The most adorable being in the Star Wars Universe, “Baby Yoda,” might as well be in a galaxy far, far away this Christmas, because he won’t be under your tree.
The doe-eyed tyke—officially known as “the Child”—became an instant fan favorite when he made his first appearance on episode one of Disney+’s The Mandalorian last month, but it was also a major spoiler, so Disney held back production on Baby Yoda merchandise to avoid plot hints from popping up in toy catalogs.
So while counterfeit, er, homemade versions of Mando’s tiny bounty are popping up all over the internet, if it’s an official Baby Yoda doll you seek, you can preorder now, but they won’t be arriving until May, Disney announced today.
The first Disney-blessed embodiments of the feisty, 50-year-old Force user (the actual Yoda was 900 when he died in The Return of the Jedi, which predates the series by several years), consist of a Funko Pop vinyl bobble-head in 11-inch and 3 1/3-inch varieties, and an 11-inch plushy by Mattel. But don’t get greedy. So far they’re all limited to one per customer.
Mandalorian director Bryce Dallas Howard knows that fans aren’t happy with the merchandizing move, but says it was the right decision to keep The Mandalorian’s most popular character under wraps by any means necessary.
“Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But, I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.”
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