Nixon, the French watch company, revealed the first wave of their "Dark Side" line on September 18th, but we've also seen their entire catalog, which reveals the planned Boba Fett watch -- and some other goodies.
There's no formal release date yet, but one official tweet says November of this year.
The last section of their 42 page catalog starts with a great shot of Boba Fett (in his Pre-Production #2 costume). We're then given an introduction:
The mysterious Boba Fett is the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy. Well paid and highly sought after, this infamous mercenary scours the galaxy for profit and personal reward while leaving an indelible mark on all whom he encounters. Frequently employed by the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett is also commissioned by the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Fett is one of six bounty hunters hired to track down the smuggler- turned Rebel Han Solo. It is Fett's shrewd calculations and stealth that allow him to best his criminal colleagues. He leads Vader to Cloud City, where the Rebel heroes had sought refuge from the Empire's impending forces. On the floating city, Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and placed aboard the bounty hunter's personal starship Slave I. After collecting his reward from the Empire, Boba Fett returns to Jabba the Hutt to collect yet another bounty on his prized cargo. However, Boba Fett and his ruthless Hutt employer underestimate the strength and determination of Han's friends, whose rescue efforts erupt into an explosive battle that destroys Jabba the Hutt and his vile court.
Without further ado, here are the products:
Rugged construction featuring Boba Fett stripe detailing, and individually numbered to denote the highly limited nature of this watch.
Boba Fett Red / Gray
* CerakoteTM green case finishing
* Bezel inlay is maroon metallic anodized aluminum with orange Boba Fett stripe detailing
* Custom case back art with a famous Boba Fett quote "As you wish"
* Custom Boba Fett seconds hand
MOVEMENT: Miyota Japanese quartz 3 hand movement with date function and crown placement at 4 o'clock.
CASE: 44mm, 100 meter/10 ATM custom stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal. Unidirectional stainless steel bezel, contrast plated stainless steel bezel insert with color fill countdown timer markings, custom screw bar lugs, stainless steel double gasket crown, and stainless steel screw down caseback.
BAND: 22mm custom canvas webbing with genuine leather backing and at sizing holes with solid stainless steel buckle closure.
Design Patents Pending.
Orange printed Boba Fett stripe detailing, individually numbered to denote the highly limited nature of this watch, and custom injection molded silicone band with Imperial logos, The Unit LTD delivers all with distinctive good looks.
Boba Fett Red / Gray
* Injection molded silicone band with Imperial logos
* Orange printed Boba Fett stripe detailing, individually numbered to denote the highly limited nature of this watch, and custom injection molded silicone band with Imperial logos, The Unit LTD delivers all with distinctive good looks.
* Custom maroon metallic anodized aluminum bezel with orange printed Boba Fett stripe detailing
* Custom case back art with a famous Boba Fett quote "As you wish"
Back side of the band features Han Solo frozen in carbonite
MOVEMENT: Custom digital module with positive or negative display, 12 or 24 hour time of day, calendar, temperature gauge, dual time, countdown timer, chronograph, alarm, and light functions.
CASE: 40mm, 100 meter/10 ATM, custom injection molded polycarbonate case, fixed polycarbonate bezel, hardened mineral crystal, double gasket custom injection molded polycarbonate pushers,
screw down caseback and spring pin lugs.
BAND: 22mm custom injection molded silicone band with patented locking looper and polycarbonate buckle.
Design Patents Pending.
Boba Fett Green
FEATURES: Top loading backpack forged from distressed PU coated canvas. Large main compartment with zipper closure and internal organization with watch pocket. Separate zippered storage area at base and two vertical front accessory pockets with waterproof zippers. Custom padded back panel with Imperial logo silkscreen. Padded shoulder straps and adjustable sternum strap. Side entry laptop compartment. Small accessory pocket at top and top loading back panel zip pocket. Stretch mesh side pockets and side compression straps. Boba Fett helmet details on exterior and on internal lining. Custom Han Solo zipper pull. Star Wars x Nixon embossed leather label.
