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Polaroid’s New Camera and Instant Film Capture The Mandalorian

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Fans of a certain classic analog camera and the galaxy far, far away have a new ultimate bounty: Polaroid unveiled last week a limited edition The Mandalorian Polaroid Now camera and the Child-inspired instant film, available now. Sporting a design inspired by the Disney+ series’ titular helmeted warrior, the stunner of a camera seamlessly blends the retro-cool look and legacy of the beloved Polaroid brand with the aesthetic of one of Star Wars’ most popular new characters. In addition, the accompanying instant film features imagery of the Child, making for a playful, perfect companion to the device. For those who’ve never known the joy of Polaroid — load up the instant film, shoot, and watch as your image comes to life — or used to love it, this is the way into a new, rewarding kind of photography. StarWars.com caught up with Marta Martinez, chief marketing officer of Polaroid, for a quick chat about the design of the camera, the Easter egg bounty hunt included with the release, and the “real magic” of Polaroid.

StarWars.com: The camera design is so sharp. What I appreciate most is how it’s understated yet unmistakably evokes the Mandalorian’s armor. How did you land at this approach?

Marta Martinez: I am very glad you appreciate this. We knew that the Mandalorian culture in the Star Wars universe has a rich heritage with strong traits we needed to bring to life in our world. A lot of time was spent trying to find the essence of the Mandalorian aesthetic, specifically around their armor and beskar steel. The chosen color palette comes not from the materials themselves but the reflections in the Outer Rim landscapes.

For example, the Mandalorian’s helmet is silver but under the Arvala-7 sky, the metal looks warm instead of cool. To bring that beautiful cinematography to life in the real world, we developed new techniques to add a warm metallic finish to the body of the Polaroid Now camera and used dark red elements for the accents to complement the design.

Capturing the Mandolarian’s sense of adventure was also crucial to the design. As the photographer holds the Polaroid camera and looks down before taking a photo, the rallying symbol of the Mandalorian — the Mythosaur skull — is etched onto the back. We believe in a world that is meaningful and creative, one that inspires adventure at any moment, just like The Mandalorian series.

StarWars.com: Polaroid has always been just a fun way to shoot film, and I feel like the instant film inspired by The Mandalorian reflects that. Can you talk about how it came to be?

Marta Martinez: We decided to focus the Polaroid instant film on the Child to create a playful contrast to the understated camera design, which is like the Mandalorian himself. As the Mandalorian and the Child journey through the series together, their roles complement each other — we wanted to bring those complimentary characteristics to life through the relationship of The Mandalorian Polaroid Now camera and the Child-inspired film.

Part of bringing to life the playfulness of the Child comes from the fact that you don’t know what frame you will get with your picture. Our team of designers developed 12 unique frames, with eight included in each pack of film. The colors of the frames once again are inspired by the commanding landscapes of the Outer Rim worlds.

Of course, after you load the film you will get a unique collectible “dark slide.” Our dark slides protect the sensitive instant film from light exposure and each pack of the Child-inspired film contains one of the eight unique dark slide designs. These Easter eggs were created as a subtle quest for Polaroid photographers to bring their own bounty hunt to life.

StarWars: As a Star Wars fan and child of the ’80s, this is obviously right up my alley. But I also think this release can be a great gateway into Polaroid photography for younger fans.

Marta Martinez: Polaroid has been part of the cultural landscape for over 80 years and this is still true today. The Polaroid and Star Wars fans grew up together. Most people don’t realize that many of the early Star Wars movies have cast and continuity photos shot on Polaroid film. There’s a beautiful mix of nostalgia and innovation here that is perfectly captured in this dynamic partnership.

Some brands can capture the imagination of different generations and this is what I think we are both doing here; building on our heritage but reinventing the stories to make them relevant to a new generation. Whereas older fans grew up with instant photography, younger fans grew up with the endless camera reel hidden on a smartphone. To take a picture and hold the final product in your hand, that’s the real magic we create.

Polaroid Star Wars: The Mandalorian edition is available now.

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Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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Walk the Path of the Jedi

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 12:04

Ahsoka Tano and Maul Return with New Funko Pop! Bobbleheads — Exclusive Reveal

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 11:30

As fans around the world celebrated the release of the final episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars earlier this year, the design team at Funko was putting the finishing touches on a new line of Pop! bobbleheads. Just as the seventh season showcased a sleeker animation style and more mature characters, as the story edged closer to the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, their adorable mouthless counterparts were imbued with a subtle evolution from earlier renditions.

“The paints on the Pops needed to feel like they properly represented the rendered animation,” says Funko’s senior product designer Reis O’Brien, “which led us to many rounds of trying different techniques of weathering, paint wipes, and dry brush techniques. But it’s always fun to see it all come together in the final round and go ‘That’s it!’”

The new series includes all-new Pop! bobblehead sculpts of Ahsoka and Maul, as well as characters never before seen in Funko form, including one of Clone Force 99’s fiercest fighters and the Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan. Designers have sculpted the standard Mandalorian armor for previous projects, but O’Brien says this series was different. “The subtle — but massively important — differences in the Mandalorian helmets and armor took a lot of tweaking to get just right,” he says. “Mandalorian helmets are deceptively simple. Raising the corner of the eye-slits too far, for example, can throw the whole thing off. And translating the helmet shapes and proportion to the classic Pop! head shape is never an easy task. So it feels like a victory every time we finally nail it.”

