REVIEW: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013 EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS BLACK SERIES BOBA FETT w/ HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE
Although it's certainly not a hard and fast rule, it could be fairly stated that the vast majority of action figure lines present today tend to fit -- more or less -- into one of three size categories.
You have the 3-3/4" - 4" category. This would include Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel Universe and other Marvel-based lines, Power Rangers, Ben 10, and a few others. Then there's the 6" category. This would include Masters of the Universe, DC Signature Series, Marvel Legends, and WWE. Scarcest of all would be the 12" scale, which has seen a recent resurgence in rather basic figures including Star Wars and quite a few Marvel characters, along with a few others.
There are exceptions, of course. Assigning a consistent size or scale to Transformers would be next to impossible. The Target exclusive Justice League line is more like 5". Halo figures tend to hover around 5-1/2". And the 8" scale of cloth-costumed figures akin to Mego's products from the 1970's seems to be popular in the collector realms. But for the most part, the aforementioned three sizes seem to be the most common.
The degree to which a given concept crosses from one size to another tends to vary. Marvel super-hero characters can be found in most scales. G.I. Joe, despite starting out as a 12" action figure, seems mostly comfortable in the 4" realm these days. And certainly Star Wars has maintained its focus there, as well.
In fact, it was Star Wars that really started the 3-3/4" scale. When the Star Wars line was being developed for the original movie in 1977, Mego's 8" action figures still ruled the roost. For whatever reason, Mego didn't secure the Star Wars license. Kenner did. And Kenner quickly realized that one of the main aspects of any Star Wars line was going to be the fantastic vehicles that appeared in the movie. Luke Skywalker needed an X-Wing Fighter. Darth Vader would need his special TIE Fighter. And there had to be a way to give Han Solo his Millennium Falcon.
But not if these figures were 8" tall, which was certainly the standard at the time. Vehicles to accommodate figures of this size would have been prohibitively large and expensive. According to legend, at one particular meeting, a Kenner representative held his thumb and forefinger apart, and said, "What if we made them this big?" Someone else pulled out a ruler and measured the distance to be -- 3-3/4". That story may be apocryphal, but it reads well, so what the heck...
And, of course, we all know what happened. Star Wars took the world by storm in every arena in which it appeared -- including the toy aisles. 3-3/4" became a new standard, followed a few years after Star Wars by G.I. Joe, and after that, there really wasn't much turning back. Now, Star Wars did produce a short-lived series of 12" figures at that time, but when most people think of Star Wars action figures, they think of something around 4" tall, give or take a bit.
Star Wars has never really deviated from that scale. Throughout the three movies of the original line, the transfer of Star Wars from Kenner to Hasbro following the buyout, the return of the line in 1995, three prequel movies, the Clone Wars series, and everything else, Star Wars has maintained its original scale.
I don't really have a problem with that. There's nothing at all wrong with a 4" action figure. And I have a large number of them, representing a large number of concepts. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel Universe, DC Universe, Indiana Jones, Ben 10, Power Rangers, Microman, and more. It's a perfectly capable size for action figures.
But I have to admit, I do like larger action figures sometimes. Like the 6" scale. I've always been impressed with Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics/Signature Series lines. I enjoy any number of the Marvel Legends figures, as well as this scale of figures from various Marvel movies. There was an outstanding line of this scale of figures for the Avengers movie (although the Hulk was more like 9"), and there have been some really cool Iron Man figures over the past several years. And I still think a G.I. Joe line in this scale wouldn't be a bad idea at all.
Apparently, someone at Hasbro decided it was time for Star Wars to -- shall we say -- grow up a bit, and enter the realm of the 6" action figure world. This new series of figures, largely directed towards collectors, and given the somewhat unusual name of "Star Wars Black Series", debuted at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
Let me briefly say a word about the state of Star Wars action figures. The 4" line is continuing, of course, but the basic figures have lost a lot of their articulation. Nor are they alone in the 4" world in this regard. Not by a longshot. Even some larger lines are suffering, such as Mattel's new Max Steel line. I'm not going to comment on the reasons, stated and otherwise, for this, but suffice to say, I'm not happy about it, and I don't know very many collectors who are. Hasbro is planning a 4" "Black" line that will have the higher level of articulation that we have come to expect, but let me say this. While I believe it is possible for an action figure to have too much articulation -- I've never thought double-jointed elbows and knees looked good or worked especially well -- I do expect action figures to have a good level of articulation, and to reduce the level of established articulation in an action figure line to the degree that has happened is going to cause me to pretty well lose interest.
