Following the conclusion of Season 1 of The Mandalorian in 2019, there was little to no merchandise for fans to purchase and collect. The only content to tide Mando fans over arrived in the form of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a documentary series about the making of the hit series.
Thankfully, there is a bounty of merchandise and content for fans of The Mandalorian this year, due to marketing attempts such as Mando Mondays. And fans are even enjoying more behind-the-scenes content of the series through Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian titled "Making of Season Two" which was released on Disney+ on Christmas Day following the show's Season 2 finale.
Also on Christmas Day, Dave Filoni shared his own artwork of Ahsoka and Grogu on Corvus; and now, fans and collectors alike are getting even more Mando-inspired artwork to appreciate.
Australian artist Mark Raats has long been known for his work for Lucasfilm and for having his art personally purchased by George Lucas himself. That tradition continues as Raats shared in a tweet his latest piece inspired by Season 2 of The Mandalorian, which was commissioned by Disney and Lucasfilm.
This artwork from Raats appears to be connected to an exclusive promotion for Mando fans in Australia, but the stunning piece represents the series well while drawing on similar symmetrical styles fans have seen in Star Wars posters before.
One side highlights the light side and features Ahsoka Tano and Greef Karga accompanied by X-Wings, the twin suns of Tatooine, and a Tusken Raider riding on a Bantha. The other side focuses on the dark side highlighting Moff Gideon and Morgan Elsbeth along with Tie Fighters, a single unidentified planet, and two Sandcrawlers. Meanwhile, Mando and Grogu are balanced in the center with Grogu reaching out his hand to possibly use the Force.
Since George Lucas is a fan of Mark Raats, and Lucasfilm has commissioned him in the past, any of his Star Wars-related work is worth paying attention to. He truly captured the series' characters, as well as many of the locations and events from Season 2. But what he chose to include and not to include, as well the placement of the certain characters and locations, is interesting to note.
For example, why was Greef Karga included alongside Ahsoka and not Cara Dune? Why was Tatooine included on both sides of the artwork? Which of the planets from Season 2 is being showcased on the dark side portion of the piece?
What we see is most likely the result of a personal choice, as Raats is known for trying to capture the spirit of a property in his work. However, it would be interesting to know if there is more to his decisions than simply personal preference.