Saturday, October 13, 2018

Jon Favreau Posts Pictures Of Props From 'The Mandalorian' To His Instagram

By: Dominic Jones

Ever since production on Star Wars: The Mandalorian, the live action series coming to Disney's direct to consumer streaming service, got started pictures of the set have been making their way online by way of  Not to be upstaged, series writer and executive producer Jon Favreau posted a couple of behind the scenes pictures to his Instagram.  The pictures give us a good look at a couple props.  One appears to show the weapon the titular Mandalorian has strapped to his back in the one official teaser image, while the other appears to fun a call-back to a fan-favourite moment from The Empire Strikes Back.  Check them out below,

If you don't understand what the second image is, don't worry.  It's an obscure reference to a blink-and-you-miss-it moment.  During the evacuation of Cloud City, a man can be seen running through the hallways carrying a prop that appears to be an ice cream maker.  The character, who we now know as Willrow Hood, has obtained something of a cult following in the years since his moment of glory in 1980 and you can now see the "running of the Willrow Hoods", where fans dress as the character (complete with ice cream make) do a lap of the convention floor at every Star Wars Celebration.  Check out the video below to see the spectacle from 2017 Celebration Orlando,

The weapon in the first picture is also something of a call-back to a relatively obscure piece of Star Wars lore, the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.  The special itself is widely derided (George Lucas disowned it and it has never been officially released since its original airing in November 1978), however its one redeeming aspect is a short cartoon which introduced the bounty hunter Boba Fett.  Fett, who was the first character we ever saw wearing Mandalorian armor, is depicted in the cartoon as wielding a similar weapon to one Favreau featured on his Instagram.

It's clear that Favreau is a massive Star Wars fan, having already voiced two characters in different projects prior to serving as showrunner on The Mandalorian (one of those roles being Mandalorian warrior Pre Vizsla on The Clone Wars).  So it's cool to see that he (and his impressive roster of directors) are managing to work in some fun Easter Eggs to his upcoming series.

Even though we're many months away from the release of the first season of The Mandalorian, hopefully we continue to see fun looks behind the scenes.  Both officially and unofficially.

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