Who are the Mandalorians?
While it was well known in Star Wars fandom that Boba Fett wore armour inspired by the warmongering Mandalorian race, the movies reveal little about the residents of the planet Mandalore – beyond the Fetts, the only big-screen reference is a flag flying outside Maz Kanata’s castle in The Force Awakens.
They are, however, big players in both the Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows, with the former Darth Maul toppling peaceful Mandalorian leader Duchess Satine (Obi-Wan’s ex) during the Clone Wars – Darth Sidious eventually decided he had to intervene – and the planet’s loyalties split between the Empire and the Rebellion in the run up to the events of A New Hope.
History aside, they’re most notable for armour loaded with enough wonderful toys to make Batman jealous, a design created to arm its wearer against the Jedi in a generations-spanning war. The suit’s a key part of Mandalorian identity, packed with upgrades such as jetpacks, flamethrowers and rocket launchers that become a sort of status symbol when added to its standardissue blaster-repellent construction and tactically enhanced helmet.
And in canon, it becomes the influence for the Clone Trooper armour which would subsequently evolve into Stormtrooper gear, so the Mandalorians are actually rather integral to the iconography of a galaxy far, far away...
The Mandalorian armour is stylish and practical.