Power of the Force, 1995
Accessories: Sawed-Off Blaster Rifle, Jet Pack
Appears in: Return of the Jedi
Card Back: The most notorious and fearsome bounty hunter in the galaxy is also the most mysterious. Many legends and stories have arisen over the years, but few facts are known of the man called Boba Fett, or his link to Han Solo’s past. Since the Clone Wars, Fett has worked as a mercenary, a soldier, a personal guard, an assassin, and most frequently, as the most expensive bounty hunter in the known systems.
Fett wears the armor of the Mandalore supercommandos, a group of evil warriors who were defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. Fett had it modified to fit his needs as a bounty hunter. His helmet has a macrobinocular viewplate, motion and sound sensors, infrared capabilities, an internal comlink with his ship, the Slave I, and a broadband antenna for intercepting and decoding transmissions. His wrist gauntlets house lasers, a miniature flame projector, and a fibercord whip/grappling device. On his back, a powerful jet pack also houses a turbo-projected magnetic grappling hook with a 20 meter lanyard. Worn over his dirty flightsuit, Fett’s equipment includes knee-pad rocket rocket dart launchers, spiked boots, and a concussion grenade. Braided Wookiee scalps hang over his right shoulder, and a BlasTech EE_3 rifle makes sure no one argues with him. Fearless, methodical, and as unpredictable as the shifting sands of Tatooine, Fett has worked for numerous ganglords, including Jabba the Hutt. He was working for Jabba when a call for bounty hunters was received from the Empire, Fett tracked down his old nemesis, Han Solo, for Darth Vader, and was rewarded with the smuggler’s body, frozen in carbonite.
For us 12 year olds of the day Boba Fett was the definition of cool. Mysterious, deadly and, thanks to his return in Dark Empire, full of potential. It didn’t matter how he went out in Return of the Jedi; this was a character that provided an instant gateway to Star Wars adventure.
All this meant his toy was in high demand. Yet when my friends and I did finally manage to snag one, it wasn’t quite the score we’d hoped for…