Boba Fett made his highly-anticipated return to the Star Wars universe when we saw him in Season 2 of Mandalorian. One of the most recognizable traits in Boba’s appearance is his awesome green Mandalorian armor, but when we saw him in the TV show, Fett, was without it. So, how did Boba Fett lose his armor in the first place?
After Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc pit, he barely got out of the creature alive. The Sarlacc couldn’t digest his beskar armor, and Boba likely used a gaping hole in the creature’s stomach to escape. The armor was later scavenged from the pit by the Jawas and then sold to Cobb Vanth.
Luckily, the armor found its way back to Boba Fett as its rightful owner, but we still haven’t gotten all the answers about how Boba escaped the Sarlacc pit, why his armor was left behind, and how id the Jawas found it exactly. We can’t know for sure, but we can try to piece it together as we wait for The Book of Boba Fett TV show to premiere on Disney+.
How Did Boba Fett’s Armor Get Out Of The Sarlacc?
One of the main questions surrounding Boba Fett and his armor after the character’s reappearance in the Mandalorian TV show, and the subsequent, upcoming The Book of Boba Fett TV show is how did Boba and his armor get out of the Sarlacc?
The Sarlacc is a huge, toothed sandworm-like creature living in the desert dunes of the planet Tatooine. It can swallow an entire ship at once, so when Boba Fett fell into it following an altercation with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, many believed it to be the end of the notorious bounty hunter.
Well, both Boba and his armor survived. There are two reasons I can think of that made it possible. First of all, the armor itself. It’s made out of durasteel, and beskar, extremely strong metals that the Sarlacc couldn’t digest, as it’s almost indestructible.
When the creature swallowed Boba, he stayed alive inside the armor, but there was no way for him to get out. Except, there was.
You see, in the canon novel Aftermath: Life Debt – the second novel in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy – we get an explanation about how the armor got out of the Sarlacc. After Jabba the Hut’s sail barge exploded in the battle on Tatooine, the Sarlacc got badly wounded, leaving a big hole on its stomach.
That’s when the Jawas – small, hooded aliens with glowing eyes scavenging the Tatooine deserts – found the armor and got it out of the pit and into the world again.
How Did The Jawas Get Boba Fett’s Armor?
After the Jawas went on one of their scavenging hunts, they found the armor and got it out through that huge hole in the Sarlacc’s stomach. That would also explain how Boba Fett got out of the Sarlacc alive. He might’ve used the hole to get out himself, but we’ll see if the new series will give us a definitive answer.
The Jawas repaired the broken jetpack, pieced everything together, and then sold Boba Fett’s armor to Cobb Vanth for some crystals. Cobb used the armor as a marshal in Mos Pelgo, protecting its people until he met Mando, aka Din Djarin.
Djarin recognized the Mandalorian armor and requested it from Cobb Vanth. Cobb agreed only if Mando helps him slay a krayt dragon – a creature even scarier than the Sarlacc himself.
Mando got the armor, but Boba Fett tracked him down and requested it back not long after. Djarin refused to give the armor to Boba, being skeptical about seeing another Mandalorian without a helmet. However, Boba Fett provided the armor’s chain code and proved he’s the legal owner of the armor, so Mando happily returned it.
That’s ultimately how Boba Fett got the armor, lost it, and then found his way back to reclaim it. Boba repainted his banged-up armor before he and Din Djarin went on a mission. Still, despite being the rightful owner of a Mandalorian suit of armor, Mandalorians Koska Reeves and Bo-Katan Kryze refused to recognize Boba as a Mandalorian.
They told him he was a disgrace for the armor and that Jango was his donor, not his father, which resulted in a huge fight between them.
Is Boba Fett’s Armor The Same As Din Djarin’s?
In one particular scene in the Mandalorian, we see Mando and Boba Fett standing side-by-side in their armors. Apart from the paint job, the armors seem quite similar. So, are their armors really the same?
Well, not exactly. Although both wear the awesome traditional Mandalorian armor, Din Djarin has a more modern version of the armor. It’s entirely made of beskar steel, and it’s a lot more well-maintained than Boba Fett’s, whose suit had certainly seen better days.
Boba Fett’s helmet is quite damaged, especially the top left side, with a visible dent from a blaster shot. Also, it’s unclear if all the functions work properly, but they probably do after some repairs while the armor was in Cobb Vanth’s possession.
Apart from being more battle-tested and banged up, Boba Fett’s armor is also older. Mando’s newer version has some functions and weaponry we never saw Boba Fett use, such as the Whistling Birds homing projectiles. It’s possible that Boba simply never used them, but it’s more likely that the newer armor got upgraded and equipped with new weaponry.
I can’t wait to see what The Book of Boba Fett will bring to the table. There are so many parts of Boba Fett’s life that deserve revision, or at least a more thorough exploration.
We know there’ll be some flashbacks explaining all the before-mentioned events a bit better (such as Boba’s escape from the Sarlacc pit). It’ll be incredible to see how it will all play into the third season of the Mandalorian (assuming the two shows will somehow connect).