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:
September 9, 2019
The official Hasbro Pulse website described their "Kenner" Boba Fett figure as a "Mandalorian bounty hunter." This is not canon even though it clearly says Fett is Mandalorian, but it's unfortunate that descriptions about him are inconsistent.
July 2, 2019
The official Star Wars accounts on Instagram and Twitter shared a video about Mandalorian helmets and the baked-in text specifically calls Boba Fett a non-Mandalorian. This confirms again in the current canon that Boba Fett wears Mandalorian armor, but is not Mandalorian.
The official Star Wars account on Twitter also says Jango and Boba Fett are not Mandalorian: "According to Prime Minister Almec, (Clone Wars episode 'The Mandalore Plot'), Jango Fett (and by extension, his son) aren't actually Mandalorians, they just wear Mandalorian armor. Therefore, the darksaber would have no significance to them." This confirms again in the current canon that Jango Fett and Boba Fett wear Mandalorian armor, but are not Mandalorians.
August 28, 2016
The official Star Wars account on Twitter tweeted a graphic labeled "Mandalorians" showing Jango Fett. This was misleading in terms of the current canon.
January - November 2016
Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group frequently tweets that "Boba's not Mandalorian," including:
- "It is confirmed that some Mandalorians don't think [Jango is Mandalorian]." on November 11, 2016
- "If Almec's POV is indicative, they don't see the Fetts or the clones as Mandalorian" on November 6, 2016
- "Boba's not Mandalorian" on September 29, 2016
- "he's not Mandalorian" on April 4, 2016
- "old guides say Jango is Mandalorian" ... "[b]ut George never thought so" on March 1, 2016
- "The Fetts aren't Mandalorian, though I suppose Jango claimed to be from Concord Dawn at some point" on January 29, 2016 (no longer online, archive.org copy)
All together, his take is clear. ... Boba Fett wears Mandalorian armor
In "Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded," the record for Jango Fett also is clear that Jango is not Mandalorian, but his armor is. ... Jango Fett wears Mandalorian armor
Note: in 2018 or so, Pablo deleted most of his tweets from Twitter
Boba Fett Playing Cards by Cartamundi (sold 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
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
In the "Creating Mandalore" featurette, included with the Star Wars The Clone Wars Season Two release on Blu-ray and DVD, Dave Filoni explains how it was George Lucas' idea that Jango Fett isn't a Mandalorian. This can be found 6 minutes and 40 seconds into the short, official video. Therefore, Jango Fett wears Mandalorian armor. (One fan account has the video re-uploaded to watch.)
"So, the idea that Jango Fett is not a Mandalorian - that's something that comes directly from George. I think that - when we fist saw Jango in Attack of the Clones - that a lot of us, myself included, we assumed, 'Oh, he must be a Mandalorian. There he is in Mandalorian armor.' So, there's kind of this early assumption that Jango must be a Mandalorian. That was interesting to see. But, that was never stated in the film. It's never stated that he's Mandalorian. He's always just referred to as a bounty hunter."
Hasbro's Saga Legends #07 Jango Fett action figure has this on the cardback: "The ruthless Mandalorian warrior and resourceful bounty hunter Jango Fett fights the Jedi on the planet Geonosis." This suggests Jango Fett is Mandalorian.
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?
The Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Jango Fett has a synopsis about being "clad in the distinctive armor of a Mandalorian Warrior." It also shows Young Boba Fett playing with some toys, in which he says "nothing stops the Mandalorian warrior." The figure looks just like Jango Fett, but is it a toy of his father or does his father take on the appearance of Mandalorian warriors? Chalk up this reference as ambiguous, but it definitely means Fett wears Mandalorian armor.
Sci-Fi Invasion! #2: "The armor itself was a modified version from the Mandalorian Supercommandos, a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. Their armor soon became rare and highly prized. It is currently unknown whether Mereel actually joined the ranks of the Mandalorians and changed his name, or whether he took the name and armor from one of the Supercommandos." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor and Fett may have joined the Mandalorians
Star Wars Finest #34: "Fett wears the fearsome armor of the Mandalorian supercommandos, which he modified to make even deadlier." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor
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
A Guide to the Star Wars Universe: "Boba Fett ... an unscrupulous bounty hunter from the Mandalore system, his feats are renowned throughout the Empire. ... Boba Fett's work dress was a weapon-covered, armored spacesuit of the kind favored by a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor and Fett is from Mandalore
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
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
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