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Building The Mandalorian’s Jet Pack

Building The Mandalorian’s Jet Pack

Hacksmith Industries continues to build out its collection of replica props and costumes inspired by The Mandalorian. Their latest project is an impressive recreation of Mando’s jet pack. It has mechanical nozzles that fire real flames, but sadly it doesn’t fly.

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

The guys at Hacksmith Industries have been building out a collection of replica armor and props inspired by The Mandalorian. Among them is a version of Grogu’s floating cradle. The trick to making it hover is that it’s basically a lightweight aluminum drone with a vinyl skin.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Trailer)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Trailer)

Taking place immediately after the Clone War, this animated series follows the story of an elite squad of clones who possess special abilities. The formidable group of soldiers hire themselves out on dangerous missions, and draw the ire of the Empire. Premieres on Disney+ on 5.4.2021, with new episodes on Fridays.

Star Wars x Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon

Star Wars x Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon

Kross Studio teamed up with Lucasfilm for this rare timepiece. It features a tourbillon mechanism that sits beneath a precision-machined Death Star cage and a domed sapphire crystal. The set includes a Kyber crystal container that holds the watch, its straps, and a screen-used Kyber crystal. Just 10 of the $150,000 set will be made.

TIE Fighter BBQ Grill

TIE Fighter BBQ Grill

The Galaxy Grill is an unofficial tribute to Darth Vader’s fighter ship, the TIE Advanced X1. It’s made from steel and coated with heat-resistant paint. It uses the power of The Force, along with wood, kindling, and a lighter to heat foods up to 800º, the surface temperature of Mustafar. It’s a bit smaller than you might think.

Russian Razor Crest

Russian Razor Crest

The Mandalorian’s gunship, the Razor Crest, didn’t fare very well by the end of season two, but it still has a place in our hearts. A group of dedicated Star Wars fans in Yakutsk, Siberia built a 13-foot-tall replica of the ship out of wood and foam panels, and while it’s not likely to be space-worthy, it does look awesome.

Star Wars Droids Postage Stamps

Star Wars Droids Postage Stamps

Star Wars fans will want to grab these USPS postage stamps. The 20-stamp sheet has two copies each of stamps celebrating iconic and lesser-known droids, including G-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, a Gonk power droid, 2-1B surgical droid, and C1-10P aka “Chopper.” Coming to the USPS Stamp Store Spring 2021.

Star Wars Complete Vehicles (New Edition)

Star Wars Complete Vehicles (New Edition)

This amazing book is loaded with more than 100 cross-sections of vehicles and spaceships from the Star Wars universe. Each image features call-outs detailing the inner workings of the vehicles from every Star Wars feature film. Highlights include Boba Fett’s Slave I, Vader’s TIE Advanced X1, and a Republic Gunship.

The Child Life-size Figure

The Child Life-size Figure

Reportedly, the actual Baby Yoda puppet used in The Mandalorian cost millions, so the $375 price tag on Sideshow Collectibles‘ lifesize figure of The Child seems like a bargain. The 16.5″ tall figure is a perfect likeness of the powerful cutie, and holds a knob from the Razor Crest in his right hand.

Asking the Boyfriend to Do Star Wars Impressions

Asking the Boyfriend to Do Star Wars Impressions

Lucy Griffiths‘ boyfriend Greg Jones is a professional voiceover artist, and sometimes she asks him to do rapid-fire vocal impressions. We’re especially impressed with his on-the-fly Star Wars voices, which include spot-on copies of franchise faves like Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, and even a convincing Jabba the Hutt.

Bardcore Mandalorian Theme

Bardcore Mandalorian Theme

There’s been quite an uptick in musicians performing popular songs in a medieval style known as “Bardcore.” Algal the Bard shared this Bardcore version of the theme from The Mandalorian. It sounds great, but not all that different from Ludwig Göransson’s original, which incorporated some exotic sounds to begin with.

Tobey Maguire vs Obi-Wan Kenobi

Tobey Maguire vs Obi-Wan Kenobi

Imagine for a moment that Tobey Maguire played Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. That’s exactly what we have here, courtesy of the warped minds at Matan Animation Studios. Can’t get enough Darth Bully Maguire? He also stood in for Darth Maul in Duel of the Fates.

Death Star Coffee Mug

Death Star Coffee Mug

That’s no moon, it’s a coffee cup! Silver Buffalo’s Star Wars coffee mug looks just like the Death Star – assuming you squished it a bit, cut off its top, and slapped on a handle. The oversize 20 oz. ceramic mug has more vulnerabilities than just its exhaust port though, as it’s not dishwasher- or microwave-safe.

