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Vote #TeamBoba in “This Is Madness 2015″ Match-Up: Boba vs. Jango

Published March 28, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments no comments

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[Updated 3/30/2015 9:45am PST]

Starting last night and going for the next 2 days over at the official Star Wars website’s This Is Madness “March Madness” bracket-style voting game, Boba Fett is up against Jango Fett in a match of the clicks.

VOTE NOW

Here’s a tally of how the vote is going:

  • 3/27/2015 7pm PST: Boba Fett has 66% of the vote
  • 3/27/2015 11pm PST: Boba Fett has 23% of the vote
    This seems very strange: 4 hours and 43% of the vote shifts?
  • 3/28/2015 11am PST: Boba Fett has 31% of the vote
  • 3/28/2015 2:30pm PST: Boba Fett has 36% of the vote
  • 3/28/2015 4:15pm PST: Boba Fett has 37% of the vote
  • 3/28/2015 7:15pm PST: Boba Fett has 39% of the vote
  • 3/29/2015 12:15am PST: Boba Fett has 30% of the vote
    This seems very strange: 5 hours and 9% of the vote shifts?
  • 3/29/2015 10:30am PST: Boba Fett has 32% of the vote
  • 3/29/2015 2:30pm PST: Boba Fett has 34% of the vote
  • 3/29/2015 6:30pm PST: Boba Fett has 35% of the vote
  • 3/29/2015 10:45pm PST: Boba Fett has 36% of the vote
  • 3/30/2015 9:45am PST: Boba Fett has 37% of the vote

Let’s keep pushing for Boba Fett to win with 51% if not more!

Last year, Boba Fett won 70% of the vote when he faced off against Jango Fett. Let’s hope it can happen again.

These polls are not scientific and also have one major flaw, which affected the vote last year too. They appear to just use browser cookies to tell if you’ve voted already. Disabling or deleting the “match” cookies set by “tim.starwars.com,” and anyone can appear to vote again.

That said, there’s word of a “re-count” for the last challenge, where Jar Jar trumped Padme Amidala, claiming “ballot stuffing.”


Spotted: New Play Arts Kai Boba Fett

Published March 27, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments 2 comments

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Spotted by the Boba Fett Fan Club this morning on Instagram, here are newly released promotional photos of the Play Arts Kai (Square Enix) Boba Fett.

It’s made of PVC, comes fully painted, and is about 6″ (150mm) wide, 10.25″ (260mm) tall, and has a depth of 3.5″ (90mm). It retails for $100 (12,000 Yen) and is scheduled for a July release.

How can you get this one?

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.

Helmet nod to hobby shop AmiAmi who posted the photos, and to ncurablekollector (Instageam) for the post that caught our eye this morning.


Where to Get the Kaiyodo Revo (Revoltech) Boba Fett

Published March 20, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments no comments

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Due to be released May 23, 2015, the new Revo (Revoltech) Boba Fett made by Kaiyodo is turning heads left and right. He’s got his “Empire” colors, more than twenty points of articulation, two blasters, several interchangeable hands, and even a figure stand.

It retails for 5400 Yen in Japan, but some vendors are charging more or less right now.

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.


Vote for Boba Fett in the Star Wars Fan Film Audience Awards

Published March 12, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments Comments Off

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The Official Star Wars website has off-and-on held a fan film contest. This year, you can watch and vote among the nominees for their Audience Award. Two of the bunch have Boba Fett, which we endorse for winning.

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    BOUNTY BUDDIES
    By JORDAN & CODY GUSTAFSON
    Jabba assigns Boba Fett to his hardest mission yet… teaching Greedo how to be a good bounty hunter. Can Greedo finally capture Solo?
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    TRASH DAY
    By JIM MEHSLING
    How did Boba Fett know that the Millennium Falcon would be hiding out on the back of an Imperial Star Destroyer? Find out here…

Vote now at starwars.com/star-wars-fan-film-awards.

Not in competition for this year’s contest, but Mehsling has done three other Boba Fett fan films! Check them out in our multimedia vault:


Guide to All the Darth Vader #1 Variant Covers Featuring Boba Fett

Published January 23, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments Comments Off

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Boba Fett didn’t even appear in Marvel’s new Star Wars #1 — which featured countless variant covers — but he is for certain in the debut Darth Vader series.

