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In The Mandalorian episode "Chapter 14: The Tragedy", Boba Fett explains

He was given his armor by his father, Jango Fett.

There are some pretty big differences between what's seen in Attack of the Clones and Boba's Return of the Jedi armor so I've always assumed that Boba got his armor another way - either by forging it himself, finding it, whatever.

Did The Mandalorian retcon a pre-existing origin? If so, what was the original origin (Disney canon and/or Legends)? If not, where did this explanation originate?

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    Also of note: I should think it would be rather difficult for Jango to "give" Boba the armour since, in SWII-AotC, Jango rather lost his head during the battle.
    – elemtilas
    Dec 9, 2020 at 20:48
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    @elemtilas - That's not how you get ahead in life
    – Valorum
    Dec 9, 2020 at 22:32
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    @elemtilas given the differences between the AOTC and ROTJ armour, its entirely possible that they are separate suits - the one we are familiar with might have been given to BF in JFs will for example, and that would satisfy both discrepancies (armour being different, backstory of "being given by his father" being different).
    – Moo
    Dec 10, 2020 at 1:08
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    @Valorum - Sure he was quite beside himself!
    – elemtilas
    Dec 10, 2020 at 13:56
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    He doesn't seem very headstrong.
    – Valorum
    Dec 10, 2020 at 14:02

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The two suits of armour have always generally been assumed to be the same one. There are a few discrepancies but they can be explained by Boba customising it along with years of wear and tear.

In The Clone Wars episode "R2 Come Home", Boba rigs his father's helmet to explode in an attempt to kill Mace Windu. The canon-ish Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know confirms that this is Jango's helmet, not a duplicate, so it may have been recovered, reforged, or replaced by the time of the original trilogy.

Absolutely Everything also says Boba "patches together" his own suit of armour, which might suggest he didn't have all the parts and had to improvise. If he had the helmet, he could reasonably have had the rest.

Overall, the story seems to be that Boba recovered his father's armour somehow and used it for himself, repairing and customising it as needed. The two armours look similar enough in Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back that I think that was always the intended interpretation.

How much he can replace and have it still be his father's armour is one for the philosophers.

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