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jerryfett, very nice! Thank you for sharing, including your story and the news article!

<em><img class=alignright size-full wp-image-2121 alt=geekcov src=http://www.bobafettfanclub.com/news/wp-content/uploads/geekcov.jpg width=235 height=291 />“After briefly being introduced in The Star Wars Holiday Special, bounty hunter Boba Fett made a more impressive entrance to the Star Wars mythos in The Empire Strikes Back, in which he instantly captivated the imaginations of fans everywhere. The character’s enduring popularity led to him being added into the original Star Wars in the 1997 Special Edition release and becoming a vital part of the prequels years later. So why has Boba Fett become such a fan favorite opposed to some of his brooding brethren, such as IG-88 and Bossk? We turned to our Star Wars experts to get their thoughts on Fett’s enduring Mandalorian appeal.” </em>

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In the latest issue of <em>Geek Magazine,</em> its writing team sat down with Steven Melching, writer of The <em>Clone Wars,</em> and Chris Gossett, <em>Star Wars</em> artist, to gain their insight into the popularity of Boba Fett. This Q&amp;A was a sidebar to a larger feature, looking at the <em>Saga’s</em> standing in the fan community.

Melching accredited Boba Fett’s popularity to the mystique the character carried prior to the release of <em>Empire.</em> He believes the promotional action figure also endeared fans to the character – many impressed by his armor, specifically the fact he was rumored to have taken down Wookiees – even wearing a braid of his Wookiee targets over his gear.

“I think a big reason why Fett became so popular was because we really didn’t know a whole lot about him. He was described as a Mandalorian Shock Trooper. Who the hell were they?” Melching said. “Did they fight in the Clone Wars? Could he be this ‘other’ that Yoda spoke of? All this anticipation made his ignominious demise in <em>Return of the Jedi</em> all the more crushing.”

<img class=alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-2123 alt=bobacloseup src=http://www.bobafettfanclub.com/news/wp-content/uploads/bobacloseup-340x145.jpg width=340 height=145 />Gossett chimed in, saying the prequels screwed up the character in his opinion. Making Boba Fett a clone was one of the major problems in the prequels, he said. Gossett believes one of the characteristics beloved about Fett was he was Han Solo without a soul – Boba Fett was what Solo might have become if he made different choices as a smuggler.

“Showing that contrast was one of the functions Boba Fett served, and he served it damn well. The fact that Lucas just dropped him into the Sarlacc Pit was a sign of poor choices to come,” Gossett said.

[caption id=attachment_2125 align=alignright width=205]<img class=size-medium wp-image-2125 alt=Steven Melching speaking on a panel at the Screenwriting Expo in L.A. in 2008. Melching has written for &quot;The Clone Wars&quot; and &quot;Transformers Prime.&quot; src=http://www.bobafettfanclub.com/news/wp-content/uploads/Steven_Melching-320x340.jpg width=205 height=181 /> Steven Melching speaking on a panel at the Screenwriting Expo in L.A. in 2008. [/caption]

According to Melching, the main protagonist of <em>Episode VI</em> was supposed to be Boba Fett. The Sarlacc was a quick solution when George Lucas decided to squash <em>Episode VII-IX</em> into <em>Return of the Jedi</em> – which was supposed to feature Han Solo versus Boba Fett, with the Skywalker story only introduced at the end leading to the next trilogy.

“Fans still refuse to accept that he died in the Sarlacc Pit… He became a major player in the <em>Clone Wars</em> series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up in <em>Episode VII</em> or as a central character in one of the rumored ‘spin-off’ movies,” Melching said.

What are your thoughts? Comment below and chime in at our #BringBackBoba Campaign page.

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Two big conventions are coming up in July, both now featuring Boba Fett collectibles, actors, and events in ways we haven't seen before.

