I have a love/hate relationship with Sideshow. Their customer service is top notch, their promotional material makes everything drool worthy, but then you actually get the product.
The prototype armor figure is my 5th Sideshow made piece; 1/4 scale Boba, 1/4 scale Han in Carbonite, 1/6 scale Boba (Scum and Villainy), and the Boba Fett Mythos statue round out the other 4. I hope to add reviews for the rest later so I’ll focus my critique on the prototype figure. I will however go on record and say that the Mythos piece is probably the favorite of my entire collection at the moment.
I always found the prototype Fett a curious piece of Star Wars lore. I’m pretty sure no other character has been so heavily documented, both officially by LucasFilm, or though fan research. Tip of the hat to The Dented Helmet. As a fan of the character I was fascinated by the black and white introductory video featuring Ben Burtt narrating the costume design. However when Hasbro introduced the McQuarrie Concept, and had their mail away offer I wasn’t really interested in hunting them down. Sideshow’s release of a 1/6 scale figure however peaked my interest, and now having gotten it I’m scouring eBay for the Hasbro figures.
So here he is, in all his glory, the Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale prototype armor Boba Fett…
The packaging is nice. An enlarged t-visor on the front with a picture of the figure on the back. The front also has a flip open panel that offers a brief history of the prototype armor on the backside while allowing us to see the actual figure through a plastic window. And thus began my frustration with this particular piece. I immediately noticed that his right breast plate was detached and hanging out in the bottom of the figure tray. I quickly realized however that it was simply the Velcro used to affix the armor that wasn’t holding as opposed to a more permanent attachment method having failed. The packaging inside the box is well designed, the figure sits in one layer of the tray while all the accessories sit in custom molded recesses in a second layer of the tray. Plastic sheeting helps protect some of the parts and a piece of tape is used to keep the shin tools in their slots.
After pulling the figure out and reattaching the breast plate I was feeling a little better. Then I checked the gauntlet hoses and was happy to find they weren’t kinked or bent. I finally got him to stand up on his own so I started pulling out the accessories. First the stand. Sideshow packed this in a way so that it was stuck together in the wrong configuration. It literally took me 5 minutes to figure out how to separate it (why no instructions?) so I could reassemble it. I was disappointed to find that Sideshow’s method of packing left some minor damage to the base where the stand is inserted. While it is incredibly minor, and wouldn’t be noticed without me pointing it out, I know it’s there. The next thing I noticed was that the holster belt wasn’t positioned like it was in the picture. In my attempt to address that the cod piece fell off. This part isn’t velcroed. The front half of the cod piece clips into the back half and friction is basically supposed to hold the two pieces together. I managed to wiggle the belts into a position to help hold it in place and got the holster belt repositioned but not without a lot of time and frustration.
My next challenge was to actually put the pistol in the holster. The holster itself isn’t a pouch but a strap that somehow wraps around the pistol. I did my best, and you can see it in the pics, but again no instructions. The other tricky attachment is the cape. The attachment point on the shoulder is a single looped stitch to hold the hook on the corner of the cape. Luckily the jet pack helps hold it in place because it flops out pretty easily on it’s own. Next up the shin tools. The shin pouches can barely contain them, in fact a couple have to go under the knee pads to be hidden. It appears to be a scaling problem because even the picture on the box has the tools sticking up under the knee pads. My final production criticism is the coloring. While the soft parts are practically pure white, the armor has a bit of a cream hue. On the box everything looks exactly the same shade, while on the figure there is a distinct difference in color. It actually isn’t as bad as the pictures seem to make it out but it’s still off.
The only artistic criticism I have is the base. Not really a fan of the design, probably because it matches the beach towel. Kudos though to Sideshow for making the extra effort to include the beach towel cape which is a nice nod back to the introductory video. I doubt I’d ever display it on the figure but still a nice gesture.
Believe it or not there are some other things I like about this. The figure itself is a lot less stiffer than the other 1/6 Fett. It’s easier to manipulate and pose, and the hands interchange MUCH smooth than the other Fett. Also the vest and chest armor are worn better by the figure. The chest on the other 1/6 Fett looks like it’s caving in, not the case on the prototype version. The packaging is well put together and aside from a couple pieces of tape I didn’t have to destroy anything to open it.
I also want to give a huge shout out to Sideshow’s customer service. I was hoping to change the shipping address last minute and due to the timing of my call they literally pulled it back off the truck so they could make the change. I may be critical of their products sometimes (because I want the perfect piece) but every interaction I’ve had with their customer service associates have been incredible, and this put them over the top.
Amazingly Proto Fett’s arrival closes out the last lone existing pre-order I had. Now what?
(Re-published with permission. Originally published at The Boba Room.)
In the thank you to the fans by Dave Filoni, posted today on starwars.com, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes sketches from the writer’s conference.
Look at this one with a filename prefix of season 5, which did not include Young Boba Fett. Isn’t that Young Boba Fett in Cad Bane’s posse?
