“No Disintegrations” For This Fett—Review of Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) Sixth Scale Figure

I’m going to guess that if you’re a Star Wars fan and you hear the name “Boba Fett” you’re going to be thinking something along the lines of:
Badass Bounty Hunter
Son of Jango Fett
Sarlac
“No disintegrations.”
“He’s no good to me dead.”

If you are not a Star Wars fan, you might think something along the lines of, “Who?” or “What’s a ‘Fett’?”

You know what comes to my mind when I think Boba Fett? I think one of the most expensive and difficult costume builds to grace the Costume Reference Library (or CRL) in the 501st Legion. In my opinion, the costume would be a lot easier if the paint job wasn’t so awesome.

Well…you can’t get simpler than all white can you?

Nope. And that’s exactly how he was supposed to look. Snowy white armor and flight suit with not a drip of color to his name. Actually, he wasn’t supposed to have a name either. Boba Fett is the child of the original idea Lucas had for Supertroopers. Eventually they decided to take the idea of a bunch of Supertroopers and turn it into one really awesome character.

Despite the fact that this is not the version that ended up in the movie, I’m happy to see that Sideshow Collectibles has released the Boba Fett (prototype armor) sixth-scale figure for those of us who would like to own a piece of Fett history.

This collectible figure comes with everything you need to display the Fett in all his glory, including weapons, extra hands for different poses, cape, and a replica of the Star Wars towel used in the 1978 video showcasing the original concept armor. Based on Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston’s original design, this suit is a piece of Star Wars history.

It’s quite the conversation piece when someone comes into our home and notices that Fett is lacking his traditional green and yellow paint job. I’ll admit that while looking at him, I’ve been tempted to grab my paints and turn him into a custom Wolverine style Fett.

Some Star Wars fans have taken such a liking to the original “Supertrooper” design, they’ve opted to build it themselves.

Looking at the figure and pictures of a fellow trooper’s 501st Legion-approved Boba Fett, I’ve noticed a few differences between the movie version and the prototype:

  • Helmet lacks the famous dent in the top right.
  • Armor is smooth with no physical weathering.
  • He has fewer armor pouches on his main belt.
  • There’s no girth belt underneath his main belt (the braided belt that sits under the armor pouches).

Since the armor on this figure is the same as the movie, I can see it as a valuable resource when building any mandalorian style armor. I’ll warn you though. Mandos can be very difficult to build, but their awesomeness when completed is worth it. If you or someone you know would like to attempt this difficult, but amazing build, head over to The Dented Helmet or The Prop Replica Forum to learn how.

So, if you’re a Star Wars fan or a cosplayer looking for a reference piece to aid you in building a costume, I suggest you check out the Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure by Sideshow Collectibles.

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles is available now and costs $179.99 retail.

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‘Meet Boba Fett’

In 1978 Joe Johnston designed an early prototype of the infamous bounty
hunter Boba Fett, for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. The original ‘Supertrooper’ design featured striking all-white armor and the first prototypes of Fett’s trademark weapons.

Sideshow Collectibles proudly presents the Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)
Sixth Scale figure. With a fully articulated body, detailed accessories
and unique armor, the Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) Sixth Scale figure is a must-have addition for dedicated Star Wars fans.

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Disclaimer: GeekMom was given a review sample. 

Daniel Logan AKA Boba Fett: An Actor Who Gets It

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Actor Daniel Logan talks with fans at Boba Fest, an event held in celebration of Boba Fett.
Photo by Rick Tate.

I recently attended Boba Fest, a character-based fan event hosted by the El Paso-based convention planners Sun City Scifi.

The celebration featured guest of honor actor Daniel Logan, best known for his portrayal of the young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and the animated Cartoon Network series The Clone Wars.

Sun City Scifi cofounder, Jeannine Puhlman, explained that the inspiration to create an event focusing on Logan and his character came about when she first met the actor at a convention in Roswell, N.M. She found Logan to be overwhelmingly nice, and needed to bring him to her hometown. I had been a bit skeptical of the idea of a one-character celebration. That was until I met Logan.

Logan told me he felt the appeal of Fett began with the initial impressive presence the bounty hunter had on the screen, namely the distinct look of the Mandalorian’s costume.

“It’s the uniqueness of the outfit,” Logan said. “I mean, every little boy’s dream was to dress up in that cool outfit.”