<h3>Star Wars Celebration Europe II (July 26-28, 2013)</h3>

  • Collectibles


  • Artwork

  • Star Wars Episode II 3D<br/>Catch up with Young Boba Fett and Jango Fett in the 3D release, for the first time

  • Four Boba Fett Actors

    • Jeremy Bulloch<br/>Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; Captain Colton in Revenge of the Sith

    • Daniel Logan<br/>Young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, and the voice of the animated Boba in the three-part Season Two finale and in Season Four of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series

    • Dickey Beer<br/>Boba Fett stunt performer in Return of the Jedi

    • John Morton<br/>Boba Fett in Cloud City in a scene in The Empire Strikes Back

<h3>SDCC / San Diego Comic-Con (July 18-21, 2013)</h3>

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. We'll update this article as a useful repository if more are announced.

There’s been speculation whether or not the Star Wars spin-off films will be related to the series proper. If the latest plot rumors have a kernel of truth, as reported by SchmoesKnow.com, this very well may be.

<img class=alignright size-medium wp-image-2096 alt=Sal-Solo_end src=http://www.bobafettfanclub.com/news/wp-content/uploads/Sal-Solo_end-340x216.jpg width=340 height=216 />According to the “leaked” information, the plot centering on Episode VII will involve the characters of Jaina and Jacen Solo – the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa. The New Jedi Order has been established, but tensions rise when Jacen turns to the Dark Side.

Fans of the Expanded Universe are familiar with this story, especially from the “Legacy of the Force” novels. Jaina was trained by Luke Skywalker and her brother, Jacen, becomes one of the most powerful Jedi in the universe, rivaling Luke, himself.

In the novels, Jacen is seduced to the Dark Side as a way to better the world. He becomes convinced he can learn this side of the Force without falling into the same trappings his grandfather, Anakin, had. In the novels, it becomes left to Jaina to stop her brother – and to do so, she seeks out Boba Fett to train her.

Jaina’s time spent on Mandalore, training with Fett, becoming comrades with Mirta Gev, Boba Fett’s granddaughter, and fighting beside Mandalorians, was a pivotal piece of her readying to take down her brother. Therefore, if the plot of Episode VII is truly about the Solo twins – we’ll likely see a heavy amount of Mandalorians – even if this isn’t fleshed out until Episode VIII or IX.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Disney wants to include more Mandalorians in the sequel trilogy. The popularity of Death Watch and Mandalore-centered episodes in The Clone Wars has proven fans embrace Mandalorian factions as much as Jedi and Sith.

This also would open Boba Fett’s rumored spin-off, especially if Episode VIII is when they land Jaina on Mandalore.

They could set up the fall of Jacen in Episode VII, and then release the Boba Fett spin-off, which centers on Boba Fett’s survival from the Sarlacc, reunion with Mirta Gev and becoming Mandalore. Then we have all the information we need to lead into Episode VIII – which shows Jaina arriving on Mandalore and her experiences with the people.

What are your thoughts?

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Today, June 6th is the birthdate of Daniel Logan, the actor who played Young Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II and the animated Clone Wars series. Happy birthday, buddy!

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Let the rumors begin! Disney just announced it will debut a new animated series in fall 2014, taking place in the virtually untouched time between Episode III-IV. According to Disney officials, “Star Wars Rebels” takes place about 20 years before A New Hope. Catch the promo video below.

This is great news for fans of Boba Fett – as it provides a great opportunity to not only tie up loose ends from “The Clone Wars,” but flesh out the rise of Boba Fett to the infamous role he plays in the Original Trilogy era.

We’ve heard there was a Boba Fett story arc planned for season six; we even saw an image of him in his Mandalorian armor. However, we never got to see his full transition from an angry orphan to a renowned bounty hunter. How did he wind up with his classic armor? How did he retrieve Slave I from Hondo?

It wouldn’t be too hard to put Boba Fett in this new animated series, especially since they’ve already got the animated model complete for the character. There’s also opportunity to show the foundation of Boba Fett’s and Darth Vader’s working relationship.

