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

Updated June 24, 2015 10:45 am • 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.


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

Updated June 19, 2015 10:59 am • 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.

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 June 24, 2015 12:52 am • 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.)


Celebration Anaheim: Exclusive Interview with Josh Powers

Published June 14, 2015
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We caught up with Josh Powers and his “Return of the Jedi” Boba Fett costume at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!

Now, we at the Boba Fett Fan Club have had the pleasure of previously interviewing Josh. But seeing his work and hearing him speak in person blew us away. Learn about the favorite part of the costume, his hardest challenge to overcome, and why he prefers the “Jedi” costume over the “Empire.”


Boba Fett Appears in "Dark Disciple"

Published June 10, 2015
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“Dark Disciple,” a new novel coming July 7th by Christie Golden, has a Boba Fett cameo. He shows up beginning in the later part of Chapter 22.

The book is “based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” As we saw first-hand at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Young Boba Fett — voiced by Daniel Logan — already played a role in those un-released episodes. You can see some of the pre-viz work for those episodes on our YouTube channel, here with Cad Bane and here with Count Dooku.

Thanks to Brian at EUCantina.net, who received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher and tweeted some questions, we’ve learned a few broad things about the plot.

SPOILER ALERT

  • After Hondo has Slave I in “The Clone Wars,” Boba Fett has Slave I again in “Dark Desciple.”
  • This suggests a storyline gap where perhaps Cad Bane trains Boba Fett.
  • Because of the timeline for “Star Wars Rebels,” this “reunion” of Boba Fett with his ship could be a plot for a still-rumored (but much-desired) Boba Fett appearance in the upcoming season of the new cartoon.

Thoughts?


Disney Infinity 3.0 Confirms Slave I, Hints at Boba Fett

Updated June 6, 2015 12:05 am • Published June 5, 2015
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Today, via the official Twitch account for Disney, Boba Fett’s Slave I was featured in a larger announcement of new pieces in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars game.

Note how Boba Fett has an unusually blue look. It’s almost reminiscent of his Star Wars Holiday Special colors, which is most definitely non-canon now.

Jump to 1 hour 8 minutes to see for yourself:

Helmet nod to fan site Disney Infinity TV for the heads up!

We also spotted Boba Fett in the background (behind Han Solo) in this promo artwork, also released today.


Celebration Anaheim: Exclusive Interview with John Morton

Published May 25, 2015
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Our latest video from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is our interview with John “Bespin Boba” Morton.

Learn about John’s two days as Boba Fett on the Cloud City set for the “he’s no good to me dead” scene, including what Jeremy Bulloch told him to do motivate the character.


Tracking Down the Lost Shots of Boba Fett in "Return of the Jedi"

Updated May 25, 2015 4:48 pm • Published May 24, 2015
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During our interview with Dickey Beer at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the Boba Fett stuntman spoke about how long the stunts took to film. He recalled surprise when he saw the film, aware that they filmed more on set than what ended up in the 1983 release.

Thanks to a fan of the Boba Fett Fan Club on Facebook, Quinn Crain, we were reminded of the original storyboards, which also suggested much more was imagined. To our knowledge, these early drafts are hard to find and not all officially published.

Take a look at three photocopies of supposed original storyboards, shared in 2007 by Ross Cuddie (vaccaros) on RebelScum. We re-touched Ross’ photos to have a clearer look at the details.

Page 21: These storyboards suggest a shot of Boba Fett’s point-of-view (POV) flying towards the skiff. That would have been quite a fancy shot! He also is shown here using his jetpack to get around after landing the first time.

Page 24: These storyboards suggest that Boba Fett shoots and hits or even kills Chewbacca! Definitely a game changer right there.

Page 26: These shots show Luke hitting Boba Fett’s right hand clean off! *

Page 29: These storyboards suggest Han firmly hits Fett in the back, sending him flying. As we know, this almost matches up with what ended up in the final film.

* One of these on page 26 is a spot-on match to a storyboard layout that was recently included in Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, curated by J.W. Rinzler and published in 2014. If the photocopy versions above are authentic, then this newer one may have been a later draft or simply re-drawn.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

[Updated 5/25: Thanks to a fan who follows our Facebook page, Tom Warman, here’s another storyboard of Boba Fett from “Return of the Jedi.”]


Where to Get The "Star Wars Weekends" Boba Fett Poster This Weekend

Updated May 21, 2015 5:37 pm • Published May 21, 2015
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There’s an exclusive Boba Fett poster for Star Wars Weekends 2015, one of several that are free to Disney World’s Annual Passport guests only. While we’ve heard that the posters have been given them away at the end of the day to anyone, we wouldn’t count on it.

There’s a different one each week between 5, which runs May 15 thru June 14; the Boba Fett poster is available this weekend only. You can find them between Toy Story Mania and One Man’s Dream. Look for a sign back in the alley. They also have all five on display.

The artwork is also on billboards around DisneyWorld. Fett hasn’t been on a billboard since circa 2010 when the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted “Star Wars Night” with Boba front and center.

Art director: Matt Stewart
Copywriter: John McCall
Digital rendering: Meduzarts

Helmet nod to Will Gay, creative director at Disney’s in-house creative shop, Yellow Shoes, for sharing the poster credits on his site and also the billboards per our request.

Here’s a look at one of the other variant billboards:

This new digital artwork isn’t just on posters and billboards. It’s also on a little brochure sized handout that seems to be in some of the Disney shops.

This poster hasn’t been the only Boba Fett highlight of this year’s Star Wars Weekends. They’ve had an exclusive mug, too, which has been selling out fast, although it isn’t limited to just this weekend.

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There’s also a Pete as Jango Fett action figure. Interestingly enough, Bad Pete was a Boba Fett action figure in the last line of this series.

Furthermore, there’s a Star Wars Helmets Pin Set that was previewed at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It includes a more orange tinted Boba Fett helmet pin. (Jodo Kast, are you finally in the official canon again?) There’s also a Boba Fett Slave I Jumbo Hinge Pin.

Last but not least, Daniel Logan and Jeremy Bulloch are also attending upcoming Star Wars Weekends.


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