The Mandalorian swept everyone off their feet with its incredible cinematography and storytelling. However, by far, everyone’s favorite part of the show has been a little character fans refer to as “Baby Yoda.” Within days of its premiere, the little alien turned a viral sensation, producing thousands of memes and posts. Now, finally, Baby Yoda dolls are heading to stores. Here’s everything we know so far…
Here, Baby Yoda Dolls Are, Sort Of
Prepare yourself: Baby Yoda dolls are (almost) here. Baby Yoda – or simply the Child, as it’s called on The Mandalorian – is unsurprisingly one of the biggest hits from the show.
Audiences quickly fell in love with the adorable Baby Yoda, with hundreds of memes following soon after. Absolutely no one can get over this lovable little alien! Of course, it was only a matter of time before fans wanted a piece of the action. More specifically: everyone wants their own Baby Yoda. Thankfully, you can now purchase a life-size (ten inches tall) baby doll from Funko for $29.99. However, that’s not all: Mattel will also sell a life-sized Baby Yoda doll for $24.99.
Unfortunately, if you wanted to buy yourself or your loved ones a Baby Yoda doll for Christmas, we have bad news. While you can pre-order now, shipping will begin in spring 2020 for both Mattel and Funko. If you’re looking for something for the holidays, there’s plenty of other official Mandalorian merchandise, like t-shirts, available in many stores.
A Miscalculation Or A Marketing Scheme?
Fans felt confused as to why Disney would not release the dolls earlier, to say the least. It’s odd thinking that Disney – the king of marketing and merchandise – did not anticipate the Baby Yoda craze. Perhaps they were caught off guard, and now they had to rush production on a toy, adding to delays. Others think that Disney did not want to spoil the reveal of Baby Yoda before the Mandalorian debuted. But that doesn’t explain why the dolls were ready for Christmas. Many think it’s a clever marketing scheme to drive up demand for the doll.
Emily Ting is a filmmaker, who’s family owns Cuddle Barn – a factory and a store that makes plush toys. They’ve been working with multiple giant entertainment companies, including Disney. Ting seems to think that the Mouse was simply caught off-guard. “If a show just dropped and Disney realized there is demand, April is quite an aggressive timetable to get things on shelves. If they had planned this out ahead of time, they would have licensed this product around a year ago, and orders should’ve been placed to hit shelves by Christmas. Orders would’ve had to be placed in January to March of this year,” she said.
A Viral Craze
For those not in the know, The Mandalorian is the first TV series from the Star Wars franchise, which airs on Disney+. It takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, in a Star Wars universe reeling from the defeat of the Empire. And seriously, if you’re not watching – why not?
In case you’ve totally missed the craze, this is the first time fans have seen Baby Yoda, an original of The Mandalorian. The Child, Baby Yoda’s actual title, becomes the Mandalorian’s target, for a mysterious reason we don’t know yet. While the Mandalorian’s crew can confirm that Baby Yoda comes from Yoda’s species, some fans have more exciting theories. Many believe this creature could be the reincarnation of Yoda himself! We’ll have to wait and see…