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(2 replies, posted in Collecting)

I was just curious if anyone knows what the general value of the vintage Taiwan variant BF Kenner figure goes for. I have looked on ebay but it seems to be rare enough not to show up so often.

Thanks

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(3 replies, posted in Fans)

BFFC Admin wrote:

I like the answer I gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in a 2005 interview:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c … mp;sc=1000

I'll think of some other points and post them here to share with the community, rather than direct e-mail.

Thanks for asking!

Either way is fine for me but I know this topic has been recycled in many forms over the years. If people on this forum don't care or are not interested that is data too. In any event, any and all comments will be considered and appreciated.

Very best regards,

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(3 replies, posted in Fans)

As a regular contributing member to this site I know that the topic of "why do you like Boba Fett" has been  posted a number of times.
I am appealing to the community this time to give me as much of a detailed explanation as to why or what it is about BF that you like so much. I am working with a SW figure dealer on a book concerning the cultural impact of SW figures in the U.S. This is an anthropological study so I would deeply appreciate as much detail as possible. We are in talks with Hasbro and Lucasfilm regarding the contents of this book. At this point I can not really be sure how successful this project will be. I do, however, feel that there are few groups better qualified to comment on the popularity of BF than the BFFC.
Please feel free to contact me directly at
tachyonblade@hotmail.com
Your identity will remain totally confidential unless you wish to have your personal thoughts expressed. This book is essentially an academic enterprise and I don't expect large sums of money to result from its publication if it gets that far.

Very best regards,
Tachyonblade

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(5 replies, posted in Fans)

Not that anyone is overly concerned but. The situation in Japan is extremely critical. I live half way between Tokyo and Fukushima. All hell is breaking loose here. I pray that anyone concerned with the effects of nuclear radiation please donate whatever you can to the cause here. I am on my way out of Japan because of the serious risk of radioactive contamination. The Japanese people truly need your help. Even a few dollars will make a difference.

Best regards,
Tachyonblade

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(24 replies, posted in General)

There was a lot of bad blood surrounding one of the members who decided to leave the forum that kept me away for a while. But now that that nastiness is over I browse a lot but I just haven't been interested in most of the topics. Maybe it's just the season. People are thinking about other things than BF?

Fair enough, I just grew up in a time when there was no "back story" to BF and I enjoy him all the same. I don't have issues with people like Jetter using the character within the context of the SW universe but when people start "creating" canon I start to yawn.

And I am posting a separate post here on purpose...
why do the "mandos" need a culture?

Ralin Drakus wrote:

I've responded to your similar posts on a couple different threads; not sure if you haven't seen them or we're just gonna agree to disagree and not really debate it, but I do want to mention a couple points you have here in this new one.

I still hold to my guns that no matter what the creator’s original intent, I'm not sure what your problem is with the fans trying to give life and backstory to a 'bit character.'  I don't think anybody disagrees that yes, it was literally a very minor character; but since you are a member of this site, you must also agree that he is an incredibly intriguing and thought provoking minor character.  If you didn't I don't think you'd be a fan or care one way or the other.  I also agree with you to a point that he is meant to be a 'bad guy.'  However, keep in mind that probably the most famous and loved character in all of Star Wars is freeking Darth Vader.  Yeah, he gets redeemed at the end, but that's not what he's known for, and that certainly wasn't what got him so much attention in the first two movies and the first 9/10ths of RotJ.  People love him because he's a straight up BA, and there's nothing really wrong with that.  Lots of ppl love a good bad guy, and solid fan bases for the bad guy really isn’t uncommon.

All that being said...again... I actually want to agree with you on one point this time.  I am NOT a whole hearted fan of KT; if I was I wouldn't have taken the time write this whole thread that offers an alternative to KT's overly idyllic version of the badest warrior nation in the lore of Star Wars.  I think she came up with some very interesting and quality concepts for a Mandalorian culture, a culture I love and worship more then even the honored Fetts, but one of her key references is very flawed I believe. 

