Live-Action TelevisionStar Wars: The Mandalorian’s The Mandalorian Report Jan 4th, 2019. Pics of sets, ships, and droids!

Robots, Christmas Trees, and other Mando Matters!

Today’s update is about some interesting set developments that have gone on for Star Wars: The Mandalorian. I’ve seen some interesting things going on as of late, much of which I haven’t known what to make sense of yet but still find fascinating and hinting towards the scope of the first season’s locations. I wouldn’t consider this stuff very spoilery but who knows what it could mean with some more context, so you’ve been warned.

The first cool find I spotted on Christmas. It is clearly the fuselage of a TIE Fighter. It really shouldn’t be huge news that there’s going to be TIE Fighters considering what Imperial forces we’ve seen on the set so far. However, it means we’re going to destroyed TIEs and not just in space. When you think about it, we didn’t really see a TIE until The Force Awakens that wasn’t in space. That kind of things still kind of makes me excited as a child of the 80’s that wondered if we’d ever see that kind of thing.

The TIE several days later:

This set appeared to be for a scrapyard kind of place (we think). It kind of lines up with some of the IG-88 Speederbike stuff I reported on a while ago. But I haven’t been able to get a source to identify the location with what they were speaking of yet. Also, the tunnel at the bottom right appears to be from the black rock planet where we saw the skiff come out. But it is a different tunnel and we think they are not connected at this time. We aren’t sure if the TIE belongs to the scrapyard set which is possible but the junk didn’t seem as large for the most part so it is inconclusive if there’s a connection.

Ignore the Tatooine set in the background, which appears to be a permanent location to be reused in the series as they have yet to remove it. They created this marsh grassy location with this foliage:

Amusingly, right after Christmas the production appears to have purchased unsold Christmas trees to use as set stuffing. I wonder if it was premeditated or an inspired choice to safe some budget costs at the last minute? Either way, use that in your Star Wars trivia games in a few years and you’ll likely stump your opponents.

On New Years Eve I shared a very accurate depiction of a droid I saw on set one day via my Twitter account. But in case you missed it, here it is. Also, it is way cooler in real life, but seems to further confirm the Droid Gotra info we discussed recently:

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service this year. Keep checking MSW for all your updates on Star Wars: The Mandalorian. By all accounts the series is shaping up to be something special.

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