Boba Fett (/
Boba Fett is extensively featured in many works of the non-canonical Legends continuity, in which he is notably revealed to have survived his apparent death, after falling into the Sarlacc's Pit in Return of the Jedi, among other adventures. The character's popularity within the Star Wars fanbase has achieved him a cult status.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Concept and development
- 3 Reception
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Boba Fett first appeared at the September 20, 1978, San Anselmo Country Fair parade. The character debuted on television two months later in an animated segment produced by Nelvana for the Star Wars Holiday Special. Fett appears as a mysterious figure who saves Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 from a giant monster, only to be revealed as a bounty hunter working for Darth Vader. After his image and identity were revealed in the Holiday Special, costumed Fett characters appeared in shopping malls and special events, putting up wanted posters of the character to distinguish him from the franchise's Imperial characters. He also appears in Marvel Comics' Star Wars newspaper strip.
Boba's theatrical film debut was in The Empire Strikes Back as the "next major villain" besides Darth Vader. He is one of six bounty hunters hired by Vader, who promises a reward to whoever captures the crew of the Millennium Falcon. Fett tracks the starship to Cloud City, where Vader captures its passengers and tortures its captain, Han Solo. Wanting to collect a bounty on Solo, Fett confronts Vader about whether Solo will survive carbon freeze, which Vader intends to use on his true target, Luke Skywalker. Vader promises that the Empire will compensate Fett if Solo dies, but he is soon determined to be alive and Vader turns him over to Fett.
Return of the Jedi features Boba Fett at Jabba the Hutt's palace where Han Solo's rescuers are captured, and he travels on Jabba's sail barge to the Great Pit of Carkoon, home of the Sarlacc, where the prisoners are to be executed. When the prisoners mount an escape he attempts to intervene, and ends up in a tussle with Luke Skywalker, but Han Solo accidentally ignites Fett's rocket pack, sending the bounty hunter falling into the Sarlacc's mouth. In this film, he does not have any verbal lines.
Fett appears in an episode of the 1985 Droids animated series set before the original trilogy and produced by the same studio as the animated segment of the Holiday Special. In "A Race to the Finish", Fett is hired by the Fromms to help them get revenge on the masters of the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. He later turns on them after failing their request, and decides to accept Jabba's bounty on the Fromms as compensation.
The 2002 prequel film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones revealed that Boba Fett (played by Daniel Logan) is a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who raises him as his son. Boba helps Jango escape from Obi-Wan Kenobi, but later at the Battle of Geonosis, witnesses Jango's death by Jedi Master Mace Windu.
Mandalorian armor resembling Fett's can be seen in the background of a few scenes in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
The Clone Wars
Logan reprised his role as the voice of Boba in the CGI animated series The Clone Wars. R2 Come Home/Lethal Trackdown consists of the final two episodes of the second season in the Cartoon Network animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The twenty-first and twenty-second episodes, entitled "R2 Come Home" and "Lethal Trackdown", were first aired on April 30, 2010 and attracted an average of 2.756 million viewers during the original broadcast. The finale is significant for ending "with twin fandom bangs, courtesy of Boba Fett and a mammoth beast inspired by Godzilla." Fett's entrance in the series commemorates the 30-year anniversary of the character's appearance in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back.
Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu are trapped in the crumbling ruins of a crashed ship while searching for survivors, and only R2-D2 can get out a message to save them – if he can elude vicious gundarks and, worse yet, a crew of determined bounty hunters led by Boba Fett and Aurra Sing. While Anakin and Mace Windu recover from their injuries, Plo Koon and Ahsoka tracks down Boba Fett from the underworld of Coruscant to the planet Florrum. Boba's revenge scheme finally leads to a climactic battle, and the life of a Republic admiral hangs in the balance. Boba is shown working with bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Bossk, and Castas. With their help, Boba attempts to avenge his father's death at the hands of Mace Windu. However, he is unsuccessful, and as a result of his actions, is sentenced to prison along with Bossk. They escape prison in the fourth season, and Boba forms his own syndicate of bounty hunters, including Bossk and Dengar, who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back along with Fett. According to Daniel Logan, Boba was to have appeared in more episodes of the series before its cancellation. An unfinished animation of Boba Fett and Cad Bane exists, that unfinished arc would had seen Fett use his iconic green armor from the original trilogy, for the first time.