MAIN BODY:LINING: Embossed 210D Nylon
DIMENSIONS: 11.75" x 6" x 19.5"
VOLUME: 16.5 liters
BUCKLE WIDTH: 5 cm
HEIGHT: 4.5 cm
STRAP: 3.8 cm
FEATURES: 100% Genuine Leather belt with custom molded single prong buckle. Distressed strap details inspired by the armor of Boba Fett. Mandalorian Symbol logo detail at strap end.
Boba Fett Green
FEATURES: Genuine Leather wallet with distressed detail inspired by the armor of Boba Fett. Easy access currency sleeve and card slots. Mesh ID window. Internal debossed logo detail. Star Wars x Nixon woven label detail.
Boba Fett Green
FEATURES: Genuine Leather wallet with distressed detail inspired by the armor of Boba Fett. Easy access currency sleeve and card slots. Snap coin pocket. Internal debossed logo detail. Star Wars x Nixon woven label detail.
(Editor's Note: the catalog descriptions for the two wallets may be incorrectly laid out backwards. We're reprinting here what's in the PDF catalog and have contacted the company about a possible correction.)
Want to see more? Here's the PDF.
You know about how Disney wiped clean all the Star Wars lore outside the movies, "Clone Wars" and "Rebels" series as "legends?" Well, that left Boba Fett's fate up in the air: aside from George Lucas chiming in recently about his survival, it was the now unaccredited books that explained his escape and survival after Return of the Jedi.
Recently, the new Lucasfilm Story Group -- which handles the Star Wars canon of the overall series -- specifically brought up Boba Fett, and that he is currently both alive and dead until a story pulls him out of the pit.
During an interlude on Tatooine, a character called Cobb Vanth is introduced in the new book called "Star Wars: Aftermath" by Chuck Wendig. Cobb decides to aid a pompous representative of a mining organization called the Red Key Company named Adwin Charu. Adwin can't convince the Jawas into allowing him to see their rare items, until Cobb stepped in. After looking through a stash of prized goods, the two come across a complete, battered set of Mandalorian armor, "picked and pocked by some sort of acid. It had been through hell and back."
"I have a way of sussing things out. I know that things are changing. Not just in the galaxy, but here at home, too. The Hutts still haven't shaken out who's next up to fill Jabba's throne -- if you can call that flat slab of his a throne. Seems like this might be a new day for Tatooine."
"Yes, we certainly hope so," Adwin idly responds, mostly ignoring the man's small-talk prattle. He's happy Cobb got him in here but now wishes the man would just leave him alone. Adwin spies a large, long box on the floor. He whips off the ratty cloth that's covering it and --
From the box, he withdraws a helmet. Pitted and pocked, as if with some kind of acid. But still-- he raps his knuckles on it . The Mandalorians knew how to make armor, didn't they? "Look at this," he says, holding it up. "Mandalorian battle armor. Whole box. Complete set, by the looks of it. Been through hell and back. I think my boss will appreciate this."
"I actually think I might take that home with me," Cobb says.
"I think not," Adwin says, turning around, the helmet tucked under his arm. The blaster at his hip suddenly feels heavy, pendulous. Eager to be drawn. A strange sensation, that. Adwin feels like he's really getting into the spirit of this planet. He's never had to shoot a man before.
The passage above -- bold emphasis added -- strongly implies that the armor is Boba Fett's... but it has somehow made its way out of the Pit of Carkoon. Fett himself is no where mentioned alive, nor is his body, bones, or any sort remains save for the armor itself alluded.
Adwin takes an interest in the suit to present to his boss -- a Weequay named Lorgan Movellan -- but Cobb decides to keep the armor and appointed himself the sheriff of Tatooine. After a brief showdown that leaves Adwin wounded, he is left alive so as to spread word to his benefactors of the newly self-appointed lawman.
This may bring us back to rumors of a new character taking the mantle of Boba Fett not long after Disney's takeover... or perhaps even further back to Jodo Kast, the Fett impersonator.
