The first toys of The Mandalorian character known as Baby Yoda won’t arrive until next spring, but that’s not stopping us from squealing for joy at the sight of one of the first items fans will be able to get their hands on in 2020. Hot on the heels of the cute plush toy revealed earlier this week, the first Funko POP of Baby Yoda has been revealed, and there’s even a 10-inch version that comes pretty close to being life-size. Check it out below.
The Funko POP line of collectible vinyl figures from various sects of pop culture is known for giving their characters big black eyes sometimes with varying colors depending in the character. In this case, Baby Yoda himself already has big dark eyes that he hasn’t properly grown into yet, so the traditional Funko POP design is almost indistinguishable from Baby Yoda’s natural appearance. Honestly, we’re not sure if Funko did much of anything to adapt the character to the POP style, but that’s just fine with us.
However, what we really need is some kind of Funko POP two-pack that includes The Mandalorian standing alongside a miniature version of Baby Yoda inside his levitating eggshell container. That would be the cutest damn thing ever.
Again, the bad news is that the Baby Yoda Funko POP won’t be available until sometime in the early spring next year. There are some other officially licensed merchandise options available in the meantime as well as some Etsy options too, but we’re looking forward to seeing what other toys bring the little guy to life. Surely Hot Toys will have a life-size version sometime down the line. We’re sure there will be plenty of options for Baby Yoda to sit on your shelf.
A concept artist on The Mandalorian still refers to the Child as Baby Yoda. Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed dozens of times that his official name, for the time being, is the Child. He is not an infant version of the little green Jedi Master, though he looks just like him. In the Star Wars timeline, the real Yoda is dead at the time of The Mandalorian. There is still a ton of mystery surrounding the Child and the species that he is.
The Mandalorian concept artist Doug Chiang posted some concept art from the series on social media. The image is of Din Djarin as he holds the Child in his hand. Chiang posted the image, along with a caption that reads, 'Time for a Mando and Baby Yoda sketch!' We all know he's the Child, but Baby Yoda just fits so much better, especially since we know next to nothing about the little green dude.
The Mandalorian season 2 should debut in the fall. Disney+ and Lucasfilm have confirmed that the show is supposed to come out in October, but that could all change at any moment, due to the current state of world affairs. The entertainment business has been stalled as we all wait for this to pass. Regardless, season 2 should give us a bit more insight into who and what Baby Yoda is, or at least tease more of his backstory. We do know that Moff Gideon will be trying to get his hands on him, which could prove to be massive problem for Din Djarin.
A lot of Star Wars fans have been curious about the original Yoda's species for decades. It's never been explained before and some fans want to leave it that way. It's unclear how far Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will go into the Child's history, but there are still a lot of people who want to learn more about the original Yoda in The Mandalorian. It will be interesting to see how much information they will be coming up with. Regardless, if it goes far enough, it could anger a lot of Star Wars fans, which seems inevitable at this point.
For now, we'll just have to wait and see what season 2 of The Mandalorian brings. We have yet to see any footage from the upcoming season, though that makes sense. If Star Wars Celebration ends up still happening at the end of August, we'll probably see the first footage there, or around that time. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet commented on whether or not the annual celebration will happen this year, though San Diego Comic-Con seems to be going ahead, at least as of this writing. Things could change at any minute now. You can check out The Mandalorian concept art below, thanks to Doug Chiang's Instagram account.