vinyl figure in Tokyo.
-Dark Horse Comics released Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead in trade paperback.
-Target carried officially licensed Boba Fett water bottles, puzzles and play packs.

February:
-Mars rereleased M&M Boba Fett candy products for Valentine’s Day.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #2.
-Jeremy Bulloch named Boba Fett in his favorite five film rogues in Star Wars Insider #140.
-Zen Studios released Boba Fett Pinball for mobile devices.
-Boba Fett appeared on the cover of Wired Magazine.
-Rumors started about a possible Boba Fett spin-off film.
-Hasbro announced Boba Fett in second wave of Angry Birds Star Wars at NYC Toy Fair.
-Boba Fett appeared in Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #5.
-Fighter Pods Series 4 included new Boba Fett figurines and Slave I.
-Ted dressed like Boba Fett in an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
-Boba Fett included in expansion of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Roleplaying Game.
-Fantasy Flight Games expanded X-Wing Miniature Game with Slave I ship.

March:
-Kotobukiya released its Boba Fett silicon ice cube tray.
-Boba Fett makes semi-finals for StarWars.com’s March Madness tournament.
-Boba Fett levels added to Angry Birds Star Wars mobile app.
-Inside sources reported there was an unaired Boba Fett story arc planned for The Clone Wars S6.
-Gentle Giant offered 12-inch Jumbo Boba Fett as gift option for premier gold members

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April:
-Boba Fett appeared on stage during Walt Disney World announcement about Star Wars Day.
-Patton Oswalt mentioned Boba Fett in episode of Parks and Recreation.
-LucasArts sources report video game 1313 was centered on Boba Fett.
-Boba Fett appeared in children’s book Vader’s Little Princess.
-UK-based company Direct Blinds released blueprint Slave I window covers.

May:
-Magician Chris Cross challenged Jeremy Bulloch in escape act at Star Wars Day event.
-Boba Fett appeared in The Assassination of Darth Vader released on Free Comic Book Day.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #5.
-We launched the #BringBackBoba Campaign.
-Winning T-Shirt for the Dark Side Design Contest featured Boba Fett.
-FanWraps.com released Boba Fett car wraps for Star Wars Day.
-Her Universe released Boba Fett tank top for Star Wars Day.
-Boba Fett found in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars blind bag figurines.
-Hollywood Studios released exclusive print featuring Boba Fett for Star Wars Weekends.
-Disney released “Sarlacc Attack” toy set exclusively for Disney Park gift shops.
-StarWars.com offered printable Boba Fett mask for Cinco de Mayo.

June:
-Medicom released new designs for Boba Fett Be@rbricks Collection.
-Rovio released Boba’s Delivery cartoon for Angry Birds Toons.
-X-Raided offered limited edition Boba Fett challenge coin.
-Jeremy Bulloch began giving exclusive Boba Fett patches with copies of Flying Solo.
-Comic Images released Boba Fett rag doll.
-Sideshow Collectibles announces its Sixth Scale Prototype Boba Fett.

July:
image-Artist Joe Corroney released The Slave Princess featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II.
-Artist Brian Rood released Homecoming featuring Boba Fett for Celebration Europe II.
-Limited edition giclee Boba Fett paintings released by artist Christian Waggoner.
-Giclee painting featuring Boba Fett released by artist Raymond Swanland.
-Bounty hunter card set including Boba Fett offered as exclusive for Celebration Europe II.
-Gentle Giant offered Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust at San Diego Comic Con.
-Exclusive 6-inch Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite offered at SDCC and Celebration Europe II.
-Retro Outlaw Boba Fett figure offered as San Diego Comic Con exclusive.
-Boba Fett actors reunite on stage at Celebration Europe II.
-Funko released Holiday Special Boba Fett Pop! Vinyl exclusive.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #7.
-Dark Horse Comics released Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets on trade paperback.