Here’s a closer look at each piece in the series, with insights from O’Brien on every character and figure.

Ahsoka

For this series, the design team aimed to push the poses and attitudes of the Pop! figures to better replicate the tension surrounding the characters at the end of the Clone Wars. “We wanted this one to have the feel of coiled tension, like she’s facing danger and ready to strike,” O’Brien says of the not-quite-a-Jedi Ahsoka Tano, as she appeared in the Siege of Mandalore arc.

Ahsoka in coveralls

The new series also includes a more relaxed version of Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan as she explored the depths of Coruscant and made the acquaintance of the Martez sisters. “This Ahsoka had to still feel like her character but needed to stand out from the other version in this series,” O’Brien says. “So, we relaxed her pose considerably and gave her a more casual stance.” And, of course, with those coveralls it’s easy to place this version of the fan-favorite Togruta!

Darth Maul

“Translating Maul in the Pop form is always tricky,” O’Brien admits. “He’s the farthest thing from cute, so we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of the inherent cuteness in Pops when it comes to characters like him.” Since the former Sith apprentice faces off with Ahsoka in the series, it was only right to render the Pop! version ready for battle. “We wanted his pose to feel similar to Ahsoka’s, so that when they are displayed facing each other you get a bit of storytelling,” O’Brien says, “a tense moment of two foes facing each other in the few breaths before the fighting begins.”

Bo-Katan Kryze

Fans have been clamoring for a Bo-Katan Funko Pop! for some time, and the character’s triumphant return to free Mandalore from Maul’s oppressive rule seemed like the perfect opportunity. “Bo-Katan was long overdue for her own Pop,” O’Brien acknowledges. “And since her character is so beloved by the fans, we wanted to make sure we did her justice. We took special care in the details of her armor and helmet to make sure she stood out on her own.” With our first look, there’s no doubt that this is fearless Lady Kryze of Mandalore.


Clone Force 99 – Wrecker

The members of the Bad Batch are no ordinary clones, and the same can be said for Wrecker’s Pop! counterpart. “It really challenged the team to push his proportions so that he felt like the bulky tank-like character that he is on the show,” O’Brien says. The paint on his armor was another problem altogether. “We had to find a way to make those brushstroke-style skull marking on his helmet look great in production using pad prints. Working through the challenges of the brushed-on graphics and seeing how great they turned out is exactly the thing a toy-lover like me geeks out on. He really turned out stunning!”

Mandalorian Super Commando

Wrecker wasn’t the only figure that called for special paint application. “We spent a lot of time trying to get the weathered look of the armor just right,” O’Brien says. “These are not pristine looking characters — in the tradition of the used universe look of Star Wars — so it was important to us to help capture that.”

Gar Saxon

For Maul’s loyal captain, Gar Saxon, it was a delicate balance of tweaking the helmet sculpt to make it feel as if the character’s hidden eyes were piercing right through you. “This one had to be menacing, so we tweaked and nudged the angles on the helmet and visor to give it a bit of a cold stare,” O’Brien says, no small feat on an otherwise simple and elegant design. “Another new thing we did for this whole series is to try some newer dry-brush techniques to match the colorization and shading style seen in the animation.”

O’Brien is hard-pressed to pick a favorite from the enviable line-up. “Sculpt-wise, they are all amazing in my eyes. Truly a testament to our creative team,” he says like a proud parent. “But if I had to pick one, I’d have to go with Ahsoka with her lightsabers. There’s just something so sublime and elegant in her pose, like a dance move frozen in time. I adore it.”

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Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer, host of This Week! In Star Wars and The Star Wars Show Book Club, and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

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Hasbro PulseCon: HasLab Vintage Collection Razor Crest Revealed and More

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 15:10

At the first-ever Hasbro PulseCon this week, Hasbro revealed a galaxy of major new figures and collectibles across several lines celebrating all eras of the Star Wars saga.

Among the biggest announcements is one that’s sure to please bounty hunter fans everywhere: a new Hasbro HasLab crowdfunding campaign for the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Razor Crest. In addition to the fan-favorite warrior’s very cool ship, the release will come with a 3.75-inch Mandalorian figure in Beskar armor with a one-of-a-kind soft goods cape — but only if the campaign is successfully funded. Want to make it happen? This is the Way: you can pre-order and back the HasLab Razor Crest for $349.99 (US/CAN; price may differ internationally). If the campaign is backed with a minimum 6,000 backers by November 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the Razor Crest will go into production!

Hasbro also unveiled a bombad addition to the Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch series: prequel trilogy icon Jar Jar Binks. Long requested by fans, Jar Jar comes packed with his Battle of Naboo weaponry.

And there’s lots more Hasbro Star Wars goodness on the way. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Boba Fett and the Armorer of The Mandalorian will join the Black Series, along with a super-fun collection of holiday-themed stormtroopers, Dark Side Vision Rey, and more. Star Wars: The Vintage Collection devotees can look forward to several new releases, including Captain Rex and The Incinerator Trooper. Plus, Ahsoka Tano’s Jedi weapon will soon come to life as a Force FX Elite Lightsaber.

Check out all the reveals in the gallery below!


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Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest Celebrates the Return of Modelmaking Magic to Star Wars

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:19

The Mandalorian ushered in a major visual effects innovation with StageCraft, the immersive screen that projects real-time 3D environments. But it also brought back a decidedly old-school technique that formed the very foundation of the original Star Wars: modelmaking.

