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Rocket Firing Fun with Boba Fett

September 13, 2010

Hasbro has released some Star Wars figures on 1970s/80s-styled packaging.  I came across them in a store and was hit in the face and heart with some massive nostalgia.  Many people of my generation will feel the same way when they see the following figure:

Now imagine that, but the figure can actually bend his elbows and knees.  What’s more, there’s an offer for a mail-away replica vintage rocket-firing Boba Fett figure.  This, my friends, is the final nail in the coffin of my wallet.  The rocket-firing Boba Fett figure is the stuff of myth and legend.  Back in 1979, there was a mail-in offer on Star Wars figures for a new character from the upcoming Star Wars sequel.  All we knew was that his name was Boba Fett, and he shot a giant rocket from his back.  Who was this guy?  Was he good? Was he evil? What do you mean, there’s going to be ANOTHER Star Wars movie?  Remember, this was when Boba Fett was a genuine mystery, and not a cranky kid who watched his daddy get beheaded by Samuel L. Jackson.  Seriously, all we had was this picture:

Kids all over North America cut the proofs of purchase from their Star Wars packaging, sent them away to Kenner, and waited patiently.  Oh, they got their Boba Fett, all right.  And it was a mighty figure.  But instead of a rocket firing feature, they got an apology note.  It basically said “Hey, it seems that the rocket thing isn’t safe.  Sorry.”  A kid had choked to death on a Battlestar Galactica toy, and that was the end of Sci-Fi toys that fired tiny projectiles.  Here’s the commercial.  If you notice, the bit on the back of the package that mentions the rocket firing feature is replaced by a big black sticker.  Also, you’ve got to respect any commercial that has a guy who looks like your Dad telling you about tiny plastic people.

Oh, sure, there are some people who claimed that they got one of the “few” Fett figures that fired a rocket, but the truth is that only about 36 prototypes/1st shots were made, and none of them made it to the public.  The prototypes are kicking around out there, and go for tens of thousands of dollars on the Open Geek Market.

pic taken from theswca.com

Now, over 30 years later, you can get the damned thing.  I’m sure the rocket will be different, but damn it, I want one.  I just need to get five proofs of purchase from specially marked Star Wars figures, and the elusive bounty hunter (though not as elusive as Robert Denby) will be mine!

Of course, the hoarders and figure scalpers always get there before me, so any time I’m at a store, the only figure left is this guy:

Kids love a guy with a Hitler 'stache and no lines of dialogue.

Whoopdee shit.  Mustache McPilot.I mean, I think I’d rather have Lobot than this guy.  Oh, well.  At least it’s not the six-breasted woman from Return of the Jedi.

Oh Sweet Jesus, WHY? (pic taken from jedi-business.com)

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Video: Lobot Transmission

February 21, 2010

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I was messing around with Sony Vegas the other day, and threw together this creepy little 30-second video.  It was originally meant just as a little test film for mixing sounds and screwing with effects, but the GF hated it so much she insisted I put it online.  So here it is, cheap scare and all.  Are you happy, Laura?  THEY ALL HATE ME NOW.

Seriously, though… how could you hate me when Lobot is involved?  My only regret is that his puffy sleeves were not shown.  So Domo Arigat…. you know what? I’m not going to do that.

Eric