With Season 2 of The Mandalorian fast approaching, LEGO enlisted the help of three builders to create a replica of The Child (aka Baby Yoda) out of nearly 15,000 bricks. The 22″ tall model took over 119 hours to complete, and also includes the little green dude’s floating bassinet.
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The visual effects in The Mandalorian are impressive for a TV show. In addition to tech like The Volume, VFX firms like PXO contribute to many shots. In this reel, the company shows off CG breakdowns for various shots from the series, including some of the more memorable creatures they helped to bring to life.
Composer Ludwig Göransson is the musical genius behind the score from The Mandalorian. Now, courtesy of director Isaac Ravishankara, we have an official music video for the opening theme that offers a glimpse into the musician at work, as he creates the richly textured sounds of the modern western.
Medicom’s 1/6-scale premium figure of Mando features his Beskar armor and lots of articulation. Our gunslinger wears a real cloth cape, and carries both his blaster pistol and Amban sniper rifle, along with a flamethrower gauntlet. The set also includes a scale version of Baby Yoda aka “The Child”. Drops 12.2020.
One of our favorite characters to emerge from The Mandalorian is IG-11. The robotic bounty hunter didn’t last long but the Taika Waititi-voiced droid certainly left a lasting impression. Hot Toys‘ sixth-scale figure measures 14″ tall, has 29 points of articulation, and has a light-up mechanical head. His waist can even spin 360º.
During Toy Fair 2020, Gizmodo got an up-close look at Hasbro’s awesome Baby Yoda animatronic toy. The $60 plush figure can move its head, wiggle its hears, open and close its big eyes, and makes adorable sounds. Available for pre-order now, with shipping December 2020. The high tech bassinet is sadly not included.
ILM takes us behind the scenes of The Mandalorian to see how visual effects tech developed with Epic Games are used to create the series. Rather than shoot on location or in front of a green screen, the series uses a gigantic, wraparound screen to surround actors with digital scenery which can move in sync with a camera.
Reportedly, the actual Baby Yoda puppet used in The Mandalorian cost millions, so the $350 price tag on Sideshow Collectibles‘ lifesize figure of The Child seems like a bargain the Jawas would cut. The 16.5″ tall figure is a perfect likeness of the powerful cutie, and holds a shift knob from the Razor Crest in his right hand. (Thanks Mark!)
The Mandalorian certainly owes alot to western films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But what would it have looked like if it actually were a spaghetti western? Kingkida’s stylized trailer does a great job imagining just that, complete with the proper music, typeface, and film grain.
Illustrator dvglzv loves to create imaginary comic book covers based on pop culture. He recently put together an brilliant series of vintage-style Marvel covers for each of The Mandalorian’s eight initial episodes. We’d love to see full comic books done this in this style.
(Spoilers) The smash debuts of Disney+ and Star Wars The Mandalorian have us obsessed with mysterious helmeted characters, stark desert planets, incredible creatures, and a ridiculously cute baby Yoda. If you’re craving more, too, take a peek at this original gallery of concept art from Chapters 1 to 4 of the series.
“Stop touching things.” For anyone who has ever had a cat, that pretty much sums it up. OwlKitty did a great job poking fun at the dynamic between Mando and Baby Yoda in this brief parody of The Mandalorian, replacing the mysterious bounty hunter’s 50-year-old prize with a mischievous kitty.
The first of what we are sure will be many Star Wars stories on its way to the new Disney+ streaming service takes place between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. It stars a heavily armored Pedro Pascal in the title role, with Jon Favreau taking on writing and showrunner duties. Premieres 11/12/19.
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