Comics and videogames
In the first issue of Darth Vader (2015), the titular antihero hires Boba Fett's band of bounty hunters, who are in the court of Jabba the Hutt, to capture the pilot who destroyed the Death Star. In the 2015 Star Wars comic, Fett discovers the identity of the pilot and tells Darth Vader, who realizes Luke Skywalker is his son.
In April 2014, the licensed Star Wars novels, comics and video games released up to that point were rebranded by Lucasfilm as Legends and declared non-canon to the official film franchise in order to create a blank slate for the sequel trilogy.
Boba Fett appears extensively in non-canon Legends novels, comic books, and video games. Various material depict his work as a bounty hunter, for which he charges "famously expensive" fees and that he undertakes only when the mission meets "his harsh sense of justice." He is notably featured in the 1996 Shadows of the Empire multimedia project.
Works such as Dark Horse Comics' Dark Empire series (1991–1992), set six years after Return of the Jedi, describe Fett escaping from the Sarlacc. In a 1995 anthology story, Fett nearly kills the Sarlacc, and a 1996 story narrates how Dengar, one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back finds him and restores him back to health. During Fett's recovery, he was impersonated by another bounty hunter named Jodo Kast who imitated Fett by wearing a similar suit of Mandalorian armor in order to benefit from Fett's fearsome reputation. Dengar initially confused Kast for Fett during a bounty and after realizing that it was an imposter, he warned Fett, who set a trap that killed Kast.
Before the release of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Daniel Keys Moran developed a backstory for Fett in which he was once named Jaster Mereel, a "Journeyman Protector" who was convicted of treason. His backstory was depicted differently in Attack of the Clones, leading to the comic Jango Fett: Open Seasons (2003) retconning Mereel to Jango's mentor. A young adult book series called Boba Fett (2002–2004) recounts the events of Attack of the Clones and depicts Fett taking his father's ship and armor to begin his own bounty-hunting career.
Fett encounters his old nemesis Han Solo in a short story set 15 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and fights side-by-side with him in The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force (2003), set a decade later.
In the Legacy of the Force series (2006–2008), set some 35 years after Return of the Jedi, Jaina Solo asks Fett to train her to help her defeat her corrupted brother Jacen. The series reveals that Fett became a family man at one point, though he was forcibly separated from his wife after killing his commanding officer for assaulting her. His wife subsequently disappeared and was presumed dead. Their granddaughter later sought Boba out and married a Mandalorian warrior. Boba's wife was discovered to still be alive, having been frozen in carbonite decades earlier.
The Bounty Hunter Wars
|Author||K. W. Jeter|
|July 1, 1998|
|Preceded by||Shadows of the Empire|
|Author||K. W. Jeter|
|Author||K. W. Jeter|
|July 1, 1999|
|Followed by||Return of the Jedi|
The Bounty Hunter Wars is a trilogy of science-fiction novels by K.W. Jeter and set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe 4 years ABY (After the Battle of Yavin). The series, published by Bantam Spectra, follows Fett after he escapes the sarlacc's stomach. The trilogy also contains flashbacks of Boba Fett's adventures prior to Return of the Jedi. The trilogy was written by K.W. Jeter. The books were released July 1998, November 1998 and July 1999 respectively. The trilogy depicts Fett as being more communicative than in the films because its plot requires Fett to show "an ability to convince people as well as kill them."
The first book,The Mandalorian Armor, is mainly set during the events of Return of the Jedi, shortly after Jabba the Hutt's sail barge is destroyed. Flashbacks depict the time when the Bounty Hunters Guild existed.
It begins with Dengar searching through the wreckage of Jabba's sail barge for anything, or anyone, of value. As Dengar is about to give up, assuming that the Jawas had beat him to the wreckage, he notices two things: first is that the Sarlacc appears to be dead; and second, that there is a survivor. The survivor is Boba Fett, having blown his way out of the Sarlacc pit. Boba's distinctive armor has suffered damage from his time in the pit and he is nearly dead. While Dengar moves Fett to a cave for shelter, the book flashes back to between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes; back to a period where Boba Fett is a freelance bounty hunter at odds with the Bounty Hunters Guild.
