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How Boba Fett Survived The Sarlacc

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With the rumors of an upcoming Boba Fett film, many have asked, “How did he survive the Sarlacc pit?” My answer is, he never fell in. I know, I know, I remember the scene, but let’s think for a moment. Boba Fett is the most feared bounty hunter in the entire galaxy. Well, clearly to get this reputation he would have to have some modicum of competence right? I mean, he can’t be taken out by a blind man and a faulty jet pack! I say “of course!” And that’s why it didn’t happen. Now I’m not proposing we move Return of The Jedi into the legends camp, but rather we compare Boba Fett’s scenes in the film to those in The Empire Strikes Back.

Darth Vader gave Boba Fett far more respect and consideration than he had anyone that wasn’t Tarkin or the Emperor. Furthermore, he allowed Fett to speak to him in a manner that no other would be allowed, so this must mean that Vader knows Fett to be a dangerous adversary, correct? Now let’s look at the differences in Boba Fett’s appearance in the films, as this is where my theory really takes hold.

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There are drastic differences in Boba Fett’s appearances in the two films, and I do mean drastic. Now if you weren’t looking for them you might never know there were any, but look again! The most obvious detail would be his wrist gauntlets. They appeared the same mint green color as the rest of Boba Fett’s armor in ESB, however in RoTJ they are a dark red color. I’m aware that these changes were almost certainly a result of production of the films, but I’m looking in-universe here. What happened in that three- year span to cause Fett to either get new gauntlets, or paint the old ones red? Or rather were they just a different pair that he changes in and out of depending on his mission?

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Let’s look at the next change: his EE-3 Blaster Carbine, which also looks different in Jedi. The most obvious change is the ridges along the barrel that weren’t there in Empire. Is this a modification, or a totally new blaster all together? The barrel wasn’t the only change to the blaster either. As far as I can tell, the scope is the same or very similar, however the mounting brackets were greatly reduced in size later on. There is also a good bit of variation on the stock of the rifle and there’s no sling. Also there is a complete disappearance of his K-11 blaster pistol. Did he lose it?

Moving on to the next most noticeable item, Fett’s jetpack. You know the one that cost him his life… or did it? In Empire, Boba’s pack was also that mint green color just like the gauntlets and the rest of his armor, however when we get to Jedi it is… blue? Well, it’s red, yellow, silver and yeah, blue. Now this is odd to me, because where his gauntlets at least matched the red trim of his helmet, the blue doesn’t match anything. So either Fett is having a much harder time acquiring new Mandalorian tech, or he is becoming tacky in his old age… or something else entirely is going on. But let’s move to the next thing, his cape.

His cape goes from yellow with an orange stripe, to solid green. Hey, I’m sure the cape is the first casualty of a hard claimed bounty, but with all the rest of his armor changing from the green color, why would he make his cape green? Am I the only one who sees the conspiracy here? I mean, I get it people are allowed to change clothes in Star Wars, and sometimes they even change into Han’s clothes, but that is another fan theory for another article. Though I’m sure I can find even more minor changes, I’m only going to touch on one more, and that’s his jumpsuit.

Though at a glance they appear to be the same color in both films, they are in fact not. In Empire, he is wearing a light blue jumpsuit, however in Jedi it is grey. Now if you haven’t guessed where I am going with this yet, get ready to have your mind blown. He isn’t the same guy! That’s right, the Boba Fett you see in Return of the Jedi is a pretender. Is Jabba aware of this? Of course! He is the only one who could benefit from having this doppelganger parade around in mismatched Mandolorian armor! Having the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy hang around your domicile like a guard dog certainly keeps the riff-raff in line.  I propose Jabba is the one paying the guy, and almost certainly the one who paid for the salvaged armor. This is why the jetpack malfunctioned. It was never there for combat, but rather to keep up the charade, and using it otherwise is what sent this poser straight to the Sarlacc pit. So, you want to know how Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc? He was never in it. He wasn’t even on Tatooine.

Battlefront 3 Footage Released

The Verge has posted five minutes of actual gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront that DICE released at the E3 conference.

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It gives off a very chaotic atmosphere impression, which really makes you feel like your in a war for freedom.  The graphics look fantastic, and it certainly seems to be shaping up as a must with any Star Wars gamers.

Roundup: SDCC 2015 Exclusives and More!

Here’s the toy and merchandise roundup for June 2015 to help you catch up to speed with what you’ve missed in the past month. It compiles the latest major announcements and developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

New Releases and Announcements

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The Star Wars Rebels Vinylmation set, featuring Chopper and Zeb, went on sale this past weekend at Star Wars Weekends. The product was announced late last month. The Rebels set is limited to 2,500 pieces and will sell for $29.95. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the set is currently only available at Darth Mall in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The Inquisitor Vinymation will also go on sale on June 12, 2015. If you are looking for someone to pick up a set for you, Vinylmation World recommended C&D Disney Park Shopper.

Also available at Star Wars Weekends is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Force For Change First Order Stormtrooper pin and shirt.

playmation-star-warsComing October 2015, with the Star Wars portion arriving in April 2016, is a new system that plans to reinvent previous methods of play for the digital generation. Known as Playmation, according to the description, it is “the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company.” Click here to view the official announcement trailer.

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September 4, 2015, is officially known as “Force Friday“, an event where Star Wars: The Force Awakens products–from toys to books and apparel–will go on sale in stores around the world.

“[Fans] will be able to visit their local retailer starting at midnight on September 4, and are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness.” Some fans even received an exclusive #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar, recording almost 40 years of Star Wars merchandise from notable brands, such as Kenner and Hasbro.

thinkgeek_han_solo_fridgeThinkGeek has an interesting item on sale: the Han Solo Fridge.

