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Here's our Sunday highlights video!
We hope you've enjoyed our four-day coverage of Star Wars Celebration Orlando -- Boba Fett style!
Clips by regular BFFC contributors James Clarke and Dan Lo. Music by Squidnova. Edit by BFFC.
Saturday brought some more incredible cosplay and sights of all the collectibles on display at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (SWCO)!
Any favorite parts or things we missed?
Video and photo content by regular BFFC contributors James Clarke and Dan Lo. Music by Squidnova. Edit by BFFC.
Just some of the awesome Boba Fett and Jango Fett stuff we saw today at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (SWCO)!
So many awesome people in here.
Clips by regular BFFC contributors James Clarke and Dan Lo. Music by Squidnova. Edit by BFFC.
Part of the massive live stream at Star Wars Celebration Orlando today included this well-crafted filming of Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison interviewed and bantering on stage!
One of the hosts of The Star Wars Show threw down some questions, but each Fett held their own with some great zingers.
Any favorite parts?
Never before seen "Clone Wars" Boba Fett vs. Cad Bane animatic shown at the "Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates" panel moments ago.
Hosted by Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo, this clip shows how Fett got his helmet dent.
This unreleased episode changes the "legends" storyline shown in "Enemy of the Empire" where the dent is caused by Darth Vader.
Video for BFFC by James Clarke.
[UPDATED 4/13 7:00pm PST: Bluefin added with Ronin Fett lowdown. // 4/13 10:30am PST: Funko price added for the Proto Fett Wobbler. // UPDATED 4/12 6:30pm PST: Sideshow info and some booth numbers added.]
We will be covering all four days of Star Wars Celebration Orlando (aka SWCO), live from the convention with photo and text posts.
This guide is available in advance of the convention and we will be intermittently updating it as we know more of what's confirmed, when, and where.
Besides two Boba Fett actors and two of the volunteers who help run the Boba Fett Fan Club attending, here's our preliminary guide on where to go when!
Sure, you could get a Star Wars hoodie or a BB-8 as an orange... but one of the six official merchandise releases for SWCO is a Sarlacc Plush with Removable Mini Boba Fett!
Pin Trading Program
As of March 28, IGN shared an exclusive reveal of all the pins in the series. Here's the "Bounty Hunter 3-Pack" with Boba Fett, IG-88, and Bossk. It will be sold at the show store during the convention.
Originally, the official Celebration site showed a silhouette of yet-to-be-announced pins right now, but the image's filename clearly says "Boba Fett." Whoops!
Their yet-to-be-released Premium Format Jango Fett was shown at SDCC 2016 but it's out on display at SWCO this year. (Thanks to Jaycepticon for the heads up on Wednesday afternoon.)
Cartamundi USA @ Booth 2922
They have a Ralph McQuarrie card set and a Boba Fett giveaway card on Sunday!
Star Wars Authentics
This is the new vendor for official photos, usually for autographs but also suitable for framing.
They have their giant Boba Fett bust on display, just for conventions like this. It's based on a much smaller 2003 bust.
This booth has the Ronin Jango Fett on display and what appears to be a free catalog which shows a new Ronin Prototype Boba Fett coming in July.
Funko @ Booth 3444
[UPDATE: These are going for $15.]
Funko was expected to have a convention exclusive Fett and they announced it on March 21st. It's a Funko Wobblers Prototype Boba Fett. There's also a lottery to deal with, so get in that in advance! Note that they have a limit of one of each exclusive item per person.)
There's a rumor that this will be a "shared" exclusive, possibly with Toys"R"Us... More details to come.
Artists at the Star Wars Art Show by ACME Archives
Also: Ralph McQuarrie Archives has a table in the exhibit hall: booth 1624!
Rebekah Knuth's car, Ivor Fett, which is decked out in a one-of-a-kind Boba Fett wrap, is on display at SWCO.
Caletti Cycles just announced a pro bike called "The Bounty Hunter" that's clearly inspired by Boba Fett.
Made from a lot of premium parts *, this isn't for everyone. But for a bounty hunter who's all about precision, this fits the bill. It's also one-of-a-kind.
Check out their site for more information including pricing, details, and more.
