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This past December, my brother and I were Christmas shopping when we strolled past the video game section at Walmart. We had just left the toy aisle, but when we came upon a shelf with pegs filled with Disney Infinity and Skylanders products – he asked why these action figures weren’t kept with the others in the toy aisle.

I tried my best to explain to him that the figures he was admiring – ranging from Pixar favorites to Captain Hook – were more than action figures, but actually components to a video game. While I’ve never played either platforms, I understand the basics behind it and told him users purchase figures of the characters they wish to play in the game.

It’s a brilliant evolution in toys and a concept I believe we’ll see more in coming years, perhaps the most promising strategy to breathe new life into action figure sales. I imagine this concept was the inspiration behind Telepods – although stripped down and much less sophisticated, tech wise.

While Skylanders was the first to really corner this marriage between video games and toys, Disney launched Infinity August of last year and sold more than three million copies of its toys and video game products. That’s a huge success and encouraged them to expand the line.

Disney officials announced they’re working on Disney Infinity 2, which will expand the character roster to include Marvel and Star Wars. As information comes forward in coming months, I have to imagine Boba Fett is high up on the list of characters to roll out.

Last August, Disney asked fans to vote for what characters they want to be included in the game via a hashtag campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do a similar prompt during development of the sequel – and when this happens, you can bet we’ll be pushing to get Boba Fett well represented and push to have him a part of the expansion.

Win a Prize! Contest in collaboration with #BringBackBoba, The Boba Bounty and The Boba Fett Fan Club. We’re giving away an Angry Birds Star Wars Boba Fett Telepod, all you have to do is leave a caption for the above photo HERE. Visit the page for full details on the rules and guidelines. This item is a rare find and goes for $60-$120 on eBay.

We’re less than a month into the New Year and a number of Boba Fett products have already hit the market – and have sold out.

Unless you’re lucky enough to make it out to Disney World or Disneyland this year, you can still order these exclusive Star Wars emblem pins at Disneystore.com. The set includes seven pins including symbols for the Jedi, Rebel Alliance, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Senate, Galactic Empire, Open Circle Fleet and the Mandalorian icon of the Mythosaur. Each pin is about 1.5 inches in height and has glitter accents. The online price is $34.95.

Japan-based F-TOYS is accepting pre-orders for its seven piece Star Wars vehicles series, which includes 1:350 scale models of the AT-AT, Sandcrawler, Imperial Shuttle and Slave I in Jango Fett’s colors. It also includes a 1:144 scale B-Wing Fighter. Items are scheduled to ship out in March and the online price is about $47.66 USD.

Hasbro’s new wave of Saga Legends action figures is now available, but the Boba Fett is already out of stock – no surprise there. The Boba Fett figure began popping up overseas earlier this summer, but they should start being seen in the states now – although I’ve yet to see any of the new figures in any of my local stores. The Boba Fett action figure has 5-points of articulation, but is beautifully sculpted from what I see online. The Jango Fett Mission Series figure was a favorite last year, and I expect this sculpt to be just as impressive in person.

United Kingdom’s Debenhams came out with a Boba Fett onesie as an online exclusive, which quickly sold out. The one-piece jumpsuit is made from 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, but before you kick yourself for missing this one – it also featured a warning that the material is very flammable – therefore, keep away from fire. That’s not really something I’d want to deal with.

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.

Here’s a fun piece of nostalgia and trivia. Based on the colors on Boba Fett’s armor, what version of Boba Fett do you think this was planned to be produced?

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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.

After nearly a year without new toys on the shelves, Star Wars collectors are seeing the first waves of new products. However, the introduction of 6-inch figures, a schism in 3.75-inch figure lines and the debut of interactive Angry Birds toys have led to speculation on what the future holds for Star Wars collectors.

We spoke with John a.k.a. EngineerNerd from the Action Figure Blues Podcast about his collecting habits and insights into how Hasbro’s changing approach to Star Wars toy production might affect Star Wars collecting and the industry, itself.

