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‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ theory: Does Cobb Vanth ride Anakin’s pod racer?

A simple scene in ‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 premiere has quite an easter egg for eagle-eyes ‘Star Wars’ fans.

A new image from ‘The Mandalorian’ season two.
A new image from “The Mandalorian” season 2.
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Warning: Spoilers for “The Mandalorian” season 2’s premiere episode.

“Star Wars: The Mandalorian” had a few “blink and you’ll miss it” scenes in its season 2 premiere, including one centered around newcomer Cobb Vanth’s pod racer.

What happened:

Toward the middle of the episode, Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) and the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) ride off to find help to defeat the Krayt Dragon. It’s during the ride that Mando rides a speeder bike. Cobb Vanth, though, rides a tricked out pod racer engine.

The engine looks oh-too-similar to another pod racer we’ve seen in “Star Wars” — the one that Anakin Skywalker used during his race in “The Phantom Menace.”

Is it Anakin’s pod racer?

CNET pointed this out in its roundup of easter eggs from the premiere episode.

However, IGN pointed out there were a few differences between what Cobb used and what Anakin had in the race — specifically that the wings of the central fan had more force behind them now.

  • “It may be that Cobb Vanth (or the person he bought the bike from) has modified the engine over time. It may also be that this is a more generic Swoop Bike, the name given to podracer engines converted into speeders in Star Wars lore.”

GamesRadar took a similar stance, saying that Vanth may have reworked the device.

  • “Sure, it may not have the garish yellow paint job that Annie opted for in ‘The Phantom Menace,’ but the design is practically identical. There are two options: either the marshal has made a speeder out of the leftovers of a podracer or Anakin’s podracer — which was made of scraps — was created using the parts from two of these types of speeders, making this a nice nod to Anakin’s boy-wonder abilities.”