Here's our fifth annual Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale breakdown, focusing on Boba Fett.
(Are we missing something cool? Let us know in the comments and we'll update.)
For many avid Star Wars fans, Adam Bray is a household name. The former spelunker, travel writer, and chimpanzee caregiver has authored or co-authored more DK Star Wars reference books than you can count on one hand, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Not only is adhering to Star Wars canon an integral part of his job, Adam effectively helps create it too. "It is fun to track the changes in Lucasfilm’s and in George Lucas’s attitude on canon and how they change over time," said Bray.
"When I wrote Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor, I noticed that the topic of whether the stormtroopers actually were clones or not was something that George Lucas changed his mind on a lot. When he was working on the prequels, George determined that the stormtroopers were clones who were descendants from Jango Fett, which of course eventually got changed.
"If I remember correctly, Dave Filoni had said that when George Lucas was working on the live action TV show that never came to be, that was when he started to reconsider that. But it wasn’t until Star Wars Rebels when they decided that stormtroopers are actually volunteers, so that ties into it."
When it comes to seeking answers to Boba Fett’s fate in the current canon, asking Adam is about as close as you can get to hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth.
"I don’t think I’ve worked with any material that’s specifically about [Boba Fett], but I would presume that anytime Lucasfilm is leaving it open ended like that. Boba Fett is an obvious candidate for movies or some kind of project of significance and leaving that open will allow them to have all their options on the table."
For the rest of our interview, see our guest post on Fantha Tracks.
On Friday at a Ryan Coogler/Black Panther event, journalist Erick Weber had an opportunity to ask Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the status of the (rumored) Boba Fett film. She pivoted her answer to say the current priority is about "The Mandalorian" and Episode IX. The journalist then tweeted, presumptively, that the Boba Fett film is "100% dead." Kathleen in fact said no such thing, but countless blogs published the misquote.
We asked the journalist via Twitter about her answer and gained no new clarity on the interaction. We believe the journalist could have asked about a Jar Jar film and the response would likely have been the same.
A feature-length film about Boba Fett has been rumored since 2013 — and never once confirmed by Lucasfilm. It’s only official when they say so. And Kathleen Kennedy did not say "the Boba Fett film is dead," despite widespread incorrect attribution.
Our take-away from this, for what it's worth: it's not dead if it never lived. Also: quotes matter.
For more of the ebb and flow of facts versus fiction with the long-rumored story film, see our Fett Fact Check section.
Penny Skateboards recently gave BFFC one of their new Boba Fett boards to try out. The Star Wars specific design of the board is beautiful. The watercolor Fett artwork on the deck is very well done, and the clear yellow wheels with "Boba Fett" embossed on them are a really nice touch. Even the box it comes in looks nice enough that I didn't want to recycle it. The board would look great just hanging on a wall, but it's made to ride. So how does it perform?
Made in their 27 inch form factor (about 69 cm), it's just the right size for getting you where you need to go followed by sticking in a backpack, throwing in a locker, or even tossing in a plane's overhead bin. The build quality is surprisingly high for a skateboard that costs around $100. The plastic deck and aluminum trucks keep it very light, while the soft, wide wheels provide a smooth ride with plenty of grip on almost any surface. The waffle tread print on the deck surface provides enough grip when dry, but if its wet a little grip tape would help. The bushings are very responsive but still firm enough to be stable at speed. The bearings are very smooth and are capable of decent speed without any noise. The tail has a nice angle for good control. After about 15 minutes on the board I really found my groove and wanted to take it with me to a lot more places.
The new line of Star Wars boards are available globally this month. In the US the boards are now available in specialty retail stores and online at pennyskateboards.com on October 15. In addition to Boba Fett, other designs in the line include Darth Vader, R2-D2, and an imperial stormtrooper. The Darth Vader and Boba Fett models are available in both 22” and 27” shapes. The R2-D2 themed board are available in the 22” and the Stormtrooper themed model is in the 27” shape.
Penny has already carved out a nice niche for themselves over the last 8 years with their quality, comfort, value, and style. By adding the Star Wars brand to their stable of boards they've just made that niche a bit bigger.
Long-time BFFC contributor Matt Booker, who primarily runs Fantha Tracks, spotted Hallmark's display with a new Boba Fett ornament coming next year:
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) October 4, 2018
They were also giving away a free Boba Fett pin on the first day, which they also did at SDCC this year:
Same one as their one-day Fett pin at SDCC.
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) October 4, 2018
He also found the latest Invicta Boba Fett watches on display:
More info about the red one: https://t.co/bR5fYfHMTI
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) October 6, 2018
Cosplayer and costume maker Wasted Fett went as a Holiday Special Boba Fett. Here's a video he shared on Instagram:
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) October 6, 2018
Bottleneck Gallery had a new Boba Fett print on display:
Available from @BottleneckNYC at NYCC (Booth #2160) and likely also to non-convention goers
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) October 2, 2018
Artist Darrin Pepe shared that he was doing Boba Fett sketches at the show:
Hey Star Wars fans! I will be a the NYCC Topps Booth #454 on Friday Oct. 5th from 4-5pm. Drawing Boba Fett sketches. Only 30 sketches will be created! So, get in line now!! ?? #topps #nycc #bobafett #starwars #sketch pic.twitter.com/fC8AzM0whh
— Darrin Pepe (@DarrinPepe) October 2, 2018
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.
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!
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.
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!
"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:
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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