Kuat of Kuat, the hereditary CEO of the Empire's chief subcontractor for military items is interested in the events that occurred at Jabba's palace and on his sail barge. Kuat of Kuat reviews holoprojections uploaded from the palace and regardless of the evidence, is not convinced Boba Fett is dead without additional confirmation.
In the first of many flashbacks to the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Bossk and Zuckuss have been assigned by the Bounty Hunters Guild a contract for an accountant wanted by the Hutts. Although both are experienced bounty hunters, Bossk acts like the leader. Zuckuss warned Bossk that just because his father leads the Bounty Hunters Guild did not make him leader of the mission. They blast their way into the accountant's hiding place only to find the room empty, having been beaten to the bounty by Boba Fett. Bossk and Zuckuss, in pursuit of Boba Fett, warn him that he has no authority to work this bounty; that they had been assigned to it by the Bounty Hunters Guild. Fett quips that he only answers to one higher authority, himself, and blasts off into hyperspace.
Fett enters his hold and talks to his "cargo" sitting in one of the cells. The accountant offers to pay Fett more than the bounty if Fett will let him go. Fett explains that it does not work that way and that he is the highest paid bounty hunter in the galaxy because he always delivers. The accountant states that he's heard of other bounty hunters accepting offers, and Fett counters that it is the mismanagement and incompetence of the guild causes that, and he will have no part of it. Deep in space, Boba Fett's ship Slave I approaches the lair of the Assembler, Kud'ar Mub'at. The arachnid acts as a go between who serves as the criminal world's escrow service. It is to the Assembler that Fett is to deliver his captive and from whom he collects his bounty.
The Assembler's web-like home is a set of extruded neural fibers along which semi-independent multi-legged nodes run performing various tasks for the Assembler. The Assembler is careful not to give too much autonomy to its neural nodes; as it was once one such node that reached enough independence to rise up and eat its predecessor. Fett describes his distaste for this sort of cannibalism within certain species. The Assembler reveals that it has received a new contract, a private one, for Fett to work exclusively. Private contracts are required by clients who wish their ends to be kept secret and mean more money for Fett. He accepts the contract which requires that he join the Bounty Hunters Guild and break it up from within.
Back in the present, Dengar captures a woman who had followed him and Fett into their hiding place. The woman, Neelah, insists that she must see Fett but she doesn't know why. She explains that she was a dancer in Jabba's palace but has no memories before arriving in the palace. She says that when Boba Fett looked at her in the palace, she knew that she had some connection to him and needed to meet him. Dengar notices signs of an aristocratic upbringing in Neelah and symptoms of a memory wipe. He agrees to her request, attributing his soft spot for Neelah to the fact that he'd recently met a woman he cares for. He warns Neelah that she has to be careful around Fett, and that he will not leave her alone with him. He warns that Fett is ruthless and cannot be trusted and that he hardly trusts him to keep up his end of their new partnership.
Flashing back to the past, Boba Fett is at a feast welcoming him to the Bounty Hunters Guild, the guild elders having finally welcomed Fett into their organization. Bossk does not trust Fett and calls his father a fool for doing so. The father and son exchange death threats which is common among Trandoshans; as is feasting on the remains of your enemies, and killing and eating your siblings shortly after birth. Bossk asked why Fett would join now. Fett explained that times are changing and that pressures in the galaxy—including Black Sun—have forced him to change his stance on the guild. Bossk is grudgingly calmed down by the rest of the guild and he agrees to treat Fett like a brother.
The Emperor meets with Darth Vader and Prince Xizor to discuss the new plan Xizor has put in place. It was Xizor who contacted the Assembler with the private contract for Fett to join the guild. Xizor reveals that his plan will eliminate the dead weight in the guild and leave only the best bounty hunters; then the Empire will be able to contract with those remaining bounty hunters to execute plans that need independence and cunning. He explains that the Empire, by design, has suppressed independence in their troopers and officers but that they need independence to fight the rebellion where free thinking is their strongest asset. Vader is not convinced and thinks Xizor has ulterior motives.
Slave Ship is the second book in the trilogy.
Hard Merchandise is the final book in the trilogy. When Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. And since Xizor's hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett's, the chance of survival are slim—even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett.