That said, a first-time-ever, larger-scale, properly articulated Star Wars line is most assuredly going to garner my interest. While I don't expect to be a completist with this line, any more than I've been with any Star Wars action figure line, I will certainly be paying attention, and bringing in what interests me as I am able.
And right out of the gate, at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro presented us with one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe -- BOBA FETT, in his all-new 6" glory, accompanied by Han Solo frozen in carbonite (Jabba the Hutt hung him on a wall.
What makes Boba Fett so popular? What is it about this bounty hunter? Even George Lucas has had trouble figuring this one out.
Arguably, the character got an interesting start. He first appeared in the "Star Wars Holiday Special", and was part of an animated segment that was the only tolerable portion of one of the most hideous attempts at blending a science-fiction concept with a variety show that had ever been seen. Most people watching it wanted to flee to a "galaxy far, far away" to get as far away from it as they could. Calling this thing a "train wreck" is an insult to trains -- and wrecks. Boba Fett didn't exactly save the show, but he was certainly the only bright spot in a long, dark, miserable tunnel.
Then there was the initial action figure. Although Boba Fett's first live-action appearance was in "The Empire Strikes Back", a figure of him was released via mail-order slightly ahead of time. But there was that controversy about the backpack. The initial Boba Fett figure was intended to have a spring-loaded, rocket-firing backpack. Except right about then, an incident with a spring-loaded toy from an entirely different line had resulted in a lawsuit, and an end to such devices in toys for many years to come. Boba Fett lost his spring-loaded missile, except, reportedly, for a handful of prototypes.
And so, this mysterious bounty hunter managed to land two rather notable claims to fame before he even appeared in any of the official movies. The character quickly became highly popular. Some reports indicate that George Lucas wasn't terribly pleased with the popularity of a character that he regarded as not especially prominent, and a bad guy to boot. So in "Return of the Jedi", he had Boba Fett tossed into the mouth of the Sarlacc creature on Tatooine -- and even that didn't keep him down! In a DVD interview, Lucas admits that had be known how popular the character really was, he might not have been quite so dismissive of him, and we learned much more about Boba Fett's origins in the second of the prequel movies.
Clearly, not even George Lucas could keep Boba Fett out of the spotlight for any length of time, and the fact that the character has been used as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive to kick off an entirely new line of Star Wars action figures in a size previously unknown, is certainly testament to the ongoing popularity of the most notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe.
It is at this point in my reviews that I customarily provide some backstory on the character I'm reviewing. When it comes to Star Wars characters, the best source for that is a Web Site known as Wookieepedia. But when you're dealing with someone like Boba Fett, the trick is not rounding up enough information -- it's trying to decide what to include. Boba Fett has been part of so many stories and adventures beyond the six movies, and even beyond the Clone Wars series, that it's not an easy call to make. Suffice to say that the following is a very distinct summary, and those wanting more extensive information on Boba Fett should consult his entry on Wookieepedia -- right after preparing a sandwich and something to drink. You'll be there for a while.
So let us have a look at some of Boba Fett's history, and then this remarkable new action figure.
Boba Fett is a bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones establishes his origin as a clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett raised as his son.
Fett first appeared at the September 20, 1978, San Anselmo Country Fair parade, of all places. The character appeared on television several weeks later, animated by Nelvana Studios for The Star Wars Holiday Special as a mysterious figure who betrays Luke Skywalker after saving him, 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 Star Wars 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.
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Fett is the "next major villain" after Vader. Fett tracks the Millennium Falcon 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. Vader promises that the Empire will compensate Fett if Solo dies; after Solo is determined to be alive, Vader turns him over to Fett.
In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Fett is at Jabba the Hutt's palace when Solo's rescuers are captured, and he travels on Jabba's sail barge to the sarlacc pit, where the prisoners are to be executed. He attempts to intervene when the prisoners mount an escape and ends up in a tussle with Luke Skywalker, but Solo accidentally ignites Fett's rocket pack, sending the bounty hunter to a seemingly fatal trip into the sarlacc's mouth.
In the digitally remastered Special Edition version of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Fett briefly appears outside the Millennium Falcon with Jabba, as well as several added and altered scenes.