“The Han Solo Fridge really is big: it can hold up to 18 cans of soda. It’s also one of those neato fridges that cools or heats its contents (depending on which temperature you need),” states the official description. “And though the Han Solo Fridge be mighty, it’s still made to travel. It’s even got a handle on top for grabbing, which, let us tell you, is more convenient than carrying a huge block of flippin’ carbonite. Whether it’s blue milk or leftover bantha burgers, the Han Solo Fridge is ready for all your late-night bounty hunting. And by ‘bounty’ we mean ‘snack.'”

For other recent ThinkGeek items, click here.

SDCC 2015 Exclusives

The Hasbro Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 12:00pm in Room 7AB. Follow the hashtag  for regular updates. In other news regarding Hasbro, the company has withdrawn from the 2016 Toy Fair UK convention. Read more about this latest development over at Toy World Magazine.

r2droidsjumbo1Gentle Giant Ltd recently announced one of their Star Wars San Diego Comic-Con 2015 exclusive products: the Star Wars: Droids R2-D2 Jumbo Figure. Digitally scanned from a mint 3 ¾-inch Kenner original, the Jumbo Figure was reproduced in 12-inch scale while also maintaining all of the original details.

“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.”

Read the rest of the announcement over at Yakface.com.

Infrared_Boba_Fett_HikariFunko announced the first batch of SDCC exclusives, including the Hikari: Star Wars – Infrared Boba Fett. Make sure to check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until June 29, 2015, for a new batch of exclusives toys. Also, for those attending SDCC, Funko stated, “In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are NOT offering a pre-buy option this year.”

The_Black_Series_6_Inch_Force_Awakens_First_Order_Stormtrooper04__scaled_600Rumored to be a SDCC exclusive is the Star Wars: The Black Series 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jedi Insider provided an exclusive first look at the figure in its brand new packaging.

“We don’t have much in the way of details right now, but this packaging definitely looks to be some kind of special edition version,” wrote Jay Cochran. “We also know it comes with a thick booklet inside entitled ‘Evolution of the Stormtrooper’. Perhaps this figure will first be released as a 2015 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive like we have seen with previous Black Series figures in the past.”

Visit Jedi Insider for a gallery of photos.

Fashion

ThinkGeek has a handful of exclusive Star Wars maxi dress designs, the latest being the Tatooine Sunset Maxi Dress for any fangirl’s summertime wardrobe, “This maxi dress combines the length of a gown with the ease of a t-shirt for a combination that looks good both with a pair of sandals for going to the grocery store or with some spectacular pumps for a nice night out. With tank-top styling, this red blended jersey (50 cotton / 50 polyester) maxi dress has a slit on the right side and a landspeeder in front of two suns printed across the front.”

At ThinkGeek, you’ll also find an exclusive Lightsaber Ladies’ Tee by Her Universe. The shirt features crossed lightsabers in fuchsia and teal on black.

Poprageous recently released a new pair of leggings and a crop top inspired by the lovable BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lisa Granshaw writes all about it and other fashionable items by Poprageous over at The Daily Dot.

Interviews and Other News

Although it’s not an interview, The Huffington Post did write an article about Colin Hanks’ experience regarding the lack of Star Wars merchandise for girls. “After being told that the light sabers were ‘in the boys section’, she picks out the light saber of her choosing and asks about the Princess Leia toy. One problem: they only had the ‘slave Leia’ … The only good to come from this is that, once again, my daughter makes me look at the world in a whole new light.”

Ron of MakingStarWars.net interviewed the Funko’s director of marketing, Mark Robben, at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. You can find the interview here.

Tim Veekhoven revisits a classic Star Wars toy in the latest Vintage Vault.

Pre-Orders

sideshow-collectibles-luke-skywalker-02Sideshow Collectibles recently revealed the Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker Sixth Scale Collectible Figure by Hot Toys.

The description reads, “The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film, and features a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, LED-lighted lightsaber, a hat with goggles, a poncho, detailed accessories and a figure stand. The special edition includes an additional Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook, a communicator, and a blaster rifle.”

sideshow-collectibles-sandtrooper-003Sideshow Collectibles also presented theStar Wars: A New Hope Sandtrooper Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from Hot Toys.

According to the description, “The highly-accurate Sandtrooper collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the Squad Leader on Tatooine. The specialized trooper features a meticulously crafted Sandtrooper armor and helmet with signature weathering effects, a highly detailed survival backpack, 3 types of blasters, a Patrol Droid as seen in the Special Edition of the film, and a specially designed desert-themed figure stand.” It’s expected to ship between December 2015 and February 2016.

anovos-star-wars-imperial-trooperThe Star Wars Classic Trilogy Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory is available for pre-order over at ANOVOS. The listing comes with two variants: a do-it-yourself kit for customization, or as a completed helmet that would be ready to wear straight out of the box.

The official description states, “Utilizing the best features of the various helmets made for the Classic Star Wars trilogy, this offering consists of the following features: gloss white PVC construction; distinctive asymmetry, an artifact of the hand-sculpted screen-used pieces created for the original production of 1977’s STAR WARS™ EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, with replicated hand-painted style decoration; flat lenses for optimum visibility; and details matched from existing artifacts.”

Custom Products

Instagram user PrettyFuzzy created a handmade Ahsoka Tano doll using polymer clay. It’s exceptionally well done, and now I wish a young Ahsoka doll was an actual thing for young Star Wars fangirls.