You can download the AFB Podcast for free on iTunes or at ActionFigureBlues.com You can also check out EngineerNerd’s latest toy reviews at TVandFilmToys.com.

Boba Bounty: How did you got started in collecting Star Wars? If you began with the vintage Kenner figures, what kept you going when the line reemerged in the 90’s?

EngineerNerd: I think I’m in the same boat as a number of older collectors. I was around 6 when the first film came out and it really captured my imagination. My first two figures were the 12-back Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. Star Wars was “the thing” I was interested in until the dreaded “girl years” so many of us experienced. I didn’t have all the vehicles and playsets, but as a kid, my Darth Vader Collectors case was overflowing with all the figures up to the 2nd wave of Return of the Jedi.

Like most folks who reconnected with toys in the 90’s, I think the POTF2 figures came along at just the right time. Folks were nostalgic for Star Wars and guys like me now had disposable income. At the time they came out, I had been picking up the odd Playmates Star Trek figure here and there, but Star Wars would soon take over collecting for me. I was trying to hunt down every figure for a long time. I’m a loose collector, so I didn’t care about package variants. However, I really wanted to build as much of the Star Wars Universe line as I could.

BB: The AFB podcast provides a platform to discuss upcoming toys. Has this affected the way you look at action figure lines? Do you look at/for different things than before you reviewed them in a podcast?

EN: If anything, I’m more open to other lines than I was before. I’ve always dabbled, but I’ve really gained an appreciation of different things.

We’ve been fortunate to talk to a number of different guests from the toy and statue world. Each of those guests has taught me something new about the industry. I’ve noticed I’m a lot more forgiving than I used to be when I write a review for TVandFilmToys.com now. I think this stems from getting to know that behind each toy on the shelf, there are people who worked hard to bring it to market. It might not be what they intended, have all the features they wanted or paint applications, but they worked hard to make us happy. Each of these people works hard to try and make us happy, and for the most part, their efforts go unrecognized.

I think putting names and face with the folks behind the toys really does humanize the whole process. I know I don’t like it when folks criticize my work when it’s the best I can do with what I’m given to work with. I think all of us need to keep that in mind before we speak ill of an action figure or statue.

BB: Does podcasting on toy collecting results in a greater awareness in trends or patterns in the toy industry? Do action figures seem to be headed in any predictable direction, whether it’s how they’re articulated, sculpted, scaled or inspired from?

EN: The thing I’ve noticed myself getting hooked on is blind boxed/blind bagged mini figures. It’s odd, but when I see the news for a new line of these kind of things, I’m instantly fascinated. I’m not sure if its cuteness or size, but I just dig that stuff.

I think Funko’s Pop Vinyl series has managed to tap into that. They really are looking for niches to fill in that line. Where they may not make every character, their sheer number of licenses means there’s something from them for everyone. I think folks also look at those types of items as acceptable desktop items at work. Keep a Luke on Taun Taun action figure on your desk, and you’re the weird guy in the office. Pop Vinyl of Ghost Rider? Nobody even notices. I really think if Hasbro were doing Muggs now, it would be more successful.

Most people talk about the focus being between kids and collectors, but I think the minifigures and small urban vinyl type items service a third group I’m going to call “casual adult collectors.” This is a group that wants to collect something that isn’t so kid oriented it’s obvious, nor do they want to pay out the nose for a decent representation of their favorite characters. I think this is the group we are going to lose to other interests.

The thing I don’t get is the lowered articulation for “kids” toys. I don’t know if we’ll see it reversed, but if you listen to folks who collected GI Joes as a kid, you’ll hear one thing. They liked them better than Star Wars figures because they moved better. Hasbro can say it’s what kids want, I think we all now it’s a cost thing.

BB: For a while, collector’s didn’t have much new to look forward to in stores. How do you think this affected the hobby? Do you think this drought was felt the same by U.S. collectors versus the International fan base?

EN: Without a doubt it affected U.S. collectors. You never used to hear about folks ordering cases before did you?

I very rarely buy online. I want to go hunt down action figures. It’s just the kind of collector I am.

