BOBA FETT — PROTOTYPE ARMOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Before he put on the familiar Mandalorian armor from the Star Wars saga, this notorious bounty hunter was initially envisioned as a “Super Trooper” in all-white armor. This special figure captures the beginning of a character that has become a legend who is both respected and feared across the galaxy…Boba Fett”
Yesterday, I looked at a rather new Black Series release. Today, I’m jumping back to rather close to the line’s beginning, with a look at one of its earliest exclusive offerings. Both of the line’s first two exclusives were of the Boba Fett variety. While the initial figure was really just an exclusive accessory, the follow-up was a little more unique…provided your definition of unique is “common repaint of a popular character that crops up just about every time he gets a new mold.” Eh, close enough.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Prototype Armor Boba Fett was the very first Walgreens-exclusive Black Series figure, first arriving on shelves in the fall of 2014, alongside the non-exclusive Darth Vader, Jedi Luke, and Chewbacca. He’s just a straight repaint of the SDCC/Series 2 Boba Fett mold, as is to be expected. As such, he stands 6 inches tall and has 23 points of articulation. It remains a strong sculpt, on par with more recent offerings (which is probably why Hasbro’s going to be doing a straight re-issue of the standard figure later this year). If you want to get really finicky, the helmet shouldn’t have a dent in it, and his rocket pack should have barbs at the tip of it, but it’s close enough to warrant the cheaper repaint. Another slight point of change is the cloth cape piece, but this one’s a little more warranted. The actual prototype suit made use of a Star Wars-branded towel, which I suppose wouldn’t fit with the overall serious aesthetic of the figure. So, instead, it’s white with a grey stripe. The paint is where the important work is at, and he’s actually more than a Fett figure molded in straight white, which is certainly a nice surprise. He’s got a slightly darker toned jumpsuit (as the real prototype suit had), and a few smaller details assorted throughout. Boba is packed with the same pairing of guns as his standard release, in a straight black.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this figure hit, I was being far more picky about which Black Series figures I would be picking up, so I was more interested in Boba’s assortment-mates than he himself. But I’ve subsequently had a change of heart about such things, so when I came upon this guy for only a little higher than his original retail at 2nd Chance Toyz, I was an easy mark. Is he the greatest figure ever? No, but he’s got all of the pluses of the original release, and that means he makes for a fun toy.