Boba Fett: A Practical Man
|Cover artist||Steven D. Anderson|
|Preceded by||Crisis at Crystal Reef|
|Followed by||Vector Prime|
Boba Fett: A Practical Man is an e-novella by Karen Traviss, which was published online in August 2006 by Del Rey Books. It focuses on what led Boba Fett and the Mandalorians to fend off the Yuuzhan Vong invaders during the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War. The eBook contains an additional 3-page preview of Betrayal, a 4-page preview of Bloodlines, a 7-page interview with Aaron Allston, and a 9-page interview with Karen Traviss.
The story opens in the lower levels of Coruscant in 24 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin), only a few months prior to the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion. Boba Fett has just chased down another bounty, a Rodian art dealer who sold fake works to Gebbu the Hutt. Meanwhile, on Nar Shaddaa, Nom Anor, posing under the alias Udelen, recruits a Mandalorian named Goran Beviin to assassinate a politician on Ter Abbes, a grim industrial planet off the Perlemian Trade Route. Bevin quickly realizes that if the man is killed it will trigger a civil war, but even after he voices his misgivings to Boba he still carries out the mission.
Nom Anor notes that Bevin did an efficient job of removing the target and plans to meet Fett for the second time on Mandalore and the capital city, Kedalbe. Nom Anor notes that Mandalore is already on his list of a world that will be harder to subdue. Anor arrives on the planet, again under the alias of Udelen and provides Fett with the location of a rendezvous where he and a select number of Fett's troops are to meet. Anor plans to reveal his true nature to Fett as the location lies along the main invasion route the Yuuzhan Vong will take into the galaxy.
As the Mandalorian fleet awaits the arrival of their client, Bevin becomes impatient and scouts around for Udelen. He soon encounters what he assumes to be an asteroid, but is actually a Yuuzhan Vong ship. Unsure of what to make of their new arrivals, the Mandalorians enter battle formation and wait. Soon though, Nom Anor makes contact with Fett and asks him to board the lead ship for a face to face meeting. Once aboard the miid ro'ik warship Fett orders Bevin to discreetly gather any samples he can, while Fett runs scans with his helmet. While touring the ship, Anor explains the Yuuzhan Vong vision for the galaxy and how the Mandalorians will play a part in shaping it and both Fett and Bevin witness first hand the plans the Vong have for the humans they capture. Anor then gives Fett the plans for the next mission he has planned for the Mandalorians, to secure a landing zone on Birgis. In exchange for their continued service, he says the Mandalore sector will be left alone. Fett knows this is a lie and that the Vong will come for them eventually. He plans to ensure he's ready when that day comes.
Fett plans to use the inside track he now has to do as much damage to the invaders as possible. While he appears to help them he will do all he can to hinder them at the same time. Nom Anor amends his report, instead believing that enslaving the Mandalorians is the best way of dealing with them. One week after the invasion of Helska 4, the Mandalorians assault the spaceport on Birgis. Fett, Bevin and Cham, another Mandalorian warrior, spearhead the assault. Fett hopes to use this moment to pass on vital intel to the New Republic. Passing the intel on to a pilot during the assault, Fett only hopes that the Republic won't blow their cover. Typically, the Yuuzhan Vong leave no survivors at the spaceport.
However New Holgha, the Vong's next target, remains unevacuated: the Republic hasn't acted on the intel, obviously not trusting its source. With the planet's defenses sabotaged and its troops relocated elsewhere, the world falls without a serious fight. Instead, the Republic diverted troops to Pedd 4 and now New Holgha suffers. As Fett observes a miit ro'ik digest everything around it for fuel, he is reminded of the Sarlacc.
As he contemplates a better and more reliable way to pass intel to the Republic, a Vong warrior asks him to assist in killing a Jedi. While Bevin stalls the Vong, Fett and a few others subdue the Jedi, who is skeptical at first, but then believes Fett and agrees to take the information off-planet. As the Jedi leaves for his hidden ship, Bevin arrives, followed by the Vong warrior. When he asks what happened to the Jedi, Fett and the others kill him, with Bevin using his crushgaunts to kill the warrior. While the others collect samples from the dead warrior, Bevin scalps him for a trophy.
