The Mandalorian, Din Djarin, at Otakon 2023

Mandalorian Invasion at Otakon 2023

by Jason Vines

More Mandalorians than you could swing a lightsaber at provided elite spec-ops support for Darth Vader at Otakon 2023. The contingent included several doppelgängers of the Mandalorian, Din Djarin. (Sadly, Grogu Baby Yoda must have been left on the ship.)

Mandalorian with Girlfriend at Otakon 2023
The Mandalorian, Din Djarin, might fly a cool ship and pal with Baby Yoda. But this Mandalorian has a girlfriend.

I didn’t see any stormtroopers at the convention, which makes sense to me. Not only are Mandalorians “cooler” now, but the stormtrooper motif doesn’t allow much diversity — a metacommentary on the stultifying conformity of the Empire. Wider ranges of palettes and designs are possible for Mandalorians, though.

Red Mandalorian at Otakon 2023
A Mandalorian with menacing red armor walking around Otakon 2023.

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