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The crew of the Ghost returns today as Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD. This season begins with the long awaited return to Mandalore, last seen in season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2013. Now under Imperial control, Sabine and her Rebel friends including Fenn Rau have joined forces with Sabine's mother and the rest of clan Wren to stand up against the treacherous Clan Saxxon. Mandalorian fans are in for a treat in these first episodes with all of the high-flying and explosive combat. Beware for spoilers ahead, so read with caution!
The first episode sees our heroes on a mission to rescue Sabine's father from an Imperial convoy on their way to his execution. The "train robbery" feel of this episode is very reminiscent of the Boba Fett-centric "Bounty" episode from Season 4 of The Clone Wars. We also finally get to see the weapon that Sabine created at the Imperial Academy and it is devastatingly deadly. The episode ends on an emotional cliffhanger leaving many of us that saw it at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April confused and concerned about the well being of some supporting characters. Arguably the most notable part of this episode is the return of Bo Katan Kryze. We last saw Bo Katan bid farewell to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mandalore after Maul murdered her sister Satine. Since then she has become a fan favorite Mandalorian for her iconic armor and helmet design, as well as her refusal to join maul after he defeated Mandalore Pre Vizla in single combat.
The second episode picks up shortly after Bo Katan refuses to take the darksaber from Sabine and unite the Mandalorian clans. Thankfully we find out almost immediately that Sabine's mother and brother are not in fact dead, like the first episode had suggested. Imagine having to wait six months to find that out instead of six minutes! After it is revealed that the weapon Sabine created targets "beskar" Mandalorian armor specifically, the group hatches a plan to attack the Star Destroyer over Mandalore's capital and destroy the weapon once and for all. Filoni and co. naming the weapon "The Duchess" is an amusing nod to fans that disliked Duchess Satine and her pacifist Mandalorians from The Clone Wars. Bo Katan is likely far less amused about her sister's namesake than we are, however her leadership and combat abilities really shine in this arc as the stage is set for a showdown between the Empire and the united might of all the Mandalorian clans.
Star Wars Rebels continues to deliver some of the best fan content since Disney purchased the franchise back in 2012. Sound off in the comments below with your favorite part of the episodes.
At a time when Disney appears to be ignoring the prequels, Gentle Giant bucks that trend by releasing Jango Fett as their latest offering in their Classic Bust line. If you’re a Jango Fett fan, or even a Fett fan in general, there is so much to love about this bust. The attention to detail and the design decisions (save one seemingly large oversight) can put this squarely in the “must buy” column for collectors.
The one-sixth scale bust is starting to ship now from their warehouse now. It retails for $80.
Once again, the packaging is consistent in style and design with all Gentle Giant’s other offerings. One thing that does appear to be new here is a sticker on the styrofoam inserts indicating the piece number and over all run. As with other releases this is noted via a sticker on the bottom of the box and handwritten/printed again on the COA card as well as the piece itself. My guess is that now labeling the styrofoam ensures a matched set.
At 1,500 pieces, Jango seems to be a smaller than usual run for the classic busts, although my only firsthand comparison is the Boba Fett (GameStop Exclusive) which was 5,000. An odd curiosity about the packaging, specifically about the character description on the back: it refers to Jango as using a "sleek armored suit that concealed his scarred face." Ok, yeah, they gave Tem some make-up but it’s not like he was horribly disfigured or grotesque and needing to hide it. Also, no mention of him or his armor being Mandalorian at all. What’s up with that?
The first thing I look for on a new Jango piece is which jetpack was chosen. Personally, I prefer the "Boba" style jetpack over the "Arena" style, but GG’s decision to go "Arena" helps set this apart from their Boba and pacify the repaint critics. The next thing I look for is the helmet’s neck seal. More specifically, is there one? None of the screen-used Boba buckets had neck seals. The actors wore what is essentially a balaclava covering their necks, chins, and head. While the Jango costume features a similar neck piece for the actor, the costume designers took the extra step of adding what appears to be a foam doughnut that attaches to the bottom rim of the helmet and fills that space from the helmet to Jango’s neck. If you ever catch these costumes on display, you can check that out. GG nailed this detail in adding it to the bust.