Briika, a Mandalorian female warrior, is fatally wounded in the encounter though and dies when she reaches Slave 1. Bevin, keeping a promise he made to her, adopts Dinua, Briika's daughter, as his own. Nom Anor lays plans to accelerate the coming invasion of Mandalore, yet he believes that the reports of the Mandalorians savagery have been greatly exaggerated. He still plans to use them, keeping them undercover from the rest of the Vong warriors, but ultimately he plans to erase their culture from the galaxy. Fett, traveling across Mandalorian space, reflects that his plan is so far working fine. The Republic believe the Mandalorians are in league with the Vong, while his own engineers are working on weapons designed specifically to fight them. Then an X-Wing drops into pursuit course, but when it makes contact through one of Fett's own intel nodes he stays his trigger finger.
The Jedi he saved on New Holgha, a man named Kubariet, asks to meet face to face. Working with New Republic Intelligence, Kubariet confirms that Fett has a deal, the Mandalorians will continue to masquerade as Vong mercenaries while at the same time passing intel to the Republic. Before he leaves, Kubariet asks if Fett will spare a few of his best commandos to act as a kind of new Cuy'val Dar to train planetary militias to fight the Vong.Kubariet gives Fett a secure datachip. If he wants to pass on intel then he can only do it through the Jedi; in return Fett hands over 'spare parts' he's collected from the Vong. When Kubariet asks if there's anything more he can do for Fett, he tells him to make sure everyone knows that a Mandalorian named Briika Jeban died saving a citizen of the New Republic. When Kubariet asks who she saved, Fett simply says: 'You, Jedi, you.' 
Star Wars 1313
In early 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the development of a Star Wars spin-off film written by Simon Kinberg, which Entertainment Weekly reported would focus on Boba Fett during the original trilogy. In mid-2014, Josh Trank was officially announced as the director of an undisclosed spin-off film, but had left the project a year later due to creative differences with Kinberg, causing a teaser for the Fett film to be scrapped from Star Wars Celebration. In May 2018, it was reported that James Mangold had signed on to write and direct a Fett film, with Kinberg attached as producer and co-writer. The author of a Fett-focused Legends story stated that Lucasfilm had considered adapting it into a film. However, by October, the Fett film was reportedly "100% dead," with the studio instead focusing on the upcoming The Mandalorian series, which utilizes a similar character design. The Fett film was afterwards reported to have also featured the other bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back.
Concept and development
Boba Fett stems from initial design concepts for Darth Vader, who was originally conceived as a rogue bounty hunter. While Vader became less a mercenary and more of a dark knight, the bounty hunter concept remained, and Fett became "an equally villainous" but "less conspicuous" character. Concept artist Ralph McQuarrie influenced Fett's design, which was finalized by and is credited to Joe Johnston. Norman Reynolds and the film's art department built the costume. Fett's armor was originally designed for "super troopers", and was adapted for Fett as the script developed. Screen-tested in all-white, Fett's armor eventually garnered a subdued color scheme intended to visually place him between white-armored "rank-and-file" Imperial stormtroopers and Vader, who wears black. This color scheme had the added bonus of conveying the "gray morality" of his character. The character's armor was designed to appear to have been scavenged from multiple sources, and it is adorned with trophies. A description of Fett's armor in the mid-1979 Bantha Tracks newsletter catalyzed "rampant speculation" about his origins. By 1979, Fett's backstory included having served in an army of Imperial shock troops which had battled the clone troopers of the Republic during the Clone Wars.
Despite two years of widespread publicity about Fett's appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, script rewrites significantly reduced the character's presence in the film. Fett's musical theme, composed by John Williams, is "not music, exactly" but "more of a gurgly, viola-and-bassoon thing aurally cross-pollinated with some obscure static sounds." Sound editor Ben Burtt added the sound of jangling spurs, created and performed by the foley artist team of Robert Rutledge and Edward Steidele, to Fett's appearance in Cloud City, intending to make the character menacing and the scene reminiscent of similar gunfighter appearances in Western films. Boba Fett's spaceship is called the Slave I. At one point in Return of the Jedi's development, Fett was conceived as being a main villain, but he was finally replaced with Emperor Palpatine when Lucas decided to not make a third trilogy of Star Wars. Lucas also considered Fett fighting Lando during the Sarlacc sequence.
Daniel Keys Moran, who wrote a few stories featuring Boba Fett, cited Westerns as an influence on his development of the character. Moran said:
The difficult thing with Fett was finding a worldview for him that permitted him to proclaim a Code — given the stark Evil that permeated the Empire, Fett pretty much had to be either 1) Evil, or 2) an incredibly unforgiving, harsh, "greater good" sort of guy. The second approach worked and has resonated with some readers.
