Hasbro likes to do a mail away figure offer each year for their Star Wars Vintage Collection, last year it was the Rocket Firing Boba that closely mirrored the vintage figure, but with the firing rocket the original test figure had. This year we get a super awesome prototype armor Boba, and he is pretty darn cool. Lets take a look at Boba Fett.
According to the card back: This limited edition figure depicts the first costume ever produced for Boba Fett. The all-white armor reflects the character’s initial concept as a “super trooper” before he evolved into the bounty hunter he is today. This prototype design was unveiled on June 28. 1978 in a screen test shot and is being worn by the assistant film editor for The Empire Strikes Back. In the 20-minute screen test, the sound designer describes the myriad weapons and features on this armored uniform for George Lucas and the Star Wars crew. For the first time ever, we have created this special action figure to commemorate the birth of this favorite character from the Star Wars Saga.
To get this mail a way figure you had to send in 5 proofs of purchase and $7.99 to Hasbro. I did this in February ,and a few weeks later got a card in the mail that basically said they had received a ton of orders for this figure and had to press a second run to fulfill all the orders. The card also said MY Boba would be shipping a the end of July, and sure enough a few days ago a white mailer with Hasbro and Prototype Boba Fett emblazoned on it was at my door. This figure is awesome, he is wearing mostly the same outfit as a regular Boba Fett, but in white and grey. This figure will definitely be hanging with the Stormtroopers on my SW shelf. For an all white figure he has some nice details on him, like the blue areas on his jetpack and the red/green lights on his helmet. Something I found really cool is his cape, it has a nice star shaped thing screen printed on it which is a small detail but goes a long way to giving this figure some character. Oddly he stands a little shorter than most of the other SW figures, I don’t know if this is due to them using an older mold, or an accurate depiction of the assistant editor who originally wore the suit. I have always (like most Star Wars fans) been pretty hype on old Boba, and also really dig Stormtroopers, so naturally this prototype armor figure appeals directly to me.
Paint on my Boba is great with all the little details being nice and clean. One potential QC problem that could arise is his right arm, the wrist cuff is attached to his elbow my some wires which if you bent his arm too much could snap, unlike some other Hasbro figures with stuff like this ( GI Joe’s Mercenary Wraith to name one) it sees to be designed to not break unless you are really bending the arm out of whack.
Boba comes with 2 blaster rifles, one of which fits into the holster on his hip, and both of which fit well into his hands. He also has his Jetpack, but who didn’t expect that? Not exactly a ton of accessories, but Boba’s armor is weapon in of itself so there is always that.
Articulation on Boba Fett is ok, he’s got swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles, swivels at the waist and forearms, hinged hips, and a ball jointed head with great movement. I really wish more SW figures had the swivel hinge or ball jointed hips as the hinges don’t allow for many great poses when all the legs can do is go up and down, sure the modern figures are a huge leap above the vintage and the POTF figures, but in a world with GI Joe (also by Hasbro) I am left wanting more from my SW figures.
Overall I am pretty pumped up to have this Boba Fett in my Star Wars collection, for 5 proofs of purchase (of figures I was going to buy anyway) and $7.99 he is well worth it. If you are a Boba Fan who missed out on this mail away offer you can find him on eBay for nothing terribly expensive right now!