Matt Michnovetz, the writer of the bounty hunter storyline in the show, was also rumored to have written a wrap up for Young Boba Fett. That effort didn’t make it into the final season, which came out last Friday morning on Netflix.
Thoughts on the show and speculation on what could have been? Post a comment.
After the San Diego Comic Con exclusive release, the regular Black Series Boba Fett release flies off shelves. Lately, months after its release, there’s one place that we’re finding across the country — thanks to Twitter — that regularly stocks the figure for its retail price: Disney Store.
According to the store’s Wikipedia data, there are over 700 stores in the United States (as of 2001) and some others “located in malls and commercial areas in … Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Australia and Japan.” For more accurate information, try their store locator.
Don’t waste any time looking on their website. This is about their retail stores. Fortunately, one perk we’re learning is that the Disney Store will apparently hold an item in stock for you. Save yourself the hassle, calling ahead, and see for yourself.
Bypassing the high prices via eBay, as far back as November 2013, we reported the figure was available in stores. In December, both Amazon and Toys-R-Us had very quick sales of inventory without scalper mark-up prices. Some of that inventory came in pretty beat up packaging, where Amazon even noted in the fine print: “minor cosmetic imperfection.” In this case, the Disney Store’s inventory is all in mint condition.
Did we miss somewhere? Let us know in the comments below.
Correction: We initially reported that the Disney Store was not owned by Disney. While this was true between 2004 and 2008, this is no longer the case.
All of the final season of “The Clone Wars,” coined “The Lost Missions,” is premiering right now on Netflix.
Who’s watching all episodes in one sitting — aka binge-watching — and who’s going to be the first person to let us know if and where they brought back Boba Fett?
Update 3/7/2014 12:50am PST: We did. Despite the synopsis for Season 6 Episode 5 “An Old Friend” mentioning that there’s a bounty hunter (who we quickly see isn’t Boba), we skimmed all episodes very quickly and did NOT see Young Boba. No cameo is unfortunate.
Young Boba Fett, voiced by Daniel Logan, last appeared in Season 4. His storyline was not wrapped up, leaving unanswered questions. Check out the episode breakdown on Fettpedia.
Here is the character unmasked on the far left:
Over at Star Wars Report, the site by Aaron Goins, we hear her name is Sabine and she is one of six Rebels. Over in “The Clone Wars” animated series, we didn’t see Mandalorians on the side of the Republic heroes. Despite the similarities between shows, they’re apparently parting ways in terms of direction and storyline.
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter got an exclusive video care of Lucasfilm, which highlights more about the character, who also happens to be a graffiti artist:
What do you think?
Game Informer has a great write-up today on the downfall of “Star Wars 1313″ and LucasArts, headlined “Fall Of The Empire: How Inner Turmoil Brought Down LucasArts.” Here’s a relevant excerpt about Boba Fett in particular being a direct request by George Lucas, although it was after the game was already being talked about:
One of Lucas’ most crushing curveballs came weeks before the game was announced. He didn’t want the protagonist to be a fresh face; he wanted it to be Boba Fett. Without any working Boba Fett assets ready for the announcement, the team members who unveiled the project to the press during 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, had to play dumb. They lied when asked directly about it, unable to mention anything about the iconic bounty hunter being the lead.
The new direction for the game brought the title change of Star Wars: 1313, a name which Star Wars fans immediately connected to Boba Fett since he used the alias CT-1313 in the novel Boba Fett: Maze of Deception. The game was well received at E3, drawing many comparisons to the Uncharted series, the same franchise that essentially landed the killing blow on Indiana Jones.
Read the whole article at GameInformer.com.
“Star Wars 1313″ was abandoned after Disney bought Lucasfilm and there are no plans for it to be continued through to release.
A writer known as derf_vader — whose work got picked up on the front page of io9 — explores the idea of the comic series “Twin Engines of Destruction” as a storyline. This was first published in 1996 and was written by Andy Mangels, who came up with the alias for Boba Fett, “Jaster Mereel,” as well as the backstory that Fett was a journeyman protector. (Now, this story has since been re-written, accommodating the Episode II origin story that came in 2002.) Here’s an excerpt from the article, focusing on the Jodo Kast vs. Boba Fett story:
Can fans appreciate a story with two anti-heroes facing off? Can fans appreciate a story where the only time you see the protagonist’s face it is a scarred mess? Boba Fett probably never smiles, but you can still feel the smug emanating from behind that mask. … No matter what, fans are going to be divided about a Boba Fett movie. Why not give them two Boba Fetts to be divided about? And as far as EU goes, this is likely one of the cleanest stories that can be told cinematically without making a mess of so-called canon.
Read the whole article on io9.com.
Now let’s put this into some context. A Boba Fett spin-off film is still just rumored. It’s been a whole month since Latino Review believes Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan are doing the rumored Boba Fett spin-off film. And it’s been a month and a half since Jon Schnepp said “for a fact” that one spin-off film is about Boba Fett. Despite follow up queries to everyone, nobody echoed these claims en masse.