As it turned out, this “dream” was something shared by both boys and girls as there were plenty of admirers, young and old, male and female, as well as Fett cosplayers waiting to meet him and show off their fandom. This included those who created costumes especially for the event, active cosplay groups such as the regional chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs, and even those with intricate tattoos whose dedication to Boba Fett was literally beyond skin deep.

It was Logan himself, however, who made all the difference at the event. He was genuinely gracious, enthusiastic, and talkative. He took time to pose with fans, even those who didn’t purchase autographs. I have seen other guests at comic-cons and fan events interact well with fans, but not at this level. For example, when two young fans adorned with the classic Princess Leia hair buns brought him their hand-drawn pictures to autograph, he complemented their work, but joked it needed a little something extra. Before autographing both pieces, he took the time to draw his own pictures of Boba Fett alongside theirs and made sure the girls had a photo of all of them showing off their art together.

This was typical. He wore fans’ helmets before signing them, got up to openly share hugs, answered questions from even the most lingering fan, and repeatedly told people that days like this are what it’s all about. Logan admitted his very real appreciation for his fan base is something he proudly shares with fellow Boba Fett actor, Jeremy Bulloch (portrayer of the adult Boba Fett).

“When people come out and they meet Jeremy Bulloch and myself and see us interact with fans and find out how friendly we are, I think it makes them like the character even more,” Logan said.

As both a fangirl and a mother, I appreciate this attitude.

I try to raise my children to realize that just because a person is in a line of work that tends to shower them with exposure and attention, this doesn’t make them more than human. They are just people who perform for a living. However, this doesn’t mean I would begrudge my daughter the chance to meet or get a photo with the person who brought her favorite fictional character to life.

I’ll be the first to point out the single-day event tucked away in West Texas isn’t as demanding on a celebrity guest as, say, San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, Logan is not as well known to the masses as A-List actors like Harrison Ford or Robert Downey Jr. I do understand the demand on some busier actors, artists, and authors. However, I think people appreciate the human, accessible element of anyone over the rehearsed comments and talking points uttered behind an elevated panel table or podium.

I don’t care what a famous person’s politics, pet causes, or inner-demons are. In fact, I’d rather not know. What does impress me is how they interact with those who made it possible for them to be famous in the first place: their fans.

Logan was a great example of someone who gets it. He knows how important fans are to his livelihood and treating them as equals and not little people makes the difference. He’s not the only one, I have discovered. Here are a few others, who, in their own actions and words, have gained my appreciation due to their appreciation of their fans.

Nathan Fillion. The ultra-busy Fillion does his best to stop for photos with fans, but if time and schedule are overwhelming, as they can be at comic-cons, he created, and apparently hand-signed, business cards to hand out to fans when he is in a rush. “While I would relish the chance to stop for a photo, to sign something, or even just chat, my responsibilities lie with scheduled events organized to reach as many fans as possible who have waited patiently in line, sometimes more than an hour,” the cards read. “Instead, please find my autograph on the back of this card. Tell your friends we met and had a laugh — I’ll back you up.”

Tom Hiddleston. I’ve heard story after story about Hiddleston’s friendly demeanor, but it was the well-publicized photo of him, in full Loki costume, bearing a kid with a Captain America shield on his back, that stands out. The photo was the result of a young fan watching a filming of the first Avengers movie and was fortunate enough to run into Hiddleston. When the mother asked if she could get her son’s photo with him, Hiddleston was the one who asked if he could put the boy on his shoulders. That little unnecessary gesture went viral, proving how a little extra effort can change a fun experience for a kid into a completely awesome one.

Ron Perlman. Many celebrities have done work with the Make-A-Wish foundation, by meeting young fans, but Perlman went one huge step further for a boy named Zachary who was undergoing treatment for leukemia. The boy’s wish was to meet Hellboy, so Perlman, with the help of special effects company Spectral Motion, underwent the entire four-hour makeup procedure to reprise his Hellboy role just for the boy. They also shared a Hellboy-sized meal of burgers, shakes and fries with Zachary and his family, and gave Zachary his own Hellboy makeup treatment. What a class act. You can see some photos of Perlman and Zachary on Spectral Motion’s Facebook site in the “Make A Wish Day with Zachary” album: facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302834343145044.66502.145844752177338&type=3

Matt Smith. Even though the Eleventh Doctor is not my favorite doctor by far, I can certainly see why fans admire him. In addition to recently pounding the pavement at 2013’s San Diego Comic-Con in full Bart Simpson cosplay, the thank you video to his co-workers and fans regarding departure from Doctor Who was beautifully done. I’ve also seen how he gets down to the eye level with his young fans and talks to them without patronizing.  To paraphrase Smith in past interviews I’ve seen, he said it is important to treat young fans well, because he could imagine how bad it would feel to meet The Doctor and have him act “all dodgy” around them. He wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. See Smith’s now-famous video message to his fans.

