Blast From the Past! Boba Fett’s 1978 Screen Test

- 07-02-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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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?

Source: Sideshow Collectibles via /Film

Nerdy Bits: X-Wing Beard, Get Your Own Zombie Extermination, Research & Operations Kit, Super Golden Friends, Sobbing the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Theme, and MOAR!

- 07-10-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Videogames, WTF? Posted by Luke Gallagher

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled pictures of Poison Ivy, the latest edition to the DC Comics Premium Format Figure collection. This super-sexy 1:4 scale figure measures 21 inches tall and features Poison Ivy along with her carnivorous plants  (If you know what I mean). Each is hand-painted and available for preorder now with delivery expected in January 2013. [Nerd Approved]

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Nerdy Bits: Ben Kenobi – Desert Nomad, Amazing ‘Avengers’ Eye Makeup, Super Superhero Mashup, Mr. Garrison Teaches the History of Westeros and MOAR!

- 04-30-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Professional cosplayer Jessica Nigiri does Ash from Pokemon. Well, yeah, she doesn’t “do” him, but ya know what I mean. Photography by 12 North Photography. Check out more cosplay hotties at Comic Book Movie.

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Stuff You Want, Things You Need & Everything You Can’t Have!- By Guest Writer Eric Kwun of igeektrooper.com

- 02-19-11Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by Luke Gallagher

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[Editors Note: 'SYWTYN & Everything You Can't Have' is a weekly products column by guest writer Eric Kwun of igeektrooper.com]

Welcome bastards to a new installment of “Stuff You Want, Things You Need, & Everything You Can’t Have” by yours truly, Eric aka geektrooper. The world is full of awesome stuff and I am here to show you some of the best out there! Prepare to spend over your hard earned credits for these awesome goods.

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Stuff You Want, Things You Need & Everything You Can’t Have!- By Guest Writer Eric Kwun of igeektrooper.com

- 02-05-11Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Welcome bastards to a new installment of “Stuff You Want, Things You Need, & Everything You Can’t Have” (maybe this title needs to be bit shorter…) by yours truly, Eric aka geektrooper. Let’s keep it simple and sexy as I give you a rundown of some epic stuff from around the web during the week of January 30th to February 5th.

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Darth Talon Premium Format Figure Proves That In Star Wars Sex Sells

- 11-02-09Cool Stuff Posted by Luke Gallagher

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It’s fairly obvious to everyone that sex sells. It’s a mystery to me why George Lucas, the capitalist that he is has pretty much failed to take advantage of the sexy side of Star Wars. Seriously how long do you expect fans to stare at slave Leia? Well shit, ain’t that a dumb question but that’s beside the point. Give us some more sexy toys to gawk at, damn you! While you ponder which characters of the female persuasion you want to throw at us next I will gladly accept Sideshows  Darth Talon Premium format figure.

I know, I know she’s just a toy but you will have to excuse me for a moment. Staring at the product pic has made something funny happen in my pants. Here read the info after the jump while I figure out what’s going on down there.

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Indiana Jones Fail: Nuke The Fridge Figure

- 10-25-09WTF? Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Goddamnit!!! Just when I thought I cleared my memory of the suck fest that is Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull Sideshow Collectibles had to go and do this. Ya know that horrendous scene where Indy takes refuge in a lead-lined refrigerator to escape a nuclear blast, gets rolled around the desert and emerges without a scratch? Well now you can commemorate that scene with this 12 inch, super detailed, fully articulated Indy, with fridge and all. Yep, that’s right, it comes with the fucking fridge! I dunno what I am more shocked by. Sideshow actually making this atrocious figure or the fact that all 600 of these things have already sold out.

Indiana Jones Sideshow Exclusive Edition
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
12 inch Figure
Item Number: 39121
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles
Price: US $174.99

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