Boba Fett Fan Club was established 26 years, 11 months, and 2 days ago, launching on July 4, 1996.
Starting as a Boba Fett email newsletter called "The Hunter's Journal," BFFC quickly grew year after year, collaborating with volunteers and reaching Fett fans new and old.
Below are some major highlights and milestones.
Hasbro invited us to participate in a second roundtable interview with their brand team plus other websites. Honored to ask them about many things fans are interested in.
Another great year as press at SDCC.
Booth at Star Wars Celebration
Still celebrating our 25th year online, we opted for a fan table at Star Wars Celebration and met over 500 Boba Fett Fett fans, plus more VIPs behind the scenes of Fett and Lucasfilm.
70,000+ fans now on Facebook and 40,000+ on Instagram!
Using the #BobaFettFanClub hashtag on Twitter got a little "Easter egg," running through March 14th, where the platform tacked on the official Book of Boba Fett emoji afterwards. We later confirmed with Lucasfilm it was a nod to our website!
25,000 Fans on Twitter
With massive growth coming from "The Book of Boba Fett," our verified Twitter account continues to blow up. Ming-Na Wen also followed BFFC on there!
For Giving Tuesday, we again donated 100% of the proceeds ($1,402!) from our "BFFC" merch to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity, GOSH. In honor of our inaugural member who passed away last year, Jeremy truly helped shape BFFC into what it is today, our basecamp for Fett fandom going on now for 25 years.
25th anniversary designs for charity
To celebrate 25 years online, we decided to make two more original "BFFC" designs, featuring the Re-Armored costume and also a fresh design, based on one of our photos of the cosplayer 14killstripes. All proceeds still going to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity.
Our follow-up video featuring Bossk ended up cracking 100,000 views in just the first day. GameStop and Funko both featured it on their social channels, too.
GameStop invited us to do an "unboxing" video with their exclusive Funko Boba Fett, not yet available until May. They sent over one early and we took a creative spin on showing it off.
Re-tweeted by Ming-Na Wen and Carl Weathers
The actors behind Fennec Shand and Greef Karga — Ming-Na Wen and Carl Weathers — both appreciated a BFFC "Daily Fett" post about how Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" is up for a Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award. The post got their attention for a re-tweet on Twitter, generating additional buzz for the focal point (Temuera Morrison and the artistry behind his look) and boosting our account to over half a million followers.
We were invited to do an "unboxing" video for Polaroid's new "The Mandalorian" camera and film. Instead of doing a traditional one, we worked with a screen-accurate Boba Fett cosplayer (fettastic22 on Instagram) and shot a short spot that demonstrated the camera's features. (The shoot followed COVID-19 guidelines, too.)
Update: we ended up winning a Telly Award for the social video!
More anniversary designs for charity
It was time for two more original "BFFC" designs, featuring the shelved Star Wars 1313 costume and the rare Kenner Prototype action figure ensemble. You can get each design on shirts, bags, phone cases, and more only on our TeePublic. Like always, all proceeds go to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity.
Our Twitter surpassed 10,000 followers. Such a friendly, dedicated fan base there. Counting over 50k on Facebook and over 27k on Instagram, we're getting up there.
Re-tweeted by Pedro Pascal
Doing press at Empire Con in Los Angeles, we did a popular video with a 4-year old "Mandalorian" cosplayer. Pedro Pascal ("The Mandalorian") shared one of our videos, hitting 550k views. We also did a short video with Tait Fletcher (Heavy Infantry Mandalorian), who later shared "BFFC rules." Daniel Logan did a shout-out from Germany.
We donated the annual proceeds again from our anniversary designs to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity.
We partnered with The Pumpkin Geek and Anakin And His Angel to do an Instagram giveaway for a craft Boba Fett pumpkin made by The Pumpkin Geek. The contest generated hundreds of entries and was awarded to one lucky fan, who will get it in time for Halloween.
D23 Media Credentials
BFFC was approved for media credentials to the D23 convention. This year the convention is expected to be a big deal for all things about "The Mandalorian." While Boba Fett is not expected to be in the show, per the official synopsis, the opportunity to see and cover the event with a special pass is an honor.
