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Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian or Does He Just Wear Mandalorian Armor?


We look at official vintage, official legend / expanded universe, unofficial publications, canon content, non-canon video games, and tweets by the Lucasfilm Story Group.

TL;DR

Recently, and originally, he is portrayed as not Mandalorian

Last revised May 18, 2017. Please continue reading for all the facts versus the fiction.

This has been a hotly debated question: is Boba Fett a Mandalorian or is he just wearing Mandalorian armor?

This exclusive "Fett Fact Check" is our own repository of what we learn, when we learn it. We're both logging and analyzing Boba Fett-specific Fett wears Mandalorian armor, hard to tell, and Fett is Mandalorian -- each with date and original attribution. Below are our findings, sorted from newest to oldest:

  • 2016

    Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group frequently tweets that "Boba's not Mandalorian," including:

    All together, his take is clear. ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 2015

    Boba Fett Playing Cards by Hot Topic and later re-packaged by Walgreens say this on the back of the box: "Each card features a different image of the legendary Mandalorian warrior." ... Fett is Mandalorian

  • 2014

    Star Wars: Galactic Defense, bio for Boba Fett: "Boba Fett is a seasoned Mandalorian bounty hunter. He is a dangerous and resourceful warrior, full of gadgets and concealed weapons." ... Fett is Mandalorian

  • 2002

    While the backstory in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones changed a whole lot of Boba Fett's canonical backstory, we see that Jango's Slave I -- a Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-31 patrol craft -- displays the ship's readouts in Mandalorian. Why would the ship be dialed in to display that if he's not Mandalorian? Could it mean he simply knows another language, but it's not his native tongue?

  • 1996

    Star Wars Finest #34: "Fett wears the fearsome armor of the Mandalorian supercommandos, which he modified to make even deadlier." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1995

    POTF2 action figure: "Fett wears the armor of the Mandalore supercommandos, a group of evil warriors who were defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1989

    Galaxy Guide #3: "Boba Fett wears a weapon-covered armored spacesuit similar to those favored by a group of warriors from the Mandalore system who were defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1980

    Starlog #31: "Another of the new characters has the evil-smelling name of Boba Fett. They say he'll rival Darth Vader for sheer terrorism. Apparently, he's a remnant of the old Imperial Shocktroopers — who once made the Stormtroopers look like school-crossing guards. Then others say: No, he was never a Shocktrooper; he has merely adopted their uniform as a symbol of his nefarious purpose." He's either an Imperial Shocktrooper or he adopted their armor... hard to tell

  • 1979

    Bantha Tracks #5: "Not much is known about Boba Fett. He wears part of the uniform of the Imperial Shocktroopers, warriors from the olden time." ... Fett wears armor


Updated May 18, 2017 1:24 pm • Published
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