In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, it is revealed that Boba is an unaltered child clone whom Jango raises as his son. Boba helps Jango escape from Obi-Wan Kenobi, but later witnesses his "father's" decapitation by Mace Windu. Boba also appears in the CGI animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Let's go into greater detail on some of this:
Boba Fett was a clone of the famed Jango Fett, created in 32 BBY as the first of many Fett replicas designed to become part of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was raised as Jango's son.
Boba was created by Kaminoans as an unaltered clone, at the request of his "father," Jango Fett, before the start of the Clone Wars. He was intended to be Jango's heir. As a young boy, Fett grew up on the planet Kamino. Jango raised and cared for him with the assistance of the Kaminoan, Taun We, who ultimately took on the role of being a foster mother to him. Fett was aware of the fact that he was a clone of his father, however, he would often question his conception. Jango assured his son that he was a "true clone" and his real son. Along with the Clawdite Zam Wesell, Taun We was the sole female influence in the young Fett's life.
As a child Boba never attended school at all; instead he gained much knowledge from his travels with his father and the books he borrowed from the local library. Boba was very fond of books, especially those about starfighters, which he often borrowed and read from the library of Tipoca City.
Sometime before the Clone Wars, Boba met Sith Lord Count Dooku, who had hired his father to take up bounties that would be beneficial to him and his master in the events that followed. On one such mission Boba accompanied Jango to the planet of Kuat, where Jango used the boy as bait to lure his bounty into the open. Afraid, the young Fett threw a thermal detonator and fled into the tents. Once he located the boy, the colonist was horrified to learn the young boy was the son of the man sent to kill him. Jango, having finished assassinating the remaining members of the camp, tracked down Boba and demanded that Larbo release his son, slashing his way through the tent's canopy. Disgusted, Larbo asked what kind of man would use his own son as bait, and Boba replied, "Only a son can know his father's heart". After killing his bounty, Boba escaped with his father on their ship and informed the Count of their successful mission. Boba would often accompany his father to the training sessions with the other clones where he taught them basic combat skills. Jango taught Boba much, training him to become a skilled bounty hunter as was his father-figure before him.
The chance to see Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 was a relished opportunity considering his love for vehicles. Boba was roughly ten years old when Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi came to Kamino to investigate the mysterious creation of a clone army for the Republic. Fett's father, Jango, realized that he and his son would have to leave Kamino before the Jedi unraveled the mystery behind the attacks on Senator Padmé Amidala. After Jango and Obi-Wan fought, Jango and Boba blasted off the planet in their ship, Slave I.
En route to Geonosis, they realized that Kenobi had tracked them. Boba encouraged and intently watched his father attempt to destroy the Jedi. He eventually watched what they thought was the death of Kenobi, although Kenobi had actually let loose the spare part compartments, making the missile that was tracking him blow up. Obi-Wan had actually hid on an asteroid.
As the Battle of Geonosis started, Boba stood with Jango on the platform in the Petranaki arena with several Separatist leaders, including Count Dooku, Viceroy Nute Gunray, and Archduke Poggle the Lesser. When Jedi Master Mace Windu arrived, Jango kept Boba from harm as the Jedi task force attempted to rescue the captive Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala. During the battle, Boba watched his father get trampled by a reek, and, as a result, eventually beheaded by Mace Windu when Jango attempted to challenge him. While the Grand Army of the Republic and the Separatist Droid Army clashed for the very first time, the battle which started the Clone Wars, Boba emerged from his hiding place to pick up his father's helmet. Boba swore revenge on Mace Windu for this reason.
In 22 BBY, after Jango was killed at the Battle of Geonosis, Boba was forced to grow up and took to traveling the galaxy. Later, he became a bounty hunter and took assignments from beings such as Jabba the Hutt, and achieved notoriety despite his young age.
When the Empire was formed in 19 BBY, it was the perfect environment for Fett. During this time, he also married Sintas Vel and had a daughter named Ailyn Vel. Fett became known as the galaxy's best bounty hunter of the next several decades, often working for the Empire. For years to come, Fett's reputation grew among bounty hunters and assassins. Boba continued to acquire and upgrade pieces of Mandalorian armor. It is said he had at least three complete sets of armor from which to use, one of which was mostly left in the Sarlacc pit when he escaped. Eventually he found the Mandalorian armor of Jango's old mentor and leader, Jaster Mereel. Along with his new green and red armor, he had honed his skills as an assassin and mercenary, which would one day make him the most feared and sinister bounty hunter in the Galaxy.
In 12 BBY, while hunting the spice trafficker Hallolar Voors on Jabba's behalf, Fett saw Han Solo for the first time on the world of Jubilar. Fett noted that the young man was full of promise.