Approved as a Google News Publisher
After a few attempts, BFFC was finally accepted as a Google News publisher. This means all of our content in the news category gets an extra boost of visibility through news.google.com and their "subscribe to keyword search" emails.
We were invited back as media/press to the San Diego Comic Con, where we did a lot of great video and photo content.
More anniversary designs for charity
We released two more original "BFFC" designs, featuring the Pre Production 1 and Pre Production 2 Boba Fett costumes circa 1978. All proceeds still going to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity.
Star Wars Celebration Chicago
We were invited back as media/press to Star Wars Celebration, this time in Chicago.
We headed back to the San Diego Comic-Con as press again.
Season Finale for "No Disintegrations" Season 1
Our original web series, "No Disintegrations," finished its first season with a solid 22-episode run.
Jeremy Bulloch's Retirement
We had the exclusive on announcing Jeremy Bulloch's retirement from touring conventions worldwide. It was great to see both the fan memories being shared as well as many fan sites coming together to signal boost the news.
Premiere for "No Disintegrations" Season 1
We premiered "No Disintegrations," an original web series with Mark Austin, who played Boba Fett in the first Star Wars: Special Edition. We worked with a Boba Fett fan film writer, along with part of the Boba Fett Fan Club "think tank," to shape the show just right. We're even on IMDb.
SDCC Media Credentials
We were awarded our first San Diego Comic-Con press pass. Two of us covered the event with video, photos, and lots of social media posts.
We have started doing more original video content, including stuff with Daniel Logan, like documenting him getting his own Boba Fett costume. We also joined him at the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood.
Star Wars Celebration Orlando
Two of us went to Star Wars Celebration Orlando and we put together a highlight reel each day every day. Check out day 4 in particular.
A video at Disney World from a BFFC fan that we helped get some eyeballs got a big boost by being featured on Mashable.
Verified on Twitter
Our Twitter account got "Twitter Verified" today. Quite a cool milestone with just over 5,500 followers and tweets going back to August 2009.
Our Facebook page recently passed 30,000 likes. Incredible growth.
20 Year Anniversary
We celebrated 20 years online! To celebrate, one of our favorite artists Jason Goad was up for the challenge of designing a graphic to work on a t-shirt. He knocked it out of the park. All proceeds go to Jeremy Bulloch's favorite charity.
10,000 Fans on Facebook
Our Facebook page passed 10,000 fans today. That's a boom of about 7,500 within the last year — a real sign of the times of social media dominance.
Walgreens gave BFFC the first look photo at their Funko "Prototype" Boba Fett exclusive, coming soon to stores.
Featured on StarWars.com
The official Star Wars website at starwars.com graciously added us to their Community page, which lists notible fan sites. The Boba Fett Fan Club is listed under "fan news and blog sites."
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
We attended Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with t-shirts and calling cards. We also conducted video interviews with Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, Dickey Beer, John Morton, and Mark Austin, along with several cosplayers including JC Fett. We also snapped some cool pics of cosplayers like 14killstripes.
We changed the name of the website to the Jango Fett Fan Club, complete with new logo and HTML. This April Fool's Day joke was less abrupt because, after one click or one view (thanks to a browser cookie), the temporary landing page would bring the website back the normal.
"Daily Fett" Begins on Instagram
We decide to start an Instagram account and vow to do one post a day every day! One rule is no repeats. Another rule is attribution. Take a look at the first one we chose.
Exclusive News on "The Force Awakens"
We broke the news that Star Wars Episode 7 is being shot on film by Dan Mindel. While at an event for cinematographers, we were first to post online the news, officially from J.J. Abrams' choice cinematographer. The news made front page at Mashable, Gizmodo, AV Club, Yahoo Movies / The Wrap, JoBlo, Ain't It Cool News, IGN, Slashfilm, Latino Review, CNET, Huffington Post, TechRadar, The Verge, Collider, io9, MovieWeb, and more.
We collaborated with Sean V. Lehosit who runs The Boba Bounty on many news articles. His site also hosted a feed of our "Follow Fett" calendar. Sean's impressive Boba Fett website caught our eye and we had to work together.
We did a feature on the "As You Wish" helmet series on display at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida. The 40 custom helmets were put up for auction, donating to charity on behalf of The Dented Helmet and the 501st Legion. Joe Johnston and Sandy Dhuyvetter, two artists who literally made Boba Fett's costumes, contributed with their helmets of their own. Also, George Lucas attended the convention and was recorded saying Boba Fett didn't die in the Sarlacc, adding more to the lore that his Fett's status in Star Wars.