She wants the Mandaorians to be likened with modern day American and British type soldiers.  This is not a comparison that should be made, at least not in the manner she uses them.  Traviss’ Mandalorians have a brutal history of conquest and makes their living as mercenaries.  Both titles are an insult I believe to our armed forces when you get down to the core of our military's mission.  In general *there are always exceptions to every rule, but...* the average military man and woman's core motivation for joining the military is the voluntary act of selflessly serving their nation so that we can enjoy our freedoms as a non military state.  They give their lives in defense of our way of life, not to fulfill some cultural lust for war.  And they are certainly NOT mercenaries.  A mercenary is a causeless, wandering, and usually honorless *despite what Hollywood would have you believe* lot who do anything for the highest bidder.  Our servicemen are compensated fairly minimally, respect and obey the laws and regulations set before them, and serve their nation countrymen rather than just an employer.   

Our modern military is a perfect example to reference from in so far as tactics go or for examining military forms of comradery and individual behaviors and reactions in combat.  But that’s where the depth of the reference should end.  The Mandalorians, based on all their past history and their cultural foundation on combat and warfare, must be classified in a different category than the average real life military man.  Any of KT’s characters, with a very few alterations, would fit very well into a story about an American team of Special Operations agents in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Her characters would be perfect for a story about an average unit of Stormtroopers or Rebel infantrymen.  But they shouldn’t be Mandalorian in my mind.

Going back to your point, ‘What is the connection between KT’s Mandos and Boba of the films?’  I really can’t find much of one, but maybe some of her diehard supporters would like to chime in on that one.  To me her characters are a mixed bag of contradictions that are far too tortured, meek, unrealistically motivated, lacking in confidence, and generally not representing my idea of a true Mandalorian.  So I’ll give you that one

Well, I am certainly willing to agree to disagree but your post doesn't really address my primary question..who is writing the story here? I mean what happens if George Lucas decides that "The cone Wars" isn't enough? And then he decides to go on to elaborate the "mando", that word leaves a bad taste in my mouth, culture and that it needs a TV series too! I am 1000% certain that all the crap that Traviss has written will be "gone with the wind"...Not that I think that is going to happen anytime soon..but..what if. All I am really saying, and I have paid attention to your posts in the past, is that I just don't think all the elaboration is necessary or even worth the effort. Long Story short...all I see KT's writing is as fan fiction.

Ralin Drakus wrote:

I've responded to your similar posts on a couple different threads; not sure if you haven't seen them or we're just gonna agree to disagree and not really debate it, but I do want to mention a couple points you have here in this new one.

I still hold to my guns that no matter what the creator’s original intent, I'm not sure what your problem is with the fans trying to give life and backstory to a 'bit character.'  I don't think anybody disagrees that yes, it was literally a very minor character; but since you are a member of this site, you must also agree that he is an incredibly intriguing and thought provoking minor character.  If you didn't I don't think you'd be a fan or care one way or the other.  I also agree with you to a point that he is meant to be a 'bad guy.'  However, keep in mind that probably the most famous and loved character in all of Star Wars is freeking Darth Vader.  Yeah, he gets redeemed at the end, but that's not what he's known for, and that certainly wasn't what got him so much attention in the first two movies and the first 9/10ths of RotJ.  People love him because he's a straight up BA, and there's nothing really wrong with that.  Lots of ppl love a good bad guy, and solid fan bases for the bad guy really isn’t uncommon.

All that being said...again... I actually want to agree with you on one point this time.  I am NOT a whole hearted fan of KT; if I was I wouldn't have taken the time write this whole thread that offers an alternative to KT's overly idyllic version of the badest warrior nation in the lore of Star Wars.  I think she came up with some very interesting and quality concepts for a Mandalorian culture, a culture I love and worship more then even the honored Fetts, but one of her key references is very flawed I believe. 

She wants the Mandaorians to be likened with modern day American and British type soldiers.  This is not a comparison that should be made, at least not in the manner she uses them.  Traviss’ Mandalorians have a brutal history of conquest and makes their living as mercenaries.  Both titles are an insult I believe to our armed forces when you get down to the core of our military's mission.  In general *there are always exceptions to every rule, but...* the average military man and woman's core motivation for joining the military is the voluntary act of selflessly serving their nation so that we can enjoy our freedoms as a non military state.  They give their lives in defense of our way of life, not to fulfill some cultural lust for war.  And they are certainly NOT mercenaries.  A mercenary is a causeless, wandering, and usually honorless *despite what Hollywood would have you believe* lot who do anything for the highest bidder.  Our servicemen are compensated fairly minimally, respect and obey the laws and regulations set before them, and serve their nation countrymen rather than just an employer.   

