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The Vintage Collection

Boba Fett - TVC - Basic (Exclusive) (VCP03)

Name: Boba Fett
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VCP03
Source: Expanded Universe (Vintage Kenner Action Figure Prototype)
Availability: September 2010
License: Hasbro

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He's here at last! After 30 years, the Boba Fett figure with the rocket-firing backpack has reached this galaxy! The story of this mail away figure is well known among Star Wars fans, and we're here to deliver the goods. This figure is a re-creation of the original Boba Fett figure, with the addition of that all-important rocket-firing feature. Good things really do come to those who wait – and the wait is officially over! Enjoy!

Wow! The "Rocket-Firing" Boba Fett has arrived from the totally awesome The Vintage Collection and we believe it will be one of the warmest receptions an action figure has ever received by most, if not all, collectors. One of the best mail-away figures in all the modern line, we just can't believe that Hasbro has shown us big love by creating a promotion of this nostalgic value for such a big bunch of whiners. (Don't be offended, we are saying this with a smile.) While we can expect Boba Fett to be everything that it is and more, collectors will likely be surprised to learn that it is an all-new sculpt. Whether or not Hasbro made a cast of an original vintage figure and tweaked it or digitally scanned it and added their own modern spin to it, it is a fact that this mail-way figure has new features that are different from its ancestor. If you have sent off for one or more of these babies, then you're in for a real treat. We finally have that coveted piece of history in our collections, something Hasbro calls the Holy Grail, and it will definitely become and remain one of our most favorite pieces in our collection of all time. Even though this new Boba Fett differs from the vintage version, Hasbro has faithfully replicated all the sculpting details and paint jobs rather well and if this figure blew by your eyes somewhat quickly, we would wager that you wouldn't be able to tell them apart from each other. Just like the original vintage figure, Boba Fett is top heavy and falls backwards even more easily with his enhanced rocket-firing feature. (But we are confident most of us will bite this bullet since we have wanted this figure for so long.)

There are many differences between the mail-away figure and the vintage figure. The mail-away Boba Fett has a taller and wider helmet. Hasbro have given the rocket-firing figure a thicker brim above the visor (which actually makes the figure look a lot bigger). It's quite mesmerizing that Hasbro is actually perfecting the vintage mold with a "vintage" interpretation of the same figure. The chest armor is a little bit boxier and the center piece is wider than the 1979 figure. Even the arms and legs, while they look pretty identical to the vintage figure, has their own unique differences each. The differences continue throughout the rest of the figure (like the dot on the knife in his left shin pocket - one is convex, one is concave). It is pretty interesting to see all of the differences and it is quite similar to those puzzles we all used to play with as kids. The paint jobs between the figures definitely vary in spots (some more than others) but from what we recall during our "vintage lessons," the classic Boba Fett figure has been painted in multiple color schemes. Another interesting aspect when comparing the two figures against each other is that the mail-away Boba Fett is significantly taller. And while the figure is taller, his gun is actually smaller and much more rubbery! But you should have expected a modern weapon to pale in comparison to a classic weapon, right? The packaging is breathtaking (of course) and mostly differences from the Boba Fett (VC09) figure by the fact that he is packaged on a classic Star Wars card now. (For those keeping track, that means we now have Boba Fett packaged on a Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi card back in the modern era of collecting. This is pretty sweet, no?)

But what about that rocket-firing feature? Wow (again)! Hasbro decided to design Boba Fett with the "L-shaped" slot that enables the missile to be fired. The projectile is unfortunately the standard three inches long (since there are new toy standards in effect in this day and age) but it still looks cool on Boba Fett. Thankfully, Hasbro has also given us a separate "non-firing" rocket tip that sits on top of his backpack, and we must say that we are thoroughly impressed with this option more than the actual "firing" one. (Blasphemy!) This is just such a wonderful addition to Hasbro's long line of modern Star Wars toys and we honestly couldn't think of a better way to celebrate 30 years of The Empire Strikes Back than in this manner. This is the ideal and consummate collectible to own and if you don't, well, then you are sorely missing out on something special. To get one of these gems into you collections, all you need to do is get an order form from any of The Vintage Collection basic figures that have a call-out sticker for this promotion filled out, five proofs of purchases from almost any recently available basic figure from 2008 onward and a check or money order for $6.99 to cover shipping costs. (Assortments 87535, 87995, 21115, 87638, 94736 and 97868 are all eligible.) Trust us, it is worth the time, energy and money to get your request mailed out. But act quickly because requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2011 and received in Bozeman, MT by May 8, 2011. You have your fair warning! [Rocket-Firing] Boba Fett is a figure to not be without because it is one of the best things Hasbro has ever done for us. Enjoy our gallery for now, but be sure to get yours as soon as humanly possible. You won't have any regrets.

Collector Notes

Boba Fett

Status: Boba Fett is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: blaster, removable short rocket (for aesthetics), rocket projectile (for action feature)

Date Stamp: 2009

Assortment Number: 97917

UPC: 653569513353

Retail: $6.99 USD

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The Vintage Collection Wave 1
Dengar (VC01)
Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02)
Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) (VC03)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04)
AT-AT Commander (VC05)
See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06)
Dack Ralter (VC07)
Darth Vader (VC08)
Boba Fett (VC09)
4-LOM (VC10)
(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot (VC11)

The Vintage Collection Wave 2
Darth Sidious (VC12)
Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] (VC13)
Sandtrooper (VC14)
Clone Trooper (VC15)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC16)
General Grievous (VC17)
MagnaGuard (VC18)
Clone Commander Cody (VC19)

Added: September 14, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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