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The Mandalorian: Why Boba Fett Made His Armor Even Better Than Empire Strikes Back

The Mandalorian is setting up and exploring all these cool characters from the Star Wars lore. Besides Mando and Grogu, we’ve got Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and Mayfeld (Bill Burr) from season 1. But, season 2 has brought some big names into the mix. Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) has been set up for the future. But the viewers have been really happy about Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and most importantly, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). While Ahsoka Tano will return in her own series, we’re happy that Boba Fett is currently getting to show his badassery alongside Mando!

Part of the reason for why a lot of hype has always surrounded Boba Fett is because of his Beskar armor. In Chapter 14: The Tragedy, Boba Fett earned his rightful armor back from Mando. He made a stunning entrance, and the following action sequence was jaw-dropping. Because Mando agreed to give Fett’s armor back, he is now indebted to help Mando get Grogu back from Moff Gidion’s Cruiser. People thought that Fett’s entry in his old-worn out armor was great. But the armor seemed even better in Chapter 15: The Believer, when Fett walked in after getting a new matte finish paint job (probably from Nevarro).

For the first time, we saw Boba Fett’s armor to be so suave. It looked even better than it did in Empire Strikes Back. We could even see the “Jaster Mereel” sigil on Fett’s armor much more prominently. But why is that? Why did he get a clean up just now, and not before? It’s not that Boba Fett had no money on him. He has been a feared bounty hunter across the galaxy. He was the right-hand man of Darth Vader. So, he would have definitely been quite rich, and fairly busy doing the bidding of Vader.

But, it’s not even the case that he wouldn’t have had the time to get his armor refurbished. So, if time and money were not a problem, then what was the reason for this upgrade? We have to keep in mind that Boba Fett had not worn his armor for quite a few years before The Mandalorian Chapter 14. In the meanwhile, Cobb Vanth wore it as he became the sheriff of Mos Pelgo on Tatooine. So, it seems that getting the armor repainted was more about pride for Boba Fett. He wanted to renew his armor as it had marks that Cobb Vanth, and probably the other wearers would have left upon it over the years. By renewing the armor, Fett probably gives out the feeling of reinventing himself. It’s like we’re seeing Boba Fett 2.0 now. So, the new looking armor is a bit of fan service done by the creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.

Anyway, even after the renewal, there’s still a significant dent visible on Fett’s helmet. We’ve not been given any explanation upon why the dent still remains while the armor looks as good as new. One reason could be that since the armor is made up of extremely tough Beskar steel, the removal of that dent could have been quite a challenge.

But it could also hold another significant relevance from Boba Fett’s past. The dent was surely not there when Jango Fett wore the armor in Attack of the Clones. So, Boba Fett could have sustained it when he fought a fellow bounty hunter called Cad Bane. This is a story that Dave Filoni wanted to explore in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but couldn’t. So technically, this backstory isn’t Star Wars canon just yet. But maybe Boba Fett’s future in The Mandalorian could look back at his past and reveal the relevance of the dent on his helmet.

Anyway, we’re quite excited to see Boba Fett hanging alongside Mando, and it’d be awesome if he will get to continue as a crucial part of the series in the future seasons as well.

Source: Screen Rant

Written by Vansh Mehra

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