Boba Fett's 1st screen test is exactly as awesome as you imagine

There's a reason Fett remains one of the most beloved bounty hunters in popular fiction, and this video shows us how it all started.

Before the Sarlacc pit, before Slave I, before Empire and Jedi, Boba Fett was a bit of a different animal. Although he was always mean to be billed as the intergalactic equivalent of Sergio Leone's Man Without a Name, originally Fett was also supposed to be named Prince Valorum, a Sith Knight. Around that time, Lucas was introducing a group of supertroopers. According to art director Joe Johnston:

Ralph and I worked on preliminary designs. We traded ideas back and forth. Originally, Boba Fett was part of a force we called supertroopers; they were these really high-tech fighting units and they all looked alike. That eventually evolved into a single bounty hunter.

But it was on June 28, 1978, that history was made. At proto Skywalker Ranch Park House, a select team from The Empire Strikes Back filmed Fett's first screen test. His suit, at this point, was all white. But that doesn't mean his costume was short on detail. On the contrary, Fett's creators take great pleasure in poring over each aspect of Fett's armor.

And that's why Fett, we think, has such enduring popularity -- he was truly beloved by his creators right from the start. When you take the time to really develop even the most minute detail, even if it doesn't make it to the final product, the underlying love shines through. We love Fett because they did first.

(via cnet)