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2014 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Star Wars Sales Featuring Boba Fett

Published November 25, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments no comments

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[Updated 11/26 7:00pm PST to include HerUniverse, Journeys, OfficialPix, Spencers, WeLoveFine, and HMV Canada. Updated 11/26 9:45am PST to elaborate upon Joe Corroney’s sale! Updated 11/25 4:59pm PST to include Walgreens and Gentle Giant Ltd.!]

This is our annual Star Wars Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale breakdown, focusing just on Boba Fett whenever relevant.

This is in addition to our updated-for-2014 holiday guide and our holiday ornaments collectibles database.

Note: most of these sales end Monday, December 1st, so don’t miss out.

(Are we missing something cool? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update.)

Apparel

General

  • Amazon.com’s Star Wars Store has items up to 40% off; no code needed
  • OfficialPix.com, who sells publicity and behind-the-scenes prints for/with autographs, has 20% off all autographs and 35% off all Star Wars photographs on 12/1 from 8:00am EST to 11:59pm EST
  • Spencers.com has 50% off Star Wars t-shirts, hats, and more for in-store purchases between 11/27 and 11/30, and online purchases between 11/26 and 11/30

Toys

  • talking-boba-fettDisneyStore.com has a “Magical Friday Sale” with discounts on the following Fett items:
    • “The Empire Strikes Back” Figure Play Set is 22% off
    • Boba Fett Talking Figure (13 1/2″) is 33% off
    • Star Wars Long Sleeve Thermal Tee for Boys
  • Walmart has a Black Friday deal that’s already under way that includes discounts on LEGO and the 31-inch figures
  • Walgreens, home of the Black Series Prototype Boba Fett exclusive, has a 25% off coupon to print and use this Friday; when you click through, note that their web page will try to auto-print from your web browser
  • ToysRUs.com has a 20% discount on Star Wars toys through 11/26
  • HasbroToyShop.com has free shipping when you spend $25 or more; use code FREESHIP25

    They currently have in stock:
    • Black Series Boba Fett
    • Rebels Saga Legends Jango Fett

Print (Art Prints and Magazines)

  • CEIISlavePrincessCorroneyFinal_originalJoe Corroney has his “Dark Side Friday” sale with 35% off all items at his online store between 11/28 – 11/30; no code needed

    Some of our favorites include:
  • Star Wars Insider magazine wants to give new U.S. subscribers 8 issues for $37.99 (40% off cover price) and Canada subscribers 8 issues for $52.99 (covers $15 s/h) if you subscribe this Black Friday weekend; no start/stop time noted

Media and Electronics

  • Best Buy has the “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” Blu-ray for $74.99, which has the “Holiday Special” Boba Fett cartoon as a bonus feature
  • HMV Canada has 20% off some limited edition Star Wars on-ear headphones, one of which features Boba Fett

Comics

  • Dark Horse Digital has 50% off their entire webstore for 24 hours on Cyber Monday only (midnight PST on Sunday, November 30); there’s a $20 cart minimum; sign up for their e-mail newsletter by Thanksgiving to get a stackable coupon for an additional 10% off
    • Over 30 Boba Fett comics are included in the sale; remember, these are digital copies of comics and not your standard paper ones

Unique

  • Gentle Giant Ltd. has a 30% off select non-new, in-stock merchandise that runs 11/26 12:01am (no timezone listed) thru 11/30; use code 30BLK2014 during checkout at gentlegiantltd.com; they also have free shipping for in-stock items on Cyber Monday

    Non-new is defined as being released prior to the last 6 months, which would include:
  • Sideshow Collectibles has a free shipping bundle if you get their Sixth Scale Boba Fett with their Medicom Toys Han Solo UU Collectible Figure; free U.S. shipping offer is manually added to orders after they have been placed; good until December 31, 2014 at 11:59PM PST or while supplies last

Other (Non-Sale)

  • Teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Episode 7) is released in select theaters starting on Black Friday
  • Dave Dorman (painter of incredible Boba Fett paintings) and the Star Wars 501st will be at Dreamland Comics in Chicago, Illinois for a food drive

Spin-Off Rumor: Fett Behind Heist of Death Star Plans?

Published November 24, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments no comments

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/Film is reporting today a rumor that they believe has multiple confirmations. It’s regarding the first Star Wars spin-off film as having a heist-style plot circa “A New Hope” and the Death Star plans.