Another difference from their Boba is the rangefinder. Jango’s is permanently attached, and while it looks like it might have the freedom to be rotated to the down position it’s permanently up. I never lower mine anyway but I know some collectors do. The packaging prevents this from getting bent so probably a better production choice than Boba’s whose is removable (or losable).
One oversight to note. All the Classic Busts feature the insignia of the character’s allegiance. Since Boba doesn’t really have one, they used the Mythosaur, an insignia featured on his armor. Otherwise the Rebels have the Rebel Alliance insignia and the Imperials have the Galactic Empire insignia. Sequel trilogy characters feature the First Order or Resistance insignias. Jango features an exceptionally detailed Galactic Empire insignia.
Unfortunately, Jango dies approximately 3 years before the Galactic Empire even comes into existence. Like Boba, Jango is basically a freelancer except his armor doesn’t have any insignia to pull from. My best guess is that it should be the Republic insignia since he is the clone template, even though he’s actually working for the Sith/Separatists in doing so.
In all fairness the canon Republic insignia does very closely resemble that of the Galactic Empire. The Republic one has 6 spokes and the Empire one has 8. As best as I can tell, Jango is the first prequel era character to be produced in the Classic Bust line. However, given the attention to detail that is exhibited in not only recreating the costume but also in carving the very intricate insignia into the base it does leave me slightly disappointed that their research missed the difference in insignias.
If the mismatched insignia doesn’t bother you -- or your love for Jango, or Fetts, or prequels outweighs that -- then this belongs in your display. It’s a great piece and a very faithful reproduction of the armor. And if you’re fortunate enough to have the Boba, they look amazing together.
Photos by Scott Casanova for BFFC.
Last month we learned Boba Fett would be included in "From A Certain Point of View," a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. They're counting the bounty hunter's Special Edition addition at Docking Bay 94 to the first film in 1997. The new story is called "Added Muscle," written by Paul Dini.
While it can be implied that all stories released by Disney are canon (see our guide for more about this specific to Fett's canon fate), Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo unofficially responded to fans asking if the book's stories are canon. He replied, "Some are. Some aren't. Some might be. Some might not be." He later followed up: "[T]he whole 'point of view' by design is meant to be ambiguous." He also noted he hadn't yet read the Fett story.
Speaking of canon, if this story is even canon, it does three notable things: 1) it explains why Vader says "no disintegrations" in The Empire Strikes Back, 2) it suggests Boba doesn't know Huttese (even though Jango speaks it to him in Attack of the Clones (so is he just rusty?), and 3) it may contradict the timeline of his meeting with Darth Vader in the new Marvel comic, which takes place between Episode 4 and 5. (Thanks to Mark M. on our Facebook page for bring up that last point.)
Now that the book is out today, what do fans think?
[Editor's Note: Emphasis added.]
Additionally, here are some reviews based only on the USA Today exclusive excerpt and the publisher's audiobook excerpt, featuring the voice of Jon Hamm. Note that the final short story is a little bit longer than the excerpt.
We joined Daniel Logan and other cosplayers at Nerdbot Con 2017 in Pasadena, California. Here are some of the sights we saw, plus a livestream we did on Facebook.
The 501st Legion with Daniel Logan
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club with Daniel Logan
Daniel Logan with Jango Fett fan, Ben
Daniel Logan with Jango Fett fan, Ben
Gogo Empire with Daniel Logan. Why yes, those are #MakeDanielLoganBobaFettAgain hats.
Daniel Logan with some fantastic cosplayers
Daniel Logan with a Sabine fan (who had never been to a convention before -- what a great first experience) and friendly Boba Fett fan named RaverBobaFett
Daniel Logan with some friendly Rebels today at the convention
Several fans got their Daniel Logan autographed photo stamped by him with this cool Boba Fett stamp -- what a nice touch
When the autograph line wasn't too long, Daniel Logan added a little Boba Fett sketch.
We spotted BobaFettHasCollegeDebt! Follow him or hit him up for costume commissions on Instagram.
Live from #NerdBotCon with Daniel Logan
Posted by Boba Fett Fan Club on Saturday, September 30, 2017
Our live stream at Daniel Logan's booth, featuring Gary the Dog and many fans wanting his autograph
In 2016, we unveiled our 20th anniversary design. Today we're proud to share that -- thanks to your support -- BFFC is able to write a donation check to Jeremy Bulloch's preferred charity for all of the income made from your purchases.