Here is our curated list of ones that feature Boba Fett on the cover, with links to high-quality, unwatermarked scans and — where applicable — how to purchase.

(Looking for all Boba Fett comics? See our database.)

Darth Vader #1 (Alex Ross exclusive)

Art by Alex Ross. Sold at alexrossstore.com.

(Thanks to ComicBook.com for getting the exclusive from Marvel, releasing the cover image before even the artist.)

Darth Vader #1 (Midtown Comics exclusive)

Art by Mark Brooks. Sold at midtowncomics.com.

B&W Variant. Sold at midtowncomics.com.

Darth Vader #1 (Newbury Comics exclusive)

Art by Salvador Larroca. Sold at newburycomics.com.

(Thanks to ComicBook.com for getting the exclusive from Marvel, which here is in higher resolution than the store’s website.)


Boba Fett Hits Stride at Disneyland’s Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

Published January 17, 2015 by BFFC AaronComments Comments Off

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[Updated 1/18 9:20pm PST: Now includes some photo picks from Sunday’s race!]

Star Wars fans are running through Disneyland for their inaugural kids, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races. Events began January 15 and continue through tomorrow, January 18.

Many dressed up in Boba Fett apparel and many more got to see a Boba Fett cosplayer along the way. (If you’re curious about the Fett-styled fitness shirt that many of these runners are wearing, we have more information about it and where to buy it.)

Here are some of the photos we enjoyed — via our Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts — that were shared on social media. runDisney, who puts on events like this, suggested some coordinated hashtags (#starwars5k, #starwars10k, #starwarshalf, and #rebelchallenge) which many people used.

Have any more to add? Give a shout out in the comments!

http://disneyworldgram.tumblr.com/post/108343847978/boba-fett-is-ready-to-run-the-inaugural-rundisney

This picture is too cute. #bobafett #starwars #starwars10k #rundisney @rundisney #dca #disneyland

A photo posted by Kathryn ???”???? (@kathryn_elizabeth_) on

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http://disneyworldgram.tumblr.com/post/108354029568/runners-are-no-good-to-him-dead-bobafett

Fett fans at the #StarWars10K.

A photo posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on

http://trentvanegas.tumblr.com/post/108346379820/boba-fu-g-fett-starwars10k


Upcoming Bounty: Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Boba Fett

Published January 12, 2015 by Scott CasanovaComments Comments Off

Upcoming Bounty is a series of editorial posts about newly released and/or newly announced Boba Fett collectibles, giving you the lowdown along with a pro collector opinion on what’s what.

Sideshow Collectibles Boba Fett Premium Format Figure

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Another big upcoming piece is the Boba Fett Premium Format (PF) figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Any by big I’m talking both size and price tag. This ¼ scale figure and base come in measuring 25.5″ tall and will leave a $439.99 hole in your wallet. Scheduled for a December ’15 release a pre-order has a non-refundable deposit of $44.00.

Sideshow, having already released a ROTJ Premium Format Boba, went ESB this time. With only the Sideshow publicity shots to go by it does look like they’ve made some improvements since their last PF Boba. In fact Sideshow has had some trouble with their Fett’s in general, but that’s a separate blog post. By my eye, the paint scheme and weathering on both the armor and flightsuit look more accurate than the previous. (But I’ll leave it to the folks at The Dented Helmet to offer their assessment.)

If nothing else it looks more real, the previous one still looks plastic. Like the previous PF figure the only articulation available here seems to be the neck/head and range finder. The base is reminiscent of Cloud City, and is angled to help create more of an action pose than the previous.

And it’s a great pose! In fact it looks to be inspired by a piece of artwork that I’ve seen floating around for a while. Most non-articulated statues of Boba have him just standing around, and the Attakus one just looks awkward to me.

The biggest downside to this piece is timing as it is scheduled to come out in the wake of the Hot Toys ¼ scale Fett at a slightly higher price of $469.99.