Personally, I feel that the armor made it out of that hell hole in the desert with the help of its original owner, who then abandoned the suit for reasons that may include maintaining a low profile to finding the suit compromised beyond repair of its full potential, or for whatever other reason have you. Then, the discarded suit was discovered by Jawas scavenging through the wreckage of Jabba's sail barge, and then treasured it deep within their Sandcrawler as a valuable piece of merchandise, which was then found by Cobb.
I say this adamantly, because I have serious doubts that the Jawas have discovered a secret of diving down the Great Pit of Carkoon to safely scavenge through whatever was ingested by the Sarlacc... and I doubt the armor was regurgitated alone, as it is described as a complete set.
I certainly can't claim anything with certainty, even if this suit indeed is Fett's... but if it is, I think we can surmise that the details regarding Fett's survival were left intentionally ambiguous... yet, we are much closer to an answer now. We may even come to learn that this was the book that pulled Boba Fett from the pit... and also introduced us to a new, interesting character that may become tied with Fett's legacy forever.
(Artwork by Cristi Balanescu, made for the official "Edge of Darkness" expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game.)
"Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology" is a new Boba Fett fan film, which clocks in at just over one minute. It's set 30 years after Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc, which is a long while but conceivable for this armor-clad bounty hunter to rough it. With the "Expanded Universe" / "Legends" all wiped clean, it's up-in-the-air right now if Boba Fett is officially alive or dead.
Fan films about Boba Fett are nothing new -- we've logged over 75 -- but this one stands out. It has great production value, timing, and subject matter. Those are some of the reasons why this film has been abuzz online as soon as it was released yesterday morning.
We caught up with Eric Demeusy for an interview:
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to do this specific project? What were some of your favorite and/or important parts of the whole process?
I've loved Star Wars since I was in middle-school. The first scene I remember seeing was Luke and Leia swinging across the Death Star chasm in "A New Hope." I remember thinking "so this is Star Wars?". It just had a certain feeling to it that no other movie had and something about that is what I fell in love with. I became a huge fan from then on. George Lucas quickly became my favorite director and I tried to take after him in anyway I could. When I was a Junior in High School I made a twenty minute Star Wars fan film, learning how to do the lightsaber effect frame-by-frame in photoshop. The next year I did another one for my senior project and landed an internship at the local ABC news station. Star Wars is something I always admire as both a filmmaker and a fan. Something that sets Star Wars apart for me from other sci-fi worlds is the design. I'm not typically a big fan of science fiction but Star Wars doesn't feel like a sci-fi, it feels like an action adventure film set in space. To me a lot of that is the design, the ships, the creatures,and the characters. I always loved the look of the Storm Troopers and Boba Fett. In my short film '3113' I think it's apparent that Boba Fett was a big influence on the android design. I just think he's the coolest masked, suit-wearing character ever. Star Wars also became for me the only movie that has Boba Fett.
When the news came out that Lucasfilm and Disney were going to be doing Anthology films I was hoping they would do one about Boba Fett. I read confirmation that one of the Anthology films was in fact a Boba Fett film, but that it was a origin film. I realized quickly that a lot of fans and people I talked to didn't want a prequel. They had enough of that in the Saga prequels. One of the reasons Boba is such an interesting character is because of the mystery that surrounds him. They wanted to see Boba Fett as he was in the original trilogy, in his prime. Kicking butt, firing his gun, and using his jet pack! Something you didn't get to see much of, but wanted to. Not how he got there. I didn't want to see a Boba Fett biopic.
When we sat down to think of what would be the best version of a Boba Fett movie, we realized it was the story that needed to be told... Boba Fett survives the Sarlacc pit. He should be featured in a movie that isn't just a "Boba Fett movie", but was set against something much bigger in the Star Wars universe, the rise of the New Republic. An event that Boba had a big role in, one in which he is the main character. Within that we would see Boba's story continue, we would see him in action, Boba doing what he does best, and we would see an interesting change in his character. One of Boba's biggest flaws is his lack of integrity, and in this story he starts to realize that. So I decided to go out and make this teaser in hopes that one day people would see and hear this story of Boba Fett's most vital mission, a pivotal point in his life and the galaxy.