* Helmet nod to Dark Matter Finishing, North American Handmade Bicycle Show, SRAM, ENVE Composites, Chris King, Precision Components, Kogel Bearings, and Hutchinson Bicycle Tires among others for being a part of this.
Passion can elevate people above and beyond what they thought was possible, and Rafael Robles is a perfect example of that. An attorney by trade, Rafael previously had no interest or background in art until one fateful day he stumbled onto the world of Star Wars toy photography and instantly knew he had to be a part of it.
To say that he has achieved this goal would be a profound understatement. Within a year, not only has he mastered the technical aspects of toy photography but has also succeeded in establishing a style of his own, something that commonly evades much more experienced artists.
This is certainly not the first time we will mention it and probably won’t be the last, but the old adage is worth repeating: great photography always tells a story, and Rafael’s images do exactly that. They are full of both style and intrigue, whether on the battlefields of World War II, within the Star Wars universe, or somewhere in between. Rafael is also not afraid of thinking outside the box, as one of the featured photos here is of a lightsaber-wielding prototype Boba Fett on a speeder bike. Fantastic.
Rafael was kind enough to grant us an interview, and was both thoughtful and philosophical about his answers. They serve as great reminders of how Star Wars can unite people from all walks of life, and that we only grow when we are outside of our comfort zone as illustrated by Rafael’s journey that saw a lawyer become a world-class toy photographer.
Tell us three interesting facts about yourself.
I don’t think I have any interesting about myself. I think I am just one of the eight billion people who live in this immense rock called Earth, with some virtues and many defects. I work everyday to improve myself, moving away from my comfort zone, and avoiding judging other people. Life is short and death is certain. Walking with love and understanding everybody wants to be happy, no matter how they can reach their goals. I think the world will change only when I can change myself
What was your earliest Star Wars memory?
I remember my dad bought some classic Kenner action figures every Saturday for my brother and me in Mexico City, the city where I was born. I remember I had Luke Skywalker, Admiral Ackbar, and Darth Vader in my collection. Three decades later, I only have C-3PO. Waiting for Saturdays to get a new figure is the earliest memory of Star Wars in my life.
How did you get into toy photography?
One day I was looking through my Instagram timeline I found some pictures of Star Wars figures. Being a lawyer, I used to be a man with no interest or education in arts, but those pictures unleashed a need to follow suit. I immediately went to my nearest flea market and I found a Obi-Wan Kenobi 3.75 inch figure and that’s how I began this adventure in photography.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character to photograph?
Definitely Mandalorian warriors Boba Fett and Jango Fett, and masked figures in general are the best to photography. That’s because one important thing in photography is the emotion reflected in the face of people, or action figures in this case, and the eyes in the figures don’t always accurately convey that. That’s not the case in masked figures where the body language can replace the eyes’ emotions.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
I try to capture emotions in inanimate objects such as action figures. Many of my pictures are product of images I have seen before in my mind and I try to recreate in camera exactly as I saw them. In addition to Star Wars figures, I also love to take pictures of World War II soldier action figures. I imagine myself being a (toy) combat photographer. I’m a self-taught photographer, and I mostly work with practical effects with the exception of lightsabers.
In the featured photo, Boba Fett prototype is fighting alongside Death Troopers. Who is he fighting and what is the scenario?
Boba Fett as a bounty Hunter sometimes requires from his costumers support to accomplish his missions. In this case, a high risk hunt, he demands personal support from the Empire’s best soldiers: the Death Troopers.
Boba Fett shows leadership and fearless conduct being in front of the group. It is not enough to know about weapons; the real bounty hunter needs to understand strategy and how to hunt in a pack.
What advice would you offer someone who is new to toy photography?
As in any other aspect of life, never compare with other photographers. Other photographers may have more experience, more equipment, more information, or fewer resources, less time, or less talent. You are unique and you should enjoy YOUR own process of being photographer. You are a photographer from the very moment you begin to take pictures, regardless of others’ recognition or fame. Take pictures that you like. Begin with your first client: yourself. Prepare each image with love and respect and share with others.
Be open to learning something new. Always learn new techniques. Be humble, learn, and be proud of showing your work and receive critiques. Don’t evaluate your work by the number of likes or applause. Do the job and don’’t expect anything. Be grateful of the teachings from others. Remember, enjoy the way of toy photography.
