The Black Series 2020 Line Look Green Star Wars Return of the Jedi Packaging
Item No.: No. F1271
Number: #06 - Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Includes: 2 rocket pack effects, 1 flame thrower effect, 1 rifle, 1 break-apart rifle, 1 capture dart snap-on accessory, 1 rocket, 1 jetpack
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: March 2020
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in thh galaxy. (Taken from the box, which elected to use a gray lettering on a black background. We're getting older, Hasbro, how about some brighter letters here?)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The helmet is very close - some of the silver scuffing isn't an exact match, and a couple of chips and other landmarks appear to be missing. But it's not just the version from The Empire Strikes Back - a lot of scapes and specific landmarks are visible and you can tell there's a slight difference. Of course, you're also scrutinizing fake battle damage on a head the size of a grape. Hasbro did a good job, but if they did an "ultimate paint" version later that was perfect - and we were charged accordingly - I think I would buy it.
In terms of gear, he has a weathered rifle and a weathered, sliced rifle. It's an awesome gimmick but not one I necessarily value, as we don't see him use the re-assembled blaster, there's no way to pose it hovering as Luke cuts it off, and there's no Skiff (yet?) to pose him to fight with Luke either. It's nice - but if Hasbro put the pennies to more deco on the figure, I would be happier. It's a cool accessory in terms of giving us something new and different.
The capture claw cuff is kind of dorky. It's a big bracelet you put over the gauntlet so you can pretend he's wrapping up Luke (or the Fromm gang) but it's too short to wrap up Luke and certainly too short to wrap up the Fromms. This is for safety reasons, so it's understandable - but again, Hasbro could have left it out and just put the money back in making the figure better, or giving us a figure stand. It's not a particularly worthwhile accessory, and while I appreciate the idea it doesn't add to the figure. With a release like this, the one or two flaws are the things people will nitpick rather than just admiring an otherwise amazing release. The very first Boba Fett we can easily accept with open arms, but with a price hike and years of photographic reference we do expect perfection. (Maybe unfairly, but we do.)
Rounding out the set are three energy effects. Two rocket blasts plug in the jet nozzles on the backpack, but interestingly do not fit in Mando's. Color me surprised. A flame projectile can plug on to Boba Fett's left gauntlet, but it didn't take long for mine to sag a bit. All three accessories are beautiful, and are well-painted and worthwhile.
As technology gets better and fans get older, we expect a lot. I was really expecting some sort of stand or flame projectile base, for example. What we got is a perfectly nice figure that, in the context of current pricing and expectations, is going to make nearly any fan who shells out $30 for it really happy. It's not as fancy or elaborate as Hasbro's Unleashed figure, nor is it going to make a lot of fans happy to pay $10 extra - but it does offer you a lot more than you got with Jar Jar Binks. You get a lot of articulation and separate parts for Boba's armor vest and knee pads. The removable rocket was an amazing bonus feature that costs Hasbro money and they didn't have to do it - that's something I can really appreciate. And like I said, no matter what, when you see this, you are going to buy it. Hasbro's sculptor and deco artists did a lot here, and it's amazing just how many paint applications and parts we're getting for $30. But is it good enough? Well, we're Star Wars fans. If we were satisfied every time they went back to redo something from our childhoods, we'd be something else. If you want something fancier in this scale, BanDai has a nice 1:12 scale Boba Fett kit and there are other Japanese releases you may wish to explore - but none have this much gear, or are this reasonably priced.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,803: April 20, 2021