Our modern military is a perfect example to reference from in so far as tactics go or for examining military forms of comradery and individual behaviors and reactions in combat.  But that’s where the depth of the reference should end.  The Mandalorians, based on all their past history and their cultural foundation on combat and warfare, must be classified in a different category than the average real life military man.  Any of KT’s characters, with a very few alterations, would fit very well into a story about an American team of Special Operations agents in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Her characters would be perfect for a story about an average unit of Stormtroopers or Rebel infantrymen.  But they shouldn’t be Mandalorian in my mind.

Going back to your point, ‘What is the connection between KT’s Mandos and Boba of the films?’  I really can’t find much of one, but maybe some of her diehard supporters would like to chime in on that one.  To me her characters are a mixed bag of contradictions that are far too tortured, meek, unrealistically motivated, lacking in confidence, and generally not representing my idea of a true Mandalorian.  So I’ll give you that one

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(4 replies, posted in Collecting)

I don't know...the paint job on Entertainment Earth is usually crap. And the sculpts are often even as bad. The helmets never have the right shape when you place them on their heads.

What I have the hardest problem with is very simple...
Boba Fett was/is a bounty hunter. He is basically, in the originally SW continuity a bad guy...he hunted and captured Han Solo (hero), he was willing to blow away Chewy at the carbon freezing chamber but Darth Vader put a stop to that. He was also willing to kill Luke and probably anyone else he saw as an enemy during the desert skiff battle. Boba Fett was ALWAYS meant to be a bad guy. So, where the hell is all this "mando culture" crap when it comes to Boba Fett in the films? I mean really and truly the only canon is the three original films.   It seems to me, and for those of you who like Karen Traviss I'm sorry, that most of the Mando culture stuff is bunk and inspired by fans. So then, who's writing the story? Karen Traviss, George Lucas or the fans. In my view, BF was so much cooler before he and his "culture" became so elaborated. I mean really, this guy was an enigma even to the film makers until he finally made it to the screen.
I remember back in the day when nobody knew what the mandolorian shock troops ever were and that Boba Fett was simply wearing their armor. Waaaay back when he was a mail-away figure.  But then again I am really old school!

A photo of me and Jeremy holding the photo that he had just signed for me at the SW celebration in Japan! Unfortunately I was a bit on the chunky side in those days or I would post it.

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(5 replies, posted in General)

ESB no doubt. It looks more like a real weapon, manufactured. RTJ version looks like something made for a movie, a prop. But I actually prefer the pistol sized weapon he sports in the prototype version. He has so many weapons already why does he need a blaster rifle to be any more intimidating?!

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(22 replies, posted in Fans)

For the first few years of the show Bart had my heart but over the years Homer's amazing stupidity won me over. I especially relate to his quote,"Alcohol, the cause of and solution to, all of life's problems."

Sadriel_Fett wrote:

Right on.  Pretty neat, dude. 

I'd be more than happy to get one of the Fett ones from you.  You got a PayPal account?  You wouldn't have to mail it very far.  I'm just across the Sea of Japan from you, over in Korea right now.  Let me know.

I am putting these in the mail tomorrow but I think they will go through the US postal service first so it might take a while. Please let me know when you get them and what you think of them.

cheers,

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(2 replies, posted in Collecting)

Pretty cool!

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(12 replies, posted in Fans)

How about Talvin, abdo or Rhan if it is a male
or Arisa, Kana, Yooka, Saba or Rhan if it is a female.
All of these names are real names from India or Japan or Pakistan.
Rhan works both ways smile

Sadriel_Fett wrote:

Right on.  Pretty neat, dude. 

I'd be more than happy to get one of the Fett ones from you.  You got a PayPal account?  You wouldn't have to mail it very far.  I'm just across the Sea of Japan from you, over in Korea right now.  Let me know.

Cool deal,
I will send you information in a PM and you can give me your address.

