Get ready! Your favorite bounty hunter is almost here and is estimated to begin shipping out of our U.S. warehouse at the end of March. We're proud to show you these production images of the Boba Fett Premium Format figure, which show off the ball-jointed articulation located in his neck that will allow you to add a little more attitude to your Fett display!
Behind the scenes with Boba: Fett was a unique challenge for production, even more so than Darth Vader, due to the nature of the design of the armor. Vader has less armor, and most of it is fairly production friendly (thick pieces, with strong attachment to the body). The main concern with Darth Vader was the outer helmet, which is so thin that we ended up tooling the piece for production in plastic. The vast majority shipped in perfect condition, but we did still find some breakage issues with the codpiece and other miscellaneous armored parts. With Boba Fett, there are more armor pieces, all very thin, that attach directly to the clothing. After much R&D and sampling, we decided that the best way to capture Fett’s armor accurately and with the most durability would be to tool it for plastic production. The ABS plastic is also better able to consistently maintain form, whereas with polystone or resin we would most likely find imperfections in the symmetrical, mechanical armor pieces.
Another challenge of production is proportion and shrinkage, because different materials shrink at different rates. If you start with two masters, and make molds for different materials (silicone molds for polystone, steel tools for ABS, copper molds for roto vinyl), you will find that the size of the final product will vary dramatically, and somewhat inconsistently. With Boba Fett, as with every project, we felt the proportions of the final product were of critical importance, and the best way to maintain consistent proportion amongst the various components would be to produce them all in the same material. The helmet, armor, body, and all other ‘hard’ parts are all cast in the same material, and we believe the end result is a durable, crisp, accurate and very solid 1:4 scale Boba Fett (and not quite so heavy – it may save you a little on shipping!). We can’t wait to see your photos and reviews!