Later, in 5 BBY, Boba captured Solo, who had earned the wrath of the Besadii Hutts. However, he was interrupted by Han's soon to be good friend, Lando Calrissian. While Fett was busy with Solo, Lando sneaked up on the bounty hunter and jammed a blaster into his neck. Unable to resist, Boba Fett was humiliated when Lando injected the same toxin he had used on Solo, one which forced its victim to do whatever he was ordered. They ordered Boba Fett to leave entirely. Once the effects of the toxin wore off, Fett would swear revenge against Han and Lando, for very few people outsmarted him and lived to tell the tale. It was the beginning of a long rivalry.
Many times Fett was sent to capture Solo, but due to continual bad luck and interference, Fett failed to apprehend his quarry time and time again. Once Solo became the favored smuggler of Jabba the Hutt, Fett's longtime employer paid the hunter to not kill Han Solo. Fett accepted Jabba's money, but intended to kill Solo when he got the chance and refund the Hutt later.
He collaborated with Darth Vader on several occasions, and the Sith Lord even developed a grudging respect for Fett. In 1 BBY, a year after the Galactic Civil War had begun, Fett was hired to kidnap the Rebel captain Juno Eclipse in order to lure out a clone of Galen Marek. Fett participated in the Battle of Kamino and when Darth Vader was captured and about to be interrogated on Dantooine, the Mandalorian bounty hunter trailed the Rogue Shadow there.
At one point before the Battle of Yavin, Boba Fett was hired to track down a Rebel spy aboard the StarSpeeder 1000. Fett, aboard Slave 1 chased the ship across the near-complete Death Star above Geonosis, until escaping.
Fett made his most notable bounty in 3 ABY, when he captured Rebel hero Han Solo, and delivered him to Jabba the Hutt. Of the bounty hunters assembled by Vader to capture the Millennium Falcon, among them several who had so recently captured Solo for Fett himself, Boba was the only hunter to figure out how the Millennium Falcon eluded Imperial pursuit by hiding among garbage (due to observing Obi-Wan Kenobi playing a similar feint on Jango over twenty years before) and tracked the ship to Cloud City on Bespin.
In his pursuit, he followed the Falcon to Cloud City where he informed Darth Vader of their destination. In response, Vader then sent a detachment of stormtroopers to infiltrate the city. Fett was followed by IG-88B, who he easily destroyed him by setting a deadly trap. When Vader arrived, he forced the city's leader, Lando Calrissian, into a twisted agreement that left him no other choice but to betray Solo and his friends, including selling him out to Fett. After the capture of Solo and his companions, Lord Vader used Solo as a test subject for carbon-freezing which, if successful, he hoped to use on Luke Skywalker in order to transport him to Emperor Palpatine. After finding that Solo survived the freezing process, Vader gave him to Boba Fett, who in turn, planned to hand him to Jabba for a hefty bounty.
Fett presented the Hutt with this so-called Man in Carbonite. Jabba was so pleased that he could display the captured Solo that he paid 250,000 credits for the "work-of-art" by the Dark Lord, rather than the original 100,000 credit bounty for Solo himself. This was in addition to the hefty bounty the Empire had already paid him. He further requested Fett remain at the Palace, suggesting it would be worth his while if Solo's companions came searching for him.
A year later, when Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Luke Skywalker attempted to rescue the frozen Solo from Jabba's palace, they were captured, with Jabba finding different ways to dispose of each of the erstwhile heroes.
Fett remained on-guard, but found his stay entertaining, watching with Jabba as Luke battled the vicious rancor. When Luke killed the monster, an outraged Jabba sentenced Luke, Han, and Chewbacca to be cast into the Great Pit of Carkoon where the ghastly Sarlacc lived. On the path to the Sarlacc, Boba was aware of the large reward for Skywalker's capture. Unfortunately, Jabba would not take it or even allow Fett to negotiate for it. They killed his rancor; they would have to pay the price. Fett was frustrated by this but could conceive of no plan to gain the reward. Luke staged his own rescue and Fett attempted to stop him along with several of Jabba's hapless guards.
While he fired at Luke, in his obsession with capturing the Jedi, he failed to notice Solo. Solo, still semi-blind from hibernation sickness, accidentally activated Fett's manual controls on his jet pack by waving a staff wildly behind him, rocketing the hunter against the sail barge and bouncing down to the sand, rolling right into the waiting maw of the Sarlacc.