Concept artist Ralph McQuarrie passed away. He held a major role in the development of Boba Fett. We penned a rememberance in his honor.
On April 1, we closed the site — but only for 12 hours. The April Fool's Day joke was believed by many of our younger regulars, but the die-hard fans didn't go for our stunt.
Front Page of the "San Francisco Chronicle"
We make front page of the Entertainment section of The San Francisco Chronicle on 5/14, in Peter Hartlaub's article "Forget Anakin -- for die-hard 'Star Wars' fans, Boba Fett rules." One of the most awesome pieces of press we have received yet.
After a short hiatus with the site, we flipped to a content management system to speed things up, since the site previously was coded by hand. Less custom a design, but more cooks in the kitchen.
In 2002 IG88A's Bounty Hunters Inc. joined the network at bounty-hunters.com, one of the Fan Club's original addresses. (After several years, we stopped using that address after getting a bit too much e-mail about head hunters and actual bounty hunters.)
The Boba Fett Fan Club joined with Eric Cromwell's Asteroid-Belt.com, Boba-Rin's Boba Fett Homepage in Japan, and MICKY's Boba Fett Museum in Poland. Boba-Rin's site became the Boba Fett Fan Club - Japan Edition, and MICKY's site became the Boba Fett Fan Club - Polish Edition. Content was collaborative and the foreign sites ran for years to come.
Letter to Lucasfilm
We wrote a letter back agreeing to turn the bobafett.com domain over, but we actually never heard back from them. After months of waiting for a response, while receiving great support from visitors worldwide, we decided to use the domain again.
With new hosting provided for free by a local design company in San Francisco called The Parlor, the site merged with Joe Carlson's Boba Fett Internet Archive — the original home, and creative force, for expanding the fan club.
Letter from Lucasfilm
One day the "bobafett.com" domain name became available, and for no special price, we were able to have it. The previous owner, who used the site for non-Fett interests, even had lent us extra web space for free in previous years. Unfortunately, on June 15, Lucasfilm sent a cease and desist letter regarding "bobafett.com" and stating their commercial interest.
Front of Yahoo.com
In May, this website was featured and linked to on the front of Yahoo.com. Incredible!
The Boba Fett Multimedia Vault returned to its original mission with the launching of this site as the Boba Fett Fan Club at bobafettfanclub.com on April 1, 1999.
Featured in U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News and World Report runs a photo and article on BFFC's founder, Aaron Proctor.
By January 1, the site joined forces with Daniel Sully's Boba Fett Homepage, who allowed the site to be hosted pro-bono with the likes of JediNet, creating fun thematic elements like a members section of the site.
We also host a Greedo web site, featuring the bounty hunter Han Solo kills in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The relationship grew to include the support of Tyler Allison, the original inspiration for developing a Boba Fett web site, since he started the first Boba Fett site, The Boba Fett Pages, on his college server in 1995.
The Boba Fett Fan Club started on July 4, 1996 as a very small website for a monthly Boba Fett newsletter called "The Hunter's Journal," reaching 200 subscribers in less than six months — all in the age of Usenet newsgroups and AOL chat rooms were huge. We had initial support from Jesse's Boba Fett Page. We soon started to use the name "The Boba Fett Multimedia Vault" which at that time included the fan club. The founder, Aaron Proctor, was 13 years old.
Colophon aka info on the making of this site
Creating this website takes a lot of effort. Over the years, we've moved away from pre-fab tools and made a lot of our own proprietary stuff. Here are some of the services and tools we use currently, which might be useful to know if creating your own:
Creative Direction and Web Services
Site by FWD:labs
Custom Web Applications
Bounty is a collectibles database with categories, search, and lists
Follow Fett is a calendar database with individuals and locations
Caption Contest is a photo database with comments and voting
Fettpedia is a knowledge base database, much like a wiki
Image Galleries is a media manager database with albums and popularity tracking
Message Boards are powered by PunBB
News are powered by WordPress
Web Fonts by Google Fonts
Email / Drive / Calendar / Forms by Google Workspace