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The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to have effects on the global economy and commerce, in addition to being a major public health issue. The latest victim, rather surprisingly, could be Baby Yoda. Hasbro, the toymaker which regularly partners with Lucasfilm on Star Wars products, has had its supply chain affected by the outbreak, which means toys being produced based on The Mandalorian character may not hit shelves in time. Or, at the very least, the quantity may be limited.
According to several reports, the outbreak of COVID-19 in China has affected Hasbro's manufacturing business, as that's where many of the factories that the company utilizes are located. China has had to take extreme measures to contain the outbreak, which has resulted in a ban on public gatherings. Hasbro CFO Deborah Thomas had this to say to investors and analysts last month.'We are working to mitigate the impact of our manufacturing partner factories being closed longer than anticipated, as well as to reschedule the shipments we have not been able to make.'
While Baby Yoda toys haven't been impacted yet, if things get worse, that will undoubtedly be the case. Disney opted not to release toys based on The Child, whose name remains a mystery, during The Mandalorian season 1. Much of that had to do with the fact that Jon Favreau and the producers wanted to keep Baby Yoda a secret. With the secret out, Disney was looking to capitalize in a big way ahead of the season 2 release.Hasbro and other companies have revealed a slew of merchandise based on the popular Star Wars character, including an animatronic version of Baby Yoda, various figures, clothing and everything in between. Build-A-Bear has even partnered with Lucasfilm to bring Baby Yoda to its stores. For the time being, giving how rapidly the situation is evolving, it's nearly impossible to predict how this will all turn out. Toy industry expert Jim Silver of Toys, Tots, Pets & More had this to say about it. 'The biggest concern from the coronavirus should be the health of all people and eliminating the spread of this disease, [but also] the virus could create a shortage on some of the most popular toys this year. Right now, this is a very fluid situation and changes almost daily, and it's nearly impossible to predict the overall impact.'
The Mandalorian season 2 recently wrapped filming, which means production likely won't be delayed due to coronavirus. Season 2 is set to premiere on DIsney+ in October. Other productions such as Mission: Impossible 7 have been impacted by the outbreak. To date, more than 113,000 infections in over 60 countries across the globe have been reported, with nearly 4,000 deaths. Aside from the merchandising side of the business, the global box office has taken a big hit as well, with no end in sight. This news was previously reported by CNN.
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.