If you’ve just watched The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 then you might be looking for more information on The Mandalorian’s new ship, which he spends a good chunk of time fixing up with Peli Motto. She’s payed by Amy Sedaris and she’s brilliant in the episode, which is directed to perfection by Bryce Dallace Howard (Jurassic World Dominion).
The 5th outing for the new show on Disney+ is The Mandalorian’s introduction to the series and he returns to Tatooine to get a replacement for the Razor Crest ST-70 Assault Ship, which he lost in Season 2. However, Peli doesn’t have an exact replacement ship for him and for a second or two it looked like Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) was about to walk out on her and take his money back.Advertisement However, she manages to talk him around by mentioning all of the cool features of the new ship, which include the ability jump to hyper-drive without a docking ring. Once they get it all fixed up and ready to go, Din takes it out for a spin, flying it around Beggar’s Canyon, which is where Anakin Skywalker zooms through in the podrace that won him his freedom in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
After that, he flies the ship out into space only to be flanked by two New Republic X-wing starfighters, who quiz him about the ship and his identity. Thanks to Peli’s custom modifications, it has a sub-light speed propulsion, which meant he could get away from them with the element of surprise. Its size also meant that they weren’t able to track it, so The Mandalorian manages to evade their efforts to pry and returns to Mos Eisley.Advertisement When he gets back, he’s met by Fennec Shand, who asks for his help on the behalf of Boba Fett. He says he’ll do it as a favor for everything that they did to help him with saving Grogu, but first he needs to pay a visit to a little friend. This is obviously going to be the baby Yoda, so it’s possible that’s going to be the focus of Episode 6 with the finale seeing him return to help with the fight against the Pike syndicate.
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What is The Mandalorian’s new ship
The new ship that The Mandalorian gets in Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett is an N-1 Starfighter, which dates back to the Galactic Republic. It’s origin is the planet of Naboo and it was commissioned by Queen Amidala herself. They were used to protect the planet from the Trade Federation, as well as escorting dignitaries when they leave their home world for political engagements.Advertisement In addition to its sub-light speed travel, hyperspace jump capabilities without a docking ring and old schematics, which mean it’s off the books, the starfighter also has some mean fighting skills, so it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not they get used in the rest of the series. With Din heading off to see Grogu, it’s possible that it’s just going to be used to ferry him to wherever Luke Skywalker’s new apprentice is located.
Hopefully, he’ll need to battle his way through to them somehow and we’ll see some of the ship’s capabilities in action. It comes with blaster cannons and proton torpedoes, so it’s kitted out with some impressive firepower as standard. Although, there was a lot of talk from The Mandalorian about getting the Jawas to find him parts to customise it, so it might be even meatier in a fight now.
In addition to its attack options, it’s also got a shield, which might come in handy if Mando gets into a few dog fights out in space. The astromech droid spot beind the cockpit has been removed on the ship, due to Din not having much trust for robotics, so the autopilot function might not work, but we’ll see how this pans out in the rest of The Book of Boba Fett or Season 3 of The Mandalorian.
N-1 Starfighter ship appearances outside of The Book of Boba Fett
If you’re struggling to search your memory banks for where you’ve seen The Mandalorian’s new ship before, it’s because The Book of Boba Fett is definitely not the first time it’s featured in the Star Wars universe. That credit goes to Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace where they are used to fight off the attack from the trade Federation.
Anakin flies one right into the Federation’s droid control ship and uses it to blow up their reactor, saving the planet below and thwarting Palpatine’s opening gambit to become Darth Sidius. They then feature in the rest of the films from the prequel trilogy, but with much less of a central role, but it’s good to see one back in use and with Mando at the helm.
The ships have also featured in Star Wars The Clone Wars, as well as in Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. You could even fly them in the computer game, Star Wars Battlefront II, so the starfighter has been a big part of the universe for a while.
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