ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

When it comes to indisputable cool, there aren't too many cultural icons out there more overburdened with it than Boba Fett. I mean, just look at him. He's awesome. So, sure, the Mandalorian bounty hunter with absolutely no heart of gold may have barely featured in the original Star Wars trilogy, and, sure, he may be a cruel, violent and Han Solo-imprisoning bastard - but that doesn't mean he's not awesome.

And, of course, a whole lot of the credit for that - especially since we barely saw him do anything in the original movies - has to go to his designers. After all, the helmet alone is downright iconic.

The thing is, though, back when Fett was first designed - by Ralph McQuarrie, and Captain America's Joe Johnston, no less - he looked...pretty darned different.

Boba Fett Almost Looked Like This

Yup, that's right - as revealed by, Boba Fett, the most bad-ass bounty hunter in the galaxy, almost had a floral decoration on his helmet, and white armor.

So, Just to Clarify, Instead of This...

Namely, a giant pile of bad-assery...

He Had Completely. White. Armor.

Which, Oddly, Isn't Even the Weirdest Part

Because that'd definitely be the stage where he looked like a cross between Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.

Eventually, Though, He Evolved Into Something Closer To What We Know and Love

Crucially, notice the absence of floral decoration.

And, After Some Pretty Bad-Ass Armor Breakdowns...

Which basically turned him into Space-Batman. With an actual, factual utility belt.

...He Finally Became Caught Some Color

And, of course, a flame-thrower. Just because.

And Soon Became the Bounty Hunter We All Know and Love

It's kind of crazy to think, though, that we could so easily have seen a fundamentally different bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back. In fact, it actually makes me wonder whether - had McQuarrie and Johnston not refined the concept art quite so much - Boba Fett would be quite so iconic a character today.

What do you guys reckon?


Would Boba Fett be as cool if he'd looked more like his original designs?

via ComicBookResources


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