A plush toy of Baby Yoda — the adorable character officially known as The Child from Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” — is now available to pre-order, as are two bobble-head figures from Funko.
But fans of the toddler-like green alien may be disappointed: The new products are not expected to ship until next year.
The 11-inch Baby Yoda plush toy from Mattel, which comes in packaging that looks like his levitating bassinet in “The Mandalorian,” carries a list price of $24.99 and is slated to ship by April 1, 2020, according to the listing on ShopDisney.com. The Pop! vinyl bobble head figure of The Child from Funko is available in two models: a 10-inch super-sized version ($29.99), expected to ship June 3, 2020; and a 3.75-inch ($12.99) version, expected to ship May 13, 2020.
“Fully embrace the cuteness of the 50-year-old Yoda species with this adorable 11-inch plush toy,” the description of the toy’s listing reads. “He may look like a Baby Yoda, but this lovable creature is referred to as The Child. Inspired by the Disney+ live-action series ‘The Mandalorian,’ this sweet Star Wars plush toy makes a Force-sensitive addition to your collection.”
Earlier Tuesday, Walmart.com had put up a page listing for Mattel’s The Child plush toy, listing a ship date of May 24, 2020, before pulling it down. A spokesperson told Variety the retailer had jumped the gun in launching the pre-order page.
Funko’s The Child Pop! 10-inch vinyl bobble head
Baby Yoda became an overnight sensation after Disney Plus debuted in November, and Disney rushed into production on merchandise for the toddler-like alien character, including T-shirts, phone cases and mugs, in order to capitalize on the mania in time for the holiday 2019 season. The ShopDisney site lists at least 20 Baby Yoda-related items for sale.
The initial lack of Baby Yoda merch stemmed from “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau’s desire to keep the element of surprise about the character for the series’ debut, when The Child appears at the end of the premiere episode. Disney complied with his request to hold off producing merchandise until after the live-action Star Wars series premiered.
Baby Yoda has become an instant internet celebrity and the subject of numerous memes — including, most recently, one featuring the tiny green creature sipping soup, culled from Episode 4 of “The Mandalorian.”
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