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The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is coming! Like last year, we are back to cover all things. Here's your very own checklist to all the Boba Fett stuff we know about in advance.
Gentle Giant (Booth 3513) has a "Jumbo" sized "Return of the Jedi" Boba Fett exclusive figure this year.
Acme Archives (Booth 5629) has multiple new pieces with Fett, two of which are convention exclusives:
Hallmark has another Comic-Con exclusive "itty bittys" Boba Fett plush this year. It's slightly different than their 2015 release, and more like an homage to the Kenner Boba Fett colors and its original "Empire" cardback with the "fireball" art.
Beast Kingdom (Booth 2849) has a new Egg Attack Boba Fett, which one blog lists as a Comic-Con exclusive. We'll see if that's correct when we visit their booth.
Thursday, July 19
Friday, July 20
Other days have talks, but nothing Star Wars / Boba Fett specific in the official program.
Sideshow Collectibles (Booth 1929) may have their upcoming "Mythos" Boba Fett on display
Acme Archives (Booth 5629) has convention exclusive and convention debuting Boba Fett art (see above) plus more in their "vault."
Hallmark already released their Boba Fett "Keepsake" ornament, which we saw previewed last year. It's not a convention exclusive and can be bought on their website and (probably) their stores.
Thinkgeek (Booth 3349) often has Boba Fett merch.
Here at the Boba Fett Fan Club, we get a lot of requests from fans this time of year for Father's Day artwork featuring Boba Fett and his father Jango Fett. Here are some highlights with annotations for where they come from:
"Best Dad Ever," reads a banner for Jango Fett, help up by a whole lot of Clone Troopers. This photo went viral. We don't know the artist, but would love to credit them if someone knows.
"I'm so glad you're home," yells Boba Fett. "So am I," replies Jango Fett. This art comes from the 2002 graphic novel simply called Jango Fett, published by Dark Horse Comics, written by Ron Marz, and illustrated by Tom Fowler.
"Jango Fett's Fathers Day" by Andrew Fraser (2013) was shared by the artist on his website.
"Jango Fett and Boba Fett Go Fishing" by Dan Picard was featured in a Wired.com article in 2015.
"Like Father Like Son" by John Alvin was a lithograph print in 2004, limited to 350 editions. The original is 19" x 27.5" in size.
"Father's Day at Jango Fett's" by Scott Hilburn (2015) was part of the "Argyle Sweater" comic strip. It features the "Mandalorian Post Office" delivering mail to Jango Fett from his clone "children." The original rendering of Jango is unique in that he's wearing Boba Fett's armor. This updated version of this strip swaps it back to his blue/silver colors.
"Thanks for being a great teacher, Dad." The official Star Wars website used to have e-cards and this was one of them.
StarWars.com did another e-card back in the day making more fun of the fact Jango is a sort of father to a whole lot of clones.
Illustrator Dan Hipp did a piece entitled "Lil' Boba Fett and Daddy Jango Fett at Disneyland." Bonus points for Jango wearing a Mace Windu shirt -- so meta.
In Robot Chicken's second Star Wars special, there's a "Father Son Dance Off," in which Boba and Jango go up against Luke and Darth. Epic.
Boba Fett's Video Blog by TresobYr (circa 2008-2009) has an episode called "Father's Day Tribute." Fun fact: after featuring the web series on BFFC, years later we ended up working with the writer to do our own web series!
Any other favorites? Let us know in the comments.
[UPDATED: Simon Kinberg details added.]
Lucasfilm has yet to confirm, but The Hollywood Reporter today claims the rumored Boba Fett film is happening -- with James Mangold, the filmmaker behind "Logan," at the helm.
James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars standalone movie centered on Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter and fan favorite character, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
THR updated the article three hours after publication to add that "sources are saying Simon Kinberg will co-write and produce the Boba Fett film." Kinberg has been very closely associated for years to the project, which we think is great -- he's a great writer and producer.
This is not the first time that a publication has jumped-the-gun with news of the still-unconfirmed film since rumors first began in 2013. It's only official when we see it on StarWars.com or in a quote attributed to a Lucasfilm representative.