August:
-Bioworld Merchandising released Boba Fett backpack.
-Amazon.com shipped out exclusive Vintage Collection Slave I.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #8.
-LEGO released Boba Fett LED Keychain.
-Gentle Giant announced its Boba Fett Holiday Special Animated Maquette.
-UD Replicas released Boba Fett leather motorcycle jacket.
-Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Galactic Files II.
-Boba Fett throws first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game.

September:
-Boba Fett featured in Petco’s new Star Wars Pet Fans Collection.
-Tribe released new line of Star Wars USB flash drives including Boba Fett.
-Retailers stock officially licensed inflatable Boba Fett jetpack.
-Hasbro announced Boba Fett’s Class II Slave I to hit stores in fall.
-Her Universe announces new Boba Fett dresses coming soon.
-Konami launches Star Wars: Force Collection for mobile devices featuring Boba Fett.
-Boba Fett featured in Angry Birds Star Wars II.

October:
-Boba Fett featured in Topps’ Star Wars Jedi Legacy card series.
-Boba Fett featured on Angry Birds Star Wars Happy Meal pails.
-Artist Brian Rood released Boba Fett is on the Hunt for limited time.
-Dark Horse released limited edition of Star Wars #2 canvas prints.
-Funko featured Boba Fett in its Star Wars Papercraft Playset.
-Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin #10.
-Release of The Bounty Hunters Code: From the Files of Boba Fett.

November:
image-Artist William Silvers featured Boba Fett in his painting A Good Day to Die.
-Boba Fett celebrated the 35th anniversary of his animated debut.
-Boba Fett merchandise given away in contests for Entertainment Earth, Think Geek and Mint in Box.
-Retailers stocked Boba Fett stationary sets and hot chocolate for holiday specials.
-Hasbro released Boba Fett in Wave 2 of the Black Series 6-inch line.
-Boba Fett featured in mobile application Tiny Death Star.
-Boba Fett wins majority vote in IGN.com’s Episode VII poll.
-Star Wars drinkware featuring Boba Fett showed up at Target.
-LEGO Advent Calendar features Boba Fett, Jango Fett and Slave I.
-More than 20 Black Friday sales related to Boba Fett products.

December:
-Boba Fett sketch by Joe Johnston raises money for Shine On Sierra Leone.
-Tiny Death Star adds Holiday Special Boba Fett to in-game characters.

How’s that for a year?! Lastly, as this year ends it also marks near the one year anniversary of The Boba Bounty. How have you enjoyed our reporting on Boba Fett collectibles and Star Wars speculation? What could we improve, adjust or expand on? Let us know your thoughts by commenting on Facebook or emailing us at thebobabounty@gmail.com.

RebelForce Radio launched another sister podcast, which will be released once a month and feature hosts Tricia Barr of the FangirlBlog.com and Teresa Delgado of JediNews.co.uk. The show will present the female voices of Star Wars fandom, including spotlight interviews and fangirl perspectives.

The inaugural episode dropped last week, which featured an engaging interview with voice actress Catherine Taber – best known as the voice of Padme from The Clone Wars.

The first episode also featured a well balanced discussion of Boba Fett’s popularity and use in the films and Expanded Universe. This conversation earned my full respect and made me an official fan of their podcast, who will now become a loyal listener.

Barr and Delgado debated on whether the use of Boba Fett is exhausted in Star Wars, speculating the merit of both sides of the argument. What I appreciated is their respect for both perspectives, instead of attacking opposing views rather than insulting Boba Fett’s fan base.

The hosts speak clearly and are very articulate. There are no annoying speech habits, they don’t try to force jokes or tire the audience by repeating the same talking points over and over. I highly recommend this podcast. Barr and Delgado are endearing and you’ll find yourself looking up their other online projects following your first listen.

Between Fangirls Going Rogue and Radio 1138, Jason and Jimmy are putting together a strong, diverse stable of podcasts that I’m sure will provide comprehensive coverage and speculation of the Star Wars Universe going into a new era of the galaxy far, far away.

You can download Fangirls Going Rogue for free on iTunes or at Shotglassdigital.com. Also, follow these ladies on Twitter @FGGoingRogue and at Fangirlsgoingrogue.tumblr.com.

