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NYCC 2018: Fett Sightings

Published October 6, 2018 • Written by • Filed under Community

Long-time BFFC contributor Matt Booker, who primarily runs Fantha Tracks, spotted Hallmark's display with a new Boba Fett ornament coming next year:

They were also giving away a free Boba Fett pin on the first day, which they also did at SDCC this year:

He also found the latest Invicta Boba Fett watches on display:

Cosplayer and costume maker Wasted Fett went as a Holiday Special Boba Fett. Here's a video he shared on Instagram:

Bottleneck Gallery had a new Boba Fett print on display:

Artist Darrin Pepe shared that he was doing Boba Fett sketches at the show:


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"The Mandalorian," Disney's New Live-Action Star Wars Series

Published October 3, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Film & TV

Jon Favreau just shared via his Instagram account the title and synopsis for his new show, "The Mandalorian."

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...

UPDATE 10/4: 24 hours after Jon's exclusive announcement, Lucasfilm confirmed this on StarWars.com with the following "first look" image.

Back in March, Jon was confirmed to write and produce the live-action Star Wars series, which Disney has announced will be exclusive to their new streaming service in 2019. In May, during the Solo world premiere, Jon confirmed that his show would take place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. We like to think, if the storyline fits, Boba Fett would certainly be appropriate to canonically get out of the Sarlacc...

According to The New York Times in August, the series has been afforded $100 million to make 10 episodes. ""'Star Wars' is a big world, and Disney's new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters," Mr. Favreau told them in an e-mail.

A live-action Star Wars TV series has long been rumored. We keep track of the Fett mentions, separating confirmations from rumors, in a section of BFFC News called Fett Fact Check.

Fun fact: Jon Favreau voiced a Mandalorian named Vizsla on "The Clone Wars" animated series. But, as those who have seen the show know, spoiler alert -- he doesn't make it after a battle with Darth Maul. One fan podcast also thought in 2015 that Jon, who previously helmed "Iron Man," might take over for Josh Trank.

In a 2010 press release for "The Clone Wars," Jon joked that "the Mandalorians are all New Yorkers." He went on to add that, "the idea for me to play a Mandalorian came up [for voice-over work]. I wasn't holding out for a cool character, but I think the Mandalorians are probably the ones that the die-hards are going to be the most curious about."

UPDATE 10/4: The directors for episodes have also been confirmed by Lucasfilm:

The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for updates.

Fan reaction for "The Mandalorian" has mostly been outstanding, especially according to our quick poll on Twitter. We look forward to knowing more as the series gets further into production.


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Nerdbot-Con 2018

Published September 28, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Community

Nerdbot-Con hosted their third annual convention on Saturday, September 22nd at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. Fans young and old gathered together to celebrate their favorite fandoms by showing up to the event in their eye-catching cosplays while shopping the different vendors, discovering new artists and enjoying live music. You can't have geeky without Star Wars so I made it my personal goal to hunt down Mandalorian themed merchandise and the best cosplayers I could find. Star Wars didn't have the biggest presence at this convention but what I did find won't disappoint!

The Manda'galaar Clan was there representing the Los Angeles chapter of the international Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. Their booth consisted of various helmets and weapons as well as a fun area for photo opportunities. These guys and gals were ready to take on some bounties and were there to inspire and encourage others join them in their mission. If you're LA based and interested in attending the Manda'galaar Clan events, check out their build your own Mandalorian armor parties to find out how to become an official member!

It's not very often that I see merchandise that consists of horror and Star Wars. As I walked the floors of the convention these highly detailed figures and art prints by Blood and Teeth caught my eye and I had to stop and observe them. Mr. Dust and DeathDealerCa are the master minds behind these creations and seemed to have one of the most popular booths at the event. If you're interested in their style or think something from this line might make a good gift be sure to check out their Facebook page to see what convention they'll be traveling to next!

When you spot a female Boba Fett and Stormtrooper Deadpool casually roaming around, you obviously stop them and ask to take a photo! They were definitely one of the coolest husband and wife duos at the convention. Follow Sasha and Miguel on Instagram for even more photos of their incredible work as cosplayers!

When the armor is off and you still want to give off those Mandalorian vibes, etched glassware by Mombie Zombie might be the next best thing. Christina is the owner of this small business and also specializes in other geeky accessories. You can browse all of her creations on her Instagram page.

If you've never been to Nerdbot-Con I would suggest attending next year as it's always a fun experience to explore new geek-centered events!