Their reporting is quick to say “Boba Fett” never came up in conversation. But it does suggest the Rebels are hiring bounty hunters to do the job.

Fett was never mentioned in any of the conversations we had about this film, but if this is a movie about bounty hunters, you could easily include him. I repeat: we do not know if Boba Fett is in this film. We just think the idea of the Rebels hiring a bunch of bounty hunters, who don’t have a real allegiance, is a logical and cool plot.

The first spin-off has yet to be confirmed to involve Boba Fett. Having director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Gary Whitta behind the project are the only confirmations so far.

To see how this news fits into the larger picture, follow the trail at our Fett Fact Check: Spin-Off Film one pager.


“The Mentor,” a Feature-Length Fan Re-Edit of Saga, Includes Improved Fett

Published November 23, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments 5 comments

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Today at the Vista in Los Angeles — one of the remaining single screen picture palaces — editor John Venzon (@animeditor) premiered his fan re-edit to a packed crowd of friends, family, and industry professionals. The film takes the perspective of Obi-Wan Kenobi as the hero. We were there — and it was incredible.

Between flashbacks in “The Mentor” between the prequels and A New Hope, when we see just one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s interactions with Jango Fett, it remains very mysterious. Nobody is unmasked. Young Boba Fett and Kamino are gone. Most importantly, Jango doesn’t have any lines — and dedicated shots. Instead, we cut to the chase with the dogfight over Geonosis. Venzon’s choice of quickly including a shot of the masked Fett inside Slave I from “Empire” — and that’s as close as we get. If any of the directing/casting/acting/dialogue of Fetts in the prequels bothered you, this fan re-edit will make you smile, and remind you of how great Fett’s portrayal was in the original trilogy.

Watching “The Mentor” on the big screen made it feel like the prequels could have had some of the same energy and pace of the well-regarded first “Star Wars” film. This re-edit gives us a fresh perspective focusing the narrative around the initial act of “A New Hope” where Obi-Wan is the hero instead of Luke Skywalker. It’s a testament to the power of editing when it’s also just using existing footage from the saga, some editing tricks like elongating a subtle smile, and some re-mixed scoring cues.

One of several posters for "The Mentor."

One of several posters for “The Mentor.” Design by Matt Flynn, who helped Venzon with the project.

Venzon, who you may recognize from “The People Vs. George Lucas,” works full-time at Warner Bros on a forthcoming 2017 feature. In between that work, he cut this in less than four months during just spare nights and weekends. He used Harmy’s “Despecialized” Edition as its source material, as well as a cut-scene from a DVD bonus feature and some choice moments from the Complete Saga Blu-ray release.

Fan re-edits are nothing new. Like fan films, they’re using existing footage. Two years ago, actor Topher Grace was in the news for re-editing the entire prequel trilogy into one 85-minute video.

Because of its nature as a fan re-edit, you won’t find this film for sale. Because of the total length of “The Mentor,” and a word-of-mouth strategy, you also won’t find it on YouTube or Vimeo (for now). However, you may find it for free if you look in the right places/times:

  • Visit a torrent site of your choosing
  • Search for “Star Wars The Master Fan Re-Edit” or something along those lines
  • Grab the 3.7gb or so file
  • Watch and enjoy the fan re-edit

If you’ve seen it, or heard about it, let us know in the comments what you think.


“Holiday Special” Vinylmation Boba Fett is Coming November 21st

Published November 12, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments no comments

The latest Vinylmation Boba Fett to be released by Disney will be the Holiday Special re-paint. It’s set for November 21st for $16.95 with a limited edition size of 1,500.

D-Street — Disney’s boutique stores which are often outside Disneyland parks — will carry the limited edition Vinylmation.

VinylmationWorld first reported the news via information from a private Facebook group for Vinylmation collectors. They also are the source of this debut photo.

As some serious fans will see right away, the re-paint has an inaccuracy: the diamond-shaped center of the chest armor is not accurate. The original cartoon in 1978 did not have this detail that the feature films had.

Special thanks to @swautograph for the head’s up on the VinylmationWorld link.

[UPDATE 11/14/2014]

According to VinylmationWorld.com, this figure is also expected to be sold on DisneyStore.com. They also provided this official one sheet:

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Here are past Vinylmation Boba Fett releases over the years:

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Fan Spotlight: Scott Chana

Published November 7, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments 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?

Scott Chana as Boba Fett.