Pros:

  • Great pose!
  • ¼ scale
  • ESB Paint Scheme
  • If they can stay on schedule you can put it on your Christmas list

Cons:

  • Price
  • Sideshow’s history with Fett
  • Bad Product timing
  • Minimal articulation

My take:

Sideshow is counting their lucky stars and thanking their Non Refundable Deposit policy that they got this out before Hot Toys dropped theirs. However it’s an ESB Fett, and I really want Sideshow to put out another winner (LOVED the Mythos Fett) so I’m sticking with it. Besides I already put down the deposit. Given the price tag and the direct competition from Hot Toys this might stay in stock a bit longer than previously anticipated. I would guess at least until after Christmas ’15 so you can throw some Santa money at it if you already shelled out for the Hot Toys.

















Spotted: LEGO UCS Slave I Available Earlier Than Expected

Published December 28, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments Comments Off

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[UPDATE 12/29 4pm PST: We can also confirm the set is being sold ahead of schedule at LEGO stores, one of which is the South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA.]

Today, LEGOLAND in Florida had the brand-new LEGO UCS Slave I (75060) on its shelves for sale, well ahead of the scheduled January 1 release date.

Has anyone already picked up their new LEGO Slave I that was released early? Who’s planning to pick it up in store or on LEGO.com starting January 1?

(We checked with LEGO.com about any pre-sale and was told, out of fairness, that no advance sale was planned.)

Helmet nod to Curt Hersey for the head’s up and the photo!


Fan Spotlight: JC Fett

Published December 22, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments Comments Off

This fan spotlight is part of a series focusing on cosplayers who exemplify qualities in creativity, community-building, and craftsmanship.

1. What is your name and who are you cosplaying as?

My name is JC, I go by JC Fett and cosplay Boba Fett. Only a handful of select people know my true identity, mainly fellow Mando brothers and sisters.

I try to take “being” Boba Fett to the next Level. I feel those who fell in love with Star Wars through the original trilogy as I did, would agree the mysteriousness of Boba was one of his strongest qualities. Just who is this expressionless Bounty Hunter? Taking off the helmet and revealing myself completely ruins this. If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll see… never a shot of who I am.

I’ll go all day with my helmet on at a convention. This past NYCC I arrived at 7am for the East Coast Cosplay Championship and was there until almost midnight when winners were announced — took first place in TV & Movies category btw! — and I only took my helmet off for like 20 minutes in a discrete location to eat a hot dog, macaroni and cheese and some soda. Haha.

I have to thank big time my wife — she cosplays a female mandalorian by the name “La Fett” — and my buddy Geo who accompanies me and helps support me on these troops! I think a fellow TDH member said it best… people always ask questions like.. “Don’t you get hot? Don’t you have to pee? Aren’t you hungry?” But the truth is once you put the armor on and the helmet is on YOU ARE Boba Fett, and Boba Fett doesn’t need to do those things. He is just Boba Fett.

2. What groups/clubs/sites are you a member? What is your handle for those sites?

I go by “JCFETT” on all the sites I’m at, my first forum I registered at was TDH. It’s the most knowledgeable and helpful Fett fan site there is. I’m on a few other sites as well, like therpf.com, which is a great costuming/props site that encompasses everything and they have some tremendous builders on there.

I also run my own social media pages — instagram.com/jcfett and facebook.com/jcxfett (had to add the x since jcfett was taken!).

Currently I’m not “in” any professional costuming group, but I do get some contracts from and troop along with the 501st ECG and the Falco Clan of the Mando Mercs. I have a lot of awesome friends in both and would highly recommend either or both to anyone interested in organized Star Wars trooping. I’ll be joining the ranks soon myself.

3. Why this character and costume? What’s the backstory?

My big brother raised me like his apprentice on Star Wars. He grew up in the 70’s, and I’m an 80’s baby so I was early on influenced by his enthusiasm for it and his huge original vintage collection. He basically had everything. So for a boy growing up around speeder bikes, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing fighters, etc., it would be impossible not to be fascinated and completely immersed in this magical universe.

Many years later, we continued to collect when the figures and movies re-released, played a lot of Pod Racing on N64 etc and one day he turned to me and was like… Bro, we should build life size Stormtroopers. I was like yeah dude of course. That makes complete sense. And so we did.

We ordered some kits off the internet and spent a few long winter months in our basement building some awesome stormies. We trooped around town and for Halloween, just local stuff. For my small town on Long Island, New York, the response was tremendous. Kids to grown ups treated us like superstars and were so excited to see us walking around bothering Traffic Control Officers etc. That was like 2005, and that’s when JC the cosplayer was born.

