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Boba Fett “Wanted Posters” Ushered the Bounty Hunter into the Star Wars Universe

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Our favorite “barve” was looking for “Ludlo”….

Star Wars junkies know that their favorite bounty hunter first jangled his “spurs” in the San Anselmo Country Fair Parade.

That was back in September 1978.

However, at the time, NOBODY knew who this strange new “Boba Fett” character was.

Introducing Boba Fett

Lucasfilm.com, via their “History in Objects” series, explained:

Darth Vader and Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back
Darth Vader and Boba Fett with Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Image: Lucasfilm

Without a backstory yet to support him, Lucasfilm needed a way to define just who this new accomplice to Darth Vader was, especially when he made public appearances alongside the Dark Lord.

“One solution was to create small posters for the appearances that clearly positioned Fett as a bounty hunter who, in this case, was interested in the whereabouts of Greedo’s brother Ludlo, a non-canon character briefly featured in the Holiday Special (scripted as “Bludlow”),” added the PR group. “Dated 1978, these posters were introduced at the very beginning of the publicity campaign for Boba Fett, who would soon be getting his own action figure the following year in anticipation of his theatrical debut in The Empire Strikes Back.”

Wanted: Ludlo

Check out the poster:

Image: Lucasfilm

The article also included photos of the above poster within the Lucasfilm offices.

However, those posters were soon to become collectors’ items.

Lucasfilm added:

While Fett’s presence must have been a thrilling surprise for anyone attending a Darth Vader appearance, his days of posing for snapshots and signing photos for fans were sadly short-lived. Following his brief but memorable stint in The Empire Strikes Back, he was no longer being made available for public appearances by mid-1981.

Of course, the next time we would see Boba Fett, Darth Vader would insist, “No disintegration.”

If you want to know more, be sure to read the original article.

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