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Remembering Gary Kurtz

Published September 24, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Fettpedia

Producer Gary Kurtz, shown here talking to Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) on the set of "Empire," just passed away.

Jeremy shared with us the following:

Although it was a long time ago I do have fond memories of Gary Kurtz - he was a pleasure to work with and there was always a lovely atmosphere when he was on the set.

Along with Irvin Kershner, Kurtz met Jason Wingreen when he did the original voice-over for Boba Fett.

Born July 27, 1940, Gary was a producer on Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

Set photo via Darryl W Moran on the Star Wars Rare Vintage Photos group on Facebook.


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BlackMilk's New Star Wars Collection Back with a Bang

Published September 13, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Collectibles

It's been years since the fashion-forward company with a strong geeky flair, BlackMilk Clothing, released their last big Star Wars collection. But they've come back with a bang as strong as a blast from Boba Fett's EE-3 carbine rifle! The collection releases on September 18th and includes everything from basic shirts to skater dresses, showcasing eye-catching prints that are both bold and colorful.

To start, there's a unisex Boba Fett BFT featuring a very daunting graphic print of the bounty hunter himself, done by Tsuneo Sanda. Anyone who passes you by will know you mean business while wearing this number whether you choose to dress it up or down. The Mandalorian symbol on the backside is a nice touch if I do say so myself! If you're into it, and you should be, it's available in sizes XXS through XXL.

My favorite from the collection? It's actually three pieces that all have the same adorable 8 bit print that you may recognize from the retired mobile game, Tiny Death Star. What could be better than wearing a bunch of tiny Star Wars characters all over your clothes? There's a woman's blouse, overalls and a skater dress all with this cheerful print that will surely be the cause of many conversations. Each of these pieces are available in sizes XXS through XL.

As a fan of Boba these were the pieces that I felt allowed the character to stand out the most. But that's not to say there aren't one or two other garments from the collection that don't include our favorite bounty hunter in a minimalistic way. You can browse the upcoming collection at blackmilkclothing.com/collections/star-wars-2 and shop it on September 18th at 7:00am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Set your alarms for this highly sought-after bounty!


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Boba Fett Tips for "Star Wars: Force Arena"

Published August 19, 2018 • Written by • Filed under Multimedia

"Star Wars: Force Arena" has been around for a while now. It's gone through many changes: some well received, others not so much. But regardless, the game still has enough of a following that new content is constantly added to the game.

One aspect of the game is the use of Guilds. Belonging to a guild is advantageous for a number of reasons. You can swap cards with your guild members, work together towards completing missions, and share gameplay. I belong to the Boba Fett Fan Club guild, abbreviated to BFFC.

Boba Fett is the Leader I play the most. I was the first player in my guild to reach Kyber, and during that time I learned some basic tips that I hope can benefit other Fett players. They are as follows:

  1. Boba Fett is capable of inflicting Area of Effect damage. His default attack starts with blaster fire before switching to his flamethrower, damaging multiple enemies. His skill, Missile Strike, also does AOE and inflicts 300% of his attack damage. It can be upgraded through Perks.
  2. Boba Fett is also a great duelist. His aforementioned Missile Strike can have great effect in damaging an enemy Leader. His passive ability, Target Acquired, also allows him to inflict extra 12% damage when attacking Leaders. Perks are available to upgrade this ability as well.
  3. Boba Fett's Unique card, Slave I, is best used against hordes of weaker enemies. The Seismic Charge it deploys pulls in enemy troopers before detonating. It can also be used to pull in an enemy Leader trying to retreat.
  4. Fett is one of the few Leaders in the game who can fly -- using his jetpack. This can be used both offensively or defensively. Use the jetpack to choose your engagements wisely. You can close in on a wounded Leader, or escape a tight situation.

Overall, Boba Fett remains a well-rounded Leader. He has respectable damage, area of effect attacks from his flamethrower and missile, a great passive for engaging Leaders, and the ability to get in and out strategically with his jetpack. His versatility makes it imperative that Boba Fett take a proactive role in fighting alongside his troops. Otherwise, he is not utilized to his full potential.


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The Lowdown on Gentle Giant's "Holiday Special" Boba Fett Mini Bust

Published August 16, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Collectibles

For the causal Star Wars fan, some of the current Boba Fett offerings might be a bit confusing. But for the hardcore Boba Fett fans who love the more obscure Fett stylings it’s a boon time. Enter the latest entry from Gentle Giant Ltd.