Star Wars creator George Lucas considered adding a shot of Fett escaping the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, but decided against it because it would have detracted from the story's focus, instead leaving the task of "reviving" Fett to Expanded Universe canon. Lucas also said that, had he known Fett would be so popular, he would have made the character's death "more exciting." Lucas at one point considered depicting Vader and Fett as brothers in the prequel films, but discounted it as too "hokey." In continuing to develop the character in the prequel films, Lucas closed some avenues for expanding the character's story while opening others. Fett is revealed as having escaped from the Sarlacc in the Legends continuity. In July 2014, Star Wars historian Jonathan W. Winzler revealed that Lucas had told him that Fett escaped from the Sarlacc, but this has yet to be demonstrated in the film canon.
Film casting and production
Boba Fett is primarily played by Jeremy Bulloch in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Bulloch's half-brother alerted him to the role. He was cast as Fett because the costume happened to fit "as if a Savile Row tailor had come out and made it"; he did not have to do a reading or screen test, and Bulloch never worked from a script for either film.
Filming the role for Empire lasted three weeks. The actor was pleased with the costume and used it to convey the character's menace. Bulloch based his performance on Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars; similar to the Western character, Bulloch cradled the gun prop, made the character seem ready to shoot, slightly tilted his head, and stood a particular way. Bulloch did not try to construct a backstory for the character, and said later that "the less you do with Boba Fett, the stronger he becomes". Playing Fett in Empire was both the smallest and most physically uncomfortable role Bulloch has played; Bulloch said donning the heavy jetpack was the worst aspect of the role.
Bulloch spent four weeks on Return of the Jedi. He was unaware of Fett's demise before filming began and was "very upset" by the development; he would like to have done more with Fett. Still, Bulloch believed killing Fett made the character stronger, and that his "weak" death makes fans want the character to return. Bulloch thought a scene created for the Special Edition in which Fett flirts with one of Jabba's dancers was not in keeping with the character's nature.
A younger version of the character was played by Daniel Logan in Attack of the Clones. Logan had not seen any of the Star Wars films prior to being cast as Fett, but he watched the original trilogy at Lucas' request. The actor had to rely on his imagination for the bluescreen filming. Both Bulloch and Logan had also expressed interest in reprising their role of Fett in the planned Underworld TV series, but the series remains undeveloped.
According to the official Star Wars website, Fett was voiced by Don Francks in the Holiday Special. Inverse also credited the role to him based on his work in later Nelvana productions.[a] Bulloch wore Fett's costume in Empire and Jedi, but John Morton filled in during one scene for Empire, and Jason Wingreen voiced the character in Empire. His brief appearance in A New Hope was performed by Industrial Light & Magic creature animator Mark Austin. The character's appearance in the Special Edition footage of Jedi was performed by Don Bies and Nelson Hall. For the 2004 rereleases, Temuera Morrison replaced the character's original voice for the continuity purposes.
The character's voice in National Public Radio's Star Wars radio dramas was provided by Alan Rosenberg in The Empire Strikes Back and Ed Begley, Jr. in Return of the Jedi, Tim Glovatsky in the audio adaptation of Dark Forces: Rebel Agent, Joe Hacker in audio adaptation of the Dark Empire comics, Temuera Morrison for Empire at War, Battlefront II and Battlefront: Elite Squadron, Dee Bradley Baker in The Force Unleashed, The Force Unleashed II and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Chris Cox in Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Tom Kane in Galactic Battlegrounds, Demolition and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Daniel Logan for The Clone Wars and Lego Star Wars: The Video Game.
Fett made a cameo appearance in a live-action mockumentary filmed on the set of Return of the Jedi titled Return of the Ewok (1982). Post-production was never completed, and it has never been officially released.