We noticed it's the "deluxe" store-bought Rubies costume (don't worry -- we love every kind of Boba Fett costume!), yet re-painted to look amazing. How did you come up with the plan to re-invigorate it and add some touch-ups, like the boots with their spikes?
Well I knew that if I was going to do this the costume needed to be as close to the screen used version of "Return of the Jedi" as possible, on a budget of course, otherwise no one would believe it's actually Boba Fett. I started searching around and originally I was going to try and get someone who had already made a suit to play Boba. Logistically though for our shoot and the location of these people it wasn't possible. So I was looking for other options and found that there were people who made really great versions of the suit but they were pretty costly and time consuming to make. The best option I had and really the only way I could afford time and budget wise was to use the deluxe suit and modify it.
We went out to the location and did some screen tests of the suit to see what would and wouldn't hold up on camera. Pretty much the whole thing needed work. I found a lot of really good reference for every bit of detail the suit had in the screen used version and stuck as close as possible to that with some leverage on the wear and tear. I had never airbrushed before in my life so there was a learning curve as I did it. I tried to get Daz from Bobamaker on board but he was booked up to February. If the Boba movie does move forward, he should without a doubt be the guy making the suit.
The shoes, we went with custom made boots from CA Boots to make sure they were screen accurate. We took those and weathered the heck out of them. Scrubbed them with a pumice stone and airbrushed some stain, dirt and grime into them. The toe spikes were made by Jason Mitcheltree, who was the DP and actually wore the Boba suit. We used real metal from the strip and some wooden dowels for the spikes, painted them silver and weathered them.
No Jabba's Sail Barge wreckage and no "Sarlacc goo," noted some eagle-eyed fans, which is all plausible -- this is science fiction after all -- but what are your thoughts on the backstory in this world you created? Were there other deliberate choices made?
Yeah these are all things I had to think very carefully about. I watched all six films at least three times EACH within a month plus all the behind the scenes over and over. I was studying like crazy the whole time. I would imagine that Jabba's Barge would have been scrapped by Jawa's or some other scavengers. The Sarlacc pit was a pretty well known place and I think word of mouth would have gotten out about what happened to Jabba, so scavengers would have had a field day. Any of the smaller bits of remains would have been covered. Actually a fun fact about the imperial dunes where we shot is that the dunes move about a foot each year. Tracks from the day before get covered by the wind. I would imagine it to be very similar if not more so in the Dune Sea on Tatooine.
As far as the "goo", this was also discussed before we shoot. I imagined Boba would have been walking through the desert for at least a day, maybe two to get back to where Jabba's palace was, and it is nothing but sun out there. The goo would have dried up by then. If we had shown him crawling out of the pit it would make since to have some saliva on him.
Your visual effects are top-rate. As you noted on Vimeo, it's all Cinema 4D. In the "making of" at ericdemeusy.com/starwars, it looks like you re-skinned a 3D model, if not making a new Slave I model. Specific to Fett and his ship, what did you start with and what did you change?
Thank you! Yeah I was going back and forth on whether or not I'd do the ship practically or CG. I really wanted to do it practically but the biggest model I could find was only about a foot in length and that wasn't big enough to get the right amount of detail in. So I went the CG route because I know it well. I found a halfway decent model on scifi3d.com, the original model was done by A Wiro. The model was a good starting point. It had low res texture applied to it so it was already UV'd but needed to be retextured. I went through all of the textures and repainted them at 5K and built layers and layers that were stacked to give it a more realistic look with chipped paint, scratches, smudges, dents and all of that. That process took me quite some time to dial in the detail and make it feel like part of the scene. That shot took me about 5 days to render on my home computer. It was later composited by Evan Langley who did the compositing on the piece.
To this day, a "story" film about Boba Fett is still officially unconfirmed, but here you got the web talking about it again today. On the flip side, the original actor who played Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, "liked" this film on Facebook, which is a great helmet nod among Boba Fett fans. Where else do you hope this project will go or take you?
