There's More to The Mandalorian's Concept Art Than 'Baby Yoda'

A space gremlin.
Image: Disney+

By now you’ve undoubtedly seen “Baby Yoda,” the breakout star of Disney+’s Mandalorian series, and now you’ve seen some of the early concept art for the 50-year-old infant. But there’s so much more to The Mandalorian than baby space gremlins that resemble a certain legendary Jedi, and much of it was first realized as gorgeous concept art.

Now the the first two chapters of The Mandalorian have hit Disney+, the studio has dropped a batch of images from artists Christian Alzmann, Nick Gindraux, Ryan Church, Jama Jurabaev, and Doug Chiang showcasing the creative team’s early visions for some of the series’ most action-packed moments. (Sharp-eyed viewers may recognize these images from the show’s end credits.)

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What’s amazing about the illustrations, aside from their straight-up beauty, is how well they capture the overall tone of the series. There’s an aged ruggedness in each image that contrasts with how new the entire show feels. Take a look for yourself.

The Mandalorian and IG-11.
Image: Christian Alzmann (Disney)
The Mandalorian and IG-11 sustaining heavy fire in the midst of battle.
Image: Nick Gindraux (Disney)
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The Mandalorian and IG-11 hiding from enemy fire.
Image: Nick Gindraux (Disney)
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The Mandalorian discovering you-know-who.
Image: Ryan Church, Nick Gindraux (Disney)
The Mandalorian and Kuiil.
Image: Jama Jurabaev (Disney)
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The Mandalorian on his way to a kill.
Image: Nick Gindraux (Disney)
The Mandalorian fighting a strange beast off his ship.
Image: Doug Chiang (Disney)
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The Mandalorian entering a building.
Image: John Park, Doug Chiang (Disney)
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The Mandalorian and Kuiil atop a pair of Blurrgs.
Image: Christian Alzmann (Disney)
The Mandalorian riding his steed.
Image: Christian Alzmann (Disney)
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The Mandalorian is now streaming on Disney+.


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Charles Pulliam-Moore

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.