But that's not all. We're rolling out our 21st anniversary design now:
Art for BFFC by Jason Goad.
We will also continue giving every cent from every sale to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity.
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The Boba Fett short story is called "Added Muscle" and is written by Paul Dini.
According to the press release, others on the audiobook include "Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Daniel José Older, and Marc Thompson." You can pre-order the audiobook on Amazon.
Past audiobooks have had great actors like Ed Begley Jr., Alan Rosenberg, Joe Hacker, and Tim Glovatsky as Boba Fett's voice. The 1980 film has the late Jason Wingreen voice Boba Fett and, in 2004, that was dubbed over by Temuera Morrison for assumedly more prequel continuity. For other voice actors, including video games, see our Behind the Mask" Fettpedia page.
"From a Certain Point of View" in hardcover and audiobook form are available October 3. The giant collection of short stories has a total of 496 pages.
The book includes the first piece of written fiction in the new Disney canon with Boba Fett (excluding some Marvel comics and the references to Mandalorian armor outside the Sarlacc in the Aftermath trilogy, which never named Fett).
According to the author, the Fett story is about this: "What a bounty hunter thinks while he's holding a gun on a couple of deadbeats."
One quoted used to promote the Fett story is this: "I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the whispers of surprise when I walked onto the scene. That's right, boys. Fett's here."
Fan reaction to the quote has been mostly negative. This sounds like Robot Chicken Fett, not the original Boba Fett. Some fans even joked that it sounds like Jodo Kast, Boba Fett's nemesis (in "Legends").
We shall see (and hear) soon.
The year's "Force Friday" has three Boba Fett items unique to the marketing event that can be found in stores like Target:
1. Boba Fett and Bossk
Hot Wheels' Boba Fett / Bossk two pack, which was initially released last year, is a re-pack for "Force Friday." It's the same product now with the cardback for "The Last Jedi" wave. Variant collectors, this is for you.
2. Boba Fett and Han Solo
Hasbro's Boba Fett / Han Solo two pack is unique for "Force Friday," although it showed up in stores well before the embargoed date of September 1. We got to see this one up close unboxed at San Diego Comic-Con.
3. Boba Fett's Slave I
One of Hot Wheels' Slave I releases is also getting the re-pack treatment, again with the white backdropped "The Last Jedi" cardback instead of the prior, darker look shown here.
Online "Force Friday" Items
Regal Robot's New Mandalorian Skulls now come with a plaque, pewter finish, or with a display stand. They are new additions to the existing release of a large one and a small one. See their announcement for info. Get 10% off site wide with discount code REGAL10.
Yellow Bulldog's Boba Fett sweater, which was made extra famous when Jeremy Bulloch wore it, is on sale today. See their website for details and use FORCEFRIDAY15 at checkout for 15% off.
Released earlier in the week, but lumped together with some "Force Friday" posts such as one at StarWars.com, Spencer's has a new line of Japanese-inspired apparel. Boba Fett appears on some of the designs. See our exclusive review of some of those products.
Non-Fett Star Wars Exclusives and Other Force Friday Sales
Check out Entertainment Earth for several exclusives only available through them, plus many "open" items.
Sideshow Collectibles has global free shipping on select Star Wars items between September 1 and 4.
About Force Friday
Note that this is the second "Force Friday" event after a debut in 2015 in advance of "The Force Awakens." The following year was called "Go Rogue," which was the same sort of thing, tied in with "Rogue One."
In both cases, Lucasfilm and their licensees hope to make it a big reveal, usually with some new characters we've yet to see in an upcoming film (e.g. Porgs). Also in both cases, images and the toys themselves often get revealed early, leading to a tug-of-war with fan sites reporting details and DMCA takedown notices to often unsuspecting fans just sharing their fandom.
One thing that's been lacking with the official released is a formal checklist. Even the official post on StarWars.com, while illustrated with great press photos, selects certain items and skips a thoroughness that leaves a lot to be desired.
