I broke down and picked up one of the Disney Infinity Boba Fett figures, since the clearance on these at Wal Mart is $4.88 at the moment. Hope I can pick a few more up before they all disappear.
But, hey, this is a picture of Boba Fett . . . and I have to say, I actually like Boba Fett. I know people tend to be stratified on Jango's son, and people that are fans tend to be huge fans. I'm not really quite that way.
I remember first seeing Boba Fett as a mail in action figure with the Kenner line back in the ancient days. I loved how the character looked. I know there are people that say that's the only reason people liked him, and that's a strong component.
But what I liked about Fett was that what we knew about him was implied. Fett was one of the bounty hunters that Vader contacted. On top of that, Fett had some implied story where he apparently disintegrated someone or something. He smarted off to Vader, multiple times, in the movie where Vader was Force choking people left and right.
I never really liked Dark Empire, where we learned that, in the EU, Fett survived the Sarlacc Pit. For people complaining about the Force Awakens being a rehash of A New Hope, I always felt that Dark Empire was "the original trilogy, but x10!"
What I did like was the Boba Fett comics that Dark Horse put out in the 90s. Fett barely talked, and when he did, he was a smart ass. Fett " was a not "nice badass hunting really scummy people across the galaxy. Fett, to me, was never an anti-hero. He was a cool bad guy, but he was for hire, so he wasn't a mastermind or a villain on his own. But he certainly wasn't a hero.
Fett as an anti-hero, having his own family, and becoming the Mandalore, all while Mandalorians are increasingly becoming the most awesome guys in the history of the galaxy, never really appealed to me. In retrospect, Fett didn't need to survive the Sarlacc Pit to be a bad ass. Even his silly, slapstick death really didn't diminish what I liked about the character.
When we found out that Fett was the son of the man who was used as the template for the Clone army, I wasn't overly thrilled. I felt that Lucas was being way too literal, taking the prototype for the Stormtrooper armor as being the literal prototype for the clones.
However, a strange thing happened the longer the Clone Wars animated series went on. I kind of started to like grumpy teen Boba Fett, who had an entourage of bounty hunters around him before he should even be able to drive.
I'd be perfectly happy if in the "new canon" Fett never survived the Sarlacc Pit. I'd be thrilled if he never became a reluctant hero, or the leader of the Mandalorian people. But I would love more stories where laconic, smart-ass Fett completes a contract on a piece of filth somewhere on the fringes of the galaxy.