The Mandalorian: See how the creation of the Razor Crest came together

Chapter 6. Mark Boone Jr. is Ran Malk in THE MANDALORIAN. Photo courtesy of Disney+.
Chapter 6. Mark Boone Jr. is Ran Malk in THE MANDALORIAN. Photo courtesy of Disney+. /

See the behind-the-scenes video on the making of The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest.

One thing that Star Wars does best is create some of the greatest, iconic spaceships out there. You’ve got the Millennium Falcon, the Star Destroyers, X-Wings, TIE Fighters. So many great looks that came straight from Lucasfilm in the original trilogy that are still being used in Star Wars to this day. Though, sometimes opportunity strikes and new designs for new ships need to be made.

That opportunity certainly came about in the creation of The Mandalorian because Din Djarin (or “Mando”) was going to need a ship of his own. We all know now that his ship, the Razor Crest, certainly is a newly iconic one — and one that’s uniquely his. But what did it take to create that ship? The process wasn’t as easy as one might think.

Luckily, Star Wars and Industrial Light & Magic shared a video today detailing just how the Razor Crest was created. The team behind making the ship talked about how they created their design and how they used practical effects to bring it to life on screen. The 17-minute video is definitely worth watching for anyone who loves behind-the-scenes info on the creation of the Star Wars universe. You can check it out in the video below.

Watch Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest

As mentioned in the video, the team explored what it would be like to go back and use miniatures in the place of full-on computer graphics. For them, it had been 15 years since they did something of that nature. But nonetheless, they were well prepared to take on the challenge.

Chris Hawkinson, the director of Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest, talked to about the making of the mini-documentary. He revealed in the interview:

"We spent just over two months gathering interviews and shooting behind-the-scenes footage and finished post-production during shelter-in-place. From the design of the ship, to the engineering the motion-control rig and model mover, to the incredible level of detail in the miniature, to the passion everyone brought to the project… It’s movie magic. It’s what inspired me growing up, and helping tell the story was one of the greatest joys of my career."

It’s always fascinating to see the level of detail and attention that goes into creating every little detail in a Star Wars project. And, it’s getting us even more excited to see what happens to Mando and the Razor Crest (and Baby Yoda) when season 2 of The Mandalorian finally arrives.

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The Mandalorian season 2 begins streaming on Disney+ on Oct. 30.