Expanding upon possible plots is something we like to publish — see here, here, here, here, and here — whew! We’re also keen on sharing that more than one director has been vocal about taking on a Boba Fett film, such as Robert Rodriguez and Joe Johnston.
What are your thoughts on a “Twin Engines” plotline?
As luck has it, the Official Star Wars website updated with an e-card this year, which we’ve now added.
Any feedback, including additions to our guide, is always appreciated.
Who all caught Robot Chicken’s Breckin Meyer on The Conan O’Brien Show last night talking about his Boba Fett impression with Conan and Bill Hader?
Here’s an official link with the clip, which should be available for at least a day. It’s noted that the embed works in “Select Nations Only,” which means in the FAQ, “Sadly, not viewable in various countries, including Canada, Australia and Ireland.” Below is a transcript.
O’Brien: Are there any voices that you get to do?
Meyer: Well, I get to do Boba Fett, which is like the dream, well, unless J.J. calls — by the way, you can — but, uh…
O’Brien: This is the show where we’re auditioning people.
Meyer: I assume I’m not going to be playing Boba Fett, so this might be the only platform in which I can do it. I made Boba Fett just sound as I thought he always would, which is just… I’m really cool and I got no problems at all. You know, just going into my ship, the Slave I, right now. Me and the frozen Solo are going to take a trip down to Happy Land. So, just going that way.
O’Brien: So you’re Boba Fett’s a guy who just does it really laid back.
Meyer: He’s really sexy. (Laughs.) In case you don’t know, that’s my sexy voice. When he gets into it, he goes so, we’re going to do this?
O’Brien: That’s a terrible voice.
Meyer: That’s a super sexy voice. I beg to differ. So, anyway…
O’Brien: I thought you and I were going to get it on.
O’Brien: And I do mean get it on.
Meyer: There’s another chick in the tub if you’re down. Like that. Doesn’t that sound sexy?
O’Brien: No, that’s awful.
Meyer: Really? Sounds just like my dad, so…
O’Brien: Well, that’s how we all define sexy.
Meyer: That’s my dad.
Robot Chicken has had three Star Wars themed episodes, all of which include at least a short scene with Boba Fett, voiced by Breckin Meyer. The series was created by Seth Green, who is known to be a big Boba Fett fan. Learn more about the skits/scenes on our Fettpedia wiki.
Calum Jones is a freelance photographer based in London who has created an on-going series of popular Star Wars photos on Instagram, featuring original compositions that go beyond the film. Just action figures and some digital effects, they look almost right out of the film itself. Several of his shots feature Boba Fett and, here at the Boba Fett Fan Club, we reached out to ask some questions about his work.
How did you start this series particular of Star Wars photos?
Calum Jones: For a long time, I’d been posing and setting up figures for fun, but back in April last year, my sister suggested I should take some shots of them and post them on Instagram. Originally I would set the figures up in front of a still image of the films on my TV and take a shot, I’ve since moved on to compositing, for the most part to get greater freedom over the kind of images I produce.
What’s your creative process? How do you come up with new layouts or scenes? Do you shoot one setup from multiple angles?
CJ: I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I saw the original back in ’77. Although I sometimes try and recreate parts of the films, I like drawing on my imagination to guess what might have happened in between the scenes or depict original scenarios with the characters that still feel like the movies! I try and capture the spirit of Star wars but also the fun I used to have playing with my toys as a kid, creating my own adventures!
I tend to come up with the idea and then work on it in my head. Once I have the idea and the angle I’d like to shoot from, I draw a rough concept sketch. I lay it out a lot like a panel from a storyboard or comic book.
What’s your technical process? One fan commented that he did a double take: are these photos or composites with Photoshopping?
CJ: Once I know what I want to shoot, I work on posing the figures, trying to create body language, usually a balance of natural and dynamic. Then I shoot the elements I want to put in the picture. I shoot them together and separately with multiple focus points using the camera on my cell phone using natural light. I then composite them onto a background I construct using elements of stills from the films and some digital painting. This and any special effects are performed in Photoshop.
Which works are your personal favorite? Which ones have been most popular on Instagram or elsewhere?
CJ: To date the most well received images have been of Boba Fett! You know better than I do the magnetic appeal this character has for people! I’ve really enjoyed creating shots with the new Black Series 6-inch version of the bounty hunter…. it’s such seriously cool figure and the matte plastic makes it very nice to photograph!
I’m reminded of Cedric Delsaux’s series called Dark Lens, where he photographed Star Wars characters in underground Paris, which led to a hard cover coffee table book. They also seem ripe for formal prints, as some artists do via Etsy and other platforms. What’s on the horizon for this series, both online and — perhaps — offline?
CJ: I guess it’s the dream of every fan to want to put their Star Wars brain to work for the franchise and I’m no different! I’ve yet to take a commercial approach with it, but I am more than open to offers of any kind! The thought of seeing these shots collected in a book is too awesome for words!
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