Unfortunately, this is probably what caused my interest to wane in Star Wars collecting. Some waves you could only buy online or were barely shipped. There were a number of figures I was really interested in that I never saw. The Gamorrean Guard, for example. I would’ve snapped him up in heartbeat. And this isn’t a new problem. The red space suited alien from Episode 1? Why can’t I remember his name? I didn’t see him and don’t have him. Cripsy Anakin? Only saw him once at a comic store and a kid was buying him.

After a while of not finding figures I was interested in and only finding “new” versions of one I already had, it became harder and harder to stay interested in Star Wars collecting.

BB: What are your thoughts on the Black Series? Has your opinion evolved from its first announcement, to now that they’re finding their way to collectors?

EN: LOL, this is a setup right? I was pretty outspoken on the idea I didn’t like the 6-inch series from when it was announced. I said so on the podcast, it was interesting because four of us were on that episode and two liked and two didn’t. On episode 82, Ben and Scott are reviewing the first four figures. I was asking questions; maybe it changed my thoughts about the line, but not my desire to collect it.

I will say they’re good looking figures. I think they are a shade off from being called great. For folks like Ben and Scott, who collect other 6-inch lines, I think it’s great. Folks have wanted this for years, so it’s good to see people getting something they wanted. I would imagine that some lapsed Star Wars collectors were stirred up by it as well.

For me however, I just can’t stray from the smaller universe I’ve been building for 30+ years. With the small army of figures I have, I could put together a display of almost any scene in any of the films. It would take me years to get to that level with the 6-inch line.

Also, they are going to look like oddities in my displays. I don’t generally collect 6-inch figures, so a few are going to stand out as odd balls.

As for the 3.75-inch side of the Black Series, I haven’t seen anything that has just blown me away. It’s just a continuation of what was out there. Sure it’s renamed. But I don’t see anything special making me want to purchase any of them.

BB: Do you think Hasbro is consciously catering to both, adult collectors and casual consumer, by focusing one line on super articulation and the other, according to Hasbro, focusing on sculpts and limiting articulation? Would this be a good move for both Hasbro and collectors?

EN: Personally? I think it’s a mistake. If you look at a number of previous lines that have tried to do this, they never seem to be really successful at doing both. Look at Pirates of the Caribbean, Dark Knight Rises, Green Lantern. It just really divides folks up into what they collect. I fear with this division, the collectors will only scoop up the higher end stuff and leave all the kid stuff.

We’ve heard the margins aren’t as good on the high end figures nor do they sell in line sustaining quantities.  The kids are going to look at the lower end stuff and know that it’s “meh” and pass it by. Stores will be stuck with kids’ Star Wars toys clogging shelves and not want to order either.

When I think about all the stories I’ve heard over the years of kids and parents enjoying Star Wars collecting together, it makes me sad to see the split happening this way.

BB: What direction would you predict Star Wars toys going once the sequel trilogy debuts?

EN: Folks aren’t going to like my guess. Fewer of what we term action figures. A few to keep collectors interested, maybe double the Black line numbers for one year. Few if any kids’ figures.

Instead, I think you are going to see lower end non-articulated figures that are interactive in the way the new Angry Birds Telepods are. I’m really guessing they are using that as a test bed for the technology. I’m basing that on the release of the birds, Disney Infinity and the success of Skylanders.

It’s been more than 30 years since Kenner released its first Star Wars figures. There are lots of fans who still hunt down these vintage figures.

There are plenty of challenges that come with being a vintage collector, so for our second part of our “Let’s Talk Toys” series, we spoke with toy collector and YouTube reviewer, Darth Bools.

He discusses what goes into tracking down vintage figures, what’s important to know going in and what he loves about the line.

Boba Bounty: When did you start collecting Star Wars toys? What was the first line you got into?

Darth Bools: I first started collecting Star Wars toys when I was around 4 years old around 1989, after I received all my older brother’s vintage Kenner figures.

BB: How did you get started collecting vintage figures? Do you get a different thrill from scoring from the vintage line than you do modern figures?