Fortunately, popular fan site Yakface toils over the news and even holds onto the list until all of the formal embargoes are lifted. His downloadable cheat sheet is a real treat for seeing what toys are actually being released, both for completists to see the full line but also treasure hunters like Boba Fett fans to see what:
View/Download Checklist (Google Drive)
Not included in the list are things like apparel and books. Who wants to take on that challenge for next year? May someone rise the occasion.
Admittedly, Spencer's isn’t the first retailer that comes to mind when I think of Star Wars apparel and merchandise. As a huge Boba Fett fan, that really needs to change.
Over the years Spencer's has continually had Fett and Mandalorian offerings in baseball caps, t-shirts, wallets, and accessories.
Their brand-new Star Wars Collection, which officially came out August 28th, continues that trend and draws inspiration from the Japanese version of the original theatrical Star Wars movie posters, featuring Japanese characters with pop art style graphics. The t-shirts themselves are reminiscent of vintage clothing with this same graphical style.
I got a first hand look at their new Boba Fett baseball cap. Manufactured by Bioworld, the hat's base color is a light cream and features a two-tone Boba Fett profile from the left side, facing left, on the front center and right panel (from the wearer's perspective). Boba Fett himself is rendered mostly in black with some dark blue accents. The front left panel is red behind the back of Fett's helmet and a fully embroidered Mythosaur skull in white. The wearer's right panel has a vertical red stripe with black Japanese lettering that according to my iPhone's iTranslate app very closely resembles "Star Wars." The wearer's left panel has a red one-tone Mandalorian insignia above a black horizontal stripe with the same Japanese lettering in black. The two rear panels do not feature a design, and both the top and the bottom of the bill are black which comes perfectly flat if that's your preferred style. The rear snap closure includes a small Star Wars tag, and the inside of the hat includes the Star Wars logo again with "TM and CO LucasFilm LTD." The hat retails for $25.
Visually the hat is very striking. The usage of red draws the eye but doesn't over power the other graphics. For me, this hat is also wearable. I'm of the wear a cap all day variety and the cream color looks like it will help mitigate discoloration from sweat and other body oils. If you collect Boba Fett hats, this is a must have. If you collect Fett in general I would also highly recommend this. While I don't go out of my way for hats, this one will fit nicely into my collection and will definitely be worn. The line also features a Vader cap of a similar style for the same price.
I also got to review a Darth Vader keychain ($8) and a lanyard ($8), both made by Bioworld. The keychain is diecast metal and features a front image of Vader’s helmet -- I call this the angry Vader -- with a red vertical strip and black Japanese lettering that appears to translate as "Darkside." The line also features a t-shirt ($25), a chain wallet ($25), and a fleece blanket ($25) with the same Vader design.
The lanyard is reversible. One side alternates between white backing with black English lettering ("Join The Darkside"), red backing with black Japanese lettering ("Darkside"), a small Vader helmet graphic, and then white backing with red Japanese graffiti styled lettering. The reverse is black with red Japanese lettering ("Darkside") alternating with the Imperial insignia. It also includes a small keychain fob with a white Vader silhouetted in front of the Death Star and a red sun -- another Japanese inspiration? -- and black Japanese lettering for Star Wars, and an ID pouch that includes a sticker commemorating and advertising the line.
Whether deliberate or not, this line pays a nice tribute to Japanese fans who have always been a major part and sometimes influence in Star Wars fandom. Here’s hoping for more Fett stuff from Spencer's in the future!
You can find the collection at Spencer’s 690 locations and online at SpencersOnline.com.
We spoke with Brandon Alinger, the author of "Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy" (2014), about his discoveries with Boba Fett helmets, belts, and jumpsuits at Lucasfilm Archives. Brandon also works for the Prop Store.
Video by BFFC. Book by Chronicle Books.
We spoke with NorCal_Cap, one of just a few cosplayers who took on the distinctive PP2 Boba Fett. We caught up with him at SDCC 2017 and asked him about why the PP2 and how the parts all came together.
The "Pre-Production #2" Fett costume dates back to mid-1978 when the figure had slightly different details like brown gloves with circle patterns and a gauntlet flamethrower, as seen also on the Kenner action figure before his theatrical debut in "The Empire Strikes Back."
Video by BFFC.