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Since this series focuses on the Rebellion, this creates a place for bounty hunters as well. It was Prince Xizor who suggested the Emperor use bounty hunters as tools for the Galactic Empire in the Bounty Hunter War trilogy. He points out in the first novel, how there’s an advantage to using these individuals for certain missions.

We see how useful bounty hunters are to the Empire in “The Force Unleashed II,” when Darth Vader recruits Boba Fett to hunt down Juno to lure in Starkiller.

During this era, the Empire may even hire bounty hunters like Boba Fett to hunt down the remaining Jedi who escaped Order 66. There’s all kinds of possibilities – not to mention, many fans would like to see the fallout of Mandalore – it in itself a channel to bring in Boba Fett again.

Let’s also not forget in the time of <em>“The Clone Wars,”</em> Cad Bane is the No. 1 bounty hunter. How does Boba Fett take hold this role?

We need to demonstrate to Disney the fan base of Boba Fett. His role in “Rebels” would also provide a good build up to get younger fans excited about a Boba Fett spin-off film. To show our support, we’ll be starting a campaign to #BringBackBoba. It starts with a Facebook page, and hopefully we’ll be able to grow from there.

Help us build the foundation for our campaign. Here is the Facebook page we’ve created, which will receive a shorter URL once we fulfill the “like” requirements.

“Like” our Boba Fett’s Return in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Facebook page.

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Welcome aboard, Taylor! Glad to have you here at BFFC!

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Earlier this year Hasbro gave a first look at the characters being introduced in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars mystery bags. Each mystery bag includes two miniatures, including characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Boba Fett.

Reports came in a few months ago that Series 2 had popped up overseas. These items have finally made their way to the U.S. I’ve been checking the toy aisle at retail stores and finally saw the new mystery bags appear at my local Target.

We’re still waiting for reports on the larger Boba Fett Power Battler, including a Han Solo target, to be spotted at local retail outlets.

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DarkOne wrote:

It would be cool to be Ailyn Vel, but she isn't actually a Mandalorian.

Very good points, DarkOne. Thanks for pointing that out!

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Back in February, we announced the Boba Fett table within the Star Wars Pinball game. The standalone game, Star Wars Pinball, includes the Star Wars Episode V, Boba Fett and Clone Wars tables we've seen before.

While it's a standalone application from the Apple App Store and Google Play, it's currently downloadable content within these games:

  • Pinball FX2™ on Xbox LIVE® Arcade

  • Zen Pinball 2™ on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita with Cross Buy entitlement! Purchase once and play on both systems!

  • Zen Pinball 2 on the Mac®App Store

  • Zen Pinball on the Apple® App Store

  • Zen Pinball HD Google Play™

Joystiq has more details:

Players can choose to contribute their high scores to either the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance, with the game's interface changing dynamically depending on the global balance of power. The game will be Cross-Buy enabled at $9.99/€9.99, though anyone who already owns these tables in Zen Pinball 2 can download the new solo app for free. Likewise, anyone that purchases Star Wars Pinball will unlock the equivalent tables in Zen Pinball 2.

Don't miss the hint for the Boba Fett game released on the Zen Studios blog post:

Assist Boba Fett in completing two sets of bounties, or table missions, in an effort to gain RESPECT and secure his spot as the most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy. To activate the Galactic Empire bounties, spell out the word EMPIRE by shooting the middle-left orbit. Activate the HUTTS bounties by shooting the sinkhole under the seesaw ramp. Just watch out for the Sarlacc pit!

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A recent article commemmorating the 30th anniversary of "Return of the Jedi" has a quote that six different stuntmen played Boba Fett:

Six different stuntmen in America played the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett falling to his death in the Sarlacc Pit

I've never heard of this before. Six actors, yes, but not different stuntmen.

We followed up with the journalist, who declined to comment.

