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Teaser for Bandai's New Boba Fett and Slave I Models

Updated August 23, 2015 12:24 pm • Published August 20, 2015
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[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.

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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.

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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.



Insight on Hasbro's "The Force Awakens" Boba Fett Figure with "Armor Up" Accessory

Updated August 14, 2015 10:22 am • Published August 13, 2015
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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:

  • Figure is a re-pack of the “Empire” Boba Fett in Hasbro’s Saga Legends line, originally released in 2013.
  • Unlike the Saga Legends figure, this comes with an accessory specific to “The Force Awakens.” It appears to be related to Jakku, a new planet with a big battle in “The Force Awakens.”
  • Boba Fett is among other “classic” figures in the line, like Darth Vader and “Bespin” Luke Skywalker.
  • There is no “The Force Awakens” text under the Star Wars logo as there is with the other Episode VII characters, which is the same on the other “classic” figures in this line. (Thanks to BFFC fan Darth_Hound on Twitter for this insight!)

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.)



Where to Get the Tamashii Nations "Movie Realization" Boba Fett as Ronin

Updated August 11, 2015 1:57 pm • Published August 6, 2015
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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.











Slave I vs. Millennium Falcon in the New "Star Wars Battlefront" Game

Updated August 6, 2015 7:19 am • Published August 5, 2015
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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.”


Exclusive Announcement: Funko Boba Fett (Prototype) Coming to Walgreens

Updated July 23, 2015 12:12 pm • Published July 23, 2015
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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!



SDCC 2015: Guide for Boba Fett Fans

Updated July 9, 2015 11:13 pm • Published July 7, 2015
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This year’s San Diego Comic Con — which runs July 8 (preview night) through July 12 — has a handful of Boba Fett exclusives. Here’s your checklist, Boba Fett fans!

Exclusives

Other Booths

ANOVOS has their brand-new “Empire” Boba Fett prop helmet replica on display at their booth! We shared a photo on Facebook, shot by Ken Morgan on Instagram.

Hot Toys is showing off a new sixth scale “Empire” Boba Fett. This is their second release, following a “Jedi” quarter scale figure. See Rebelscum.net for some great photos, taken on opening day (July 9).

Sideshow Collectibles will be showing (but not selling) the brand-new Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue. Don’t miss it!

Hasbro has their Hero Masher Boba Fett on display. See Rebelscum.net for a picture, taken on preview night (July 8).

Panels

Are panels more your thing? Here are some tips on which panels to attend, which very well might name-drop Boba Fett:

  • Wednesday: none of the events mention Star Wars
  • Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: JAKKS Collector Toys: Star Wars, DC, TMNT, Nintendo, Warcraft and More! @ Room 29AB
    Should feature their new “First Reveal” Boba Fett figure
  • Thursday 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Level-Up Your Style with Geek Fashion @ Room 14A
    Features Amy Ratcliffe, who often writes about Star Wars
  • Friday 10:00am – 11:00am: Star Wars Publishing 2015: Part 1 @ Room 7AB
    11:00am – 12:00pm: Star Wars Publishing 2015: Part 2 @ Room 7AB
    Either may mention the new comic books (“Star Wars” and “Darth Vader” have included Boba Fett) and/or novels (“Dark Disciple” includes Boba Fett)
  • Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Star Wars Goes Steampunk @ Room 14A
    Panel includes Rebecca “Lady Fett” Eusey
  • Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Star Wars:Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar @ Room 7AB
    eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles are all slated to be addressed, and each have upcoming (or fairly recently released) Boba Fett collectibles
  • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Lucasfilm @ Hall H
    While the focus is expected to be “The Force Awakens,” this event may touch upon the newly announced Han Solo anthology film; Lawrence Kasdan is a guest, who wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and this untitled spin-off film
  • Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Costuming the Galaxy @ Room 14A
    This talk is all about ANOVOS, who has a rumored Boba Fett costume in the works
  • Sunday: while several events mention Star Wars, none stood out to us as possibilities for Boba Fett mentions

Other

Stop by the fan booths to say hello to our friends at 501st (booth MZ-17) and Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (booth MZ-16)!


SDCC 2015: Sideshow's McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue

Published July 5, 2015
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First announced (and shown in sketch form) at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Sideshow Collectibles announced yesterday on social media that their McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue will both be on display at San Diego Comic Con but also ready for pre-order soon.

Sideshow will be at Exhibitor Booth #1929, according to the SDCC website.


Celebration Anaheim: Exclusive Interview with Jeremy Bulloch

Published July 4, 2015
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Our video interview series from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim wraps up today with the best for last: Jeremy Bulloch.

