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In S2, E5, when Din Djarin (the Mandalorian of the title) fights against a Jedi, his Beskar armor is able to fully protect him from slashes from a lightsaber.

Is this a new concept introduced by Disney's The Mandalorian or has it been this way from the original Lucas's Star Wars universe?

I was under the impression a lightsaber could cut through anything but another lightsaber.

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Beskar is newly introduced concept, it's not in the original series. It's able to resist light-Sabres but it can't effectively the Arc-Light Generator which heats up the armour until the person it is protecting is fried.

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    It's not all that new - Mandalorian Iron was first mentioned about 20 years ago or so, back in the literature that is now called Legends. It got the name Beskar a few years later - long before the TV show. I don't have a good source for its endurance against lightsabres, though Wookiepedia implies that is older than the show, too. – HorusKol Nov 29 '20 at 0:51
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    Star Wars canon is complex - even after Disney took over. And they've elevated book canon into TV and movies a fair bit. – HorusKol Nov 29 '20 at 1:10
  • Worth pointing out that there is nothing in the OT or PT that indicates Beskar can't protect against a light saber. In the one instance that we see of Mandalorian armor in close combat with a light saber, Mace Windu swings once and beheads Jango Fett, striking his neck, which was not protected by Beskar. – ruffdove Dec 2 '20 at 17:45
  • @ruffdove: Every armour has its Achilles heel. I wonder where they got that idea from? – Mozibur Ullah Dec 2 '20 at 17:58
  • LOL! I see what you did there. – ruffdove Dec 3 '20 at 0:49

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