Today, Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects house of Lucasfilm, released a new mini-documentary called Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest, which tells the story of how ILM built and shot a model of the Mandalorian’s hulking vessel. With the advent of digital technology, models have been used less and less frequently over the years — though respect for the artistry and craft always remained at ILM and Lucasfilm. “Miniatures and motion control are in our DNA at ILM, and it’s been over 15 years since we have done a motion-control shoot,” Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest director Chris Hawkinson tells StarWars.com. “Documenting the process wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the company and filmmakers.”

Hawkinson was granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the making of The Mandalorian, taking viewers from early explorations with design supervisor Doug Chiang to John Knoll’s custom-made motion-control system. It’s a wonderfully in-depth look at the return of a lost art, and what it means to those behind The Mandalorian.

“We spent just over two months gathering interviews and shooting behind-the-scenes footage and finished post production during shelter-in-place,” Hawkinson says. “From the design of the ship, to the engineering the motion-control rig and model mover, to the incredible level of detail in the miniature, to the passion everyone brought to the project… It’s movie magic. It’s what inspired me growing up, and helping tell the story was one of the greatest joys of my career.”

Watch Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest below!

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Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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The Clone Wars Rewatch: “An Old Friend” Returns

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:00

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

113: “An Old Friend” (Season Six, Episode 5)

“To love is to trust. To trust is to believe.”

Synopsis:

While on Scipio, Padmé Amidala is called upon by an old friend, Rush Clovis, to help uncover corruption in the Banking Clan. They must evade the bounty hunter Embo to escape the planet with the incriminating information.

Analysis:

Padmé’s past comes screaming back once more with the return of Rush Clovis, a known Separatist and special representative to the Banking Clan. But it’s Teckla, her loyal handmaiden, who’s the real MVP in this scheme, and she pays for her dedication to Padmé and the Republic with her life.

The presence of a handmaiden is a nice callback to Padmé’s time as Queen of Naboo and during her early years in the senate, when the loyal doppelgängers kept her safe through multiple assassination attempts. And earlier in the war, this particular handmaiden, Teckla, also provided a welcome sounding board and a vital link that allowed Padmé to speak authentically about the way military spending was inflicting suffering on the average citizens.

The thing about handmaidens is they almost always blend into the backdrop. When Clovis gets hung up, left waiting while Padmé enters the vault, Teckla can slip out undetected by almost everyone. But after placing the thermo charge that will plunge the vaults in darkness, an essential part of Padmé’s success, there’s one person who hasn’t ignored the handmaiden’s presence: Embo.

Teckla has but a moment to panic as the sniper’s red sight finds her, killing her where she stands. It’s a tragic end for another one of Padmé’s doubles, but it highlights their importance, their loyalty to the senator, and their dedication to the greater good.

It’s a noble end for Teckla Minnau.

Intel:

  • The Banking Clan and the planet Scipio are strongly influenced by our own Switzerland, a nation known for its banks and wartime neutrality.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Anakin’s jealousy reaches a whole new level in “The Rise of Clovis.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer, host of This Week! In Star Wars, and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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An Elegant Weapon: Get an Up-Close Look at a Lightsaber from Star Wars: The High Republic – Exclusive

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:55

When it came to designing lightsabers for the High Republic era, Lucasfilm knew that they had to be special — elegant weapons for a more civilized age, as Obi-Wan Kenobi might say. So they took inspiration from one of the most legendary swords in storytelling.

“We wanted to make the Jedi distinctive and instantly recognizable as Jedi Knights of the High Republic, and that applies not only to their clothing but to their lightsabers, as well,” says Michael Siglain, Lucasfilm Publishing’s creative director. “Internally, we often refer to the Jedi of this era as ‘the Jedi Knights of the Round Table.’ Taking that idea one step further, their sabers can be viewed as their own versions of Excalibur.”

Star Wars: The High Republic, a storytelling epic that kicks off in January 2021, will tell stories set centuries prior to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, during the very peak of the Jedi Order. But fans can get their first look at the lightsaber of Stellan Gios, a Jedi Master during the High Republic era, here on StarWars.com with this exclusive preview from Insight Editions’ The Lightsaber Collection, a compendium coming October 20 and available for pre-order now.

Following early explorations with artist Grant Griffin, Disney Publishing illustration manager Jeff R. Thomas further developed Stellan’s lightsaber hilt. “When designing Stellan’s lightsaber, I looked at the iconic lightsabers that have already been established,” Thomas says. “He needed an iconic weapon that could stand beside the other famous lightsabers, but at the same time be unique to him and evoke the time period of the High Republic.”

Thomas took special note of Kylo Ren’s cross-saber design as something befitting the era, but found it didn’t quite work for what he hoped to achieve.

“With the High Republic, we wanted to implement a more traditional crossguard, but I still wanted to include the saber-blade into the crossguard design, so that Stellan would be able to defend himself against saber attacks. That’s where Excalibur came into play,” Thomas says. “What would a lightsaber version of Excalibur look like? I started sketching and came up with a silhouette I really liked, but the practicality of holstering/sheathing it nagged at me until I had the idea that the crossguard didn’t have to be stationary. Perhaps it could activate or deactivate with the saber. So after some more sketches and some back and forth with Lucasfilm, it was decided that the crossguard would activate as opposed to always being open, which would give the saber the slimmer silhouette while holstered and would lend itself to some great visuals when activating.”

