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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.
Also at Toy Fair 2017 today, twiswcast (Twitter) shared some great photos of a new Boba Fett action figure on display.
We can see it's got the five points-of-articulation style and that it's going to be a two-pack with Bespin Han Solo.
The release date is this Fall.
Note the extra gauntlets and double flame throwers. Interesting...
Sir Steve's Guide has a good photo of the figure. On the side, you can see non-canon hoses running to the two non-canon flamethrowers.
The last Black Series Prototype Boba Fett was in 2014, stood 6" tall, and was a Walgreens exclusive.
According to Yakface, this line is actually re-packs of previous 3.75" figures, which include already an older Prototype Boba Fett from 2011, which is already a re-paint of their 2004 Boba Fett (VOTC) with a belt/holster piece from a 2007 Fett.
Helmet nod to jeradchil on Twitter for the heads up and Kelton Slaton on Facebook for the re-pack points.
An official press photo has been released:
It's due to be released this Spring.
This fan spotlight is part of a series focusing on cosplayers who exemplify qualities in creativity, community-building, and craftsmanship.
What is your name and who are you cosplaying as?
My name is Emma, but I go by RoboEmma on Tumblr and the greater internet! I’m costuming as Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels, and my custom Mandalorian character, Ivven Oyre.
What groups/clubs/sites are you a member? What is your handle for those sites?
I am a member of the Mandalorian Mercs; I go by Vhe Oyre on those forums. I’ve haunted that place for a good 6-7 years now, and served on the Application Team for a while! It’s been a very rewarding experience to watch the club grow. I was also just recently approved as an X-Wing Pilot in the Rebel Legion, so that’s very new to me!
Why this character and costume? What's the story?
As for Sabine Wren, the choice to make her costume seemed obvious: I’d been obsessed with Mandalorians and I’ve costuming as a custom one for years, so when Dave Filoni started giving us these awesome canon Mandalorian women like Bo-Katan and Sabine, I eventually couldn’t resist; it had been so long since I’d made a Mando. Sabine spoke to me almost immediately: I’ve always been partial to good guys (Go Rebels!), she wore pink, like my custom Mando, and she was a sassy artist-type and I’m an illustrator, too. I related to her instantly, even though her character design took a bit to grow on me. Now I love it, especially the checkerboard shoulder ala Biggs Darklighter. Once I saw her operating on Star Wars Rebels, I had to have her.
In terms of my custom Mando, I love the creativity that comes with making original characters. I’ve always had a million OCs wandering around my head, and I’ll always be drawn to my own, personally-created characters. I picture Ivven as a grumpy, cold-hearted type who travels around the galaxy with her KOTOR-style crew as a high-risk smuggler of sorts.
What has been one of your most memorable experience as this character?
Sabine was a new experience for me. As someone who usually costumes as unrecognizable custom characters, wearing a timely, relevant, and popular new character was a trip. It was amazing wearing her at Celebration Anaheim; the reactions were so positive, and I was blown away by all the little girls who were so excited to get their pictures taken with me. That, and I got to hang out in the AMAZING Mos Eisley cantina set at Celebration with a Hera costumer for like two hours. I never wanted to leave. It was so immersive.
As for Ivven, I’ve worn her for so many years at this point, that the memories are starting to blend together. Honestly, I think the moment when I first saw a picture of myself in the costume after just finishing it, and thinking, “…Wow. I look so… cool!” after worrying myself to death over whether it turned out or not, was one of the more memorable moments. Traveling in groups of
custom Mandos is pretty great, too, every time it happens; I love hanging out with other Mercs.
What were some of your challenges to get your costume just right?
I went into building my custom Mando with very little costume experience, and that was a lot of hand-skills to learn. It took a while to simply understand quality, in order to judge whether things were up to par. I literally learned to metalwork to make Ivven, because I knew from the start that I wanted to make her out of 18 gauge aluminum. It took a good year or two and a failed Mandalorian costume in order to be good enough at metalworking to finally make a quality kit that all came together. That, and the chest plates, and getting them to fit my figure the way I wanted. That took a while to get right, understandably.
As for Sabine, the challenges of translating a cartoon rendering to a real-life equivalent was rather trying; cartoons rarely give you seams or realistic models. Sabine was the first time I had to learn Sintra or real leatherworking, so that was also a learning curve; I’m getting better at picking things up the longer I costume, though, so that wasn’t too bad. I made absolutely everything on her costume from scratch, including the patterns for the cloth parts. The biggest challenge with Sabine came down to time: I was on a super tight budget, and was literally still painting her 15 minutes before driving to the airport for her first convention appearance. Somehow, I pulled it off! Sabine’s paint scheme is super detailed and particular; painting was definitely the biggest challenge, in the end, and getting all the lines clean, while also factoring in time for it all to dry.
What advice do you have for other cosplayers?
Advice? Everyone sucks when they start. My first costume (another Mando) was a big hot mess. Don’t ever be afraid to scrap every single piece and start from scratch. Persistence and a stubbornness against giving up will get you places. If you don’t have talent, you can learn talent.
After about 6 years of costuming, I am at the point where I know I can do anything if I am willing to work until it’s right. I can learn any skill I don’t have, and so can you. Be a perfectionist, but wear an imperfect costume. It’s about fun. Never let something like that keep you from wearing your costume. Only make the characters you love. You don’t need a ton of money or a ton of support to make great costumes. You’re never done upgrading. Join a costume club; the opportunities and communities they open to you will blow your mind.
What is your favorite Star Wars moment from the films, books, comics, games, etc.?
