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Boba Fett - TVC - Basic (Exclusive)

Name: Boba Fett
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (Target Exclusive)
Source: Droids
Availability: May 2022
License: Hasbro

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The most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy, BOBA FETT tracks HAN SOLO and returns him to JABBA THE HUTT for bounty.

The holy grail of modern Star Wars collecting is now available to all! JTA worked with a major retailer to develop ideas for Star Wars exclusives for their exclusives program, and the Droids Boba Fett figure was one of the top-requested items. It’s lovely to see the figure finally come to fruition as a Target exclusive. Most collectors never believed that this version of Boba Fett would arrive in The Vintage Collection. Sure, 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. Throughout the years, Hasbro was slow bringing The Vintage Collection outside of the bounds of the Original Trilogy for anything released under the Kenner logo, and it’s hard to believe it’s taken them 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. The Droids Boba Fett is different from the animated debut Boba Fett from The Star Wars Holiday Special. But because the two costumes vary in minimal ways, most collectors use them interchangeably in their displays. And you may laugh a little when comparing this figure to the Boba Fett from The Star Wars Holiday Special because it appears not even Hasbro is aware of the differences. The Target exclusive Boba Fett is a hybrid of the Droids Boba Fett and the Holiday Special Boba Fett, and they probably didn’t realize that it is. Frankly, it’s no big deal, and we didn’t waste any time either recreating those memorable moments from the animated short that gave us our first glimpse of Boba Fett. Check out our gallery and see how we took advantage of this situation.

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 Vintage Collection 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. Hasbro no longer takes existing tooling where it needs to go whenever they decide to reuse it. We have no issues with them trying to amortize costs and reuse designs already in their repertoire. But for goodness sake, 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 have to admit that 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. Let’s run through this figure and make our case for why the Target exclusive Boba Fett might serve better as our “Holiday Special” Boba Fett instead of the character from Droids.

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. However, the character photo of Boba Fett shows Wookiee scalps hanging from Boba Fett’s right shoulder. So there is a bit of inconsistency here. Both 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 Return Of The Jedi because they used 2021's TVC Boba Fett (VC186) figure. At the very least, they should have retooled the belt by removing the pouches, and then they should have 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 in particular. 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, but it appears that Hasbro missed significant colorations. The Droids Boba Fett has white and blue colors on the Z-6 jetpack. But they gave us a solid yellow version with this figure. The soft-goods cape looks excellent, and Hasbro recreated the stripe on it beautifully. The capes are also similar between these two Boba Fetts. Boba Fett is a Target exclusive and has an MSRP of $15.99, which is ridiculous.

Collector Notes

Boba Fett

Status: Boba Fett is a repaint of 2021's Boba Fett (VC186) figure. This time it has been repainted in the colors of the character from the 1985 Droids cartoon series.

Articulation Count: 30 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details:ball-socket head (1), reverse ball-socket neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), 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-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable Z-6 jetpack, sawed-off blaster rifle

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: F5312

UPC: 5010993954063

Retail: $15.99 USD

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Added: May 15, 2022
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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