A familiar 'Star Wars' character is teased in the most recent episode of the Disney+ series.
[This story contains spoilers for The Mandalorian episode five, "The Gunslinger"]
Yes, it does seem almost certain that is who fans think it is at the end of the latest episode of The Mandalorian, which dropped Friday.
The fifth episode of the Disney+ season ends with someone approaching the apparent lifeless body ofFennec Shand Ming-Na Wen — and it sure seems like that someone is none other than the most fearless bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fett.
The first clue: Well, first and foremost, the spurs.
One of the unique features of Boba Fett's costume was his spurs, which can be heard when he is walking in The Empire Strikes Back. In fact, Fett's spurs were such an important part of the character's costume, they were highlighted in a 1978 costume screen test video that was done at George Lucas' home because they wanted the character to be the "Clint Eastwood of outer space,"assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham said.Dunham added that sound designer Ben Burtt put spurs on the bounty hunter, "so when Boba Fett walks down the hallway he goes 'ching, ching, ching.'"
What's more, the episode takes place onTatooine, which is where Fett fell into the Sarlacc pit while Luke Skywalker rescued his friends from Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
Also, and this is minor: on Twitter, the hashtag #BobaFett produces an emoji, so it is clearly a branded hashtag.
One point against an eventual appearance by the bounty hunter? When speaking with Good Morning America in August, series creator Jon Favreau was asked directly 2:35 in this video and said: "Boba Fett is not ... they're all new, original characters. And I might add, a time frame that there's a 30-year stretch of story time that hasn't been explored at all except in the Extended Universe."
Fans of the character were disappointed someone so menacing and wise could be dispatched in such a silly, nonsensical fashion. However, in books taking place after Jedi, it was said that Fett was able to escape theSarlacc thanks to his jetpack. In some versions of the story, the character was left horribly scarred. Those books are no longer canon, following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, so Mandalorian would mark his first official appearance post- Jedi.
Fett first appeared on cartoon form, featured in the infamous Holiday Special. He would appear in Empire and then Jedi, as well as be added into A New Hope via the 1997 special edition. However, the character did have a figure offered in the expanded, original line of 1978 toys.
The late Jason Wingreen was originally the voice of Fett in Empire and Jedi, the actor under the mask beingJeremy Bulloch for both films.Bulloch's voice was dubbed over with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison's in the special edition DVD of The Empire Strikes Back.
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.