Thursday, November 8, 2012

Boba Fett? Boba Fett where?

My original post was getting way too long, and was becoming the sort of thing that needs to go through the rough draft phase, so I decided to go with something a bit easier for tonight. And by easier I mean much, much, shorter.

Boba Fett. I know most people pick on the Fett-man, though I can't really blame them. He was accidentally defeated by a blind Han Solo, and ended up in the bottom of a giant,  sandy, toothed vagina in the middle of the desert. That doesn't cause me to like him any less though. From the first time I saw him in Return of the Jedi, he was my favorite character. I really don't know what drew me to Boba Fett, since we don't really get to see him do much during the trilogy. Maybe it was the jetpack. I was always fascinated by jetpacks as a kid. Anyway, by the time I found out there was a Boba Fett action figure, Star Wars toys hadn't been in stores for at least 5 years. There was no Ebay, in fact there was no internet that I knew of. The only thing I had to go by were ads in the toy price guides, when I could find them. Sadly, Boba Fett was always out of my price range, as I couldn't bring myself to spend $20 dollars on an action figure that was probably going to get played with and worn out. 

I actually ended up with several vintage Boba Fett figures the past few years, but they've all been sold or given away. Well, all except one:

Rocket firing Boba Fett! it's really just the mail in version from a couple of years ago. I still love it though. I have to admit, I used to look down on the Star Wars figures. I just didn't like the fact their elbows and knees didn't bend like G.I. Joe's did. Now though, I can definitely appreciate their simplicity and ruggedness. The modern figures feel like they're going to break just by posing them. You could toss the vintage figures off a building, and they probably wouldn't suffer much more than some paint wear. They do have one annoying issue though:

Most of the Star Wars figures I've handled could barely hold on to their weapons. You had to pry G.I. Joe's weapons from their cold, plastic hands, while Boba Fett would hold his blaster like it was a used napkin. 

This figure is pretty close to the original, though I think it was made a bit taller, so it couldn't be passed off as an original Rocket Firing Boba Fett. It comes with two missiles, one that just sits in the launcher, and one that actually launches out of the jetpack

Non-firing version

Firing version
The rocket actually gets some decent range, though I doubt it's really enough to injure someone. I think it actually has a bit less power than the launchers all those Battle Corps G.I. Joes used to come with. I guess it is possible those early 1980's springs had a bit more strength than these wimpy ones we have in the 2000's. 
Still, it's probably not a bad idea to use some common sense and be safe when you're playing with toy rocket launchers. For example, never point them at yourself while your thumb in on the trigg....

Oh crap! Do I take it out or do I leave it in!??

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