It’s fair to say that Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian has taken the world by storm. From its arrival alongside the Disney streamer Disney+ in November 2019, the space Western that follows a lone bounty hunter across the galaxy became an instant hit with fans and critics. The series — which is produced by Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy — follows Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin AKA The Mandalorian as he travels across the galaxy to return his bounty to their home — the universally cute “Baby Yoda” AKA Grogu. It also saw the live-action debut of Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, the arrival subsequent firing of Gina Carano (Cara Dune) and the first on-screen appearance of the Darksaber wielded by the Imperial Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
The series has spawned multiple spinoffs – that came with the massive Star Wars announcements from last year – including Ahsoka, which follows Rosario Dawson’s iconic Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, The Book of Boba Fett featuring Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand, and the as yet unknown Rangers of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian not only featured striking returning performances from the Star Wars canon but also attracted a slew of impressive directors like Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Rodriguez – there are even hints at Rian Johnson returning to the Star Wars universe if scheduling allows.
The success of The Mandalorian, with Showrunner Jon Favreau delivering on all fronts, has certainly given a remarkable amount of content to fans. From hilarious takes on popular memes including Din Djarin and Grogu, to building a real-life Razor Crest in Siberia, Star Wars fans have ridden the global phenomenon with creativity and humor. And now, a popular YouTube site, Hacksmith Industries — who have been building elements of the Mandalorian’s armor — have taken on the iconic bounty hunter’s jetpack.
The jetpack made real
The video details the full process of designing, building and testing the jetpack — flamethrower included. After installing the mechanism elements of the bounty hunter essential, the designers moved on to the decorative features. The finished product is incredibly impressive.
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The jetpack in the Star Wars universe has become synonymous with bounty hunters, namely Boba Fett. The villain first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) when Darth Vader orders the squad of assassins to trace the Millennium Falcon and capture its crew – Han Solo (Harrison Ford), the Jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). The quest led to a betrayal by Solo’s old friend Lando Calrissian in Cloud City on the planet Bespin. Fett’s jetpack is perhaps more comically connected to his suspected demise on Tatooine, when Solo sticks a pole in it, causing the bounty hunter to fall into the Sarlaac Pit.
The Mandalorian Season 2 has had its fair share of jetpack sequences, most notably during Boba Fett’s return in “Chapter 14: The Tragedy”, directed by Predators’ (2010) Robert Rodriguez. We can expect to see more jetpack action in the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett, which takes place in the same timeline as The Mandalorian, and sees Fett and Shand pick up where they left off at the end of Season 2 – at the throne in Jabba’s Palace after killing all the inhabitants.
What’s ahead for The Book of Boba Fett?
The official synopsis isn’t yet known for The Book of Boba Fett, but we can definitely imagine some intense bounty hunter action and may even follow Fett on his tirade of terror, searching out those who have wronged him in the past. We’re looking at you, Jedi Master Mace Windu.
Are you excited for The Book of Boba Fett?