The end result is a bold, beautiful new take on the lightsaber. Gold plays prominently in the design of Stellan’s weapon, including decorative accents that echo the trim seen on Jedi robes of the time, while the crossguard elements reveal the high level of artistry during the High Republic era. It’s definitely a lightsaber, but one we haven’t seen before.

“As with everything connected to the High Republic, it was all very collaborative, and also a great deal of fun,” Siglain says. “Jeff delivered a truly amazing design, then the incredible folks at Insight Editions, including artist Lukasz Liszko, translated Jeff’s work into a beautiful photorealistic version for The Lightsaber Collection, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Obi-Wan would approve, we think.

The Lightsaber Collection arrives October 20 and is available for pre-order now.

Visit Lucasfilm’s official hub for all things Star Wars: The High Republic at StarWars.com/TheHighRepublic.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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Explore the Haunting City of Vaale in Marvel’s Doctor Aphra #4 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 08:00

Amid the mystical Rings of Vaale lies an ancient living city, with bones that sing a haunting melody to drive all who hear it to madness.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive preview of Marvel’s Doctor Aphra #4, set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Aphra’s journey to the Lost City of Vaale ends with a bang as she and her surviving companions unlock the mysteries of a macabre security system gone rogue…

Doctor Aphra #4, from writer Alyssa Wong and artist Marika Cresta, with a cover by Valentina Remenar, arrives September 30 and is available for pre-order now.

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Test Your Knowledge of Star Wars Trivia at the El Capitan Theatre’s Streaming Event

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:21

Think you know Star Wars? It’s time to take your trivia trials, Padawans.

The famed El Capitan Theatre will host a Star Wars-themed Trivia Night this Thursday, September 24, for fans of the Skywalker saga. And you don’t need to leave your home — this is an online-only event, and you can play by yourself or with a team.

Players must register by 4 p.m. PT that day to be eligible to participate when the games begin at 5 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET. Head over to ElCapitanTheatre.com for more details.

If you’re looking to brush up on your Star Wars knowledge, try some of StarWars.com’s quizzes and complete your training!

Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

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Empire at 40 | The Evolution of Costumes in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:00

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents Empire at 40,” a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles.

Costumes, especially in a galaxy like Star Wars, help tell us what sort of world we’re being dropped into and — perhaps more importantly — who the characters are. After all, the look of Darth Vader’s imposing black armor stays in your mind long after the final credits roll. And without the signature look, Star Wars just wouldn’t be the same.

In the case of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the costumes also give a sense of the evolution of characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa, while helping to show that time has passed since Star Wars: A New Hope. With the Yavin medal ceremony in the rearview mirror and the icy plains of Hoth rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at some of the many ways that costumes evolved in The Empire Strikes Back.

THE REBEL ALLIANCE

The rebels may have blown up the Death Star, but the heroes of the Rebel Alliance have hardly been resting on their laurels since the Battle of Yavin. After all, there is still a war to fight and the costumes worn by characters on Echo Base reflect that. The Hoth costumes were also some of the first looks that the wardrobe department, led by costumer designer John Mollo, pulled together before filming began in Norway.

Pilots

The snowspeeder pilot uniforms, although similar to the X-wing pilot jumpsuits seen before, have an obvious and practical upgrade: pilots now have nylon orange jackets with puffy collars and ribbed panels down each sleeve. These are worn over the same bright orange flight suits so closely associated with X-wing pilots, but with white leather gloves instead of black. And on their feet, Hoth-appropriate boots.

Behind the Scenes: The orange jackets were inspired by bomber jackets worn by pilots in our world.

Han Solo

Although Han’s been hanging around the rebels for the last few years, his wardrobe hasn’t changed all that much – with the exception of his time on Hoth, where the cold temperatures necessitated extra layers. The two scarves add a bit of his Corellian flair.

After fleeing for sunny Bespin, Han wears a look that is closer to his original attire with a few subtle upgrades and color palette tweaks. His pants go from being blue with a red tuxedo-like stripe to brown with a yellow stripe. He also now gets a dark colored jacket cut in a similar fashion to his A New Hope vest.

Behind the Scenes: Han’s mukluk boots, along with Luke’s and Leia’s, were custom made by London bootmaker Anello and Davide. Of all the parts of Han’s Hoth outfit, the most noteworthy is his winter jacket, which appears to be dark blue on screen, but is actually a dark brown color in real life, a point of some contention among cosplayers.

Leia Organa

For a more drastic costume change, look no further than the unknowing Skywalker twins. Both Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker were promoted between the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Hoth and their outfits at the start of The Empire Strikes Back reflect as much. Gone are the farm boy poncho and the simple-yet-sleek royal gowns, replaced by far more utilitarian outfits better suited to war and the frigid temperatures on Hoth.

Leia’s transformation is the more dramatic of the two, even though she’s still wearing mostly white. Aesthetically, she fits in with the other rebels with her quilted jumpsuit and puffy-collared vest, but the white, off-white, and gray hues in her look still visually recall the princess we met in A New Hope.

Conversely, her Bespin formalwear is anything but the fatigues worn by a busy commander and it’s the first time we see Leia in an outfit that isn’t monochromatic.

Behind the Scenes: Costume designer John Mollo walked a delicate line with Leia’s snow fatigues, but made a bold choice for her long tunic and fitted pants in the Bespin look. The inclusion of five panels of elaborate embroidery on the silk cloak, which took costume designers hours to complete by hand, ensures it befits the character’s royal status.