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

Member of the 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, and The Dented Helmet.

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

I could write a journal on why I chose Fett (I’ve actually already done that), but for now, I’ll pick just one reason! Despite it never being able to take place in any story-lines, a priceless moment for me is Boba and Jango both in armor on a bounty hunt together. Not only can I now see all of the various pictures of this taking place, but I can actually live the moment.

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

Star Wars Celebration 4. I remember meeting up with one of my friends who has one of the best Jango Fett costumes I’ve seen. I was in my Boba Fett at the time. We were trying to get back to the
501st booth at the other end of the convention center. Both of us could not move more than 10 feet without stopping for pictures. It took nearly an hour just to get from one end of the convention center to the other. I don’t recall another time I’ve had my
picture taken by that many people.

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

The trouble is, I don’t know if there is a “just right” for Boba Fett. Every time I think I’m done upgrading and adjusting the costume, I see something else I can change. For me though, the
most challenging part of the costume is the electronics. I have a remote-controlled servo in my rangefinder, and a voice modulator. Of the 45 minutes it takes to get into costume, about 20 of them are spent on the electronics.

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6. What advice do you have for other cosplayers?

Despite the temptation, do NOT rush to get the costume finished. I made this error when I first started and upgraded almost the entire costume many times over the course of only 8 months.

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7. Favorite Star Wars moment?

Boba Fett escaping the Sarlacc Pit! I actually have a tattoo of ‘Boba Fett Unleashed’ on my upper back.


Fan Spotlight: Hydra

Published November 3, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments 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 Hydra (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and I am cosplaying my custom character Umi, the snow Mandalorian.

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

I attend a variety of costume forums, including the RPF, 501st Legion, the Dented Helmet and 405th Infantry Division.

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

Year ago I wanted my own Boba Fett costume, although when I read the Karen Traviss books that elaborated the lore and culture of the Mandalorians, I aspired to create my own character. Umi is my second custom Mandalorian costume. She was created while I lived far up in the isolated and beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The scenery and snow inspired me to create a character that reflected the beautiful scenery around me. Umi as a character was imagined as a bounty hunter who found residence on an Imperial controlled snow-based world. Her role was that of the single source of security for a desolate prison facility, if prisoners attempted escape, she got to hunt. I kind of developed her to be a sadistic, loner, or mysterious type character.

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

I have found that several people from around the world have replicated my custom costume, how neat is that? They’ve cosplayed my cosplay!

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

I worked loosely around my original concept and learned to adapt to the materials I managed to find locally. I had to learn to be flexible.

6. What advice do you have for other cosplayers?

Do lots of research. Devote time and money into your project. While you can update your costume as you go, invest love and attention into your costume so you get it right from the start! Developing a concept before hand and taking your time to collect appropriate material is worth it! Also, make it genuine. My personal rule stands: I want my costume to look like it’d fit in the background of a Star Wars film set.

7. Favorite Star Wars moment?

Boba Fett of course. Nothing will ever beat his cool, calm, bada** demeanor! The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of the films, and Boba, although his roles were few, is the reason for that!


Fan Spotlight: Rick Ponte

Published October 24, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments 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 Rick Ponte, and I’m costuming as the Return of the Jedi “Special Edition” variant of Boba Fett.

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

My main forum that I’m on is “The Dented Helmet.” I’ll browse RPF and other off-shoot sites, but TDH is where it all began. The friends I’ve made there are some of my best. On most sites my handle is just “Ponte.”

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

Boba has always been my favorite fictional character — period. When I was 8 years old, “Star Wars: Dark Forces” came out on PC, which I played on my uncle’s computer. I remember one level where the “boss” was this menacing, jetpack-flying character that terrified me because he came out of nowhere. I ran out of the room and asked my uncle who he was. After telling me about Boba Fett being a bounty hunter, I became enthralled. Shortly after, he showed me “The Empire Strikes Back.” That’s what did it: I wanted a Boba Fett costume. I would run around the house wearing an old vest, using my book-bag for a jetpack and a bunch of paper plates that I stapled together to form a helmet. Fast forward to 18 year-old me, recently graduated Basic Training and assigned to my Infantry unit, when I found “The Dented Helmet” forum. Between 2007 and now I’ve been constantly upgrading my suit to more accurate parts as they’re released. Honestly, it’s really, really hard to wear any other costume because they can’t ever match the sheer awesomeness and unique look of Boba Fett. Everyone knows who he is, and the crowd goes nuts when I take it to a convention.

