I’ll admit, I’ve never understood the Boba Fett fascination. He shows up in Empire, skulks around in the background, collects Han, macks on some slave dancers at Jabba’s palace in Jedi, then dies from jetpack complications and a hungry Sarlaac. Not really a character I had a burning desire to learn more about. But due to either the mystery surrounding Boba – until the prequels gave us that lame origin story – or his seriously cool design, Boba Fett became one of the most popular and recognizable Star Wars characters around.
And he was a character those involved were super excited to debut. So excited, Fett’s first appearance was actually in an animated segment on the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special – which George Lucas would kindly like you to forget ever happened – not Empire.
This rarely seen screen test from the same year shows the initial Boba Fett design, and it’s not radically different from what we eventually see in Empire. In the video you’ll see sound designer Ben Burtt explaining Fett’s suit and the reasoning behind its design; like how it was made to be worn by almost anyone and serve as another universal Star Wars mascot, like Vader and the droids. Which I believe is partly why Fett’s Mandalorian armor is so popular. With the right gear, anyone can be Boba Fett! In fact, the Boba Fett of this video is actually editor Duwayne Dunham.
So the whole reason this early screen test of Boba Fett even came to light is because Sideshow Collectibles are getting ready to debut a new Fett figure modeled after this very first prototype. The above image is of their upcoming 1/6 scale figure.
Any interest in owning your own prototype Boba Fett?