Luke Skywalker

For Luke, the Tatooine farmboy look is a thing of the past. Luke’s Hoth outfit adheres to the white-and-tan color scheme of the other troops and his snowspeeder pilot uniform is just like the rest of those in Rogue Group, with a few unique elements like his helmet tossed in to differentiate him from the pack. His rank badges and his new attire make it clear that Luke is very much a part of the Rebel Alliance and no longer the kid they tossed in an X-wing to go blow some things up.

On Dagobah and Bespin, Luke changes into beige fatigues, a combination of high-waisted pants and a jacket.

Behind the Scenes: The wardrobe department made sixteen copies of Luke’s beige fatigues because this particular costume reappears throughout the second half of the film with varying degrees of weathering to reflect the different stages of Luke’s lightsaber battle against Darth Vader.

THE EMPIRE

As for the Galactic Empire, although they’ve spent the last three years regaining the upper hand, they haven’t made many upgrades to their uniforms. Some are only on the screen for a handful of frames, but if you know what you’re looking for, you just might spot them.

Darth Vader

To many, Darth Vader’s signature helmet and armor look much the same as they did in A New Hope. The most obvious changes are seen in the Sith Lord’s helmet, with a larger, v-shaped chin vent, as well as more amber-tinted lenses. On Vader’s chest box and belt, there are also new details and flashing lights. And perhaps a nod to his evolving fashion, in this film Vader starts wearing his inner cape under his collar armor, a style that sticks for the rest of the trilogy.

Behind the Scenes: Darth Vader’s entire costume was overhauled for both style and comfort for The Empire Strikes Back and multiple versions of the costume were constructed simultaneously — the costume department made six different helmets for the movie. Some of the changes simply made the costume more comfortable for the actor inside, including the redesign of the mechanism to attach the dome to the mask. The changes made for The Empire Strikes Back worked so well that designs were largely unchanged three years later for Return of the Jedi.

Stormtroopers

To the casual observer, all the stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back might look the same as their predecessors, but there are some subtle differences. The most noticeable is the teeth on the helmets, now repainted black as opposed to gray. And if you look closely you’ll see there are actually two different sets of stormtrooper armor visible in the film.

Behind the Scenes: Originally sculpted by Brian Muir and Liz Moore based on concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, the stormtrooper armor had to be constructed quickly for A New Hope and it took a beating throughout production. Armor pieces were vacuum-formed out of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic and only a few of the helmets were made out of ABS;  the rest were produced in high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Twenty-four of the original stormtrooper costumes remained and a fresh coat of paint and white gaffer tape could only do so much.

While filming for The Empire Strikes Back started with these original costumes, construction began on what would become known as the Mk. II. Using an original costume to create a mold, designers made a few subtle tweaks, adjusting the shape of the back of the helmet and re-sculpting the ear caps. The new helmets would also use green bubble lenses instead of flat black ones, which looked cool but severely reduced the actors’ ability to see even further. The holster was worn on the opposite side and the hand plates are shaped differently. Ironically, the Mk. II armor is only visible in one shot of Empire Strikes Back during the carbon freezing chamber scene.

Snowtroopers

The Empire Strikes Back saw the true advent of specialized stormtroopers. The sandtroopers on Tatooine with their dirty armor, pauldrons, and heavy backpacks were just the start of what would become one of the hallmarks of the Galactic Empire.

Everything about the snowtrooper was designed with a colder environment in mind, including warmer fabrics for the soft parts. There are two variants of the snowtrooper: the standard trooper and a commander. The main difference lies in the helmet, with the commander’s being more rigid. They also carry a side arm and have a rank bar on their chests.

Behind the Scenes: Based on collaborative concept sketches by McQuarrie and Joe Johnston, very little carries through from stormtrooper to snowtrooper with the exception of a similar shape around the eyes in each helmet and the predominately white color scheme.

General Veers and the AT-AT Drivers

And who could forget General Veers? Commanding the AT-AT, Veers wears a green version of the snowtrooper’s chest and back armor over his standard olive officer uniform. And like the snowtrooper commander, his armor bears his rank bar.

The AT-AT driver’s uniforms are based off of the TIE pilots, although their flightsuits and armor are primarily white instead of black. The AT-AT drivers also wear a leg harness akin to those worn by the X-wing pilots, and they sport similar shoulder bells to stormtroopers, but inverted to give a different visual silhouette.

Behind the Scenes: Costumers crafting General Veers’ helmet (also painted an olive green) used a snowtrooper’s helmet as a base but without the vinyl face covering and with the addition of a number of greeblies and goggles.

The list of new costumes could easily go on and on. Costumes are such a crucial part of filmmaking and tell their own stories. And hey! Maybe next time, you’ll even spot those lone Mk. II stormtroopers in Cloud City.

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The Force of Fashion

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 16:01
Be a style rebel with this cropped pullover by Her Universe.

From the Pages of Star Wars Insider: Welcome to Lucaswood

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:00

The making of the Star Wars films is a saga all its own. In this exclusive excerpt from Star Wars Insider #197,Christopher Cooper tells the story of shooting Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at Elstree Studios.

WELCOME TO LUCASWOOD

Having already shot Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) at England’s Elstree Studios, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz brought the saga back to Borehamwood in 1979 to make the sequel. Star Wars Insider editor Christopher Cooper uncovers the rich cinematic history of the borough that became known as Britain’s Hollywood, in this exclusive extract from issue 197.