Wow! That is so cool that the real Boba Fett saw this! That's really cool to think about. I'm really glad people are talking about Boba, I think a lot of fans really want the Anthology film but how it's done is thin ice. I have a Boba Fett movie burning to be told, I would love to tell that story and my hope is to see that version fully realized. When I thought about a Boba Fett movie I had to really think about what it would be. What would it be about? How do you have a main character who is so mysterious without taking that away? Do you ever see him with his helmet off? What does he do after the Sarlacc pit and is it significant to the Star Wars universe? It's a very tricky character if you just go at it from a surface level, or if you try to go too far into his past. I'm a big fan of Boba Fett and this is the movie I want to see. I have done a lot of reading as to what fans say about their wants as well and I think the story the Jason and I have come up with is perfect, I seriously love it. Hopefully we can influence the Anthology film in one way or another.
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In collaboration with a network of other Star Wars fan sites -- Yakface, Jedi News, Jedi Temple Archives, Star Wars Action News, Idle Hands, Teekay-421, and MintInBox.net -- here is your one-stop download for being ready for "Force Friday" on September 4th:
This PDF checklist came about since there isn't one. Despite all the buzz, there wasn't a clear cross-brand list to even know what's available this Friday. Instead of dealing with that secrecy, these Star Wars fan sites worked tirelessly to compile a document for you, the fan.
Note that the checklist is focused around action figures and related collectibles. It excludes books and apparel. For any of those involving Boba Fett, we'll add those separately below.
"Force Friday" begins at the minute Thursday night becomes Friday morning: midnight. As for Boba Fett merch, here are the highlights to start finding:
On a lighter (for the pocketbook) side, Target has a #ShareTheForce campaign, which has already started. Their website features Boba Fett -- although his helmet is backwards. You can upload your memory of Boba Fett to be tagged in their 3D database.
Walmart also ran an ad that shows Boba Fett on a "collectible Star Wars Trading Discs which can be used for an exciting game." These are called Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions, which are expected to be found in their toy aisle this Force Friday. Here's a picture on the right, thanks to @McHale262.
Forget the unboxing videos, here are some gameplay videos of Boba Fett in the new Disney Infinity 3.0 game that was just released.
We've also noted some lines we're hearing Boba Fett say in the game. It's all voiced by Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in "Attack of the Clones" and who re-dubbed Boba Fett starting in the 2004 DVD release through to present.
Outside of the main "Toy Box Hub," you need to find the Boba Fett token in the game in order to play as Boba Fett in the "Rise Against the Empire" expansion of the game. When you climb up Jabba's Sail Barge, right alongside the Sarlacc Pit, the Boba Fett token is on one of the planks / beams / boards off of the ship.
Fett rides in on a Bantha to take on the Sand People (Tusken Raiders), who "may have stolen the part," according to the narrator helping you. (It ends up being energy binders.)
When Boba Fett finishes on the ground floor, he says, "Now I truly am the best bounty hunter ... there's ever been." After climbing up the cliff, while shooting at Tuskens, he adds "What a waste of my time. There wasn't even a price on your head. You cannot escape me. None can escape me now."
This video shows an overview of the "Toy Box Hub," including some beginner gameplay as Boba Fett within that world. One line we hear Boba Fett say in this is, "Another mission, another pay day."
Boba Fett's upgradable skills in the game include all of the following:
Health & Defense
(Screenshot by Tim Bryant.)
(Video capture by G3EZARMAN.)
[UPDATE 8/23: According to Dengeki.net, who has photos of the labels, Slave I will go for 4,104 Yen. Boba Fett will be out September 30 for 2,916 Yen. Figsoku.net also has some pictures that include the box art.]
Announced on Bandai's official Hobby site, their new Boba Fett and Slave I models -- shown below in complete form -- will be unveiled at an event called Kyarahobi 2015 C3 ?-- HOBBY, which is this coming August 22nd and 23rd at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall. Advance tickets can be found at Chara-Hobby.com.