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

Most of us who costume as Boba would say meeting Jeremy Bulloch was our most memorable experience in costume. But for me, it was meeting John Morton at Awesome-Con DC last year. Boba was played by a handful of actors between “Empire” and “Jedi” in different scenes. John Morton — or as Jeremy affectionately calls him “Bespin Boba” — stood in the suit when Vader just gets finished torturing Han Solo.

When I approached John in my suit, his eyes completely lit up. The first thing he said was “Wow… Hey, do you mind if I hold your blaster?” After giving him the blaster, he remarked at how off-balance it was, just like his ESB blaster on the original set. We then had a long conversation about what it was like working on the set, how Irvin Kershner told him to “act like Clint Eastwood in ‘A Fistful of Dollars.'” He was an extremely nice guy and to hear one of the original Boba Fett actors talk about his crafted demeanor was priceless.

Oh, and proposing to my now wife was a pretty memorable moment.

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

There are two challenges that go hand-in-hand with one another when making a screen-accurate Boba Fett: stencils and color. There are an obscene amount damage stencils, chips, and marks that are on Boba’s costume, featuring dozens of different colors. On top of that, there are thousands of photos — both movie screen caps and museum photos taken by fans — that showcase the suit in vastly different lighting which completely changes the color. Most of us have a general idea of what the suit is supposed to look like, and mixing paints is absolutely required to “get it just right.”

6. What advice do you have for other cosplayers?

Take your time and take pride in your work. If you’re working on a costume that is complex and requires a lot of detail, the last thing you want to do is rush it. People can tell. If your costume is a 1 year project, trying to get it finished in 3 weeks for an upcoming convention is going to leave you stressed out and frustrated, with a costume that fell short of your goal. If it means not debuting your costume until next year, then so be it.

7. Favorite Star Wars moment?

There are countless Star Wars moments, both in the films and games that I cherished as a kid. I’m really biased on this one, but honestly, Vader approaching all the bounty hunters on the bridge of the “Executor” had the largest impact on me. It was the first time I saw my favorite character on screen. The lighting and cinematography was such a defining look that just screamed “Star Wars.”


Fan Spotlight: James Holliday

Published October 17, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments 1 comment

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?

I’m James Holliday and I typically costume as Boba Fett.

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

I am a member and Garrison Commander in the 501st, a member in the Rebel Legion, The Dark Alliance and also Comic Book Characters for Causes. I’m gymbeau2000 on most sites.

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

I remember being as young as 4 years old in 1981 and having my vintage Fett figure. He was always my favorite, he just looked so dynamic. I watched ROTJ in theaters and even though Fett died, he still was very interesting. By the time that movie came out, my figure had the paint worn off it.

As for the costuming and costuming in general, I always wanted the Illusive Concept’s Han in Carbonite. When I retired from the US Army, I tried to find one to start my mancave off with. I couldn’t find one, but discovered The Dented Helmet and people making some. I figured I might could pull that off, but then after reading around saw everyone making Fett costumes and just couldn’t pass up the idea of that. I always assumed it was too expensive (it’s fairly expensive) or that it’s too hard to do (it’s not easy) or that you had to know people (well…not really) to build one and get into the costuming clubs, but luckily there’s a lot of myth to that and I didn’t allow myself to get discouraged, so here I am.

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

I think my most memorable experience was being selected as Fett for the Entertainment Weekly magazine shoot. During Celebration 6, they sent a photographer down to take pics for an article in their “Reunion” themed issue and since Jeremy, Dan and Dickie were there, they wanted some group pictures. It was a great time being in a private room for a couple of hours with the Fetts doing the shoot. I was convinced it was going to only go on EntertainmentWeekly.com and didn’t let any of my friends in on the shoot. Once The Dented Helmet posted the picture and it was in Entertainment Weekly’s print magazine, I figured I could spill the beans.

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

I wear an ESB Fett, so the helmet is particularly difficult. I had to teach myself many skills to get this costume right – vacuforming, freehand thermoforming, spray painting, sewing, dying cloth, dremelling, airbrushing, etc. I kept track and it took me a little over 120 working hours just painting the helmet, but it’s very close to being scratch for scratch.

6. What advice do you have for other cosplayers?

My advice for costumers is research, research, research! I thought I was the biggest Fett fan on earth until I started working on this. I was shocked at all the small and not so small details I never even noticed before, like the ESB’s sidearm!

