Collection // OCTOBER 22, 2021
Ready for one last fight against Moff Gideon? Hasbro designer Emily Cantelupe on the newly revealed playset inspired by The Mandalorian.
One of the most memorable places in The Mandalorian arrives in our galaxy.
the star wars: The Vintage Nevarro Cantina Collection, a playset inspired by the key mandalorian The Watering Place for Season 1 was officially revealed today at Hasbro PulseCon 2021. Throughout Season 1, the cantina served as a meeting place for bounty hunters, including The Mandalorian and Greef Karga, before to eventually become the site of Mando and the crew’s last stand against Moff Gideon. . (It would continue to be rebuilt and cleverly reused in Season 2.) Recreated in 3.75-inch scale, the set incorporates screen-accurate detail, including destroyed windows, bar stools and spotchka drinks, and comes with a Death Trooper figure on a mandalorian– themed card backs. For action figure photography, building dioramas, or just plain playing, the Nevarro Cantina seems like a bonus to add to your collection. StarWars.com caught up with Emily Cantelupe, Senior Product Designer at Hasbro, to discuss bringing the small-screen canteen on Disney+ to our toy shelves.
StarWars.com: What can you tell us about the decision to bring Nevarro’s Canteen to life as a playset?
Emilie Cantelupe: Nevarro itself is the home base of the Bounty Hunters Guild and was so central to the plot of The Mandalorian from the start of the series. Many pivotal scenes have happened in this canteen during the two seasons of the series! It was in this canteen that Din Djarin met Greef Karga to accept the bounty that inevitably led to Grogu. It is in this cantina that we witness the epic battle between the protectors of Grogu and Moff Gideon and his army of Imperial death troopers. Later in the show, this canteen is even transformed into a classroom where Grogu watches his cookie snack!
One of the things that inspired us to create this scene as a gaming product is all of these amazing different scenes that you could fit on your shelf there, and also how many action figures could fit in one scene . We seek our playsets to have great display opportunities by being places where many characters can come together.
We also enjoyed the before and after moments as we were able to bring the gunfight against Moff Gideon’s forces to life. We’ve introduced this to the playset by having a flip-up window insert that can show a blank “before battle” window, as well as a battle-damaged window graphic. We also sculpted blank and damaged versions of the bar props so that both scenes can be displayed.
Our fans requested a Mando themed playset and we were so thrilled to have had the opportunity to help bring this place to life!
StarWars.com: What type of reference did you work on to create the Nevarro Canteen as a toy? There are lots of great details included here, from the drinks to the blown windows to the weathered walls.
Emilie Cantelupe: As we develop toys, we always refer to the show’s source material, stopping to capture all of the amazing details of the set! We were also lucky enough to be able to work from some great behind-the-scenes photos from Lucasfilm. We’ve worked hard to bring all of these great details to life in the Nevarro Cantina Playset. It has a variety of unique elements, my favorite of which was the battle-damaged window from the epic showdown and the “texture” of the windows from the playset and bar pieces.
StarWars.com: What aspect of the playset are you particularly excited about?
Emilie Cantelupe: I’m thrilled to share that this playset can be combined with a second Nevarro Cantina playset to create an even better full stage show! This will let you configure the front and back bar, and you can add bar stools, barwars, and doors to create the scenes.
Check out more photos of the Nevarro Cantina Playset below, and pre-order yours starting at 5 p.m. ET today at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, and GameStop.
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