We talk to the original man behind the mask of Boba Fett to learn more about what happened when, who said what, and how great it was to be in each scene of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”


Latest Boba Fett Fan Film, "The Twelve Parsec Stare"

Updated July 7, 2015 10:58 pm • Published June 30, 2015
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“The Twelve Parsec Stare” is the latest Boba Fett fan film — one of at least 73 fan films that fans have made, complete with costumes, sets, or other production value. This new short film was self-produced by Ruined Films, a Finnish production company. They wanted to make a short film that blended sci-fi and Western genres and shot this in a week. Here’s the synopsis:

Boba Fett, the infamous intergalactic bounty hunter, has tracked his next prey into a dusty saloon in the outskirts of a remote space port. In the shadows of the busy space bar the hunter confronts his target’s three sinister henchmen. Who will blink first?

Today, the “Western” Boba Fett film has its world premiere on YouTube:

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We spoke with Teemu Valve, who worked as a producer as well as in the prop and costuming departments of the film.

Tell us about the “The Twelve Parsec Stare” fan film and how it’s unique among other Star Wars and specifically Boba Fett fan films. What drove you all to making a fan film around Fett?

The Twelve Parsec Stare is both a fan film and a technical showcase and something we’ve been planning for a long time. Our first ambition was to make a Western short film with the genre’s usual lingering atmosphere and style of cinematography. Star Wars universe is something the director (and of course us all!) had wanted to recreate from his early childhood, which took the planning towards the genre combination. The idea was to tell an imaginative Star Wars story in a way the classic Western movies would have told it. The rumours about the oncoming Boba Fett spinoff film also initiated our spark into getting there first!

Boba Fett’s costume looks unique to your film, rather than intentionally representing one of the film-accurate or prototype costumes. Did your team build the costume just for the movie or did someone already have something that was then modified? What kind of helmet was procured or built? Who did the paint and/or build, and how long did it take?

Our Boba costume is indeed a “conversion” of the Empire Strikes Back version, which was modified a bit for our needs. It’s actually my personal costume, originally created for the trooping use in the service of the worldwide Star Wars costuming organization The 501st Legion. The fan-made costume was assembled and painted by myself, although the helmet seen in the movie footage was painted by my legion friend BH-11380. We had a total of three helmets in our wardrobe, just in case. The making of the costume was a 14 months journey.

The most visible modification to the costume is the poncho, which drew its inspiration from Clint Eastwood’s attire as the “Man with no name” as well as from Jango Fett production pictures and the Mythos Boba Fett statue created by Sideshow Collectibles. As our film is a crossover between Star Wars and classic Spaghetti Western we felt that it would be an appropriate detail mod for the Fett costume. We also believe that Western influences were something they had in mind when creating Boba’s character in the first place!

How does the costume hold up and move in the fight scenes? Jeremy Bulloch and other actors have always commented on how cumbersome it was; maybe you all agree or disagree. Or maybe you all changed it up to move more. Or did you make a stunt suit?

The costume is certainly quite heavy in the long-time use and the filming days took their toll on the actor. The armor limits the mobility of the person wearing it, so we had to plan the scenes and the choreography accordingly. Where we could (thanks to the camera angles or composition choice) we lightened the suit by removing the kneepads, shoes or the jetpack for a moment to make it a bit easier for the actor. There’s always some wear and tear to the filming process as well and we needed to make some field repairs now and then. Luckily we didn’t experience any major accidents and the costume held up through the action!

Since the project is a portfolio piece for Ruined Films, what’s your favorite part overall about its production that took everything up a notch? Any details specific to producing and/or art departments, like the props or costumes?

This is an interesting question, for we work with a really compact crew. Because of this everyone in the team gets to see and participate actively in different production phases. For example our director is also the visual effects artist and the editor was busy working in the prop and set departments of the film too. I think each film we make is better than the last one as the gathered progress in practical filmmaking process and in team spirit can be put into the use in the following project. Making a movie without an actual budget also pushes the team into creativity and making out of the box solutions, which is actually pretty useful in the end!

This was the first time we had a chance to include a proper extra cast in the production and we feel it really made a difference in how the scene looks. If we’d have to name a favorite part in what made the film and most of its production value, it would have to be the great set, with the props we managed to put together and the magnificent extras who were kind enough to help us during the film’s principal photography.


SDCC 2015: New Oversized Boba Fett Art from Topps

Updated June 28, 2015 10:04 pm • Published June 28, 2015
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Announced earlier today on the official Topps Star Wars page on Facebook is an exclusive, oversized Boba Fett card. It’s an SDCC 2015 exclusive.

Their announcement revealed it’s part of a set of larger cards:

“Topps will have 10 sets of oversized cards featuring classic Star Wars characters on iconic Topps designs. Find us at Booth 2913-J.”

It’s unclear if this oversized card is part of the same 10″ x 14″ series that Topps recently marketed as wall art. Those prints retail for $99.

(Helmet nod to The Collectors Cantina for the heads up about this announcement.)


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