Welcome to Super-Blog Team-Up Volume #3!. Today, 12 blogs team up to tackle supervillains.
The Bronze Age Babies brings us the evil Fantastic Four in The Frightful Four (Are Brains Required for This Outfit?)
Fantastiverse has written about a classic Spider-Man foe in Green Goblin: The Art of Villainy and Madness
Superior Spider-Talk brings us the very first supervillain Spider-Man ever fought in Chameleon: Peter Parker’s Parents Are Andriods?
Lastly, in this post, I’m discussing the two most popular villains found on cakes in Two Villains Rule The World of Cakes: Darth Vader & Boba Fett.
Star Wars recently announced that the Star Wars Expanded Universe was no longer part of the main Star Wars continuity. The expanded universe would now be called Star Wars Legends. In this post I’ll be looking at some of these legends about Darth Vader and Boba Fett. I’ll also throw in some interesting trivia about them.
By far the most important legend related to Boba Fett is that he escaped from the Sarlacc with the help of his Mandalorian armor. A group of Jawas found him unconscious and placed him in their sand crawler. They even put a restraining bolt on him because they though he was either a droid or a cyborg. During this time, these same Jawas also stole R2-D2. In an attempt to rescue R2-D2, Han Solo and Leia Organa attacked and damaged the sand crawler. Boba Fett, who had temporarily lost his memory, helped Han rescue R2-D2. In return, Han helped Fett escape as well.
Initially the Empire did not believe that Darth Vader had killed Emperor Palpatine. They thought Luke killed both. The Empire learned the truth about Darth Vader’s betrayal when Palpatine was resurrected. In a storyline reminiscent of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, when Palpatine was dying, he used the force to transfer his essence from his dying body and later his essence was transferred into clone of Palpatine.
Boba Fett married and had a daughter, Ailyn Vel, and a granddaughter, Mirta Gev, who were also bounty hunters.
TIE Fighters were originally designed to have blue on their hull. But, blue-screen filming made the TIE Fighters transparent. The TIE Fighters seen in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi did have blue on them but that was added during post-production. The sound for TIE Fighters was created by combining an elephant’s scream with the noise of a car driving on a wet road.
Slave I was a prototype police vehicle from the asteroid prison Oovo IV. There were only six of these prototypes, all on Oovo IV. After the destruction of Jango’s ship, Jaster’s Legacy, he stole one of these prototypes. He also destroyed the other five prototypes so that they couldn’t pursue him. Later, Jango named this ship Slave I.
George Lucas had said that if Darth Vader had not been injured on Mustafar (where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin dueled during Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith) he would have been twice as powerful as the Emperor. With his injuries, he was 80% as powerful as the Emperor.
In best soap opera fashion, Boba Fett’s marriage ended in divorce and concluded with Fett severing all contact with his family. Boba Fett’s daughter, Ailyn, grew up hating her father. Ailyn eventually took her father’s identity and spent her life hunting him down.
George Lucas once mentioned in an interview that he based Darth Vader on the android villain Hakaider from the 1972-73 live action Japanese television series Jinzo Ningen Kikaider. George watched this series while visiting Japan in the early 1970s.
Here is a statue of Hakaida so you can see how similar in design he and Darth Vader are.
Ailyn Vel taught her daughter, Mirta Gev, to hate Boba Fett. When Gev finally tracked Fett down, she found that he was dying. Gev ended up entering into a partnership with Fett and helped him find a cure for his illness. After this, Gev and Fett teamed up for many adventures.
Darth Vader had a secret apprentice named Galen Marek who was also known as Starkiller. Darth Vader trained Starkiller to help him kill Emperor Palpatine, but the Emperor found out about the plot. Darth Vader had to kill Starkiller’s to prove his loyalty to Emperor Palpatine. While Starkiller was injured, he and Darth Vader had faked Starkiller’s death. Later Starkiller would turn his back on the Dark Side of the Force, defeat Darth Vader in combat, and be killed while battling the Emperor.
One of the most famous storylines in the Expanded Universe was the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion. The Yuuzhan Vong were horrific conquerors from another galaxy that killed over 365 trillion sentient beings during their invasion. During the invasion Boba Fett acted as a double agent. While appearing to work as a mercenary for the Yuuzhan Vong, he was really using his position to pass classified information to the forces fighting the Yuuzhan Vong.
Anakin appears in the special, LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, as both Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. Anakin is seen fighting with General Grievous aboard a capital class ship. Darth Vader makes subsequent appearances throughout the special, where he is herded off screen by George Lucas and told he is not in the special.
Using Mirta Gev’s blood, the Imperial Remnant developed a deadly nanovirus that specifically targeted Boba Fett’s family and released it into the atmosphere of Mandalore. The Imperial Remnant made a mistake because Boba Fett was not on Mandalore at the time. Because of the nanovirus, Fett could never return to Mandalore. Boba Fett looking for an antidote to the virus has been featured in several recent Star Wars novels.
The Tomb of Darth Vader was a burial place prepared in the Great Temple on the Sith world of Korriban to hold the remains of Darth Vader. The tomb was never used for its original purpose. Anakin Skywalker renounced the Dark Side of the Force and the title of Darth Vader in the final moments of his life as he destroyed the Emperor to fulfill the ancient Jedi prophecy. Having died embracing the Light Side of the Force, his body became one with the Force, and his son Luke Skywalker cremated his empty armor on Endor a short time later.
This Boba Fett Cake Pop was made by me, Karen Williams.