Walking along Shenley Road, past the shops and restaurants of Borehamwood, there is scant evidence of the Hertfordshire town’s illustrious cinematic past that saw it dubbed “Britain’s Hollywood” by no less a movie star than Charlie Chaplain. There is still less to suggest that it was once the location of a secret rebel base, a forest moon, or a city in the clouds. If there’s a bright center to the filmmaking universe, you’d never know that—as far as the U.K. film industry of the 20th century was concerned—this was it.

To the east of a busy junction, five minutes-walk from the local train station, a car park stretches towards a vast supermarket. Here, were you to linger in its frozen foods aisle, the chill might remind you of the icy planet Hoth. And with good reason, as the store occupies the former site of Elstree Studios’ stage 6—the 33,000 foot-square sound stage where the Millennium Falcon once nestled in the ice-hewn caverns of Echo Base. Built especially for The Empire Strikes Back, the stage was demolished long ago following financial strife that saw a sell-off of land during hard times for the studio’s then owners in the 1990s. The rest of the complex lives on, however, beyond a high fence that runs alongside the northern perimeter of Tesco’s car park. And it has never been busier. When Insider toured the site in early 2020, the fourth series of Netflix’s The Crown (2016-) was about to wrap filming, while multiple other television productions filled each of the studio’s smaller sound stages, including some of those used during the production of the original Star Wars trilogy.

“I can’t think of anywhere outside of Hollywood or Los Angeles where you’ve ever had six studios in one place,” Paul Welsh, Elstree Studios’ heritage consultant and our tour guide around the Elstree lot on a blustery January afternoon, tells us.

Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Pinewood has been the production home to a whole new generation of galactic adventures, but it was a different story back in 1975 when that studio turned George Lucas’ unknown quantity away.

“Gary Kurtz told me Pinewood had been unwilling to turn over all of its stages to one production, so they had been looking at filming at a studio in Italy,” says Welsh. “Then someone said, ‘Why don’t you try Elstree? It’s in dire straits at the moment and standing virtually empty. They have 9 sound stages there.’ So, Kurtz came along and spoke to the managing director at the time, Andrew Mitchell, and they agreed Star Wars could take over the whole studio.”

In spite of the well-documented financial pressures that dogged production of A New Hope, when it came time to book studio space for the sequel, there was no competition.

“I think Lucas enjoyed the compactness of Elstree compared to somewhere like Universal Studios in Hollywood. That’s 600 acres, whereas Elstree was 24 acres,” says Welsh. “He could walk from the editing room to the set, and he had control over most of the facility. And because A New Hope was such a success, I think it became something of a lucky charm for him, which is why he shot the sequels here. People started calling it ‘Lucaswood’ instead of Borehamwood. It sort of became his hometown.”

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On “Mando Mondays,” a Bounty of New Products and Digital Content to Celebrate The Mandalorian

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 07:59

After premiering last fall and quickly taking the world by storm, The Mandalorian — which took home seven awards last week during the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards — will return for its highly anticipated second season Friday, October 30, on Disney+. But first, fans will have access to select pre-orders on new products inspired by the hit Lucasfilm series.

Disney and Lucasfilm today announced “Mando Mondays,” an all-new global consumer products, games, and publishing program kicking off on October 26, that will debut goods inspired by the show.

After fans experience the latest episode every Friday on Disney+, they can visit MandoMondays.com each Monday to see what new toys, collectibles, apparel, books, comics, digital content, and more will be unveiled. Mando Mondays will run for nine weeks, culminating on December 21.

“When The Mandalorian debuted last year on Disney+, the show became an instant phenomenon, with fans of all ages expressing excitement for products related to its iconic characters — particularly the Child,” said Kareem Daniel, president, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing. “This fall, as the world continues to watch the narrative unfold, we will further bring this unique Star Wars story to life through a must-have selection of toys, books, comics, digital content, and more.”

To celebrate this announcement, select pre-orders for the first wave of Mando Mondays products will kick off today at 1 p.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET across top retailers globally, including shopDisney.com. Get your first look at some of the new pre-orders below — with even more available on MandoMondays.com!

Products available for pre-order today include Hasbro’s The Black Series Credit Collection, with The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and IG-11 among other figures in the highly-detailed 6-inch-scale line.

You can also pre-order new Funko Pop! bobbleheads, including the Mandalorian flying off with the Child in tow, a Gamorrean fighter, and The Child in a bag.

And pre-order your own “asset” with the LEGO Star Wars The Child construction set, a Legends in 3D ½ Scale Bust of the Child from Gentle Giant Ltd., and The Mandalorian Premium Format Figure from Sideshow.

Plus, available now you can claim your own The Mandalorian Polaroid Camera and the Child-inspired instant film!

In addition, a new video celebrating Mando Mondays premiered today on Star Wars social channels.

The countdown starts now! For more details, visit MandoMondays.com and follow the conversation on social using #MandoMondays.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Mandalorian Season One?

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:00

We can hardly contain our excitement for the second season of The Mandalorian, premiering October 30 on Disney+! While we count down the days to the debut of new episodes in the series, and rewatch the gorgeous new trailer, we find ourselves reflecting on the adventures of the mysterious masked warrior and his pint-sized companion from Season One. But how well do you know the series so far? Test your knowledge in this StarWars.com quiz. This is the Way.

