A new Din Djarin action figure from Hasbro's Vintage Collection revealed a key change in Din Djarin's role. Hasbro's upcoming Din figurine is modeled after Din Djarin in "The Mines of Mandalore" and features Din's gun, jetpack, blade, and the Darksaber. It's interesting to note that while Din no longer has the weapon on the show, Star Wars continues to unveil new figurines of Din with the Darksaber. Thanks to this new figurine, however, Din's new role for the New Republic in The Mandalorian & Grogu and any future seasons of The Mandalorian has been confirmed.
According to the official description by Hasbro, Din's role is described as follows:
"A NEW QUEST: Din Djarin, once a lone bounty hunter, has reunited with Grogu as the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history"- From Hasbro.
This description emphasizes that Din is no longer a bounty hunter. This is an important change for him as a character, as he's been a bounty hunter from Season 1. However, as his relationship with Grogu grew stronger, it became increasingly obvious that his work as a bounty hunter was incompatible with his new lifestyle as a father. After Season 3, Din has officially adopted Grogu and taken him on as his Mandalorian apprentice. These are two crucial steps for Din as a character and his relationship with Grogu.
Hasbro's press release also states that Din and Grogu will "take a stand against the Imperial remnant." This confirms what happened at the end of The Mandalorian Season 3 when Din offered to work as an independent contractor for the New Republic. He told Carson Teva that he'll work on a case-by-case basis to capture Imperial remnants in exchange for compensation. Going from the best bounty hunter in the parsec to an ex-bounty hunter and now an independent contractor is a significant shift for Din Djarin and reflects how far he has come as a character.
Now that he's a full-time father and mentor to Grogu, he only wants to do work that aligns with his role to provide Grogu with the best lifestyle possible. The life of a bounty hunter was never suitable for a full-time father, but now, Din has a completely different path. So far, Mandalorians have either been portrayed as bounty hunters or fierce warriors. Hopefully, Din Djarin will chart a unique and different path for himself. This should, hopefully, mean that the upcoming movie and any potential fourth season will bring focus back on Din Djarin as the titular Mandalorian.
With a change in the role on the cards and perhaps more focus on Din Djarin, the person, rather than Din Djarin, the warrior, this is an excellent time for Lucasfilm, Jon Favreau, and Dave FIloni to make sure Pedro Pascal is on set. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore new shades of Din and allow Pascal to flex his acting chops. There wasn't much focus on Din as a character in Season 3, and the upcoming content should bring attention back to him and Grogu.
These two have brought a whole new generation of fans into the Star Wars fandom and restored the faith of many lifelong fans as well. A new role for Din should steer him in a different direction, with a renewed focus on intimately telling the story of this unique father and son duo.
The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.