BOBA FETT VS IG-88
STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE (KENNER)
“Boba Fett, infamous bounty hunter and weapons master, vanished from sight after Darth Vader turned over the frozen body of Han Solo. Boba Fett was expected to deliver his bounty to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the planet Tatooine some time ago. Knowing the value of his shipment and the various hunters determined to take it from him, Fett disappeared into the mists of the galaxy’s Outer Rim to bide his time. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Princess Leia search the galaxy for his ship, Slave I, with the hopes of freeing Solo from his carboinite prison, Fearless, clever, and always full of surprises, even the Empire cannot pinpoint this master hunter’s whereabouts.
The battered war droid IG-88 was among the bounty hunters commissioned by Darth Vader to hunt down and capture the Millennium Falcon after the Battle of Hoth. IG-88 is one of five droids created by Holowan scientists, who deliberately programmed the units to maximize their freedom of action in combat. This experiment proved tragic when, upon activiation, the new IG prototypes eliminated their programmers and escaped to fulfill whatever mission lie within their distorted metallic intellects. IG-88’s programming has caused it to value Imperial credits over organic life, making it a devastatingly efficient hunting machine. It is loaded down with a mass of heavy weaponry such as a heavy blaster and blaster rifle as well as a flamethrower, sonic stunner and grenade launcher.
It has been rumored that IG-88 is one of the many bounty hunters seeking Boba Fett and his prisoner. Though bounty hunters rarely break their vocational code by stealing or eliminating one another, the capture of Han Solo promises enough credits to cause most hunters to forget this formality. This is especially true for IG-88, who has little regard for laws, especially unwritten ones. The droid is literally a killing machine and one of the most dangerous hunters in the galaxy. Many consider it the equal of Boba Fett, who is generally known as the most effective bounty hunter anywhere. Upon entering the Tatooine system, Boba Fett was ambushed by the droid in its ship, IG-2000. Certain of his ability to destroy the droid, Boba Fett soon discovered that IG-88 had a few tricks of his own…”
Man, those Kenner cards sure were wordy, huh? Guess they really wanted to fill this pack’s extra card back space. Not much else I can add here that wasn’t already said, I guess. So, uh, let’s look at Boba Fett and IG-88, shall we?
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
There were two comic packs released as part of the Shadows of the Empire subline of Power of the Force in 1996. While the other was just slight re-poses of Vader and Xizor, this one paired off a valid variant of Boba Fett with the as of yet un-produced for the modern line IG-88.
One of the earliest Power of the Force figures, Boba Fett was also one of the most sought after. This pack was one of the handful of attempts to alleviate that issue. He’s really not all that different from the single carded figure overall. The construction is essentially the same, with the figure standing 3 3/4 inches tall and having 6 points of articulation. His sculpt keeps the same general aesthetic as both the single card and deluxe releases, but with a slightly different pose. This one’s got more of a basic “just standing around” pose. The main change that occurs for this figure is a paint one; while both the single and deluxe releases used the slightly more colorful Return of the Jedi color scheme for Fett, this guy goes with the original, green-heavy Empire design, making this actually the first truly Empire accurate Fett in figure form. Fett is packed with his rocket pack, scarf/braid, and his blaster rifle.
IG-88 is the only of the Executor Bounty Hunters not to be released in PotF2 proper, with this being the only way to get him until he got another figure in Power of the Jedi. I guess getting an IG-88 is worth getting saddled with another Boba Fett. This figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Unlike most Power of the Force figures (but, by contrast, like a lot the PotF vehicles), IG’s sculpt is actually just slightly retooled from his vintage release. Given that was one of the very best vintage sculpts, it’s an understandable choice, and also somehow makes IG one of the least dated looking ’90s era figure. The sculpt has been slightly reworked in order to add a mid-torso joint, bringing him in line with the rest of the figures of the era. IG-88’s paintwork is pretty decent; it’s more involved than either of the vintage offerings, with a lot of variance to the actual finish of his metal parts. It looks a little more movie accurate than the prior versions. The figure is packed with two blasters, one long, one short, both modified to make them easier for IG to hold.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I wasn’t quite on the IG bandwagon when this set was new, I recall my cousin Noah having it, and it stuck in my memory for a while. When it came time to fill in the holes in my PotF collection, I knew I needed an IG for sure, and was lucky enough for this pack to be traded into All Time early last year, so I was able to grab one. IG’s definitely cool, and honestly, this Boba’s better than the single carded release, so I’d consider this pair a win.