7. Favorite Star Wars moment?

Wow, so many great moments…. I do really love the “Empire” Star Destroyer bridge scene first showing Fett and the hunters, but I think the opening shot of the Star Destroyer in “A New Hope” will always give me chills.


Where the Black Series “Prototype” Fett is Showing Up Way Ahead of Schedule

Published September 1, 2014 by BFFC AaronComments 22 comments

[UPDATE 10/23/2014: Several collectible fan sites are reporting that the online pre-orders are starting to ship. Also this month, a Walgreens employee tweeted that full cases of this figure were due to ship to stores starting in November, whereas currently stores only receive one figure within a separate box of Black Series figures, making this one much harder to find.]

[UPDATE 9/12/2014: You can now use the Walgreens web page for this product to search by zip code to see which stores nearby may or may not have the figure in stock. This is a big improvement from the method we first outlined below. Online sales are not available, so this is for in-store pick up only, and limited to the United States. Helmet nod to The Collectors Cantina and Yakface.com for the tip.]

When the Walgreens exclusive was first announced in July, their online pre-sale sold out faster than you could turn on your jet pack. The lack of international sales, plus some U.S. state exclusions, didn’t go over well with a lot of fans, too.

Buried in the fine print, and unbeknownst to many fans who bought the pending merch from eBay scalpers, the brick-and-mortar Walgreens stores are also carrying the figure — but officially not until November 1. (An earlier update on their website said October.)

Photo by Julian (slade0 / Instagram).

Photo by Julian (slade0 / Instagram).

Regardless of their release date, in the last week, we’ve seen pictures from fans who have in hand this new figure — a full two months ahead of schedule. (Helmet nod to Jedi Temple Archives for the first sighting that caught our eye.) The figure seems to be alongside Black Series Wave 5 figures like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and another Sandtrooper.

We consulted some collectible experts, like the fine folks at Yakface.com. To them, this is no anomaly: action figures make it on shelves before official release dates all the time.

Where Has Fett Been Spotted

Where might you find some of these Walgreens with early shipments, opened ahead of schedule? Here’s our exclusive list with attribution from people who shared where they bought theirs.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
    • 375 W. Continental Road, Green Valley, Arizona (Source)
  • California
  • Florida (Source)
    • Coral Springs, Florida (Source)
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
    • Aurora, Illinois (Source)
    • Bolingbrook, Illinois (Source)
    • Downers Grove, Illinois (Source)
    • Lisle, Illinois (Source)
    • Naperville, Illinois (Source), including three on the shelf
    • Westmont, Illinois (Source)
    • Woodridge, Illinois (Source)
  • Michigan (Source)
  • North Carolina
    • 5053 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, North Carolina (Source)
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin (Source)

If you find one (or more), let us know where in the comments to help out other Fett fans.

How To Track Down The Exclusive Fett Figure

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To save some time, call ahead or ask a manager to either 1) look up the wave on an “Inventory On Hand” report (which will also show nearby stores) or 2) just check inventory of the exclusive Boba Fett figure using the figure’s “WIC” code, which gets printed on everyone’s receipt for this Boba Fett figure:

63050925254

If the manager decides to approve an “Inventory on Hand” report, you could see available inventory across multiple, local stores — complete with full addresses to those Walgreens. While other fans may be picking up the figures right then, you at least can have a roadmap to possibly find something.

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Curious what the back of the packaging says? We transcribed it:

Before he put on the familiar Mandalorian armor from the Star Wars saga, this notorious bounty hunter was initially envisioned as a “super trooper” in all-white armor. This special figure captures the beginning of a character that has become a legend who is both respected and feared across the galaxy… Boba Fett.


Exclusive Interview: Making of the Sideshow Collectibles Life-Size Boba Fett Statue

Published August 19, 2014 by Lucas McCoyComments 2 comments

It has been eighteen years since Don Post released a life-size replica of Boba Fett, but now there is a new life-size statue of everyone’s favorite intergalactic bounty hunter in town. This one, available from Sideshow Collectibles, was prototyped by Tom Spina Designs, a company of fans that recently produced alien masks and costumes for three Star Wars “May the Fourth” videos.

We were able to catch up with painter Alex Alva and Tom Spina himself just before the statue was released.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

BFFC: Gentlemen! Let’s get to it, shall we? We’re big fans of your work over the years. How did each of you initially get involved with this project with Sideshow Collectibles?