It’s hard not to enjoy how much people enjoy your cosplay. The huge smiles, people are just so happy. It’s hard to describe. It wasn’t long before I decided to tackle my favorite character in the universe, Boba Fett, I registered on TDH, received a warm welcoming — some which came along with warnings haha — but I knew the road wouldn’t be easy and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

After a few years and lots of help from amazing talents such as Christian from Man of War Studios and Lou Darth Vorhees of Fettwerks, JC Fett was created. My cosplay Fett was initially finished by 2008, though even today I’m upgrading and adding cool new features, but it wasn’t until New York Comic Con 2012 that I made my con debut. It was one of the most amazing experiences and continues to be. I love the NYCC atmosphere, it’s a great convention I recommend anyone interested in comics, toys or cosplay to come check it out. I met some really awesome people from there who are now really close friends of mine, and not just from the Star Wars universe, from Marvel cosplayers to Comic and Toy collectors and vendors themselves. It’s a real positive thing, and it’s definitely a passion of mine. To go out and be Boba Fett and bring excitement to people. It’s an honor really.

4. What’s your favorite part of the costume or what has been one of your most memorable experiences as this character?

My favorite part of my costume is my helmet. I just love all the details and colors. And I’ve spent a lot of time making the inside as much of a home for my head a possible haha. I have integrated fans and self contained voice amp and speakers inside, as well as the wireless remote activated range finder which always gets people excited!

My favorite memory is always changing. I just like when kids come up to me as if I couldn’t possibly be real, but I am. And you can see it in their face, they’ve just teleported to another galaxy. This includes grownups sometimes too, ha!

5. What were some of your challenges to get your costume just right?

I think my day to day challenges with the costume itself is the gauntlets. They tend to hurt at the wrist after a while, especially when you’re carrying a heavy EE-3 with real brass grip, metal and wood stock etc. So that’s tough. I lose feeling in my thumbs sometimes. The jetpack also tends to be heavy due to all the components and things I have in it. Other than that I can’t really complain.

From my time as a Stormtrooper I can say Fett is much more manageable, but there are a lot of pieces to him that can go wrong so if you just do a lot of test fitting and test trooping you should be ok. I’ve had my mishaps of shin tools flying out or my gauntlet hose just dropping off my gauntlet before I learned better ways to fasten them.

6. What advice do you have for other cosplayers?

HAVE FUN! Do it because it’s something you enjoy! Don’t let other people get you down or hold you back. Cosplay is for everyone and everything. Unleash your creativity and let nothing stop you! Your imagination is limitless.

7. Favorite Star Wars moment?

Empire Strikes Back, Carbon Chamber scene:


Upcoming Bounty: LEGO Slave I

Published December 19, 2014 by Scott CasanovaComments Comments Off

Upcoming Bounty is a series of editorial posts about newly released and/or newly announced Boba Fett collectibles, giving you the lowdown along with a pro collector opinion on what’s what.

LEGO Slave I (75060)

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Available January 1, 2015 from LEGO.com is the Lego Ultimate Collectors Series Slave I, kit #75060. At 1,996 pieces it’s the biggest Slave I to date and certainly looks to maintain the quality of appearance standards of the UCS line. It’s also Lego’s latest attempt at a Star Wars kit that is to scale (or close to scale) to their minifigs. Speaking of minifigs, this kit includes a new Boba Fett ESB paint/print scheme (for the variant hunters), Han Solo both in and out of carbonite, as well as a Stormtrooper and Bespin Guard. Priced at $199.99 this kit may be a bit pricey for the casual collectors, but unlike some other UCS models this one looks like it rates high on the playability scale.

Pros:

  • Who doesn’t love Legos?
  • Larger kit size create a more streamlined and less blocky look more closely matching the look of the original ILM model

Cons:

  • Stickers. This kit has a lot of stickers.
  • Boba is still sporting a Jango Fett Geonosis model jet pack.

My take:

I’m getting at least one. The Lego UCS line appreciates in value dramatically after a run ends so for those of us that sometimes sell off collection pieces to fund new ones these are a good investment. Plus it’s Slave-1, so come on! I’m looking forward to building it and displaying it “in pursuit” of my 10179 Millennium Falcon.

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