I haven't been able to find these on any boards or listings in America so I though I would share these with you all. These come out of a vending machine and you get two figurines attached by a ball chain. The chase figures are, of course, Boba Fett who comes with Han Solo as seen in the photos and Anikin who comes with Darth Vader. If anyone is interested I would be willing to help you get ahold of any of these that you may be interested in. They are designed by the Japanese designer toy designer Touma and are limited editions. I don't really like Touma's designs but since he made a Boba Fett I went ahead and started to collect them. Please let me know if you are interested. They would go for $12.00 a set and I would have to charge $15.00 for Anikin and Boba Fett. I won't be making any money one these because I can't pick and choose so it costs more than the retail value because I get a lot of doubles.

Anyway, take a look and let me know if you're interested.

http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu225/Tachyonblade/CIMG3332.jpg
http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu225/Tachyonblade/CIMG3330.jpg
http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu225/Tachyonblade/CIMG3331-1.jpg

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(11 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

I'm not smart enough to make a direct link to my posting but this is what I posted in the "what I like Best about Boba Fett" thread...
What I used to like most about BF is how mysterious he used to be. I used to think it was sooo cool that they made his action figure before he appeared in any films, he was part of SW before his actual appearance in the films. That's normal these days. Toys and collectibles come out way before the film does but in 1977 that was weird. I though it was really cool how his first set of armor had very little symmetry in terms of the color scheme, he had green body armor and helmet one red gauntlet one yellow, his cape was all torn up and he look like he had been through battle. His first set of gloves were really cool. He had more wires and things hanging off of him. (In short, I love the original BF design. The one Kenner used for the first carded figure)

What I think was most cool about the character as a whole was the lack of perspective we as the audience had.

Now he has been elaborated past the point of being interesting. I don't follow the comics and games because I don't want to know about BF's father or his past or future for that matter. I was/ am really happy not knowing all the details of his life. The Bounty Hunter series of books are about as far as I want to get into the extended universe of SW. The costume design alone creates its own persona. I really don't need to know what his morals are to appreciate the character. Kind of like a force of nature.

I like to remember back when I was seven, when SW was in the theaters, getting the mail-away Boba Fett figure before I even knew who the hell he was. That was so cool.

Sorry if this sounds negative I have just lost a lot of faith in Mr. Lucas over the years.

Boba Fett rocks!

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(11 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

Miba wrote:

So you never read the comics and books? What made you start now? Just curious. I believe Jaster Mareel was really only mentioned in Tales of the Bounty Hunters.

Well, as I mentioned above I don't follow the "canon" beyond the first three films and books published after 1983.

I think anything after that is all about consumerism. Or based on gaming lore.

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(11 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

BFFC-Mel wrote:

Yeah Miba I agree with you. I remember when Ep II came out I was so disappointed that Boba was in it. I thought it totally ruined the mystery of his character.

I also refuse to believe the he would have a family of his own. In my opinion he would have seen that as a weakness and point to exploit. As you say, fan fics that somehow got published... *sigh*

I went on a diatribe about this very issue in another posting. I have always thought that GL has over elaborated the character just because it means more $ for him. So I don't pay a lot of attention to all of the extraneous stuff so I never knew the  Jaster Mareel story line!

I 'm not stupid just misinformed.

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(11 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

Mostly what I mean is I am really against all of the over elaboration that has gone on over the years about what was intended originally to be a very minor character. And I think it is questionable that there are people out there who are even serious about building SW canon in the first place. I don't think the material and George Lucas' mood swings make for a very conducive mix of content to try to elaborate it to the extent that people like Karen Traviss has. Some have done better than others but for the most part I stick to the three original release films and the early novels.

So what I mean by bunk is that most of this canon building is , to my way of thinking, just making it up as you go. But that is just my opinion and I know a lot of people like Traviss' works.

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(184 replies, posted in General)

BFFC therealmccoy wrote:
tachyonblade wrote:

Boba Fett was much cooler before all of the elaboration.

static, 30 year old characters that never change are quite boring actually

Yeah, well creating an entire mythology out of a character that was, at best, a background character, and never meant to be much more, I mean the guy didn't even have a name for a while, is pretty bunk too!

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(11 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

So, in other words, it's bunk!?