DB: I first discovered Star Wars in the late 80’s. At the time vintage stuff was the only line available. My brother gave me all his figures and watched the movies with me. We looked through his old Kenner stuff and I immediately fell in love with the movies and the toys. I definitely get more of a buzz picking up vintage pieces. I love the modern stuff too, but you can’t beat the feel and the buzz of acquiring a vintage piece you’ve wanted for years and finally having it.

BB: What are challenges with finding vintage figures?

DB: The biggest challenges I’d say are the obvious things, such as condition of the pieces, be it loose, carded or sealed. Also, finding them complete with real their original accessories. A big issue these days is the legitimacy of a piece, especially buying online like through eBay. You will often find re-cards or repo weapons sold as the real thing, which is very annoying for vintage collectors. Always know your stuff before buying online.

BB: What is special about vintage figures that still capture the hearts of collector’s today?

DB: There are so many things that make them special! You have the nostalgia factor, wanting to own something you once had as a kid. There is an unexplainable feel and vibe that this stuff has, like the fact its part of the history of the movies and toys. I can’t quite describe it, but looking back now, the whole lack of articulation made them better, they just scream retro and vintage. The vintage Star Wars stuff goes hand-in-hand with the Original Trilogy. It’s essentially an extension of itself. Nothing could beat the feel of the vintage Kenner line; it will always remain a league of its own compared to modern lines.

BB: What’s your favorite vintage figure? Is there a toy in particular that continues to elude you?

DB: Very hard question. I really do adore the whole vintage Kenner run, but if I had to pick a single figure, I’d say the original telescoping Luke Skywalker. It’s such a lovely figure and a great representation of the look and feel of the vintage line. The one piece to elude me till my dying day is the same as nearly every vintage Star Wars collector, the beautiful prototype rocket firing Boba Fett. I would sell a couple of limbs for that piece!

BB: What would you recommend to someone starting a vintage Star Wars collection?

DB: For any first time vintage collector I’d start with loose figures and work up from there. Mainly just get the things that really appeal to you, the pieces you want. Just be mindful, when buying vintage, to do your research on pricing and legitimacy of its authenticity. There are a lot of sellers putting prices too high or repo pieces. A good place to go is BriansToys.com, which offers a lot of vintage stuff and the prices are usually the average of what you would expect to be paying. They are a good pricing source guide.

BB: Where are the best places to find vintage Star Wars toys?

DB: EBay is great for finding a lot of vintage stuff. You can often find things you’re looking for on there, but as I said before, be cautious and do you research beforehand. Conventions are also great for finding deals from reputable dealers, as well as networking with them by chatting and getting their business cards and info for future purchases. If you’re lucky, like me, and have a vintage toy shop close by, they are always killer places to find rare vintage, very cheap.

BB: What’s the biggest difference between vintage and modern Star Wars? Just the articulation or is the difference more about nostalgia?

DB: Obviously there are major differences in molding and the tech used to produce these pieces. As I previously said, it’s mainly the look, feel and spirit of the items and their eras that make them different. They’re all part of the thing we love the most and will collect them as they continue to evolve over our life time.

BB: Anything else you’d like to share?

DB: All I can say is, collect what you love, keep collecting and, “May the force be with you!”

Check out more of Darth Bools’ impressive vintage collection on Instagram and watch his reviews on YouTube.

RebelScum.com shared high resolution images of the Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett packaging, which is slated for release in November. I saw the first wave in stores last week and they took my breath away. I cannot explain how stoked I am for this figure. Equally excited to get my hands on the Greedo figure.

RebelScum.com shared high resolution images of the Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett packaging, which is slated for release in November. I saw the first wave in stores last week and they took my breath away. I cannot explain how stoked I am for this figure. Equally excited to get my hands on the Greedo figure.

Over the past year, very little new Star Wars toys, in the regular line, have hit the pegs. Just within the past month have we seen fresh items line retail aisles and companies like Hasbro are shaking things up in the world of collecting – launching its 6-inch line, cutting down on articulation in upcoming toy lines, to name a few.

