There was a lot of talk earlier this year about what would replace Game of Thrones as the proverbial water-cooler show, the one show that seemingly everyone, not just the people you follow on Twitter, watches when it airs. Based on conversations I had with friends on Thanksgiving, that show is The Mandalorian as if Star Wars didn’t dominate pop culture already…. It’s popular for many of the same reasons as Thrones, as it’s a good show check with a built-in lore check and it’s fun to theorize about check. What does Space Herzog want with Baby Yoda? Is Baby Yoda related to actual Yoda? Why is Baby Yoda so freaking adorable? And most importantly, when are we going to see Pedro Pascal’s beautiful face? Look, not EVERY question can be about Baby Yoda.
In episode four, “Sanctuary,” we almost got to see Pedro Pascal’s beautiful face, as the Mandalorian took his helmet off for the first time on the show, but not quite.
It’s a good shot even if, from that angle, it seems like he’s in clear view of Omera and the kids, but The Mandalorian will continue to tease the Red Viper’s Joker-inspired “DAMAGED” tattoo on his forehead I assume for at least another week. But “Sanctuary” provided some essential backstory about why the Mandalorian never takes his helmet off in front of others. The last time it happened was when he was a child, after “they” took him in, referring to the Mandalorians. “My parents were killed,” he tells Omera, “and the Mandalorians took care of me.” That appears to confirm what most of us already suspected, that the Mandalorian isn’t TECHNICALLY a Mandalorian, at least not by birth; but he was raised as a Mandalorian. The episode also answers: yes, Gina Carano should be in everything; yes, Imperial Walkers are always cool, even when they’re afraid to jump into the shallow end of the pool; and yes, the Mandalorian does remove his helmet to eat or when he’s by himself, but if he shows his face to someone, he can’t put it back on. Not literally, but he loses the privilege of putting it back on.
Last week, Hasbro celebrated Star Wars Fan Appreciation Day, because every single day is a new chance for the population at large to be marketed to by major corporations. Thankfully, we’re Star Wars fans, and the announcement of new Star Wars Black Series figures is an exciting one, especially when they include a new version of The Mandalorian in Beskar armor, the respected Admiral Ackbar, a fierce Ewok warrior, and a slick carbonized version of a beloved character from The Empire Strikes Back.
The Mandalorian Black Series Action Figure
Just before The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+, the first wave of merchandising from the live-action Star Wars series arrived in stores along with the first action figures from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But it seemed Hasbro didn’t properly anticipate demand for the Black Series figures associated with the series, because nearly all of them have been extremely difficult to find, especially Mando himself. But hopefully that will change with this new version of the bounty hunter.
Unlike the first version of The Mandalorian Black Series figure, this one comes with shiny new Beskar armor. It’s a much cleaner version of the character, and he still comes with all the appropriate weaponry. Unfortunately, there’s no two-pack that comes with The Child known as Baby Yoda, but you can still buy the little guy separately.
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Two characters from Return of the Jedi are getting their due diligence as Black Series figures. Admiral Ackbar joins the line, looking like his back has been seriously injured in the promotional photo above. Meanwhile, the Ewok known as Teebo is clearly not in the mood for dealing with any Stormtrooper crap, so don’t mess with that dude.
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Finally, after first being introduced on Triple Force Friday last fall, the carbonized variant line of Black Series figures is getting two new additions this year, and they should be infinitely easier to find than that initial wave, especially since they’re both available for pre-order over at Big Bad Toy Store right now.