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The Emperor’s Wrath Awakens in Marvel’s Darth Vader #6 – Exclusive Preview

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:00

The Emperor does not show mercy. Especially to his own enforcer.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Marvel’s Darth Vader #6, set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the titular Sith Lord returns from his recent travels — only to find that he has angered his master. The punishment is not pretty…

“With every single issue of this series, I’m astounded by what we’ve been given the green light to explore,” writer Greg Pak tells StarWars.com. “A brutal showdown between Vader and Palpatine? Yes, please! With massive repercussions for Vader that result in a total status quo upheaval? YES, PLEASE!”

Darth Vader #6, from Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco, with a cover by InHyuk Lee, arrives October 14 and is available for pre-order now.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Legacy Lightsabers, Jedi Robes, and More Headed to shopDisney

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:10

A special delivery is on its way from the planet of Batuu, landing online at shopDisney.com later this month.

For the first time ever, items direct from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World® Resort and at Disneyland® Resort, will be available outside the themed land. Beginning September 28 on shopDisney.com, Jedi and Sith fans can outfit themselves for galactic adventure with garments and gear direct from Black Spire Outfitters, then complete the look with mysterious artifacts, including legacy lightsabers, from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.

And now through October 1, fans can vote for the next legacy lightsaber they would hope to see offered at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Modeled after the lightsabers of some of the most heroic, iconic, and sometimes sinister characters in the Star Wars galaxy, cast your ballot for one of these six choices: Anakin Skywalker, Kanan Jarrus, Qui-Gon Jinn, Cal Kestis, Ezra Bridger, or Lord Corvax.

Current lightsabers and gear from Black Spire Outfitters will be available on shopDisney.com for a limited time and with limited quantities, with additional shipments and other items headed to Star Wars Trading Post in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort on September 22, and available now at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. For the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, check Disneyland.com/DTD or the Disneyland app for the latest details.

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The Mandalorian Takes Home a Bounty of Emmy Awards

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:45

StarWars.com is thrilled to report that The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series chronicling a lone gunfighter’s struggle to protect a young alien being known only as the Child, has been honored with several Emmy Awards. With winners announced throughout the week, The Mandalorian has thus far taken home five awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-camera Series (Half-hour) — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-hour) — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-hour) And Animation — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-hour) And Animation — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 2: The Child)
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 2: The Child)

The Lucasfilm and Disney+ series, created by Jon Favreau and executive produced by Favreau and Dave Filoni, is also a contender for Outstanding Drama Series during the Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast this Sunday. All told, the series garnered 15 nominations across 12 categories.

Star Wars Resistance, the Disney Channel series from Lucasfilm animation set in the time of the sequel trilogy, is nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program for the second year in a row.

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The Clone Wars Rewatch: Good Soldiers Follow “Orders”

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:00

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

112: “Orders” (Season Six, Episode 4)

“The popular belief isn’t always the correct one.”

Synopsis:

Fives continues to push for answers regarding the mystery of the clone contamination and secures an audience with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. But the situation quickly collapses.

Analysis:

Poor Fives. The more he protests, the deeper he digs, the further he plays into the idea that he truly is a risk to himself and others.

Fives knows himself to be the victim here, but the grand scheme he’s stumbled upon with his tenacious pursuit of the truth is utterly inconceivable to the Jedi he serves in the war. “It goes all the way to the top,” he pleads, already on the run, framed for trying to harm Chancellor Palpatine, the true mastermind of the plot. The truth hasn’t set Fives free; the knowledge itself makes him appear out of his mind.

Shaky and drug-addled thanks to Nala Se’s final cocktail injection, the clone’s demeanor isn’t helping him win anyone over to his cause. Not even Captain Rex and Anakin Skywalker, among a small few people left in the Republic he feels he can trust, believe him.

With his final moments, Fives tries desperately to explain the convoluted scheme and not sound like a mad man. The chancellor orchestrated everything, he says. But Anakin Skywalker doesn’t believe his friend Palaptine is capable of what Fives is claiming, even as Palpatine’s most loyal clones close in on their location and silence Fives once and for all.

Watching Fives get killed is hard, but seeing the anguish in Captain Rex’s eyes as his friend dies, seemingly gripped by madness, is even worse. And soon, everything Fives fought for is undone by one last lie from Palpatine’s lips blaming a parasite for the malfunction that cause first Tup and then Fives to go insane.

Intel:

  • The Grand Republic Medical Facility is also the site of Darth Vader’s reconstructive surgery at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Padmé gets a blast from the past in “An Old Friend.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer, host of This Week! In Star Wars, and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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In Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, You’ll Encounter Anthony Daniels’ C-3PO…and Meet Master Yoda

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:01

From the lightsaber-wielding fun of Trials on Tatooine through the intense, story-driven Vader Immortal, ILMxLAB has continually pushed the boundaries of experiential storytelling in virtual reality. (And, let’s face it — seeing Darth Vader walk toward you is just kind of awesome.) Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge looks to be the next leap forward, bringing Star Wars fans to Batuu — the world seen in Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — where they’ll encounter barkeep Seezelslak (played by Bobby Moynihan) and be transported to different eras of the saga through his stories.

Today at Facebook Connect, ILMxLAB pulled back the curtain just a little further on Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, debuting a new teaser along with some major reveals: Anthony Daniels will reprise his role as the iconic C-3PO, Yoda is set to appear, and the experience will release this holiday season. StarWars.com caught up with Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge director Jose Perez III to discuss the origins of the experience, featuring ol’ goldenrod himself, and more.