You may have seen the prepackaged Star Wars Illustrated trading cards in this month’s Star Wars Insider. Here’s a peak at one of the cards featuring Boba Fett, seen partnered with Bossk, which continues the retcon relationship between the two bounty hunters adopted after The Clone Wars. The series debuts Nov. 6.

A few months ago we reported that Daniel Logan and Matt Wood were featured at a Star Wars panel at DragonCon. The podcast, Full of Sith, just released a special episode with co-host Bryan Young interviewing the actors for a question and answer session during the convention.

The episode is about an hour long and is a great listen to not only fans of Logan and Wood, but to fans of The Clone Wars in general. Most interesting, Logan answers some questions I’ve not heard repeated from the number of other interviews he’s given over the last few months.  

They discuss how the landed their roles in The Clone Wars, comment about the future of Star Wars and share fun stories from the production of the show.

You can download the podcast episode for free on iTunes.

If you haven’t listened to this week’s RebelForce Radio, then download it now to check out an exclusive interview with Daniel Logan and Tom Kane at last weekend’s Marigold Festival in Illinois.

Logan and Kane take a stroll down memory lane, recounting stories from the set of Attack of the Clones and production for The Clone Wars.

Normally, I’d give a rundown of everything talked about, but this podcast is so informative and entertaining – you really need to listen to it for yourself.

However, if that’s not enough to intrigue you – here are some items addressed:

  • Daniel Logan talks about how he landed his first acting role, and later the part of Boba Fett, stemming from his involvement in Rugby.
  • Logan entertains fans with onset stories, including, drag racing golf carts, swinging Lightsabers and how he learned his onscreen father was decapitated.
  • Tom Kane gives insight on being a voice actor, what it takes to make it in the profession and reveals behind the scene stories from sound stages.
  • We learn a little more about the unaired sixth season of The Clone Wars
  • Mandalorian Mercs reveal a special surprise for Daniel Logan

Bo-Katan

One of the biggest accomplishments brought on by The Clone Wars, was the introduction of powerful female figures. Amongst these ladies is none other than Bo-Katan, who we last saw in the fifth season’s Darth Maul arc.

Bo-Katan broke away from Maul’s Shadow Collective, creating a splinter group of Mandalorian Warriors called the Nite Owls. She also delivered one of my favorite quotes from the season, “Mandalore will survive. We always survive.”

Dave Filoni admits he loves the characters he developed, hinting we’ll see familiar faces in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. Could Bo-Katan return in the new animated series? Once the civil war resolved, could Bo-Katan be the new leader of Mandalore? I am intrigued on seeing more of this character developed.

Kal Skirata

Depending on what time period between Episode III and IV that Rebels takes place in, there’s a huge question mark surrounding the fate of Clone Troopers.

Will the show writers address the fallout of thousands of aging Clones, no longer of use to the Empire, who find themselves now without purpose or maybe even a complication? Will they be simply abandoned, or will a new Order be executed, calling for the complete elimination of these troopers?

If so, this could give opportunity to introduce Kal Skirata, the Mandalorian warrior that Jango Fett recruited to help train the Grand Army.

The Expanded Universe portrays Skirata as a man with great love for his men, so when the Kamino project is scrapped, would he surface to the forefront, with a new self-imposed mission – salvaging what’s left of his squad and keeping them alive.

Spar

It took some tinkering to perfect the cloning process on Kamino. In some of the Expanded Universe material produced over the years, it’s detailed that early batches of Clones are created with some errors or defects.

One such case is Spar, a Clone who inherited the full memories of Jango Fett and lacked the genetic coding to limit his free thinking. Spar escaped Kamino before the Clone Wars and adopted the lifestyle of a bounty hunter.

Equipped with no only Jango’s skills as a fighter, but with his genetic father’s memories and experience, he could easily evade detection by the Republic, and later, the Empire. Would he also inherit Jango’s desire for an heir? What would happen then, if Spar and Boba Fett encountered one another?

Boba Fett is used to running into men who look like his father, but what about a man who possesses the mind of his father? Furthermore, what if after bonding, Spar is killed in front of him? What stories could they mine from this relationship?

