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The Mandalorian: Jon Favreau teases an X-mas related prop from set of the upcoming Star Wars series

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Oct 13, 2018

Earlier this month, Jon Favreau revealed the name of his upcoming Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian.

With that majot bit of news out of the way, the writer/director/actor can begin to let more and more details about the series trickle onto the Internet. That includes two images of props that have deep-rooted connections to the original trilogy and the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978, according to Comic Book Resources.

The first prop shows a cooler-like device held by the character known as Willrow Hood in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Seen for a split second during the scenes on Cloud City, Hood is described as, "a gas miner" by the Star Wars Explained channel on YouTube (below). Hood was actually a Rebel operative and his cooler was a container for Tibanna, a gas used on starships in the Star Wars Universe. While working on Cloud City, he was able to ensure that the Rebellion paid bottom prices for Tibanna. 

"We had one just like that but the tub was wooden," Favreau wrote on Instagram.

The second prop is a mixture of cattle prod and telescopic rifle, an Amban phase-pulse blaster. It is related to the first onscreen appearance of Boba Fett.

No, he didn't make his Star Wars debut in 1980's Empire, but two years beforehand in the franchise's now-infamous Holiday Special. Moreover, he wasn't originally live-action, but part of the special's animated segment, which involved Luke, 3PO, and R2's search for a mystical talisman. 

"How can Boba Fett be overrated if everyone thinks he’s overrated?" wrote Favreau for this post. 

The blaster can also be seen slung over the back of the character image posted by Favreau in early October. 

Set after the events of Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian focuses on another bounty hunter cut from the same cloth as Jango and Boba Fett. Before the First Order rises to prominence, this cowboy-esque individual (almost like Stephen King's Roland Deschain) embarks on dangerous adventures "in the outer reaches of the galaxy," unable to be tamed by the newly-established Republic. 

Favreau has a deep-seated connection to Mandalore and its people, having voiced Pre Vizsla, leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch, in Star Wars: Clone Wars.

The series is expected to drop on Disney's proprietary streaming service, Disney Play, in late 2019. 


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