Rafael Robles is a lawyer who lives in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. He teaches Criminology at a local University and currently works in local government in Crime Prevention policies. Rafael loves shooting sports such as archery and pistol shooting, and starting in late 2015 he has discovered the joys of photography. Rafael’s work can be found on both Instagram and Twitter.
(Originally published on WhiteBobaFett.com.)
Today, Chuck Windig's conclusion to the Aftermath trilogy, "Empire's End," hit the shelves.
In "Aftermath," an acid-damaged set of Mandalorian armor -- discovered by a sheriff named Cobb Vanth within the confines of a Jawa sandcrawler -- has captivated many fans with the idea that it may be Boba Fett's.
With "Life Debt," we discovered that the Jawas have been plundering the depths of the Great Pit of Carkoon and the Sarlacc had been damaged by the explosion of Jabba's Sail Barge. Charred pieces from "a luxury barge" were also found in the aforementioned sandcrawler.
Now in "Empire's End," if you were hoping for any direct, hard-as-duracrete answers about Boba Fett's ultimate fate, well... we're just going to have to wait.
"Bring him out!"
Two Red Key raiders—Yimug the Gran, Gweeska the Rodian—drag the man in all-too-familiar Mandalorian armor out into the center of so-called Freetown."
"You don't deserve that armor," Lorgan says, his voice a hiss like sand against sand.
"Is it even real Mandalorian armor? Looks like something hammered out on a swindler's forge. Besides...wearing a strong man's armor doesn't change how weak you are. Take his helmet off."
(Bold emphasis added.)
The book gives us a little more character development for Cobb Vanth -- the man wearing the familiar armor here -- who is turning out to be quite the interesting character himself. Not to spoil any of his details, but suffice it to say that he has a massive agenda against the Red Key Company that threatens his town.
While the character of Cobb Vanth is unexpectedly a compelling one, we cannot assume that he is Boba Fett nor Boba Fett's replacement.
Despite this latest description of the gnarled Mandalorian armor, there is no trace of Boba Fett in this book, nor any implication of his presence. We also don't get any proof that this is really Fett's armor, although it is strongly implied in these Tatooine interludes.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think the armor is truly Boba Fett's? Would you like to see him make a miraculous return in the new canon? If so, how would you like to see his story continue?
(Artwork at top of Boba Fett by Kevin Prangley. Not related to the "Aftermath" trilogy, but close to the look-and-feel of what Cobb Vanth may look like in this scene.)
Several entertainment publications are running articles today saying Benicio del Toro, who is already confirmed to be in "The Last Jedi," is a character named "Vicrum Fett." One article actually spells it "Vlcrum Fett," which seems like a typo (or even more far fetched).
While it's spelled again slightly differently, the name "Vikram" — without "Fett" — has been rumored for a while now. The "Fett" surname is the new rumor here.
The source of the news appears to be a popular video blogger, Mike Zeroh, who discusses in a video how he came across Benicio's page on an off-shoot wiki called wikiwand.com. (We can see that Wikiwand clearly aggregates all or most of its data from Wikipedia.)
In the Google search result description for Benicio's Wikiwand page, it says "Sir Vicrum Fett" in the row for "The Last Jedi" where his character name would be positioned. You can see that in a screenshot we just saw ourselves here:
Note that the search result for his Wikipedia page do not say the same thing.
When you load up the Wikiwand page itself, there's zero corroboration for the meta data, even in the HTML. On the front-end, it says "TBA" aka "to be announced."
The video blogger addressed this too. Since wiki-based content management systems can be edited by anyone and moderated by a select few, we also looked in the recent revisions.
Was "TBA" changed from "Sir Vicrum Fett" recently? We cannot find a single match of a user going in to change it from "TBA" since it first appeared.
We also checked WikiBlame which searches revision history by keyword. No matches.
This means it's just Mike Zeroh, who claims he saw a change, and the search engine description text, which we can corroborate. But the description text can be messed with by wiki users who know how that all works.
Because we can't verify this further, and that's the only evidence in the news circulating, we think this is very weak.
Don't believe it just because of this.