Dred Priest

Dred Priest was another Mandalorian that Jango Fett recruited to train his Clone Commandos on Kamino.He possessed a leaning toward the ideals carried by Death Watch, so following The Clone Wars, he returns to Mandalore to rejoin his brothers.

But, only to find a great schism between the planet’s warriors. His return to Mandalore could conflict with the direction Bo-Katan wants to guide her people – as a system independent of the Empire, while Priest, wishing to use the Empire as a tool to spread a Mandalorian Empire. This conflict could result in further civil war on Mandalore.

Former Clone Troopers

What Mandalorians would you like to see pop up in Star Wars Rebels? Also, would you like to see former Clone Troopers - like Rex or Cody - adopt the culture and lifestyle of Mandalorians if discarded by the Empire?

Share your thoughts at the #BringBackBoba Campaign page at Facebook.com/BringBackBoba.

We were first introduced to Boba Fett in the Holiday Special, when he was portrayed as a spy for the Empire. Even after an overhaul and a more menacing and mysterious debut in Empire Strikes Back, he was still seen as a villain.

Similar to many other franchises, when a character becomes popular enough, there’s an internal push by creators to transform them into an anti-hero. This has been, arguably, the development of Boba Fett over the years. Just look at last year’s release of Angry Birds Star Wars as proof – before he appeared in the game, lots of fan art poured onto the web.

The majority of this fan art illustrated Boba Fett as a bird, instead of a pig. It could be debated, the reason this happened is some fans subconsciously view the bounty hunter leaning more toward the good, than the dark side. This makes sense – since K.W. Jeter’s “The Bounty Hunter Wars” trilogy, Boba Fett has been painted as more of a decent guy who does bad things when paid. Although, he filled a more ruthless role in this book than in modern storylines.

This norm continues through a number of comics and novels. In Dark Horse’s “Blood Ties,” he does right by his half-brother Connor Freeman, even though he should feel as much kinship with Freeman as he should with any other clone or their offspring. In Karen Traviss’ Legacy of the Force series, he even further is illustrated as being more than an emotionless killer.

Contrast these recent stories to his portrayal in early Marvel comics or Dark Horse’s “Dark Empire,” where instead of being surgical in his approach when hunting down his bounties, he is cut throat and willing to shoot down anyone or anything standing between him and his prey. It’s evident, he was written as more of a “true baddie” in these early projects than he is now.

In fact, he’s helped save the galaxy numerous times in relatively modern books – even training one of the Solo children to save the day, opening himself up to family bonds and working to better the lives of Mandalorians as their leader.

The fate of the Expanded Universe is up in the air, so if it’s dispatched of, will we be left with a more ruthless and cold Boba Fett, as hinted at in the Original Trilogy? Not quite. The push to sway Boba Fett away from being a villain is already been planted within the official canon, through his character development in The Clone Wars.

The writers could have written Boba Fett much more sinister in his initial Clone Wars story arc. He was, after all, out to avenge his father’s death and take down the Jedi. They could have made him a “child soldier,” who could shoot down an unarmed clone without blinking. A vengeful kid, whose only concern was the bounty being paid – laying a foundation to the Boba Fett we see in the films.

Instead though, they avoided any actions on young Boba Fett’s part that would make it difficult to redeem him as a good guy later on. He never killed in cold blood and demonstrated a moral compass that separated him from characters like Aurra Sing. When we see him in later seasons, he is working as a bounty hunter – but not carrying out assassinations. He’s specializing more as a mercenary than an assassin.

Since he never performs acts of atrocity, the creators are free to take Boba Fett in a more anti-hero direction in Star Wars Rebels, if they wish. Even in the original films, he technically does nothing that would warrant an ultimate death to fully redeem his actions.  Han Solo was not an innocent, so delivering him to Jabba the Hutt in Carbonite, could even be argued as nothing close to a truly evil act.