We last saw the Boba Fett in an earlier draft. Spotted back on June 12th, Bandai's new Boba Fett was shown at the 2015 International Tokyo Toy Show. The 6", 1/12 scale figure is unpainted, but the plaque (which has an unfortunate typo) and its photo suggest "Empire" colors. Photo credit unknown.
According to The Fwoosh, "Fett is scheduled to drop in September and the price should be right in line with the Sandtrooper. About $17 before shipping."
Helmet nod to The Fwoosh for their additional info and heads up on both stories.
In advance of "Star Wars Friday," which is September 4, all of the upcoming Hasbro "The Force Awakens" figures accidentally ended up on shelves at a Walmart in Ohio. Photos were taken, which are all over the Internet today, and some even were scalped on eBay.
Here's what we've figured out so far:
All together, this does not mean Boba Fett appears in Episode VII, at least based on these clues alone. See our Fett Fact Check on Episode VII for all of the rumors there.
See our Facebook post about this for a lively discussion with fans, which helped inform this post.
UPDATE: Here's more:
He also appears on the backs of these cards:
All photos by Shawn Shepherd. Shared on the STAR WARS: Anything & Everything group on Facebook, then by Tony Madjawa Deida on the Star Wars Mega Fan Group on Facebook, where we first heard about this.
(Helmet nod to Matt Booker for the heads up and JediHunter66 for the first tweets.)
With shops allowed to take pre-orders starting today, the new Tamashii Nations "Movie Realization" Boba Fett as Ronin is a new premium figure that ships this November.
This inspired take on Boba Fett comes with a movable helmet scope, a Japanese sword accessory, replacement left and right wrists, removable missile jetpack, and removable shin tools.
The figure retails for 9,504 Yen, or about $76 U.S. dollars. It's 6.6" (170mm) tall and made of PVC.
This was first announced at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, which we covered from the floor on April 21st.
Because these figures are especially hard to get, and not just available anywhere, here's our curated punch-list of where and for how much you can get the figure.
Most international shipping uses FedEx. Many of these vendors, but not all, process payments with PayPal, which generally handles currency conversion. We've normalized all prices to American Dollars, since most of our readership uses dollars.
If you find one (or more), let us know where in the comments to help out other Fett fans.
The latest teaser trailer for Star Wars Battlefront was released today, highlighting a new mode called "Fighter Squadron." After seeing all kinds of playable ships, the trailer ends with the Millennium Falcon being chased by Slave I!
Look closely and you'll notice a problem: the ship's wings are in their landing position, not their flying position. Were the trailer animators rushing the work or misinformed? Or is this a bug already in actual gameplay, which they hopefully will fix?
Back in April during the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we saw it confirmed that Boba Fett was a playable character. This news about his ship, Slave I, is welcome news.
The game is slated for release this December. There's a Digital Deluxe Edition and a Standard Edition, but Boba Fett is available in both for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
One perk of pre-ordering is an "early bird" marketing push, which touts the Battle of Jakku. A planet that will be introduced in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Jakku is the planet seen with Boba Fett in the previous trailer. Here's the verbiage on the EA microsite:
"Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one week early on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free content on December 8th, 2015."
You're seeing it here first: Funko's upcoming Boba Fett (Prototype), a Walgreens exclusive, which will be in stores this September!
This comes to us from the inside and, since they're huge Fett fans, the Boba Fett Fan Club got the scoop!
The figure is part of a four figure exclusive Star Wars classic wave. We're told that Walgreens will be ordering a ton and the plan is to keep it on shelves for at least a year.
Funko has made many bobble-head figures and objects. This surely won't be the last.
This also isn't the first Walgreens Boba Fett exclusive. Last year, they came out with the Prototype Boba Fett within Hasbro's "The Black Series." While there were some hassles with the online pre-order, the figure was a big hit in stores and kept getting re-stocked for a long while. This time around, there won't be any online pre-orders.
This also marks our 500th photo-of-the-day in as many days in a row. Woo-hoo!