For all of the facts vs. fiction over the years about this, see our Fett Fact Check breakdown.
May the fourth be with you! Today is Star Wars Day (May 4). Like in previous years, even though Boba Fett is not in any of the past films, and only rumored to cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, he is in a ton of merch this year. This is our thorough guide to help you track down any bounties.
We'll be updating this list throughout the day, so check back often.
20% off sale starts Friday, May 4th. Here are also all of the new prints, including several with Boba Fett:
Our anniversary/charity designs on TeePublic are part of an exclusive coupon code for 30% off. Use code FORCE30 by May 6th at midnight EST.
Like the Mandalorian references we're seeing in Solo: A Star Wars Story promotions? Otterbox has a new Solo phone case with that very symbol. Save 10% on May 4th only for one of those "Symmetry" cases on their site.
Fan-favorite company Regal Robot has new Mandalorian skulls (large and small) and cafe tables featuring the Mandalorian symbol. With code MAYTHE4TH, you can get 25% off thru May 6th on Regalrobot.com.
The Mint released a Boba Fett coin earlier this year in three editions: $85, $600, and $2,500 variants. The $85 silver coin sold out fast, but the other two gold coins are still in stock. You can try using code STARWARS at checkout to get 20% off. You've got until May 9th, New Zealand time.
Hallmark also has premium e-cards. There are a few Boba Fett ones. Use code Maythe4th on May 4th for 20% discount on an e-card subscription.
While some select merchandise is 40% off until May 6, the Disney Store exclusive Return of the Jedi 35th Anniversary Lithograph Set is now in stock. One of the four prints features Boba Fett.
The premium brand has a very classy Boba Fett pen. Use checkout code MAYSTAR18 on Cross Townsend to get 20% off their premium Star Wars pens. You've got from May 4 until May 25 at 11:59 PM EST.
The store has a new, exclusive Boba Fett blazer for sale on their site. No major sales, but you can get $4 standard U.S. shipping with code 4FORMAY4 on May 4th.
The mobile game, which includes Boba Fett as a playable character, has a promo going on. It's free and works for iOS and Android. StarWars.com summarized it as follows: "In Star Wars: Force Arena, pre-registration opens on May 3 for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story-inspired game update, with new content and characters from the soon-to-be-released film, including a young Han Solo. If 200,000 people pre-register for this special update, all players will receive a Legendary Wild Card as an in-game gift. And you can snag free 40th anniversary characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader or get a discount on the full anniversary character pack." You can find more info on starwarsforcearena.com.
Between May 4th and 7th, use code MAYTHE4TH on the FanWraps website. They have three window stickers featuring Fett. One of which sure looks a lot like a vector graphic we made years ago... but surely they had their own graphic designer make one themselves...
You can find more on StarWars.com, but any that you found with Boba Fett merch?
Let us know in the comments or via social media.
Starting now and rolling out all this weekend (ala "Force Friday"), tons of new Star Wars and Solo: A Star Wars Story merchandise just came out. Boba Fett will be happy to know some Fett items are on the list, along with other popular new characters like the mysterious Enfys Nest, who appears in the upcoming film this May.
Our friends at Yakface.com have an exclusive, unofficial checklist of all the upcoming #StarWars merchandise. Entertainment Earth also has their own official checklist. (Neither list is 100% complete for "Wookiee Weekend," which was a proposed -- but not adopted -- name for this publicity stunt.)
In terms of Boba Fett announcements, there are three related products:
We've yet to see a picture of either. Presumably they are new products and not just re-packs. [UPDATE: One is a re-pack -- darn!]
Some other fun merchandise:
You can find more on Entertainment Earth and other boutique toy stores. (RIP Toys"R"Us.)
Which items are your favorite?
As part of a major promotion for the forthcoming Star Wars film, Lucasfilm partnered with Denny's for menu items, trading cards, and cups inspired by "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
In the commercial which premiered on Collider, we were quick to notice a close-up of the Sabacc chips. The well-known Mandalorian symbol, worn on Boba Fett's left shoulder, is clearly visible.
