As the final seconds of the premiere episode of The Mandalorian came to a close, you could almost hear the entire Star Wars fandom rise up and declare with one voice, “We want Baby Yoda merchandise!”
Showrunner Jon Favreau has talked about how Disney let him keep a lot of the toy companies in the dark to avoid information about the little Yoda-esque character leaking out before the show debuted, but it seems like Disney isn’t going to let the holiday season come and go without offering at least some Baby Yoda merch for the diehard fans who can’t get enough of the little green alien. Some merchandise is already available, but a new report suggests that some things still might not be ready in time for Christmas.
Officially licensed Baby Yoda T-shirts are already on sale from places like DesignByHumans, who have two color options available. The black one looks like this:
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Before we go any further, it’s more fun to call this thing “Baby Yoda” than referring to it as “The Child.” Though it may be a clone, so who knows?
Admittedly, a T-shirt is much easier to produce than other pieces of merchandise, but it’s still good news that fans don’t have to wait until after Christmas to get their hands on some items with his face on them. And it turns out more is on the way soon. According to CNBC via ScreenCrush:
Apparel and accessories featuring the yet unnamed creature will soon be available through Amazon, Zazzle, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Hot Topic and Box Lunch, a person familiar with the company plans said. These items could arrive as early as Friday.
Other products will also arrive at the Disney Store, ShopDisney and at the Disney Parks before the holidays. In addition, presales for toys and plush will be available in the coming weeks. It is uncertain when that merchandise will be shipped.
So it sounds like there’s a chance that toys and plushies still might not be ready in time for Christmas, which would be a bit of a bummer for those who were hoping to wake up on Christmas morning and find a Baby Yoda doll poking out of the top of their stocking. But it’s clear that it was important for Favreau and Dave Filoni to keep this character under wraps as much as possible. For a company like Disney to defer to the filmmakers when it could easily be raking in tons of extra cash by flooding the market with loads of Baby Yoda merch is a rare monetary sign of the studio demonstrably valuing art over commerce.
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.