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Jawa Van Halen

Jawa Van Halen

Stop-motion animator Thomas J Yagodinski pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen in the best way he could – by making a Jawa perform part of the musician’s famed Eruption electric guitar solo. Encore! Utinni!

Restoring the Millennium Falcon

Restoring the Millennium Falcon

After performing a restoration miracle on Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter, Rescue & Restore is back to clean up another classic Star Wars toy. This time, they removed the dirt and grime from a water-damaged Millennium Falcon, gave it the full Retrobright treatment, and made it look as good as new, decals and all.

Meisho Movie Realization Ronin Mandalorian

Meisho Movie Realization Ronin Mandalorian

Among The Mandalorian’s many influences are Westerns and samurai movies. This collectible from Bandai celebrates the series’ Eastern influences, envisioning Din Djarin as a rōnin, a wandering warrior with no lord or master. The 6.7″ tall figure includes a real cloth cape, rifle, blaster, and a katana.

Star Wars: The Jedi Mind

Star Wars: The Jedi Mind

Do or do not. There is no try. Learn the ways of the Jedi and how they might be used to better your life. Author Amy Ratcliffe and illustrator Christina Chung take quotations and lessons from Star Wars and pair them with exercises for mindfulness like breathing, posture, and meditation to help bring peace and serenity to your life.

Holding Out for a (Jedi) Hero

Holding Out for a (Jedi) Hero

The last episode of season two of The Mandalorian was truly amazing, and Luke’s return was truly epic. Bugzkilla synced up the sequence with Bonnie Tyler’s ’80s classic Holding Out for a Hero, and it suits the scene perfectly. They followed it up with My Heart Will Go On for Din and Grogu’s teary-eyed farewell.

Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Desk

Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Desk

Regal Robot makes sweet Star Wars collectibles as well as custom props and furniture. Among their builds is this desk and chair they created for a client’s studio. Its design was inspired by Darth Vader’s black and white meditation chamber as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The Vader helmet light fixture is a brilliant touch.

Drawing The Mandalorian

Drawing The Mandalorian

South Korea-based artist Drawholic wows us with a colored-pencil portrait of Din Djarin and Grogu. The time-lapse video lets us observe the entire process from start to finish, as the rough outlines give way to color, shading, and a background that makes the image pop off of the page.

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Sculpting Boba Fett

Sculpting Boba Fett

Sculptor Steven Richter created this intricate half-sized bust of actor Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. The sculpt is based on appearance in The Mandalorian. The helmet and armor started as a 3D models from Do3D, and was finished with a classic pre-paintjob look.

LEGO Mandalorian Stop-Motion

LEGO Mandalorian Stop-Motion

This is the way… to make a LEGO Star Wars animation. Forrest Whaley created this action-packed short film featuring Din Djarin as he puts his helmet back on to pursue a valuable bounty. Rather than just featuring characters from a galaxy far, far away, it takes place in a world populated by all kinds of LEGO minifigs.

The Mandalorian Playing Cards

The Mandalorian Playing Cards

Premium playing card brand Theory11 teamed up with Lucasfilm for another official Star Wars-inspired deck. It features Beskar silver, black, and red foil packaging, Mandalorian helmet back art, and custom court cards with characters from the series, including Mando, Cara Dune, and IG-11. Of course, Grogu is the Ace of Spades.

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Why buy off-the-shelf Star Wars figures when you can build your own? These flat-pack metal models aren’t easy to assemble, but the resulting sculptures will be worth the effort. They come in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and R2-D2 variants. Patience and tweezers not included.

Restoring Luke’s X-Wing Fighter

Restoring Luke’s X-Wing Fighter

Classic Star Wars toys from the 1970s have become quite collectible. But toys like this model of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing fighter have yellowed over the years. But leave it to Rescue & Restore to make this prized 1978 toy as good as new, complete with a fresh set of decals. While he did a great job, we kind of liked the battle-scarred look.

Carol of the Mandalorian

Carol of the Mandalorian

We might not be getting a Mandalorian holiday special any time soon, but if we ever do, we already have the theme song. AtinPiano’s mashup of Ludwig Göransson’s epic Mando score with the Christmas classic Carol of the Bells would fill the bill perfectly. They previously gave The Imperial March the holiday treatment.

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