Of course, we finally know Boba's childhood and why he became a bounty hunter, having seen AOTC. But as far as this character's rise to poularity.... I know his first appearance was in the cartoon in the holiday special. This preceded his film debut in the original release of TESB. Did Lucas have notes and designs on this character but never got to use him in ANH, and therefore gave him over to the cartoon people? By the way, i love that little cartoon, but I guess we can't consider it canon since Han had never heard of Fett. Also, Boba really wasn't Vader's right hand man, although 3PO could have been embellishing. That cartoon also saw the inclusion of an Ackbar-type Mon Calamari character for a second. How did this little bit of animation come to feature major bits of the filmed canon which would not even be seen for years? Who actually invented Boba Fett?