Could this mean we'll see Boba Fett in the film? Or will this be chalked up as an Easter Egg like the same symbol at Maz's Castle in "The Force Awakens," which did not have Boba Fett?
You can watch the entire commercial on YouTube:
Q: Your new piece, "Mandalorian Mettle," iconically shows Boba Fett outside the Sarlacc, which is always an off-screen fan favorite. How did that concept come about?
I was sketching up some ideas just for fun, and had always wanted to get down on a solid Boba Fett image. Anyone who grew up in 80’s likely had a pretty big fascination with that character.
I originally had him just with a plain Tatooine background, but when I showed it to my buddy Chris (also an awesome artist) he suggested I put the Sarlacc in the background, maybe with a tentacle around his leg. I still owe Chris a beer for that one.
Q: Was it an issue to use a non-canon "legend" moment, e.g. showing Fett having escaped the pit? (For a backstory, Fett fans, see our Fett Fact Check on Boba Fett being neither dead nor alive in the new canon.)
It was not! As I mentioned I originally thought of it as just a plain background, so when I painted it up I also kept a plain version of the background intact on another layer. As you can imagine, when submitting work for approval from Lucasfilm they have pretty high standards, and they pour over the work to make sure things aren’t messing with cannon. It can be intimidating, but it’s also an honor to have your work judged at that level. So I knew it would be a risk to add an element in the image that wasn’t already established in the franchise — but they never even mentioned it. They even made notes to help me keep the scale of the Sarlacc accurate- which was really cool. I think that’s proof they’re open to interpretation of his fate that day.
Q: Now that we're serious geeking here. His ship, Slave I, in the background: autopilot or hijacked? ;-)
Autopilot for sure. I like to compare it to that scene in the 89 Batman when he called for his Batmobile. I like to imagine Boba has Slave One just a retrieval signal away.
Q: What was your creative process like with sketches thru to the final product?
As I mentioned I just sat down one day and tried some ideas for fun. Sometimes I sit down with an agenda in mind, but usually when I’m just trying to have fun with no pressure I get some pretty good results.
I often start sketches in black and white because it simplifies things, then move on to color when I want to take it further.
Here’s the image:
After getting some feedback and some ideas from good friends, I started messing around with color. I looked up some images of Tatooine to get a really clear idea on the color palette there, and it has a wide range- depending on the time of day for example. So I submitted some options and the red/pink hues were a favorite right away.
Q: You've also done a series for Image Comics called Black Jack Ketchum, which embodies a gunslinger influenced aesthetic. Some of your other illustrations often show caped, disguised, and other mysterious characters. Was it a perfect fit to bring that to an officially licensed Boba Fett print?
Yes indeed it was. I grew up on super hero comics and grew into a guy who loves westerns. In my mind when you add all that up (and put it in space) you get Boba Fett. He’s the ultimate “Man in Black” gunslinger front those old westerns. Quiet, deadly, and the biggest threat to the heroic gunslinger. Han really feels inspired by a western gunslinger himself, even down to his DL 44 blaster holstered at his hip, and Boba was the one guy who was able to track him down. (Boba’s gun even makes me think of the old Winchester rifles from the old west.) I still dream of a day when we can see them duel it out in some sort of saloon... and with all these new movies, maybe someday we will!
Q: As a long-time Star Wars fan, and having already done "Vengeful Pursuit" and "Lurking Lineage" prints featuring Darth Vader, how is it to do more Star Wars pieces for Acme Archives / Dark Ink Art? How about specifically with the cool new "Rancor's Wrath" print?
It’s a dream come true. I’m really hoping to get the chance to touch on as many of the big characters as I can while I’m getting to play in this sandbox. I would love to do a Yoda, a Han and Chewie, Leia... all those characters that dominated my childhood growing up.