Looking further into this trivia, according to starwarsaficionado.com, there's an excerpt about a second stuntman besides Dickey Beer, who has been on the convention circuit (and Entertainment Weekly):

In particular, we finally put to bed the information presented over the years that Jeremy Bulloch played Boba Fett on location at Yuma. He didn’t-all of his filming was studio bound, done within a three to four week period at the beginning of 1982 at ELSTREE on the Jabba’s Palace stage. Simply put, as Fett’s scenes on location were all stunt work, it would not have made practical, or budgetary, sense to send the actor out to Yuma when all of his work would have been handled by a stunt man. In this instance, Fett was doubled by two stunt men, one of which was Glenn Randall (location filming footage of him exists, wearing almost Elvis-like sideburns!!, getting ready in costume to film his scenes).

Returning to Fett, Beer joined Glenn Randall in Stunt Double work for the Bounty Hunter in Yuma (Glenn, being the USA location Stunt Coordinator, particularly wanting him to do some of the stunts), with Beer doing the scene of Boba flying from the skiff into the barge. When Boba Fett crashes into the barge and falls into the Sarlacc, and a view of the other shots, that’s also Dickey.

Anyone have any more sources or thoughts on this?

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Announced today, Hasbro's booth at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con will be selling a $45 exclusive Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite, which is part of a new line of Star Wars figures, The Black Series.


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Freehand Profit, an artist/illustrator/designer based in Los Angeles, used two Nike Boba Fett shoes to make a  very creative Boba Fett helmet.

Excerpt from the announcement:

I had given up finding pairs of the ‘Boba Fett’ Nike SB Dunk HIs from 2008- it seemed like no one was selling them. I assumed no one in their right mind would give up such a great piece of SB Gold… then a pair appeared… and at a price I didn’t even flinch at. I realized with all the hype and the market flooded with newbies after ‘nothing but HEAT’, some folks gave up selling shoes that weren’t South Beach Lebrons, Tiffany SBs or Jordan Retros. I was lucky and ecstatic to find 4 pairs from great folks all across the country – some by trade some by cold cash money. I set 2 aside for the mask, and a wishful thinking 2 for me. Anytime I start a big project like the Stormtrooper or Boba Fett helmets I know I’ll need more material than a “standard” sneaker gas mask. I aim to do each piece with as few pairs as possible to avoid waste, for the Boba Fett helmet it could’ve been done with just 2 pairs. I saw more potential in sacrificing a 3rd pair for the sake of certain design elements in the finished piece. Very happy with the results, and just as happy with a single pair in my rotation.

The artwork is for sale.

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As you may know, "The Clone Wars" appears to be all done. No new episodes are planned.

Any thoughts on next steps for the Boba Fett storyline they started? What could have happened next?

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Indeed -- and spot-on with Vader, Emperor, etc.

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Nice observations, Revan.

But isn't all of what you describe a good vs. evil debate, regardless of politics?

I don't see how right- or left-wing personal, financial, or other values -- in terms of U.S. terminology of right vs. left -- are in the film as so much as a dictatorship, which is FAR right.

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Hi JohnAK, how's the one I just made and uploaded for you?

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Gabrielfett, yup! Do you have an avatar request? This thread on the message boards is for that topic.

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jerryfett, welcome back! Great to see all the collections indeed!

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Hey Wes, welcome to the boards! Glad to have you here.

As you can see in the "Creative" forum here, we have held many RPGs, so some members are familiar already.

How about getting the ball rolling with a storyline (and any requirements) and others will likely join along here too?

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Welcome to the boards, rdcarter! Thanks for the shout-out here!

Jeremy Bulloch does indeed live in England, but he travels all around the world all the time, including near Tennessee. We track his events here:

http://www.bobafettfanclub.com/askjeremy/schedule/

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Only three months in, anyone have some favorite films, shows, books, etc.? Please share all year long!

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Hi kevin_147! We're on Facebook.

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Wow, Ozzy17, thanks for sharing that list! Got to make sure I update a few of these on http://bobafett.com/bounty/ !

Very cool idea, Kensoneny! Nice job on the watch! Would you stop at watches and phone cases, or go as far as Kitchenaid mixers like this:
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