Will Disney decide to create a story that distinguishes Boba Fett as a bounty hunter to be feared, never hesitating to kill – but never ending the life of the unarmed or innocent? A bounty hunter who uses moral judgment, before accepting a job?

As a fan, what do you want to see – Boba Fett developed into an anti-hero or executed in the role of a villain?

Mandalore had fallen into schism the last we visited it in The Clone Wars, and its leadership virtually dismantled. The premise of Disney’s new animated series deals with the rise of the rebellion, so is there room for a return to Mandalore?

imageThrough the Expanded Universe we learn the Empire catches Mandalore in its crosshairs, due to an interest in its natural resources. In addition to harvesting the planet’s Mandalorian Iron, the Empire also see’s the planet as a convenient outpost to the expansion of its power. What other reason would they set base on a planet in the Outer Rim?

Whether or not this concept will be explored in Star Wars Rebels, perhaps in later seasons, there’s another reason we may return to Mandalore. The generation that grew up with The Clone Wars has become endeared to the clones.

The clone troopers are beloved, and would Disney simply discard these characters completely? I doubt this, especially since Dave Filoni is personally attached to these characters, and he would know some continuity in characters is essential to keeping audiences watching each episode.

The problem then becomes, how do you include clones – who are aging aggressively, and according to present canon, are not around in the era right before Episode IV. The answer could come from what we read in Expanded Universe novels, like the Republic Commando books by Karen Traviss.

In Traviss’ novels we learn that Mandalore becomes a sanctuary for clones, especially those under the command of Skirata – a Mandalorian who assisted Jango Fett in the training of early clones. Of course, there’s no guarantee that they’d introduce characters like Fenn Shysa, Spar, Skirata, etc. But, they could carry over popular troopers from The Clone Wars and put them on Mandalore.

Mandalore could be the only safe place for former clone troopers, and the story could still fit within the stories premise. Are we assuming that in the title “Rebels,” the show is only referring to the Rebel Alliance?

Wouldn’t a faction of ex-clone troopers, discarded by their government, dealing with betraying their Jedi commanders, who are fighting against the occupation of their adoptive planet, Mandalore, be considered rebels?

Would you like to see clones featured in Star Wars Rebels? If so, in what capacity? Share your thoughts by clicking through to our #BringBackBoba Campaign page on Facebook.

The latest issue of “Star Wars Insider” sheds new light on the roles of the development team behind “Star Wars Rebels.” We already knew storylines for season one has been nailed down, but according to a short article within Insider – production has started.

In fact, fans at Celebration Europe II will get a first look at the show. Without a doubt, we’ll receive online reports about whatever clips they show, if not some shaky cell phone footage of the unveiling. However, how much product could they have produced in such a short time? Is this a hint the animation models from Clone Wars are at least being used for a foundation for the show?

This could very well be the case – if you take a gander at the art team.

The article named members of the creative team, besides the producer credits of Simon Kinberg, Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman. Art direction is being led by the team of Kilian Plunkett, Amy Christenson, Andre Kirk, Pat Presley, Chris Glenn and Darren Marshall – supervised by production manager Liz Cummings.

Plunkett was the lead character designer for The Clone Wars and is now the art director for Rebels. He’s also known for his work with Dark Horse – his earliest work involved Boba Fett, when he penciled “Shadows of the Empire.”

That’s not the only connection to Boba Fett and other bounty hunters. The entire art team has strong connections to bounty hunter design, stories and development.

Christenson is previously known for her concept art, namely with her involvement in The Force Unleashed franchise. Kirk and Presley are also concept artist, and if you Google their names – you’ll run across some bounty hunter images – possible clues?

Well, if it’s not, then Glenn’s involvement should definitely make us wonder – he was the concept artist brought in to work on the Rise of the Bounty Hunter arc in The Clone Wars.

We also learn CG lighting and effects supervisor Joel Aron, animation supervisor Keith Kellogg and asset supervisor Paul Zinnes are on the development team.

The exact characters and plots of Rebels are still a closely held secret, but with so many members of its development team advocates of the bounty hunters – the odds are looking good we’ll get to see some of our favorites show up on screen.