The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: No. E7459
Includes: Blaster pistol, Boba blaster, Stormtrooper blaster
Action Feature: Hilt connects to belt holster or blade
Availability: July 2019 (convention), September 10 (Hasbro Pulse)
Appearances: Arguably Kenner's 1979 action figure
Bio: In 1979, Kenner created a Boba Fett figure based on photos taken of early costume tests, before the character appeared on screen in The Empire Strikes Back. The entire line was refreshed in 1980, and Boba Fett's coloring and package art were updated to match the rest of the movie's line. The character became a fan favorite. Now, Hasbro brings back Kenner-inspired coloring and art with Black Series detailing for a premium figure that embraces the legacy of the Star Wars saga. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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As accessories go, you get the blaster pistol and rifle from the original 2013 figure, plus a bonus Stormtrooper gun as a nod to the 1979 action figure. This is mostly good - Hasbro painted it with a silver flourish, but it would've been more exciting for the gun to be an all-blue blaster. (Or an all-black blaster, either way is fine.) It's also worth noting Hasbro left off the cape for this release - you can see the empty socket on the shoulder where it would have gone.
While the entire figure's look is inarguably Kenner-ish, the weathering is inconsistent. The gauntlets and shoulder pads may show sculpted dents, but have no signs of painted weathering. The helmet and knee pads have some signs of silver wear, as does the green armor. It's a wonderfully colorful figure and thanks to the lack of media of the 1970s, looks more authentic than the real costumes. Boba Fett was largely experienced through books, comics, and toys, so off-color interpretations were the "real" Boba Fett in the days before VHS.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,614: August 22, 2019