There is no doubt that The Mandalorian, which can now be seen on Disney+, is a deservedly massive hit. While audiences got the action they were craving, they were surprised to discover during the pilot that the breakout star was not the titular character, but a creature referred to as “Baby Yoda.”
The series follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter in the years after the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as the world adjusts to the fall of the Empire and seeks to build a New Republic.
After three episodes, not much is known about the baby who technically resembles the sage Jedi. However, if it walks like a Jedi, talks (well, “The Child” doesn’t talk yet)like a Jedi and uses the force like a Jedi, we call it a Jedi.
Star Wars creator George Lucas never actually revealed the species or home planet of Yoda, so this supports fans’ theories that the adorable, cuddly creature is the iconic Jedi.
Some of the new merchandise is already available, including two T-shirts, on Amazon. One retails for $22.99 and the other costs $25.99.
Other apparel and accessories featuring the fan-favorite, adorable creature will be sold through Amazon, Zazzle, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Hot Topic and Box Lunch, as well as the Disney Store, ShopDisney and at the Disney Parks.
Disney typically spills the tea when it comes to introducing new characters in their properties. Notably, the surprising debut of the cute creature was kept under wraps, even surprising Madalorian creator Jon Favreau.
“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 catalogs and things like that. So they really back us up,” Favreau told Entertainment Tonight, adding, “… part of that was holding back on some of the merchandise and holding back on some of the characters.”