Boba Fett is a "cult figure" and one of the most popular Star Wars characters. In 2008, Boba Fett was selected by Empire magazine as the 79th greatest movie character of all time, and he is included on Fandomania's list of The 100 Greatest Fictional Characters. IGN ranked Boba Fett as the eighth top Star Wars character, due to his status as a fan-favourite and cult following. He personifies "danger and mystery", and Susan Mayse calls Fett "the unknowable Star Wars character" who "delivers mythic presence." Although Tom Bissell asserts that no one knows why Boba Fett has become so popular, nor cares why, both Lucas and Bulloch cite Fett's mysterious nature as reasons for his popularity. Bulloch, who has never fully understood the character's popularity, attributes it to the costume and the respect Fett garners from Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt. The initial Boba Fett toy, more than Fett's actual film appearance, might be responsible for the character's popularity; Henry Jenkins suggests children's play helped the character "take on a life of its own". Moran said Vader's admonition specifically to Fett in The Empire Strikes Back — "No disintegrations" — gives Fett credibility; he was interested in Fett because the character is "strong, silent, [and] brutal". Jeter says that even when Fett appears passive, he conveys "capability and ruthlessness". Bissell credits Bulloch for giving Fett "effortless authority" in his first scene in The Empire Strikes Back, using such nuances as "cradling" his blaster and slightly cocking his head. Fett's small role in The Empire Strikes Back may actually have made the character seem more intriguing. Logan, who was a Young Artist Award nominee for his portrayal of Fett, compares Fett to "that boy in school who never talks" and who attracts others' curiosity.
Bissell adds that Boba Fett, along with other minor characters like Darth Maul and Kyle Katarn, appeals to adolescent boys' "images of themselves: essentially bad-ass but ... honorable about it." This tension and the absence of a clear "evil nature" (distinct from evil actions) offer Fett dramatic appeal. Furthermore, Fett "is cool because he was designed to be cool", presenting a "wicked ambiguity" akin to John Milton's portrayal of Satan in Paradise Lost and Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello. Bissell compares Fett to Beowulf, Ahab, and Huckleberry Finn: characters "too big" for their original presentation, and apt for continued development in other stories. Moran finds Fett reminiscent of the Man with No Name.
The San Francisco Chronicle describes Boba Fett fans as "among the most passionate", and the character is important to Star Wars fan culture. Boba Fett's popular following before the character even appeared in The Empire Strikes Back influenced Damon Lindelof's interest in developing Lost across multiple media. Will Brooker calls "superb" a fan's campaign to have Boba Fett unmasked as a woman. Fan parodies include Boba Phat, a cosplay "intergalactic booty hunter" created by David James.
Reception in The Clone Wars animation
IGN reviewer Eric Goldman rated the first episode 8.2/10 and the second 8.8/10, stating "this was a very layered, exciting episode to end Season 2 on", though he did not appreciate Boba Fett's limited dialogue. Bryan Young, a writer for The Huffington Post and Examiner.com, also disliked Fett's responses at the end of the episode when confronting Mace Windu: "He says something incredibly whiny." Young does state, however, that "[o]verall, this pair of episodes was a satisfying conclusion to season two, which really upped the game in this series in terms of animation, storytelling and suspense." GalacticBinder.com's reviewer Chris Smith wrote, "Lucasfilm delivers another exciting episode to finish off a tremendous second season." Adam Rosenberg writing in MTV Movies Blog discusses Boba Fett's return: "He's going to have to be put through a lot more hell before he embraces his inner badass. I'll say though... he's off to a mighty good start with the dual blasters he wears on his belt. Sure, they're almost the size of his thighs, but hey... he's still just a kid."
Fett is one of the top five best-selling Star Wars action figures, and Boba Fett-related products are "among the most expensive" Star Wars merchandise. Fett was the first new mail-away action figure created for The Empire Strikes Back; although advertised as having a rocket-firing backpack, safety concerns led Kenner to sell his rocket attached. Gray called the early toy "a rare and precious commodity", and one of the rocket-firing prototypes sold at auction for $16,000 in 2003. In 2018 and 2019, two of the figures were sold at auction, for £69,000 ($USD92,000) and £90,000 ($USD120,000), respectively—each setting the world record for the highest auction price of a Star Wars toy at that time.
In August 2009, Hasbro released a Fett action figure based on McQuarrie's white-armored concept, and Boba Fett as both a child and bounty hunter have been made into Lego minifigures. Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Trading Card Game includes several Boba Fett cards. Hallmark Cards created a Boba Fett Christmas tree ornament. In January 2015, an unopened Boba Fett figure sold for £18,000 at auction in the UK, the figure was in factory fresh condition and did not have the packaging punched for hanging in a shop.
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