But with Luke and the Rancor I get to paint one of my favorite themes, which is “David vs Goliath.” I think that theme is a big part of the appeal of Star Wars in general, but it’s something that resonates with everyone. Stories like that also help to inspire me personally; if I’m having a really rough time at any point in my life. If I’m up against something that seems impossible to overcome, I try to dig deep the same way I’ve seen the characters do in all my favorite stories.
Q: Any more on deck with Star Wars for ACME Archives / Dark Ink Art?
Oh yes! I’m always tinkering with ideas. My approach is to try and find moments in between the scenes of the movies and expand on them, and it’s such a huge universe filled with characters there’s limitless potential.
But I’m working on finishing up a new piece right now that I’m hoping is my best one yet — and I can say it’s another “David vs Goliath” themed image. Hopefully people dig it.
Thank you, Jeremy! Fett fans, be sure to pick up a print of "Mandalorian Mettle," available right now in limited quantities at Dark Ink Art.
Rarely can you find Jeremy Bulloch, the original Boba Fett actor, crossing paths with the talent behind Young Boba Fett (Daniel Logan) as well as Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison). This year's Las Vegas Toy Con has done just that -- making it a perfect spot for fans to see three Fetts all at once.
Unique to this event, The Dented Helmet fan group gifted Temuera Morrison with his own Jango Fett helmet. The cast for the bucket, in case you're interested, was done by the craftsman known as Cruzer. Nino (aka Wasted Fett) organized the effort.
Daniel Logan, Jeremy Bulloch and Temuera Morrison
Video with Temuera Morrison
Video with Daniel Logan
For more confirmed tour stops, look no further than our Follow Fett calendar.
The 2018 New York Toy Fair (NYTF) is about to start and Gentle Giant teased a photo on their Instagram showing what appears to be a new Boba Fett piece, which sports his "Empire Strikes Back" colors.
For this level of detail, it's got to be a larger style of figure. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
UPDATE Gentle Giant revealed it's their "Collector's Gallery" Boba Fett, coming in Q3 2018.
New from HEX is your choice of a Boba Fett snap case or a Boba Fett wallet case for an iPhone. The snap cases feature a little less than half of Boba Fett in a headshot style image that includes his rangefinder. The case itself is leather on plastic with a green felt lining for your phone. Fett is embossed in the leather appearing the same color as the rest of the case. Towards the bottom is a sewn-on leather patch reminiscent of a pair of jeans that includes the Star Wars logo, the HEX logo, some lettering that appears to resemble Aurabesh, "made in the USA," and presumably the product code: Inside the case in the felt is the HEX logo and the phrase "As you wish."
HEX offers both style cases in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X sizes. While the website says the size is designated for the iPhone 8, the packaging indicates it will fit the 7, 6S, and 6 as well. Not all snap cases can fit all 4 styles due to Apple’s changing the camera size, positioning, and protrusion from model to model. I was not able to compare this feature for the plus size phones for this review. If you want to go fancier the wallet case features Fett’s full helmet when opened.
The inside of the wallet is green leather with yellow inside the 3 credit card slots -- or 5 for the "Plus" -- and a plastic tray mount for your phone that again features the HEX logo and the phrase "As You Wish." Finally, the wallet case has an elastic band to hold it all closed.
My take: this is a great case. I love the subtlety of the image in the leatherwork. The case snaps on easily and stays on -- something that isn’t always a guarantee with snap cases. Having used this case for a week now I’m pleasantly surprised by the durability of the little leather patch. I carry my phone in my rear pants pocket with the screen facing outward. I had thought that the patch would repeatedly catch on the pocket button causing it to peel or the stitching to fray. I’m happy to report this has not been the case.
The only flaw I can find after a week’s worth of use is some discoloration has begun to appear in the leather on the sides and around the edges. Even though it may not look as pristine as when I opened it, Fett himself is a little beat up so for me it just adds character to, well, the character.
This is an easy purchase decision if you’re a Fett fan. Currently only the plus size cases are available through their website as the other sizes are sold out. If you’re willing to look beyond Fett they have currently have full availability in their other Star Wars designs: Darth Vader, R2-D2, Stormtrooper, and X-Wing Helmet (which is a snap case only) on their website.