Good News For Star Wars: The Mandalorian Fans - Baby Yoda Merch Is Coming
Since Star Wars: The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ last week, and the main thing that's captured fans' imaginations has been one outrageously cute character who looks an awful lot like a baby version of Jedi master Yoda.
This prompts two questions. Firstly, what do we call this character? Easy enough - although we all know the series is set five years after the 1983 movie Return of the Jedi (in which Actual Yoda died), the internet has settled on the very straightforward 'Baby Yoda'.
Secondly, with Christmas on the horizon, why is there no Baby Yoda merch available yet? Luckily, that question has been answered too, with a source telling Variety that a number of products all based on the character will be revealed - just in time for the festive season.
Yep, fans can get all excited and start adding a range of clothes and very useful accessories onto their Christmas lists. Or, you know, just buy them for yourselves - you're fully grown adults.
Two t-shirts are already available to buy on Amazon, with a range of US stores such as Target, Macy's and Hot Topic set to sell the items as well.
Of course, with it being a Disney production, the merch will also be flogged across the entertainment giant's own stores, shopDisney, and via its theme parks.
Creator Jon Favreau said it was a deliberate decision that no marketing around the character would appear ahead ahead of the show, to ensure Baby Yoda's appearance at the end of the first episode would remain a leak-free surprise.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, he said: "I have to thank Disney and Lucasfilm, because the way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogues and things like that.
"So they really back us up. We really wanted to have it be that you had to watch it yourself, so that every time you watch the show, there are new twists and secrets that come out.
"That requires a lot of restraint from the people who are footing the bill, saying they're gonna hold back on certain things so that the public doesn't know ahead of time. Part of that was holding back on some of the merchandise and holding back on some of the characters."
As we mentioned earlier, fans weren't entirely clear on what the character is actually called - and with producers officially referring to Baby Yoda as 'The Child' at this stage, fans have been left to argue among themselves about the correct name.
*cough* saying Baby Yoda is fine pic.twitter.com/rbBTl2KPby- Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) November 20, 2019
Thankfully Dave Filoni, one of the show's directors, stepped in to clear things up. Sort of.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 45-year-old explained there's actually no correct answer at this stage, saying it was 'all part of the mystery'.
However, he did add that the Baby Yoda nickname is 'very clear'. So call the little guy whatever you want, I guess.
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