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Exclusive Announcement: Funko Boba Fett (Prototype) Coming to Walgreens

Updated July 23, 2015 12:12 pm • Published July 23, 2015
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You’re seeing it here first: Funko’s upcoming Boba Fett (Prototype), a Walgreens exclusive, which will be in stores this September!

This comes to us from the inside and, since they’re huge Fett fans, the Boba Fett Fan Club got the scoop!

The figure is part of a four figure exclusive Star Wars classic wave. We’re told that Walgreens will be ordering a ton and the plan is to keep it on shelves for at least a year.

Funko has made many bobble-head figures and objects. This surely won’t be the last.

This also isn’t the first Walgreens Boba Fett exclusive. Last year, they came out with the Prototype Boba Fett within Hasbro’s “The Black Series.” While there were some hassles with the online pre-order, the figure was a big hit in stores and kept getting re-stocked for a long while. This time around, there won’t be any online pre-orders.

This also marks our 500th photo-of-the-day in as many days in a row. Woo-hoo!



SDCC 2015: Guide for Boba Fett Fans

Updated July 9, 2015 11:13 pm • Published July 7, 2015
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This year’s San Diego Comic Con — which runs July 8 (preview night) through July 12 — has a handful of Boba Fett exclusives. Here’s your checklist, Boba Fett fans!

Exclusives

Other Booths

ANOVOS has their brand-new “Empire” Boba Fett prop helmet replica on display at their booth! We shared a photo on Facebook, shot by Ken Morgan on Instagram.

Hot Toys is showing off a new sixth scale “Empire” Boba Fett. This is their second release, following a “Jedi” quarter scale figure. See Rebelscum.net for some great photos, taken on opening day (July 9).

Sideshow Collectibles will be showing (but not selling) the brand-new Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue. Don’t miss it!

Hasbro has their Hero Masher Boba Fett on display. See Rebelscum.net for a picture, taken on preview night (July 8).

Panels

Are panels more your thing? Here are some tips on which panels to attend, which very well might name-drop Boba Fett:

  • Wednesday: none of the events mention Star Wars
  • Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: JAKKS Collector Toys: Star Wars, DC, TMNT, Nintendo, Warcraft and More! @ Room 29AB
    Should feature their new “First Reveal” Boba Fett figure
  • Thursday 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Level-Up Your Style with Geek Fashion @ Room 14A
    Features Amy Ratcliffe, who often writes about Star Wars
  • Friday 10:00am – 11:00am: Star Wars Publishing 2015: Part 1 @ Room 7AB
    11:00am – 12:00pm: Star Wars Publishing 2015: Part 2 @ Room 7AB
    Either may mention the new comic books (“Star Wars” and “Darth Vader” have included Boba Fett) and/or novels (“Dark Disciple” includes Boba Fett)
  • Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Star Wars Goes Steampunk @ Room 14A
    Panel includes Rebecca “Lady Fett” Eusey
  • Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Star Wars:Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar @ Room 7AB
    eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles are all slated to be addressed, and each have upcoming (or fairly recently released) Boba Fett collectibles
  • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Lucasfilm @ Hall H
    While the focus is expected to be “The Force Awakens,” this event may touch upon the newly announced Han Solo anthology film; Lawrence Kasdan is a guest, who wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and this untitled spin-off film
  • Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Costuming the Galaxy @ Room 14A
    This talk is all about ANOVOS, who has a rumored Boba Fett costume in the works
  • Sunday: while several events mention Star Wars, none stood out to us as possibilities for Boba Fett mentions

Other

Stop by the fan booths to say hello to our friends at 501st (booth MZ-17) and Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (booth MZ-16)!


SDCC 2015: Sideshow's McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue

Published July 5, 2015
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First announced (and shown in sketch form) at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Sideshow Collectibles announced yesterday on social media that their McQuarrie Boba Fett Concept Statue will both be on display at San Diego Comic Con but also ready for pre-order soon.

Sideshow will be at Exhibitor Booth #1929, according to the SDCC website.


Celebration Anaheim: Exclusive Interview with Jeremy Bulloch

Published July 4, 2015
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Our video interview series from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim wraps up today with the best for last: Jeremy Bulloch.

We talk to the original man behind the mask of Boba Fett to learn more about what happened when, who said what, and how great it was to be in each scene of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”


Latest Boba Fett Fan Film, "The Twelve Parsec Stare"

Updated July 7, 2015 10:58 pm • Published June 30, 2015
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“The Twelve Parsec Stare” is the latest Boba Fett fan film — one of at least 73 fan films that fans have made, complete with costumes, sets, or other production value. This new short film was self-produced by Ruined Films, a Finnish production company. They wanted to make a short film that blended sci-fi and Western genres and shot this in a week. Here’s the synopsis:

Boba Fett, the infamous intergalactic bounty hunter, has tracked his next prey into a dusty saloon in the outskirts of a remote space port. In the shadows of the busy space bar the hunter confronts his target’s three sinister henchmen. Who will blink first?

