The last few months have been disappointing for Star Wars fans. We’ve seen the cancellation of The Clone Wars and the release of prequel films in 3D, a postponement for Star Wars Detours and a few video games put on hold.
Some retail stores have also been consolidating their Star Wars merchandise. This past New York Toy Fair was universally reported as being underwhelming in terms of new lines of action figures.
I walked into Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago to see it tore down the aisle display for its Star Wars merchandise. Besides Hasbro’s upcoming Black Series, there are really no new waves of action figures being released this year in North America.
Therefore, the pegs are being filled with beaten, damaged figures on cards that were lying around warehouses or storage rooms.
During a grocery shopping trip earlier today at Target, I was not expecting to find the first wave of Fighter Pods Rampage Series 4 was on the shelves. One of the new vehicle sets included in this new wave is the Slave I.
I failed to find images of Fighter Pods Rampage Series 4 emerge from of the New York Toy Fair. Also, the Fighter Pod’s website is not updated with images from its new waves, so I successfully embarrassed my wife, as I performed a little dance of surprise and excitement in the middle of the toy aisle.
The Slave I is beautifully sculpted and painted in the blue and silver color scheme of Jango Fett. Since this toy line is known for releasing variants, I imagine we’ll see another Slave I, painted in Boba Fett’s color scheme, in an upcoming wave.
The set comes with three pods, which fit one pod at a time snugly at the rear of the Slave I – where the Cargo Bay is usually positioned. By pressing the cockpit window, the pod is launched or dropped from the vehicle. In my personal (biased) opinion, this is one of the most well designed vehicles in the Fighter Pods line.
This set also comes with eight characters, including new versions of Obi Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett, Saesee Tiin, Asajj Ventress, Luke Skywalker, Sandtrooper Hologram, Chewbacca Hologram and R-3PO.
Most of the characters and vehicles from Series 4 come from the prequel era and The Clone Wars. This is likely to many toy companies planning their toy lines to be released around the time of the prequel movies were going to be released in 3D.
This first wave introduces a fourth version of Boba Fett to the series – a Boba Fett Hologram figurine. The hologram is sculpted in red plastic, identifying him as part of the Dark Side characters. Boba Fett Hologram stands at a relaxed position, with his blaster resting at his side.
As far as I’ve seen, the Boba Fett Hologram can only be found in the product lines’ blind packages. However, I’ve not seen the full line of new vehicles or combo packs, so it might very well be found in those later this season.
I’ve only seen the Slave I set at my local Target, but nothing on the packaging hints at it being an exclusive to this retail location. If you’ve spotted this set at other stores, please comment on this post and to let us know.
“A bounty hunter never stops for rest, especially while hunting his prize catch. Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, has been tracking Han Solo for months. Using modified armor and new shape-shifting technology, Fett morphs into Slave I mode and flies to Coruscant, where Solo was last spotted.”
A mash up of two popular franchises, the Hasbro Star Wars Transformers line is fun and unique. What’s brilliant about this toy line is Hasbro’s approach to the series, which is really a “What if…?”
Within the universe of this toy line, Star Wars characters have upgraded their spacecraft to transform into giant robotic battle suits that carry their likeness. Hasbro could have simply created this toy line without an explanation, but I like that they created an engaging back story.
Boba Fett’s vehicle comes in two modes – the traditional Slave I, which transforms into a battle suit, features rocket firing action. In its battle suit mode, the cannons of the Slave I double as blasters. The transformation steps are simple to learn and blend beautifully together.
I love how the miniature figurine of Boba Fett can be placed in the cockpit, where he sits and controls the battle suit. While in this mode, the arms have a good range of dexterity, but the legs have a limited allowance in how wide you can stance the figure.
The figure has poor balance due to the design of its legs, though. However, the problems that are common place for Transformers toys cannot detract from this toy’s “cool” factor. This mash up allows you to experience the Star Wars Universe in a fresh and new perspective.
“Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the conflict… and the beginning of war.”
It’s the synopsis of Episode II, but the real highlight of Attack of the Clones was the appearance and origin story of Boba Fett.
After years of speculation in the Expanded Universe, the film shed light on how Boba Fett was an unaltered clone of notorious bounty hunter Jango Fett. As payment for his genetic code, Boba Fett was an unaltered clone of Jango, who trained under his father until Jango’s demise at the hands of Mace Windu during the Battle of Genosis.
In 2002, Hasbro released the action figures of Jango and Boba Fett. The young Boba Fett came accessorized with his father’s Mandalorian helmet, a jet pack, two blasters, a poncho and acrylic blast effects that can be attached to either his blasters or jet pack.
The Escape from Kamino action figure was the first version of young Boba Fett to reach collectors, but the figure leaves a little to be desired. The sculpting for this series line is a bit crude and waxy and the accessories are odd, since they do not mirror the tools Boba uses in the film during the Kamino scene.
Boba Fett only has four points of articulation and very little detail is applied to the face and body. I’m also frustrated by the fact you must choose between the poncho and jet pack being worn at one time – so if you like to display your figures loose – you must either clutter the area around Boba Fett with the unused accessories or store them elsewhere.
