"Concept" Boba Fett

Late 1977 - Early 1978

This costume has 2 sub-variants:

  • "McQuarrie Concept" Boba Fett
  • "McQuarrie/Johnston Concept" Boba Fett

The Ralph McQuarrie Concept Fett evolved the "supertrooper" character in early drafts of "The Empire Strikes Back" into the more unique character of Boba Fett. Ralph McQuarrie contributed several concept sketches (circa 1977) and paintings of Boba Fett (wearing a Western-style brown poncho) as well as his ship, Slave I (circa mid 1978). One variant of McQuarrie's version is a red triangle pointing down on the helmet above the visor, which you can often see in McQuarrie Fett collectibles. Joe Johnston also evolved the design of this look and the two sometimes share a credit for Fett's evolution in this stage.

This costume is similar but not the same as his "prototype" armor.

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Helmet

Boba Fett Helmet Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie
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In McQuarrie's version, all white with various different styles depending on the art piece

Boba Fett Concept Art #226 by Joe Johnston (3/1978)
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In Johnston's version, all white with similar angles to the Prototype

 

No dent

Chest and Back Armor

"Bounty Hunter" by Ralph McQuarrie
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All white, in different shapes than his Original Trilogy on-screen armor

Blaster Rifle and Sidearm

 

Sidearm shown in some early sketches

Symbols

 

No shoulder symbol

Shoulder Armor

 

Short and sticking straight out, rather than falling with the shoulder curve

Cape

Concept Boba Fett, Poncho Detail
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In McQuarrie's version, a brown poncho style cape

Wookiee Braids

 

No Wookiee braids

Jetpack

Boba Fett Concept Art #0220 by Joe Johnston (1978)
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All white in Johnston's version

Gauntlets

 

Different details on the left vs. right gauntlet

Gloves

 

All white

Flight Suit

 

All white


"McQuarrie Concept" Boba Fett

Late 1977 - Early 1978

The initial sketches begin October 1977 and continue until early 1978.

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