But the Sarlacc could never hold Fett. Thanks to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, he was able to fight his way out of the beast's belly, and later killed the Sarlacc. Back in action, he resumed his work as a bounty hunter.
After a promise made to a dying Fenn Shysa, Fett became Mandalore and eventually led the Mandalorians through the Yuuzhan Vong War. Originally working as a mercenary for the extra-galactic invaders, Fett later aided the New Republic in their battle against the aliens. When the Yuuzhan Vong assaulted Mandalore and bombarded the planet's surface, a large deposit of Mandalorian iron was unearthed, ironically helping to strengthen the Mandalorians. Later, during the Second Galactic Civil War, Boba, who was still leading the Mandalorians, was plagued by ailing health. He found his granddaughter, Mirta Gev, and the two went on many missions together, even alongside Han Solo. Fett also trained Solo's daughter Jaina to kill her twin brother, Darth Caedus, and assisted the Jedi Coalition in several battles. Ultimately, Fett's training helped Jaina bring down Caedus, though an Imperial nanovirus attack prevented Fett from ever returning to Mandalore.
Many people, including Darth Vader, considered Fett to be the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy. Fett was aware of that opinion and it emboldened him enough to occasionally converse with the Sith Lord in an irreverent tone that no one besides Emperor Palpatine or Grand Moff Tarkin would dare take with him. Fett was very cunning and witty like his father, but at a much more emphasized level. Throughout the many years of his bounty hunting career, Fett developed a strong sense of justice, moral obligation, and adhered to his own code of honor. He took only certain bounties that agreed with his own beliefs and brutal justice.
As a boy, he was much more enthusiastic and open-minded until his father's death at Geonosis. The death of Boba Fett's father at the hands of the Jedi named Mace Windu, inspired within Boba a deep-seated animosity against not only Mace, but all Jedi. But despite this, he seemed to have compassion for the rest of the Clone cadets, as he was shocked to find out that he had to abandon Jax, Hotshot, and Whiplash. The events following that tragedy shaped and scarred his life forever, resulting in a man who never went anywhere without his armor and weapons. He paid close attention to all details and double-checked his surroundings to calculate the best option to solve a problem.
Boba Fett's Mandalorian helmet recorded video and played it back on command, dispensed water, compensated automatically for low or high light conditions, picked up on minute sounds and amplified them and could connect with the onboard computer of Slave I. Fett could control weapons, sensors, and his jet pack with verbal commands. His helmet's HUD (heads-up-display) featured information on the surrounding environment as well as a 360-degree field of vision. The environmental filter system could filter out poisons and contaminants as well as provide Fett with a two hour reserve air tank.
Fett's Mandalorian armor was originally constructed from duraplast, allowing it to sustain a great deal of damage without degrading. His armor also had two shoulder pads. The left shoulder pad exhibited the Mandalorian skull logo, while his right chest plate displayed an emblem of unknown origin. However, the symbol was also seen on Jaster Mereel's ship and on the helmet of at least one clone trooper pilot at the battle over Coruscant, during the Clone Wars.
Fett wore a power armor liner. This liner shirt had a micro energy field projector and two layers of thin ceramic plates, in order to disperse physical and blast impacts, reducing injuries and likelihood of knockdowns. The power liner also gave him increased protection from fire, acid, intense heat, and cold. His main clothing was a reinforced armor mesh battle/flight suit. The inner lining of the suit blocked poisons and corrosives for a period of time. This suit had pockets on his hips and thighs. Fett wore a pair of versatile boots that had two spikes attached to the front of each.
Fett had a Mitrinomon Z-6 jetpack. The fuel tank held enough fuel for three 20-second blasts, 20 three-second blasts or one minute of continuous operation. Each three second blast moved Fett up to 100 meters horizontally or 7 meters vertically. Fett could reach a top speed of 145 kilometers per hour with a maximum range of two kilometers. Directional thrusters featured gyro-stabilizers to apply counter-thrust for maneuvering and landing.
Entertainment Weekly has reported that The Walt Disney Company, who bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars in 2012, is developing a stand-alone film featuring Boba Fett, which would take place either between A New Hope and Empire or between Empire and Jedi.
Fett will also reportedly have a major role in the Star Wars live-action TV series, which is set to debut in 2014 or later. George Lucas has stated his interest in Daniel Logan, who played a young Fett in Attack of the Clones, and voiced him in the Clone Wars, reprising his role for the part, and Logan, now an adult, has expressed his interest in returning.
