Like decking the halls, braving the stores on Black Friday, and enduring the rants of visiting relatives, Columbia’s annual Star Wars collaboration has become a holiday tradition. This year, it’s bringing some fun winter wear inspired by The Mandalorian. When the snow falls you can dress your child as the Child.
Starting back in 2016, Columbia released a collection of winter jackets inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That was followed by an Empire Strikes Back collection in 2017, featuring the haute couture offerings of the ice planet Hoth, and another ESB collaboration in 2018 that instead took inspiration from behind the camera as Columbia recreated the now coveted filming parkas worn by the crew in 1979 during production in Norway.
However, the one thing missing from most of these past collaborations has been offerings for younger Star Wars fans. But now that the most popular character in the Star Wars universe is a tiny green Force-wielding alien of unknown origins, Columbia’s 2020 collaboration features hoodies, vests, and coats inspired by The Mandalorian that will keep anyone warm, even in the spider-infested ice caves of Maldo Kreis.
The new Columbia The Mandalorian collection will officially be available starting at 12:01am EST on December 4 on the Columbia website, as well as certain Columbia stores across the country. But as in years past, they will only be available in limited quantities.
What will probably be the most sought after piece in the new collection is Columbia’s the Child jacket, ranging in price from $75 to $80, depending on the size your kid needs. Like most of Columbia’s winter wear the inside is dotted with the company’s Omni-Heat reflective lining designed to trap and redirect the wearer’s body heat back onto them. The inside of the coat also features a hidden pocket with an adorable illustration of the Child, but the star of the show here is the green fleece hood with a pair of pointy Yoda ears sticking out of other side. There are pockets allowing the ears to be hidden away for kids not wanting to face the social backlash of dressing up like Baby Yoda every day at school, but where’s the fun in that?
Columbia is also including winter wear for infants in this year’s Star Wars collaboration. The $50 the Child Bunting is a smaller and softer version of the jacket other Child jacket, but made entirely from fleece lined with sherpa fabric on the inside. Its matching hood includes a pair of pointy Yoda ears and the arms and legs all feature reversible cuffs allowing hands and feet to poke through or remain warm and protected inside. Dressing an infant up as Baby Yoda isn’t a good reason for having a baby, but it’s not not a good reason either. At least your child won’t be constantly hunted by Imps and bounty hunters.
Columbia hasn’t left out the grown up fans of The Mandalorian with this new collection. The $300 Interchange Hybrid Jacket is actually a double layer vest and coat combination that can be worn together or separately, depending on the elements. Inspired by Mando’s Beskar armor neither the vest nor the jacket will protect the wearer from blaster fire, but they do offer added warmth using Columbia’s Omni-Heat 3D lining which pairs reflective cells with small fibers to trap body heat and warm air.
The jacket combo can also be paired with Columbia’s $40 The Mandalorian Helmet Gaiter which tries to recreate the imposing appearance of Mando’s headgear, but don’t expect to walk into a cantina and have the locals trembling at your appearance. It will, however, strike fear into the heart of cold wet weather with water-resistant fabrics and a fleece lining. Wearing the gaiter 24/7, however, without washing it every so often, is not advised—no matter what creed you’ve taken.
Of all the pieces in Columbia’s new The Mandalorian collection, this $120 heavyweight hoodie is easily the most low-key way to wear your fandom. Loosely inspired by Mando’s Beskar armor, the all-gray hoodie features a message written in Mando’a on the chest, and a Mudhorn insignia on the right sleeve that you don’t have to earn. If the Mandalorian was ever allowed a day off, you can picture him lounging in the Razor Crest in one of these.
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