StarWars.com: I love how Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is a multi-layered experience: you’ll get to explore and have adventures on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost in VR, while at the same time, engaging in all of Seezelslak’s stories. How did the concept come to be?

Jose Perez III: Obviously, we LOVE Star Wars here at ILMxLAB, and we really wanted to create something that would allow us to freely explore this multifaceted universe George [Lucas] created over 40 years ago. So we developed a structure for our story to fictionally support the idea of jumping between different eras in the Star Wars galaxy. That’s where Seezelslak and his tales come in. He tells such great stories, you will literally be transported to other places and eras as you live out these adventures first hand. This structure allows us to play with different mechanics and tones as we dig into future tales.

So we had our story conceit but we needed a place to ground it all, and Batuu was an obvious choice. We came away from our first visit to Galaxy’s Edge incredibly inspired. Black Spire Outpost is rich with characters and legends yet to be unveiled to the public. It was ridiculously exciting to think about how we could expand the story of Black Spire Outpost while bringing Star Wars adventures to a new medium.

StarWars.com: Usually in Star Wars VR or gaming, you’re building worlds based on movies or other media, and you’re limited to the reference available to you. But here, Black Spire Outpost actually exists at Disney Parks. What difference did that make in bringing it to life for Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge?

Jose Perez III: Being able to stand in a physical version of Star Wars was incredibly helpful. The ability to absorb the atmosphere of the land was super informative.

In our experience, players will actually spend their time in this adventure on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost. Building out these new areas of Batuu was an incredible challenge that our artists tackled head on and with a lot of enthusiasm. We were very lucky to have a physical world we could reference from an art and story perspective, and I think it really solidified the project as a whole.

StarWars.com: Today we learned that Anthony Daniels will play C-3PO. To your mind, what does having his performance add to the experience?

Jose Perez III: Threepio is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars galaxy. He’s one of the first characters you see in the original trilogy. Having Anthony bring his experience and energy to the game has been a dream come true. He really elevated our project with his deep-rooted understanding of C-3P0 and his fun-loving attitude and kindness. Having the real Threepio just makes everything feel more Star Warsy. 

StarWars.com: And what can you tell us about C-3PO’s role?

Jose Perez III: Without giving away too much, you are working on a ship that is “transporting” Threepio to Batuu when shenanigans ensue. The ship crashes and Threepio is really broken up about it. So it’s up to you to help him pull himself together and accomplish his top secret mission for the Resistance. That’s all I’ll say!

StarWars.com: You also teased that Yoda will be in Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. I know you probably can’t say anything about it, but…tell us ONE thing. Please.

Jose Perez III: In Vader Immortal, we let you stand next to Darth Vader. It was terrifying. In Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, when you stand next to Yoda, THE Jedi Master, it is powerful and a little heartwarming. I’m super stoked for all the fans to experience that.

StarWars.com: Finally, VR is still a new form of storytelling for Star Wars. What do you think VR offers to Star Wars that traditional media cannot?

Jose Perez III: VR is by far the most immersive way to experience Star Wars from your living room. Being able to stand directly next to these iconic characters, explore the galaxy from any angle, battle enemies with one-to-one motion controls, and be a character in the story yourself was simply not possible before virtual reality. It’s really its own thing. It’s pretty wizard.

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The Mandalorian Season Two: 5 Things We Love From the New Trailer

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:11

This is the one.

When we first embarked on our journey with The Mandalorian, we didn’t expect the lone hunter would end up saving the Child to become a clan of two. Now, with the first (and highly-anticipated) official trailer for Season Two—as well as stunning new key art!—we get a glimpse at what’s yet to come.

The Mandalorian and the Child are inseparable, but their journey has only just begun. Here are five of our favorite moments and details from the new trailer, which debuted today.

1. Is that… throat singing?

The bass recorder used for the series theme last season introduced the masterful soundtrack composed by Ludwig Göransson. This season, we can expect the music to expand once more, introducing new instrumentation and the unmistakable sound of throat singing as the Razor Crest first comes back into view. The soundtrack certainly helps give this corner of the Star Wars galaxy its own unique identity, overlaid with driving beat that seem to match the thrum of our own hearts.

2. An elegant recap.

When we left off last season, the Armorer had just shared her wisdom on the songs of eons past, when Mandalore the Great battled an order of sorcerers called the Jedi. We can hear the echoes of her story here, a clever reminder of her decree for the clan of two: the Mandalorian’s mission now is to care for the Child until it can be reunited with its kind. “This is the Way.”

3. X-wings, TIEs, and speeder bikes!

A small squadron of X-wings flanking the Razor Crest has us intrigued: Are the pilots inside those cockpits here to help…or here to hunt? And even after the collapse of the Galactic Empire, there’s still a prevalent Imperial presence in the galaxy.

4. “Wherever I go, he goes.”

From an icy cavern, leaving a frosty coating on the Mandalorian’s shiny beskar helmet, to ringside seats at what appears to be a Gamorrean gladiator match, Mando and the Child are joined at the beskar-armored hip. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. Duck and cover.

But the galaxy can be a dangerous place. When things inevitably turn violent and blasters are drawn, the Child knows to seek shelter in his hovering pram while the Mandalorian singlehandedly brings the fight to whoever dares to cross them.

Watch the trailer for yourself below!

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