Oh gosh. Don’t make me choose. If we’re talking the films, the moment where Han swoops in and clears the way for Luke to blow up the Death Star, and Luke’s reaction to scoring the hit; that build-up of the music right before it blows. Episode IV is my favorite, just for that scene. I to this day can’t watch that moment without getting breathless.
As for everything else, I started with the EU and moved to the movies, so it’s hard for me to narrow that category. The Revan reveal sticks with me pretty hard. Right now, though, I still haven’t picked myself off the floor after hearing Rex’s voice in the big Rebels Season Two trailer. So yeah: that moment at Celebration Anaheim where they premiered the trailer and revealed Rex was back, and I nearly busted my knee plates and rangefinder when I slid out of my chair. That’s my current favorite Star Wars moment. The clones mean so much to me.
Thank you Emma for taking the time to answer these questions for us! Be sure and tune in to Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD on Saturday, February 18th to see Sabine Wren confront her mother on Mandalore!
The Omaha Storm Chasers, a Minor League Baseball team for the Kansas City Royals, just announced a special Boba Fett jersey for their May 5th "Star Wars Night" game against the Redbirds.
The players and coaches will wear the jerseys, which will later be auctioned off that evening to benefit The Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Several professional sports teams have done things like this before, such as the Bradenton Marauders (MiLB team for the Pittsburgh Pirates) in 2014. It's also common that the 501st will have cosplayers before the game begins for some great photo ops.
"Star Wars: Underworld," the shelved project circa 2005 that would have been a live-action Star Wars television show rumored to involve Boba Fett, is abuzz on Reddit and now MovieWeb today -- but for all the wrong reasons. Someone saw the release date to the user-submitted content website IMDb as listing December 2018.
Wait a second now.
As we've seen in the past with Temuera Morrison being added to projects on IMDb incorrectly in 2014, we had to take a closer look with an IMDb Pro account, which lists more information than the public website. Here's what we see:
As you can see here, there is not only no activity on the pre-production and production front, but also a handful of old credits like Rick McCallum are there. Rick was originally attached to the project but hasn't produced Star Wars content since the prequels.
This sure looks like fan speculation and another goof with IMDb authenticity. Move along.
On a more positive note: are you curious for vintage information on what this project was all hyped to become? We last mentioned Underworld in January 2012 when a movie site paired it with the comic book by the same name and also in an MTV News summary where Daniel Logan was also then listed as rumored only.
Attakus, who recently re-released smaller scale versions of their Boba Fett and Jango Fett figures, have announced more Fetts this year. It's nice to see one is noted as actually new rather than the same mold scaled down.
Here's the full announcement. (Note: we've corrected a typo.)
Star Wars by Attakus:
The 2017- 2018 novelties
Star Wars Elite Collection (1:10e Scale Statues)
The incredible Elite series is about to substantially enhance again : More than 10 new statues are lined-up for release in 2017 / 2018!!
2 new characters will appear from May / June :
• Jango Fett
• Luke & Yoda training on Dagobah
Other Star Wars Elite statues will appear (by 2 or 3) in September, October & November 2017, & then in 2018. Here are the characters you will soon discover:
• Tie Fighter Pilot
• Han Solo Carbonite
• Boba Fett (new version)
• Darth Maul
• Jabba the Hutt
• Rey & BB8
Star Wars 1:5e scale Collection
It's BB8's turn to join the 1:5e scale legendary series from October 2017!
With the above, you could choose to have two Boba Fett cards, which is the basic to upgrade him. The last piece of the upgrade puzzle is a 11,000 cost, which either takes a bit of time or throwing money at the game.
How did you get your Boba Fett card in the game? Let us know and we'll add it to the list.
Helmet nod to BFFC's own Gustavo for figuring these tips out very quickly.
After hearing the news that Carrie Fisher passed away, the original Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, who worked with her on "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," had some fond memories to share. In addition to a post on Facebook, here's what he told us:
What tragedy for someone so young. We last saw her and Gary here in London at Celebration this summer and she was her usual bubbly, funny self.
I first met Carrie on the film set of The Empire Strikes Back. I had one iconic scene with her where I was asked to play an Imperial Officer and use her as a human shield -- something she never let me forget whenever we met. :-)
I always loved meeting her -- she could be outrageous at times and extremely funny. She will sorely missed -- she was a Superstar as well as a princess."
In an interview with KTIC Radio / ABC Radio (Nebraska), Jeremy had more to say:
He fondly recalled with a laugh, “In a conversation, you suffered badly there, because she could turn you around and make funny remarks and things. Brilliant.”
The actor played Lieutenant Sheckil in The Empire Strikes Back — opposite himself as Fett, thanks to a little editing magic. As Sheckil, Bulloch roughed up a captured Princess Leia as she tried to warn Luke that the Empire had laid a trap for him. However, Bulloch tells ABC he got to know Fisher better while promoting the movies.
“Funnily enough, I saw more of Carrie when we were at Disneyland…while they were having a Disney Weekend with Star Wars. With her there, it was terribly difficult, because she was cracking jokes…you have Carrie just shrieking with laughter.”
“Well, you can’t say any more,” he added. “She was just brilliant.”
Here's a clip on YouTube from Carrie Fisher and Jeremy Bulloch at Star Wars Weekends in 2000:
Jeremy was also interviewed by the Leicester Mercury newspaper. Here's an excerpt:
"I bumped into Carrie on set," he recalls.
"I was done up as this big, bad bounty hunter and she was in full costume as Princess Leia.
"She said, 'I feel sorry for you dressed up like that all day. I thought I had it bad.'
"That was typical of her. Carrie was so much fun to be with.
"She was the funniest person in the world and one of the most talented, too."
See the article for more quotes on Carrie by Jeremy.