If you haven’t gotten your Disney+ subscription, and you haven’t seen “The Mandalorian”, then a little green dude will steal the show. It’s a 50-year-old baby. Wrap you head around that one.
It’s alien, a green guy, simply called “The Child” in the series, and the target of the title character Mandalorian bounty hunter. But those who have seen it would say it looks like — spoiler alert — a child of Yoda’s species, or a “Baby Yoda”. It even uses The Force.
It’s all a new piece to Star Wars aficionados. So that means one thing: the merchandise is coming. At Christmas. It’s a perfect Star Storm.
An instant pop-culture phenomenon has already formed among the Disney+ sect who’ve seen it.
When Mandalorian Creator and Executive Producer Jon Favreau tweeted a concept art image of the character, it was liked 217,000 times and retweeted 34,000 times in less than a day.
In that kind of social media wave, rumor reigns, and the rumors are now about Baby Yoda toys, clothing and other merchandise.
Plans are to bring more Baby Yoda merch to stores in weeks ahead. That’s from retailers. No Baby Yoda toys would be available to 2020. That’s from a toymaker.
But according to a CNBC report from earlier this week, Apparel and accessories featuring the yet unnamed creature will soon be available through major online and brick-and-mortar retailers like Amazon, Zazzle, Kohl’s and Target. Other products will be at licensed Disney stores and in the Disney parks, where traditional Yoda dolls are reportedly flying off shelves in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios here, serving as “the next best thing”, in time for Baby Yoda (it’s a working name, the character in the show does not yet have one) to show up under Christmas trees everywhere.
Whether licensed or not, Mandalorian Baby Yoda t-shirts were available Tuesday at the Star Wars Amazon page for $22.99 — fire up your Prime.
“The Mandalorian” follows a bounty hunter in the time period after “Return of the Jedi” — the Death Star is gone, the Evil Empire has fallen and a New Republic is soon to be built. Stay tuned… and yes, Positively Osceola loves this kind of stuff!