With new movies on the horizon and a new animated series, there’s sure to be new collectors joining our ranks. Also, longtime collectors will have to reevaluate their habits as space will become a premium as surely there’s potential for more Star Wars lines coming out for every film.

I decided to take a look at the current collecting landscape, talking to different types of collectors about their thoughts on what’s in store for Star Wars toys. For the first entry in this series, I spoke with a new collector, Shane Brooks from Ohio, who just began diving into Star Wars action figures this past year.

Boba Bounty: What were your favorite toys to collect as a kid?

Shane Brooks: I’d grab any toy I was interested in at the time, if my parents would buy it. Collecting wasn’t really a focus. However, some of my favorite toys were Mighty Max, Power Ranger figures or battle accessories and Transformers figures. I have collected coins, cards and blade weaponry. Only recently have I picked up action figure collecting. 

BB: Did you differentiate buying toys with collecting? When did that divide become clearer?

SB: As a kid I never really differentiated buying toys with collecting items. Only until I started collecting cards and coins did this distinction become clear. By this time, I believe, I was in my early to mid-teens.  

BB: When did you start collecting Star Wars toys? Did you buy them as a kid? 

SB: Even though I enjoyed the Star Wars genre as a kid, I never collected the figures. I don’t think the figures for Star Wars had the appeal then as they do now. Only within this last year have I been impressed enough by the figures to start collecting.   

BB: What got you collecting Star Wars? Notice anything different between older and modern toys?

SB: From talking to a few friends, and a reignited passion for Star Wars, I decided to start collecting again. All in all I have to admit, the quality of toys/figures have improved drastically since my childhood. From the coloring, to the amount of articulation, it all has changed for the better.  

BB: Are you a loose or carded collector? Also, do you collect complete lines or are you more targeted?

SB: I would have to say I am not a single type of collector. It definitely depends on the line/type of figure. I have figures that are carded, and yet others that I find better to display loose. I generally decide based on the size or articulation of the figure. The bigger the size, or more articulation, I tend to display loose.  

BB: What is your favorite Boba Fett action figure you’ve seen? What makes it so cool to you? 

SB: Out of the multiple Boba Fett action figures I’ve seen, I found the Prototype Boba Fett the most interesting. It’s mostly due to the simplicity of the figure in the color (obviously white) and the detail that still shows through. Not to say the artistically rendered Boba Fett figures are not mind blowing, but no one else has done an all white figure. 

BB: Why do you think Boba Fett is such a popular toy?

SB: I think the interest/popularity in Boba Fett all starts from the mystery of the character itself. As a child of the original three Star Wars movies, I have always wanted to know the history/development of the character. From this, I think, a lot of people find Boba Fett intriguing, and would want a piece of that mystery in obtaining an action figure. Plus, Boba Fett is the most bad ass bounty hunter in the Star Wars Universe.

BB: How much does articulation matter to you as a collector? Do you think Hasbro should focus different lines on different demographics of consumers? 

SB: It is more of a selling point or added bonus, especially in the amount of articulation. With that being said, Hasbro and other companies should focus on different lines to cater different demographics or styles of collecting. Mostly, kids don’t really care about articulation or graphically intricate figures, and thus they could have a different line of figures. This, then, allows the company to still get the “bread and butter” purchases that keep them going, but also allow for collectors to get what they want. 

BB: What do you think about the price of action figures in stores? Would you be willing to sacrifice quality of packaging and articulation for lower retail prices? 

SB: Honestly, the prices I have seen are fair in their own right. However, I would rather have less quality in packaging for slightly less price, but not articulation and packaging. 

BB: What advice would you give to someone just jumping into buying Star Wars toys? What should they know, beware of, etc? 

SB: It comes down to whether you can find the items in store, and if not, research your online sources. As with any online purchasing site, always check the reviews, if there are any. I would also recommend trying to find another collector to bounce ideas off of, or get info on where to find the items you’re looking for.