Today, the “Western” Boba Fett film has its world premiere on YouTube:

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We spoke with Teemu Valve, who worked as a producer as well as in the prop and costuming departments of the film.

Tell us about the “The Twelve Parsec Stare” fan film and how it’s unique among other Star Wars and specifically Boba Fett fan films. What drove you all to making a fan film around Fett?

The Twelve Parsec Stare is both a fan film and a technical showcase and something we’ve been planning for a long time. Our first ambition was to make a Western short film with the genre’s usual lingering atmosphere and style of cinematography. Star Wars universe is something the director (and of course us all!) had wanted to recreate from his early childhood, which took the planning towards the genre combination. The idea was to tell an imaginative Star Wars story in a way the classic Western movies would have told it. The rumours about the oncoming Boba Fett spinoff film also initiated our spark into getting there first!

Boba Fett’s costume looks unique to your film, rather than intentionally representing one of the film-accurate or prototype costumes. Did your team build the costume just for the movie or did someone already have something that was then modified? What kind of helmet was procured or built? Who did the paint and/or build, and how long did it take?

Our Boba costume is indeed a “conversion” of the Empire Strikes Back version, which was modified a bit for our needs. It’s actually my personal costume, originally created for the trooping use in the service of the worldwide Star Wars costuming organization The 501st Legion. The fan-made costume was assembled and painted by myself, although the helmet seen in the movie footage was painted by my legion friend BH-11380. We had a total of three helmets in our wardrobe, just in case. The making of the costume was a 14 months journey.

The most visible modification to the costume is the poncho, which drew its inspiration from Clint Eastwood’s attire as the “Man with no name” as well as from Jango Fett production pictures and the Mythos Boba Fett statue created by Sideshow Collectibles. As our film is a crossover between Star Wars and classic Spaghetti Western we felt that it would be an appropriate detail mod for the Fett costume. We also believe that Western influences were something they had in mind when creating Boba’s character in the first place!

How does the costume hold up and move in the fight scenes? Jeremy Bulloch and other actors have always commented on how cumbersome it was; maybe you all agree or disagree. Or maybe you all changed it up to move more. Or did you make a stunt suit?

The costume is certainly quite heavy in the long-time use and the filming days took their toll on the actor. The armor limits the mobility of the person wearing it, so we had to plan the scenes and the choreography accordingly. Where we could (thanks to the camera angles or composition choice) we lightened the suit by removing the kneepads, shoes or the jetpack for a moment to make it a bit easier for the actor. There’s always some wear and tear to the filming process as well and we needed to make some field repairs now and then. Luckily we didn’t experience any major accidents and the costume held up through the action!

Since the project is a portfolio piece for Ruined Films, what’s your favorite part overall about its production that took everything up a notch? Any details specific to producing and/or art departments, like the props or costumes?

This is an interesting question, for we work with a really compact crew. Because of this everyone in the team gets to see and participate actively in different production phases. For example our director is also the visual effects artist and the editor was busy working in the prop and set departments of the film too. I think each film we make is better than the last one as the gathered progress in practical filmmaking process and in team spirit can be put into the use in the following project. Making a movie without an actual budget also pushes the team into creativity and making out of the box solutions, which is actually pretty useful in the end!

This was the first time we had a chance to include a proper extra cast in the production and we feel it really made a difference in how the scene looks. If we’d have to name a favorite part in what made the film and most of its production value, it would have to be the great set, with the props we managed to put together and the magnificent extras who were kind enough to help us during the film’s principal photography.


SDCC 2015: New Oversized Boba Fett Art from Topps

Updated June 28, 2015 10:04 pm • Published June 28, 2015
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Announced earlier today on the official Topps Star Wars page on Facebook is an exclusive, oversized Boba Fett card. It’s an SDCC 2015 exclusive.

Their announcement revealed it’s part of a set of larger cards:

“Topps will have 10 sets of oversized cards featuring classic Star Wars characters on iconic Topps designs. Find us at Booth 2913-J.”

It’s unclear if this oversized card is part of the same 10″ x 14″ series that Topps recently marketed as wall art. Those prints retail for $99.

(Helmet nod to The Collectors Cantina for the heads up about this announcement.)



SDCC 2015: Gentle Giant's Boba Fett Prototype Mini Bust

Updated July 7, 2015 10:59 pm • Published June 24, 2015
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Just announced on the official Star Wars website is their second San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusive, a Boba Fett Prototype Mini Bust.

The Gentle Giant site includes a little more information about the release. The 1:6 scale bust has a limited edition of 750.

If you’re not attending SDCC, you have to be a member of Gentle Giant’s club in order to put in a pre-order. (Premier Guild Collector’s Club costs $80 per year to join.)