Alex Alva: I got involved through recommendations from The Dented Helmet, where I had been a member for over 12 years, which lead me to Tom and [his company]. The work as project manager for the Jeremy Bulloch armor project on The Dented Helmet helped spur the networking.

Tom Spina: My company had recently prototyped a life-size Figrin D’an bust for Sideshow. They’d seen the Han Solo in carbonite desk we created and that led them to look at our portfolio. I believe the call went like, “Hey, this is Sideshow, we should really be working together!” We heartily agreed! After the bust, I met with their development team to discuss other characters we could help bring to life and Fett was on the top of the list. The folks at Sideshow are amazing. Gifted artists all around and their management are all true fans of the properties they’re working with. They were as excited to be creating Fett as we were!

BFFC: Can you give us an idea of the amount of work that went into planning this?

Spina: Quite a bit!

Alva: My role as the painter was to source, prep, document, and photograph. In addition to painting, I was tasked with developing a “how to” of sorts from start to finish on two prototype 1:1 pieces to be sent off for replication.

Spina: Fett’s costume is as complex as it is iconic. It started with long, geeky discussions with Sideshow about the various costumes and all of the minute details. We set on a direction and then it was up to my company to figure out how to build it. For me, it was important that we didn’t reinvent the wheel. There wasn’t an unlimited budget and building dozens of parts from nothing didn’t make sense when there were all these incredible people who’d spent years studying the costume that we could be working with. I’d recently met Alex and Chris Jones at one of the Star Wars Celebrations and both were keen to be involved from the start. We all put our heads together and that got things rolling. From there, many other talents were brought on board and you’ll find a detailed list of credits on our site.

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Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

BFFC: What sort of access did you have to official archives and costume pieces?

Alva: We took a trip to Burbank, California, to visit a private collector with some of the real pre-production Fett movie props, this helped get a sense of size, feel, and color for the best route on replication. On that same trip we also visited the offices of Sideshow Collectibles, were they gave us the grand tour and allowed us to collaborate directly with those involved.

BFFC: For this replica you went with Empire Strikes Back version of the costume. Is ESB your favorite version of Boba Fett’s outfit?

Spina: Absolutely. I always seem to be drawn to the “first appearances” when it comes to costumes in films. Darth Vader from Star Wars, Boba from ESB, the ESB AT-ST. I always feel the the re-interpretations for sequels get a bit watered down. That said, I do really like the Fett “pre-pro 2″ look as well!

Alva: Definitely my favorite. Seeing Boba for the first time in his debut in the all green armor is something I will never forget.

Spina: There was quite a bit of discussion with Sideshow regarding the overall look and feel. They were very on board with the ESB look from the start. I always called it the “quiet badass” version of Fett! We didn’t need a crazy action pose, he wasn’t really like that in the film. Sideshow hit upon a great pose that has this sense that he’s watching… just waiting for his moment to act!

BFFC: What initially drew both of you to the the character?

Alva: Boba Fett was a character that, like most, many knew very little about, and the hype surrounding him after the fact was what drew me to him when I was 8, and how much of a badass he was didn’t hurt. In addition, who doesn’t want a helmet and rocket pack?

Spina: I was 7 or 8 when ESB came out, though I first saw the character in the Holiday Special! Naturally, ESB was where he made the biggest impression, but I have to say the Kenner 12″ figure was probably as big a reason that I’m a Fett fan as any. It was so darn cool! The gadgets on that thing were awesome.

BFFC: Alex, you were heavily involved in the Jeremy Bulloch armor project that we were big fans of. Can you tell us a bit about that experience and how it came together?

Alva: It was actually a conversation between myself and Jason Miller (darthmiller) after a local wrap-up Comic Con party at the Star Wars Museum of Mr. Philip Wise. In attendance was Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, and Kenny Baker, among other greats from the films, real fan boy stuff. We were in the media theater watching ESB with Jeremy when he made mention that he wished he could’ve kept some of the original parts to his Boba suit. Later that night Jason and I realized this was something that could definitely be accomplished if we got others involved. We knew it had been tried before and it never came to pass for one reason or another. With the help of The Dented Helmet, we already knew a ton of people that made specific parts for the Fett costume and it was a matter of simply reaching out to the best of the best, the “all-Stars” of the Fett [costuming] world, and not surprisingly not one person turned us down.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

BFFC: Between this project for Sideshow or building Jeremy Bulloch’s costume with TDH, which would you say was more time consuming and rewarding?