So, after all that, how's the figure? Let me put it this way -- if this Boba Fett figure is any indication of the sort of quality, articulation, and attention to detail that we can look forward to from this new 6" scale Star Wars "Black" Series, then I cannot imagine that Hasbro doesn't have a major hit on their hands. This is one amazing, incredible, impressive, excellent figure.
Boba Fett stands about 6-1/8" in height, not counting the antenna on his helmet. Relative to other 6" scale type figures, he's a little short to blend in with Masters of the Universe or DC Universe, but he's just about right in line with Mattel's DC-based Movie Masters figures. Just in case anybody puts out a bounty on Green Lantern or Superman...
The helmet is excellent, and looks just as it should. It has its share of dings and dents and scrapes. I initially thought these might have been drybrushed on by hand, but upon closer inspection, I believe they were imprinted. Paintwork on the figure as a whole is exceptionally neat.
Boba Fett is appropriately dressed in a light gray bodysuit, and most of his armor is a dark olive green. The shoulder pads are a gold color, with the Mandalorian emblem on the left one. A small actual fabric cape is draped behind from his left shoulder. It's been pressed tight, and has a small stripe imprinted on it.
You want attention to detail? Take note of the short cable extending from just above Fett's right elbow to the device around his right wrist. That had to have been glued in place after assembly. Nicely done. How about really fine attention to painted detail? Notice the device hear the wrist on Fett's left gauntlet. There's a series of twenty tiny little buttons, so small my ruler doesn't go that small. Eight of them are distinctly and individually painted in red, and eight others in dark blue. The remaining four are unpainted. But talk about precision!
Fett's knee pads are the same color as his shoulder pads, a sort of gold, and they have some very precise silver detail painted on them. Fett's lower leg pouches have several little devices emerging from them, their handles painted in silver. His boots have been precisely painted two different shades of gray, with the little spikes in the front painted in silver.
Articulation is just as impressive. Boba Fett's head is on some sort of ball-and-socket joint. He is poseable at the arms, elbows, with swivels, wrists, waist (this acts like it's some sort of ball-and-socket and has a substantial range of motion, but I don't quite get the construction design here), legs, upper leg swivels, knees, and ankles, which have a considerable range of motion.
The only downside in my opinion is that Boba Fett does have double-jointed knees. I just think this sort of double-jointing, regardless of the action figure, is pointless, and not only doesn't work terribly well, but doesn't look good. Fett gets away with it a bit better than some because of the knee pads, but it really just isn't necessary. If Hasbro wants to cut articulation on anything, they could cut this back to a standard knee joint on future "Black Series" figures and it would be just fine.
Boba Fett came packaged in a large, elegant black box, with a glossy section on the surface that looks like the visor of his helmet. Boba Fett is neatly displayed within the box, and next to him are an assortment of carefully labeled accessories. These include his Modified Z-6 Jet Pack, his Sacros K-11 Disintegrator Pistol, and his Blastech EE-3 Blaster Rifle with Scope. All of these items are superbly sculpted, detailed, and painted, He can wear the jet pack, and carry one of the weapons in a holster on his right hip.
And, of course, there is Han Solo in Carbonite. This is basically a very well sculpted block of plastic, molded in a metallic gray, and given a bit of a paint wash to bring out the details. It measures roughly 6-3/4" long by 2-3/4" wide and 3/4" deep. Some of the technological details on the sides have been painted silver, and there's a little square of green, representing the indicator light that shows that Han Solo survived the experience.
There's also a display stand in the bottom of the box, but I should mention that Boba Fett is perfectly capable of standing on his own two feet.
So, what's my final word? When I first heard that Hasbro had plans for a high-quality line of 6" Star Wars action figures, I was quite excited. I knew I would be rather selective with it, but then I've been rather selective with Star Wars figures for years. But my interest level was definitely there. Now, having acquired this Boba Fett figure from the line's debut at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, I have to say that I am very excited about this line. It is my sincere hope that it lasts for many years to come, and as I am able, and as figures emerge in this line that are of interest to me, I will certainly be adding them to my collection.
Boba Fett definitely impresses me, and he has made a magnificent first impression for the Star Wars Black Series. And if you're a fan of Star Wars, you definitely need to check out this superb figure. You won't be disappointed.
The STAR WARS BLACK SERIES figure of BOBA FETT with HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE from the 2013 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON definitely has my highest recommendation!