What’s not to love about this 1/6 scale mini bust of the Holiday Special Animated Boba Fett? Well, maybe the fact you have to be a Premiere Guild member to order one. Fortunately we had the chance to ask them some questions to get the skinny on this piece.

You have until closing time today (Friday 8/17) at GentleGiantLTD.com to place your order to be guaranteed to get one.

BFFC: Has a Holiday Special Boba Fett been on the drawing board for a while or was it a spur of the moment idea for his 40th birthday?

GG: I think the idea first came up over a year ago when we were looking at our plans for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope. As we looked ahead we said "you know... one year later is the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special..."

BFFC: Did you use any other research or reference material for sculpting and coloring besides the original animated short?

GG: We relied mostly on the original animation for our reference, but we have previously made an animated maquette of the animated Holiday Fett several years ago.

BFFC: Were other formats considered? If so why settle on the mini bust?

GG: The majority of our annual holiday items have been mini busts, and it was a version of the character that we had not made in that format already.

BFFC: Why make it a premiere guild exclusive?

GG: Every year we make items that are exclusive to members of our Premier Guild collector’s club and we always do one of them at the holidays that often is holiday themed. Since this is the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we thought this would make a great holiday item. Happy Life Day!

BFFC: How was the pose decided upon? Was it inspired by a particular moment in the animated short?

GG: We left the pose up to our pre-production artists. We just wanted to make sure Boba Fett had both the blaster and the twin-pronged electropole, because they are so retro-cool!

BFFC: Holiday Boba fans who aren’t Premiere Guild members will probably drive up the secondary markets (eBay etc.) to get one. Is that ever a consideration on how large a run is or how a particular piece is released?

GG: No. We do not consider the secondary market. These are exclusive to our Premier Guild as well as a short list of Gentle Giant friends and vendors and we make them to accommodate those orders. Again, access to order these is one of the benefits of being a PG member.

BFFC: Any chance of seeing a Holiday Special Boba Fett turn up in any other Gentle Giant formats down the line? Will the success of this one play a role in that decision?

It is possible. As I said we have done him as an animated maquette previously. If the fans really love him, we could possibly see him in other formats down the line.

BFFC: Any Boba plans for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back?

Nothing to announce yet.

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So what do you think? Planning on picking up this piece? Let us know your thoughts.


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See You at Nerdbot Con-2018

Published August 15, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Community

Nerdbot-Con is returning for its third year on Saturday, September 22nd in sunny Pasadena, California. The one day "nerd culture" and cosplay convention is especially unique with its short lines and lower costs.

Last year, we posted a photo essay of the event featuring Young Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan, who was their guest that year.

This year, our style contributor Jenmarie, who also runs Anakin and His Angel, will be attending, covering fashion, collectibles, and any Fett-worthy cosplay.

Take a look at their official press release and ticketing site for more information.


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Jeremy Bulloch's Retirement Announcement

Published August 4, 2018Updated • Written by • Filed under Follow Fett

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to stop attending conventions and hang up the Fett helmet. It has not been an easy decision to make. In 1979 I was called onto the set of Empire Strikes Back to play Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the entire direction of my life in such a wonderful way. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans. I have had over 20 years of travelling with my wife Maureen to some amazing countries and have met so many wonderful fans. Thank you all so much and we will miss you all.

‘May the Force be with you always’

Jeremy

Autographs

Jeremy will still be taking part in send-in signing if fans still need items signed for their collections. Please send any requests to imperialsignings@hotmail.co.uk.

Fan Reactions

See the comments thread on our Facebook post and Twitter post for an outpouring of support from those who met or wanted to meet Jeremy on tour.

You can also use our square graphic to share yourself on social media. Please use hashtag #JeremyBulloch to connect your post with others.

World Tour

We've followed Jeremy's official convention stops for over 20 years and have them all in a calendar here on BFFC. Take a look and, if you use your free BFFC account, you can save which ones you've attended to see Jeremy for your memory bank or to share with friends and family.

Interviews

Jeremy has done countless interviews over the years. At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we did a thorough video interview with him all about his memories and experiences being Boba Fett:


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SDCC 2018: Interview with Tom Spina

Published July 30, 2018 • Written by • Filed under Community

We spoke with Tom Spina (Tom Spina Designs and Regal Robot) about his Magic Wheelchair rancor project, the Bantha/Mythosaur debate, and his passion for all things Boba Fett.

Video by Boba Fett Fan Club, shot at San Diego Comic-Con.


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