Alva: I would actually say that both were a different type of project. I was extremely proud to be a a part of making Jeremy’s Fett suit. It was a ton of planning on my part and I had a ton of help to complete the project, which stretched over a year. It almost didn’t happen, but when we reached the finish line and Jeremy put the suit on, it was one of the most memorable things I have ever been apart of. Seeing him be Boba was, well, the best. It made the hard work worth it. With the Sideshow project, it’s equally rewarding in the role that I played in the project as painter. You have a great deal of pressure to make all of Tom’s planning and all the other artist’s pieces come to life at assembly and painting. It’s extremely easy to mess it up if we got it wrong in terms of making those things come together, and to say you painted the most accurate 1:1 production Boba Fett ESB piece since the Don Post [RoTJ] statue is a pretty nice thing to have on your resume.

BFFC: Absolutely. What about you, Tom, how did you first get involved in costuming and the prop-making community?

Spina: I’ve been building costumes/props/masks and sculpting since I can remember. It began as a hobby and became a career. I’ve been a part of forums like the RPF where there are these wonderful communities of collectors and artists. I’m still so impressed by what folks there are doing! I consider myself very lucky to go to work everyday, work with incredible artists and do something I love.

BFFC: Do either of you own your own Fett costume?

Spina: I don’t own a Fett costume myself.

Alva: I actually don’t own a Fett costume either, even through a lot people in the prop community would find that hard to believe. I’ve never been terribly satisfied with some of the fan made replica pieces. Even though there are some that are extremely close in size and shape. I’ve never wanted my own Fett to wear, I always wanted one for static purposes, a museum piece of sorts.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

BFFC: So this must have been a dream project to get involved with! By far one of our favorite features on the Sideshow statue was from a preview video last year at SDCC when Alex showed that the knees could be detached and flipped upside down.

Spina: That was something we pitched early on and I was so glad they went for it. When the question of the knees came up (whether they should be “right side up” or like he wore them in the carbon freeze chamber), we stopped and said, “why not both?” A few magnets later and boom!

BFFC: Including fan-favorite easter eggs like that adds so much to the final product. What are some other of your favorite experiences while you were working on this project?

Alva: I think the first thing that comes to mind would be the fact that myself and those at The New Wookiee Workshop (where the project was assembled and completed) were some of the first to see the figure come together and see [it] for the first time as a finished product. In addition we really tried to come up with better ways of replicating the exact way in which we completed the project and simplify everything. Tons of techniques were used, but for production it had to be the easiest and most effective way from start to finish, A to Z, on how to build and paint Boba.

Spina: For me, it was the initial excitement and planning, followed only slightly by the debut at Comic Con! Thinking back, the whole team worked very hard for months to make this the best licensed Fett ever. Chris [Jones] produced a great body and armor, my in house crew at our New York [office] worked for weeks refining those parts and putting together the soft goods and then Alex and company beautifully finished all of the pieces with paintwork that I just love. The end result made everyone involved (us, Sideshow, Lucasfilm) very happy with the final product.

BFFC: What level of quality can people expect from the final production version of this Sideshow statue compared to the old Don Post statue?

Spina: I feel really proud of the work our team did and I think Sideshow [has] proven time and time again that they can produce at a very high level. I think it’ll compare very favorably.

Alva: I think as a group of artists on this project we did the best work for the best result. Sideshow is an amazing company and if you’ve seen their work you know they spare no expense to put out the best product. I have faith in them. Hands down this is completely better than the Don Post statue, as there were more hands, talented artists, and resources used on this project.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

Prototype shown, the final may be slightly different.

BFFC: It certainly paid off. The statue is incredibly detailed and the accuracy is amazing. Be honest with us though, did you guys get to keep one?

Spina: Ask me again sometime.

BFFC: Hint taken! Thanks so much for chatting with us gentlemen, it has been a pleasure. We can’t wait to see your work in person!

Spina: Thanks once again for this. Really appreciate you reaching out and sharing this!

Alva: I want to thank the team at The New Wookie Workshop, with Jason Miller, and owned by Philip Wise. Without their help and support I would not have been able to complete my part of the 1:1 project.

You can get your own life-size Sideshow Boba Fett statue at sideshowtoy.com and be sure to follow Tom Spina Designs on Facebook and Twitter!


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