Boba Fett, despite his limited screen time and inglorious end in the original trilogy, was and remains one of the most iconic Star Wars characters of all time. His Mandalorian armor was something to be feared and revered. In fact, his look spawned a good portion of The Clone Wars series focusing on the Mandalorian people. Likewise, we got to see his armor in its original form on his father, Jango, in the prequels. It’s worn appearance, including a dent in the left side of the helmet, just gave Boba Fett an air of toughness. But now, because of The Mandalorian, the origin story for the ding in Boba’s bucket just doesn’t make sense anymore.
First let’s talk about the reason for the dent in the first place. In this instance we’re talking about the real reason, i.e. the real world cause. As the story goes, the look of Boba Fett’s helmet was originally a mistake. A bubble that appeared in the helmet’s molding process popped, causing the indentation. George Lucas reportedly liked the look, and the rest is history. Dave Filoni then gave the in-universe explanation for it at Star Wars Celebration in 2017. In an unused story arc from The Clone Wars, Boba Fett faces off against fellow bounty hunter Cad Bane in a good ol’ fashioned western stand-off. Bane’s shot hit Fett in the helmet, causing the dent. It’s even still there, as we see with Fett appearing In the last two episodes of The Mandalorian. However, as two seasons of The Mandalorian have shown us, Filoni’s explanation for the dent no longer seems viable.
Boba Fett helmet dent no longer makes sense
A major focus of The Mandalorian series on Disney+ has been the strength and durability of Mando’s Beskar armor. Time and again he’s taken, deflected, and shrugged off blaster bolts from stormtroopers, and others. He even went toe to toe with Ahsoka Tano and beat back her lightsabers…. All with his Beskar armor. In most cases the blaster fire or saber blows barely left a mark, let alone a dent. Cad Bane would have had to have been using a blaster more powerful than any other we’ve seen in Star Wars to actually do physical damage to Fett’s Beskar helmet. What are the chances of that?
Remember though; Filoni’s explanation comes from an unused story arc. Thus, it’s not technically canon. Now that he’s so heavily involved in The Mandalorian, maybe Filoni can come up with a better explanation. In any event, the dent still looks badass, even with a fresh coat of paint.
[UPDATE – There have been many comments regarding the composition of Boba Fett’s armor. Many folks have relied on the now-Legends definition of “Mandalorian Armor” in Wookieepedia, which states that Jango and Boba’s armor was made from durasteel. However, the canon explanation on the same cite states that “[the bounty hunter Jango and his cloned son, Boba Fett wore customized Mandalorian armor, which was made with beskar.” Likewise, the specific entry for “Boba Fett’s armor” states that [t]he armor was forged from beskar, a rare and nearly indestructible alloy. It was originally silver and blue while in Jango’s possession.” Beskar… Durasteel…. Whatever you want to believe its made of, Boba Fett’s armor is still awesome, regardless. ]