From the manufacturer:

In the summer of 1980, The Empire Strikes Back introduced us to one of modern cinemas most recognizable characters, Boba Fett. A man of few words, the gritty bounty hunter quickly made his mark despite having roughly 3 minutes of screen time in his debut film. The character had long been teased by Lucasfilm as far back as 1978, appearing in animated form and as a costumed character in parades and special events across the country.

This is one of many Boba Fett items from Gentle Giant over the years. View them all in our Bounty database.


SDCC 2015: JAKKS Pacific's First Appearance Boba Fett Figure

Updated July 6, 2015 8:41 pm • Published June 19, 2015
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First announced and shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, JAKKS Pacific announced today the price and details for their upcoming Boba Fett figure, exclusively available at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con.

It will retail for $50 at the convention. It’s expected to be a limited edition of 1,000.

UPDATE 7/6: MTV News has an exclusive look today at more publicity photos, including the boxed figure. Here are some of the best shots:

Here are two of the photos we took at SWCA:

Here’s the official product description:

Boba Fett, Legendary Mandalorian Bounty Hunter has a long and colorful history. While many fans remember him from The Empire Strikes Back as well as his animate debut in The Star Wars Holiday Special, his true first appearance was as a member of the Star Wars delegation in the San Anselmo County Fair on September 24, 1978! At the time, Lucasfilm was headquartered at 52 Park Way in San Anselmo, about twenty minutes north of San Francisco. As part of harvest parade, Darth Vader and for the first time in public, Boba Fett, marched throughout the street waving to fans of all ages. The armor was worn by assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham and featured several noticeable difference such as the brightly colored blue jump suit, yellow and red armor highlights, as well as the “tribal marks” on his helmet; all altered for his later film appearances. JAKKS Pacific is excited to celebrate this legendary character and offer an articulated action figure of First Appearance Boba Fett or the first time ever! It will cost $50 and will be sold in the Lucasfilm Pavilion in the JAKKS area where you can also come to pick up an amazing Star Wars action figure art card with photography by Stephen Hayford.

This will be the second Boba Fett figure from JAKKS Pacific.

Helmet nod to the unofficial SDCC blog for the heads up.


SDCC 2015: Gentle Giant's Boba Fett Droids Jumbo Figure

Published June 17, 2015
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Just announced on the Gentle Giant website is their San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusive, a Boba Fett Droids Jumbo Figure.

It will retail for $100 at the convention. Those not attending the convention need to be members of Gentle Giant’s “Premiere Guild” in order to have an opportunity to buy direct.

In 1985, everyone’s favorite protocol droid and astromech droid starred in their own animated TV series. Star Wars: Droids, featured R2-D2 and C-3PO on their early adventures that took place before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The series also featured the appearance of Boba Fett himself!

This will be the third jumbo figure to include Boba Fett. Back in 2013, Gentle Giant released a Boba Fett Rocket Firing Jumbo Kenner Action Figure and also a Jumbo Holiday Yoda, which had a mini Boba Fett in the Christmas bag.



Disney Infinity 3.0 Confirms Boba Fett

Updated July 7, 2015 11:12 pm • Published June 15, 2015
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[UPDATED 6/24: The individual Boba Fett figure, without needing to buy a platform-specific game, will be available in January 2016, according to two tweeta from John Vignocchi, VP of Production on Disney Infinity 3.0.]

Moments ago, the official Disney Infinity page on Facebook just confirmed Boba Fett’s role and release in the new game, Disney Infinity 3.0, and its “Rise Against The Empire” play set. He’ll be on Sony Playstation before being available on other gaming systems starting around the end of the year.

[UPDATED 6/17: You can now pre-order the Saga Bundle on Amazon, which includes Boba Fett:

Here’s the official announcement at E3 by Disney Infinity’s VP of Production, Johnny Vignocchi. Jump to around the 3 minute mark for the full effect, complete with “BOBA FETT” on the giant screens at the event:

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release, which also hosted many new screenshots of Boba Fett:

One of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, Boba Fett will use his martial arts skills and blaster rifle to help the Galactic Empire hunt and track down prey. Instantly playable in the updated and enhanced Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box, Boba Fett is also unlockable in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.





He also appears in the official trailer, released today to coincide with E3 events this week:

ComicBook.com has some clarity about the release:

[I]f you want to play with him before the Holidays, you can only do that on PlayStation platforms. The character will be part of the Sony-exclusive Special Edition, which will also include the Original Trilogy-era playset a month before it hits shelves for any other platform or the public. … The Special Edition will hit the same day as the general release of the game, which also comes with the Twilight of the Republic Clone Wars-era play set this fall, and is available for pre-order now.

The figure was also at E3 for journalists:

Here’s the publicity photo / render for the figure:

There’s even more within a post-announcement interview with Johnny Vignocchi done on YouTube Live at E3. Jump to around 3 minutes in before they show the additional game footage:

(Helmet nod to BFFC fan Gustavo Perez for giving us the heads up on the initial promotional graphics, and to Twitter user angelos_giorgos for the Vignocchi links.)


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