I know there are others out there I may have omitted, but for them, as well as those listed above, I can only say: Thank you for not being big stars…but for being real people.

Ten Geeked Up KitchenAid Mixers

Image: ~tommyfilth on deviantART
Image: ~tommyfilth on deviantART

A kitchen geek is lost without her KitchenAid. Sometimes I wish I had two or three of them, but I settle for having two bowls and multiple attachments for everything from casing sausage to extruding pasta. What I don’t have is an awesome design on it. I should work on that. Meanwhile, I’ll gaze at these:

If I could have made my Mass Effect costume out of batter instead of foam, this would have come in handy:

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Image: *Derlaine8 on deviantART

KitchenAid Brasil produced this special design:

Image: KitchenAid Brasil
Image: KitchenAid Brasil

Alas, most of us don’t live in Brazil. But you can buy decals for your KitchenAid designed for mixers that are blue. white, or red.

    Image: Alan Chris Ltd.
Image: Alan Chris Ltd.

You can always go hand-painted if you’re a committed DIY geek, but the easiest route is vinyl decals, and Etsy is a treasure trove of them. Click the names in the captions to go to their stores.

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Image: Flip Flop Graphics

The KitchenAid’s shape practically screams Bullet Bill from Mario, doesn’t it? Mustard Seed Dream on Etsy makes a white vinyl sheet that when applied to your black KitchenAid looks like this:

Image: bakewithavengeance
Image: bakewithavengeance

I think if you put these TARDIS decals on your mixer, you’re obligated to make Ood rolls with it.

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Image: Blakdogs Designs
Or there’s the Batman option:

Image: Blackdogs Designs
Image: Blackdogs Designs
For cupcake pirates, wandering the seven kitchens looking for tiny dessert booty:

Image: Walking Dead Productions
Image: Walking Dead Productions

And finally, though not strictly geeky in the way the rest of these are, I couldn’t resist adding this:

Image: Lil Punkin Creations
Image: Lil Punkin Creations

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

Father and Son \ Image: Redboy Kliq
Father and Son \ Image: Redboy Kliq

Welcome to this years Father’s Day Gift Guide. Geeky dads can be a lot of fun to shop for, so lets get the ball rolling on our picks this year.

IMAX tickets to see the Man of Steel – IMAX is a really cool viewing experience and the only way my husband and son will be seeing The Man of Steel on June 14th. $17 and up

CafePress Star Trek Merchandise – For the dad who loves Star Trek (and the child on a budget), CafePress has some great ideas. With everything from the original series to Next GenerationVoyager, and Deep Space 9, there is something for every Star Trek dad. $3.99 and up

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Star Wars Bowling Pins

May a strike be with you Image Jennifer D.

Way before we had picked our birthday party theme, my son had been snacking on Gerber Graduates Puffs. While he loves these, I was dismayed because the containers were not recyclable. So, I had been saving them trying to think of a use for them. Once the label was peeled off, the container reminded me of a person’s shape. It was then that inspiration struck and I set about making baby food containers into a set of Star Wars bowling pins.

What you need:

  • 10 puffs containers, washed out with lids. You can find the Gerber ones anywhere and Target sells their brand too. They are basically the same shape.
  • Sharpie markers in a variety of colors
  • Good quality images of the characters you want. I found several random images that I attempted to draw via Google and the very talented Katie Cook was inspirational as well.
  • Beans or rice to weigh them down
  • Small ball for bowling

If you can’t tell by that scary C3PO above, I am not an artist (seriously, he looks like he is psycho or something) but I found images of Star Wars characters that I thought would be easy enough to draw free hand onto the bottles. Then I took my time and did the best I could, reminding myself that this is for a kid’s birthday party and they didn’t need to be perfect. If you make a mistake, the marker does not come all the way off. Hence the unfortunate moob on the stormtrooper. It does, however, rub off some so you have to be careful that you don’t accidentally smudge it off while completing your drawing. Also, the darker colors tend to smear into the lighter colors. You are really only limited by your imagination and,of course, your drawing skills, but these would work for just about any party theme. My favorites are Yoda and Jaba the Hutt. Which ones do you like?

Jabba and Boba Fett Image Jennifer D.
Yoda Image Jennifer D.

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