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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.
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.
So what do you think? Planning on picking up this piece? Let us know your thoughts.
Nerd-Bot 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.
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 will still be taking part in send-in signing if fans still need items signed for their collections. Please send any requests to email@example.com.
You can also use our square graphic to share yourself on social media. Please use hashtag #JeremyBulloch to connect your post with others.
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.
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:
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.
Our interview with artist Brian Miller at Acme Archives Limited / Dark Ink Art covers his spaghetti western-inspired Boba Fett print ("Jabba's Prize"), his inspirations, and info on his brand-new piece for Comic-Con.
See more from the artist on his website.
Acme Archives / Dark Ink Art artist Jeremy Saliba did this digital Boba Fett sketch over the weekend during Comic-Con. We have the exclusive here along with some of the time-lapse of him making it on his tablet!
Earlier this year, we interviewed Jeremy about different and officially licensed Boba Fett artwork of his, "Mandalorian Mettle," which you can read here.
We caught up with Gentle Giant to see up close their new Holiday Special Boba Fett bust, Collector's Gallery Boba Fett, convention exclusive Jumbo ROTJ Boba Fett, and also a new Gentle Giant Toys mini lunchbox with Fett.
Video by BFFC.