Several pieces of action figure news dropped this month, including updates for Hasbro’s 6-inch line and Jakks Pacific’s giant sized 31-inch line. If you missed the announcements, here are a few Boba Fett related snippets that may be of interest.
Vintage Boba Fett T-Shirt: While most designer T-Shirts popping up these days feature clever mash-ups; it’s refreshing to get a simple and elegant Boba Fett item once and awhile. Artist Mark Daniels of Sublevel Studio has unveiled one of his latest custom designs, which is a clean and beautiful illustration of the vintage Boba Fett action figure by Kenner. I personally, love this design, and at $12 it’s a great item for any collector or fanboy. This T-Shirt is available at WeLoveFine.com – and the good news, this awesome shirt doesn’t have a running clock to make your purchase.
Giant Sized Action Figure: Jakks Pacific revealed images of this year’s lineup of 31-inch giant action figures, following the success of last year’s deluxe Darth Vader. I’m not sure how readily available these figures will be at retailers – they take up a lot of shelf space, so I can’t see stores stocking all the figures at one time – but the 31-inch Boba Fett reminds me a lot of the Saga Legends Boba Fett that hit stores earlier this year. How many of you plan to scoop up this giant sized action figure once it’s available?
Black Series Update: The fourth wave of Black Series 6-inch figures are presently up for pre-order, but some may noticed a change in the lineup – there’s no longer a tall fur ball in the wave. While Hasbro originally planned on releasing Chewbacca in this wave, the awkward positioning of Chewbacca to squeeze him into the packaging didn’t fly – so the figure’s release is being postponed. Instead, the hard to find figures of Boba Fett or a Stormtrooper will be included. This is great news for those still hunting for these earlier figures, especially for army builders.
Our childhood bed sheets defined our youth. Our generation has a strong nostalgia for the past, and that love is being evermore growing in modern home décor – even for present day kid items. The Pottery Barn is now selling a duvet set for children that features vintage style graphics for Star Wars.
The design strongly nods to what we had on our beds as kids – the bed and pillow covers feature a slew of classic characters, including Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, the droids, and most prominently – Darth Vader and Boba Fett. If I had a guest bed, I’d try and convince my wife to let us use this bed set – it comes in both, twin and full/queen size mattresses. The price ranges from $26-$109.
Something that would go great with the duvet bed spread, and also going with the Empire theme, is the Boba Fett MP3 speaker, available through Entertainment Earth. Perfect for the tech savvy kid, the speaker features dual input – either auxiliary input or USB. It’s a simple, clean design that easily adds character to your kid’s bedroom (or your own) for $29.99.
Could Han Solo and Boba Fett be named couple of the year for 2013?
A few weeks ago rumors flew around the Internet about spin-off films featuring the smuggler and bounty hunter. Then at last week’s New York City Toy Fair, it was announced an exclusive 6-inch Black Series Boba Fett figure, toting Han Solo in Carbonite, would be available at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con.
(It has been confirmed Han Solo in Carbonite would only be available through the comic con, but it is unclear whether Boba Fett’s figure is also a special offer. Since he’s not been named in the first wave of figures in the new series, I’m leaning toward, yes.)
Hasbro also said it would release Boba Fett’s Slave I, with Han Solo in Carbonite, in traditional scale, as an Amazon.com exclusive this spring. The item is part of Hasbro’s Vintage Collection.
Additionally note, Boba Fett made an appearance in Dark Horse’s “Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin” #2, which hinted at future altercations between the smuggler and Fett throughout the story arc. Not to get off topic, but I’m still crossing my fingers the subplot will introduce a fresh angle to the two men’s relationship.
While it’s exciting to see new Boba Fett merchandise hit the shelves, I’m growing tired of how Hasbro executes the release of new figures and ships. Its common knowledge that Boba Fett’s was first offered as a mail-away offer through Kenner, and the controversial “missile firing action” tied to the toy.
If you take an inventory of past Boba Fett figures, quite a few have not been included in the base sets, but instead, have been obtained through special offers. Most often you have to purchase five Star Wars action figures and mail their proof-of-purchases.
Even action figures that aren’t mail-away offers are hard to find. Take for example the “Rise of Boba Fett” battle set, which included a young Boba Fett, Slave I in his father’s color scheme and a number of other figures and a star fighter. This set was an exclusive to Toys ‘R Us and not stocked very deep.
The Villain Set featuring Boba Fett, Snaggletooth and a Tusken Raider was a Target exclusive. There’s only a few recent examples of Fett action figures that have been found at multiple retailers and in decent quantities.
Due to the practice of releasing Boba Fett toys as exclusives or special offers, if you’re a targeted collector, like I am, this results in having to end up paying more in the second market. I hope that in future releases; if Hasbro continues to make it more difficult to grab Boba Fett merchandise they will at least execute their figure design in a new way.
Instead of another repaint of past figures, I want to see new accessories and molds. This is one reason I’m excited about the 6-inch Black Series action figure, and hope it will find its way into retail stores, rather than eBay or swap meets.
Hasbro appears to be putting a lot of effort and thought into the accessories in their 6-inch line. I’ve been musing upon what new weapons; items may be included in the Boba Fett figure. What are you hoping might be included with the 6-inch Boba Fett?