Through the first seven episodes of The Mandalorian, the titular bounty hunter was known as Mando on the show and Not Boba Fett by viewers. His real name ceased to matter once he was taken in as a child by the Mandalorians, following the death of his parents, and later became a bounty hunter. But in the season one finale, “Redemption,” Mando not only revealed his name, but he also took off his helmet for the first time.
If you were only paying attention to the Baby Yoda scenes in the episode and boy did he have some cute reactions, you may have missed the debut of Mando’s name. There’s no swelling score, or crummy “I’m alone” scene; it happens as Moff Gideon is attempting to convince Mando, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga to hand over Baby Yoda by threatening them with a E-Web heavy repeating blaster. He refers to Cara as “Republican Shock Trooper Carasynthia Dune of Alderaan,” and reminds her of her history with the weapon, and advises Greef to “search the wisdom of his years” and lay down his blaster. But in between, Moff Gideon speaks to Mando directly.
“Perhaps the decommissioned Mandalorian hunter, Din Djarin, has heard the songs of the Siege of Mandalore, when gunships outfitted with similar ordnance laid waste to fields of Mandalorian recruits in the Night of a Thousand Tears,” he says, confirming that, as Pedro Pascal accidentally let slip, Mando’s name is Din Djarin. And here’s his face.
No wonder everyone in Westeros was horny for the Red Viper. Well, almost everyone.
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.