The blast effects sit at odds when displaying as well, due to the limited articulation. On that note, Boba Fett can hold his blasters alright in his right hand, but the left hand keeps a very loose grip around the weapons.
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.
The release of The Clone War Collection in 2010 included my favorite of the young Boba Fett action figures. Hasbro outdid themselves with this figure – with 14 points of articulation, removable armor, twin blasters and a jet pack – there are endless variations of poses for Boba Fett.
The figure is beautifully sculpted and the artist did a great job matches the face and clothes to the episodes that inspired them. However, the chest armor and jet pack were never seen in The Clone Wars, but they make a fun addition to this figure.
Boba Fett’s blasters fit well in both hands and in his holsters, and the jet pack is balanced with the figure and plugs nicely into the figure’s back. I also love the paint job and the details in the hands, they appear ever ready quickly draw his blasters.
Boba Fett’s first televised appearance was on the Star Wars Holiday Special on Nov. 17, 1978. While the film only aired once and is an infamous sore spot for George Lucas, the one segment to received any sort of praise was an animated story featuring the bounty hunter.
After saving Luke Skywalker from a creature, Boba Fett offers his assistance in helping Skywalker and friends toward finding a talisman – which ends up infecting Han Solo and Skywalker with a sleeping sickness. Boba helps Chewbacca find a cure, but he is secretly gathering information and forwards it to Darth Vader.
The transmission between Boba Fett and Darth Vader is intercepted by R2-D2 and the Rebels are alerted. Boba Fett then escapes, promising they’ll all meet again.
Screen grabs from the Holiday Special are readily available throughout the Internet, which illustrate the vast difference in Boba Fett’s clothing and armor compared to his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Instead of the grays and greens, his attire is bright, polished and clean. There are no laser burns or wear and tear. He also carried a two-pronged electropole as his primary weapon.
The action figure released by Hasbro in 2007 as part of its 30th Anniversary Collection pays homage to Boba Fett’s animated debut. This figure stands apart from other Boba Fett toys, and not only because of the electropole. The lack of battle scars on the armor gives the figure a polished appearance similar to Imperial Troopers.
I also like the belt, which has a western gunslinger feel to it. A small blaster fits snugly in the holster and Boba Fett’s jet pack is balanced on his back, not affecting the figure’s balance. These bright colors pull a positive focus in any toy collection and the unique weapons allow different battle scenarios than other Boba Fett figures during playtime.
This action figure also comes with a special Boba Fett collector coin, which can be showcased in your geekcave, or even carried in your pocket to bring you some luck! Overall, this is an engaging addition to the line of Boba Fett figures. Not only is it a fantastic toy, but illustrates the evolution of Boba Fett and his ongoing relationship with Darth Vader.
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.
The first time many of us were introduced to the bounty hunter Boba Fett, he was standing in the Death Star and cradling his EE-3 carbine rifle, a blaster modeled after the weapon used by Imperial Stormtroopers, but modified with a longer stock and featuring a scope for more accurate firing.
Hasbro released a series of blasters, including Boba Fett’s. In a past post, I recommended supplementing your Halloween costumes with this blaster, so let’s take a closer look at the rifle.
Measuring at 19 inches from stock to barrel, the rifle is made of hard plastic and features clear sound effects and light-up action when fired. The rifle resembles Boba Fett’s weapon pretty good, even though the gray and green paint job strays from the gun metal and rustic look of what you otherwise see.
This is in addition to the orange cap on the barrel, which is required by law on any toy gun. However, the packaging’s illustration of Boba Fett aiming his weapon cleverly paints the blaster rifle in the same colors as the toy – it even shows the barrel’s tip with an orange cap.
The electronic blaster is powered by three AAA batteries, which come included.
Even if weren’t Halloween, this is fun toy to display in your geekcave or gift to young Star Wars enthusiasts. The beauty of the electronic blaster is it can double for a Mandalorian Protector’s rifle.
Hasbro released an exclusive Villain Set to its Star Wars Vintage Collection this past July, which included figures of a Tusken Raider, Snaggletooth and Boba Fett. This combo pack is only found at Target and appears to be pulled straight from a time capsule.
This is the first representation of Boba Fett from A New Hope. While his scenes were cut from the original film, George Lucas inserted Fett into the Special Edition. However, the figure is a repaint of an Empire Strikes Back figure.
Everything about the box is reminiscent of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt’s original poster art, from its typography to style and color tones.
This version of Boba Fett is slim and the paint job artificially ages the figure. The chest armor and helmet appears faded, but not in a manner that detracts from its aesthetic value. His accessories include a jet pack, blaster and blaster rifle.
Boba Fett’s blaster fits perfectly into a permanently attached holster, but the jet pack plugs loosely into his back. Therefore, the jet pack stays on when posed in a collection, but will fall off often when maneuvered around.
My favorite feature is the removable helmet, revealing the scarred face of Boba Fett underneath. The helmet also fits tightly around Fett’s head.
There’s one thing that confuses me, though. I think Hasbro could have released this set as a bounty hunter pack, instead of sticking Boba Fett with sand people and Snaggletooth. There’s no shortage of bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe they could have chosen from.