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Boba Fett - TBS [PP] - Six Inch Figures

Name: Boba Fett
Collection: The Black Series [Publishing Program]
Number: N/A
Scale: 6"
Source: Droids
Availability: October 2022
License: Hasbro

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With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy.

Collectors easily regard the Droids Boba Fett as the holy grail of the vintage Kenner line, and now modern collectors can purchase the Droids Boba Fett in both 6-inch and 3.75-inch scales. It took Hasbro and Target a year to get The Black Series 6-inch Droids Boba Fett out to the Star Wars collecting community. But it’s finally released and is a fun addition to the line. It’s not 100% faithful to the animated character, but Hasbro did an excellent job with the figure’s color palette. And when you compare the 6-inch version against the 3.75-inch version, you see that they did a fantastic job with consistency across the two scales. Many moons ago, Hasbro gave us a similar type of Boba Fett with 2007’s TAC Animated Debut: Boba Fett (30 24) figure, but Hasbro based that version on The Star Wars Holiday Special. It’s hard to believe it’s taken them over a dozen years to break into the Droids line and release characters from that beloved series too. But they’re here, and collectors are thrilled overall. The Droids Boba Fett is different from the animated debut Boba Fett from The Star Wars Holiday Special. The Target-exclusive 6-inch Boba Fett is a hybrid of the Droids Boba Fett and the Holiday Special Boba Fett, just like the 3.75-inch figure. Frankly, it’s no big deal, and we didn’t waste any time recreating those memorable moments from the animated short that gave us our first glimpse of Boba Fett.

As exciting as it is to see Boba Fett, based on Droids, released into the line, you will have to face some setbacks because Hasbro was once again lazy and not forward-thinking with this figure. Unfortunately, The Black Series Droids Boba Fett figure doesn’t break much new ground, and it should for best screen accuracy. Hasbro didn’t retool or design anything further to help make the character look like the one we see in the Droids television series. As usual, they only focused on the figure’s paint operations. So, we have a good-looking action figure that aesthetically is incomplete, and that’s much to our chagrin and sadness. It’s based on a mold of Boba Fett from The Empire Strikes Back. And the tooling is nearing ten years old at this point. We have no issues with them trying to amortize costs and reuse designs already in their repertoire. But why can’t they tool a new belt, shave off pouches and pockets, or remove Wookiee scalps to help with the figure’s screen accuracy? They could also tweak the crinkles in the pants to give the figure a fresh new take, unique, instead of releasing a carbon copy of the original figure. But they didn’t do a blessed thing to update Boba Fett. And as happy as we are to have the figure, we must admit their lack of trying is deflating and frustrating. That’s about where we’re at with the Droids Boba Fett. Yes, the figure is gorgeous as far as its colors, but Hasbro didn’t think much about how to create an action figure that’s faithful to the classic cartoon series.

The Star Wars Holiday Special features a version of Boba Fett that wears Wookiee scalps. The Droids Boba Fett doesn’t have them in the cartoon, although, in all fairness, they did appear in the figure’s packaging. There is a bit of inconsistency here. The Droids and "Holiday Special" Boba Fett characters have similar holsters, one that falls down the side of the character’s right leg. But Hasbro did nothing to recreate this unique take on the holster. They repainted the belt and holster we see in The Empire Strikes Back. At the very least, they should have retooled the belt by removing the pouches, then painted the sectioned belt gray to match the color of the cod section. That would have done wonders for seamlessness and a better aesthetic. Also, the Holiday Special Boba Fett shares more in common with this figure than the Droids version regarding the costume and the paint. For the Holiday Special Boba Fett, the character wears “high top” length boots, and you can see the pant legs underneath the knee armor. But the Droids Boba Fett wears longer boots that rise higher, closer to the knee armor. The backpacks are also similar to the two Boba Fett versions. The Droids Boba Fett has white and blue colors on the Z-6 jetpack. But they gave us a minimally colored yellow version with this figure. The soft-goods cape looks excellent, and Hasbro recreated the stripe on it beautifully. The Droids Boba Fett is shy of $27, so we find that obscene too.

Collector Notes

Boba Fett

Status: Boba Fett is a repaint of 2013's TBS [P1] Boba Fett (#06) figure. This time Hasbro matched the color scheme to the iteration seen in Star Wars: Droids.

Articulation Count: 30 points (19 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-jointed neck (2), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: Blastech EE-3 blaster rifle, Sacros K-11 disintegrator pistol, Modified Z-6 jet pack

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: F5301

UPC: 5010993938223

Retail: $26.99 USD

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Added: October 9, 2022
Category: Black Series [Publishing Program], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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