Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for the first episode of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian ended their first episode with a bit of a bang. Sure, there was that fun firefight outside of the baddies’ H.Q., but we can’t forget the whole purpose of the mission. The reason why the Mandalorian was there in the first place: to pick up a suspicious, Yoda-looking package.
If you’ve been online since that episode first aired, you likely know all about Baby Yoda already. He’s small, he’s cute, he’s green, he has Force abilities, and ironically enough, you can’t find him for sale at your local Walmart. Speaking with Collider, series creator Jon Favreau gave credit to the studios involved for this.
“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. 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.”
Favreau has a point there. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve had key characters or moments of a film or show spoiled by toy leaks, so we have a couple of studios here who were willing not to get any toys made and not bank on the millions a toy Baby Yoda would bring.
Now that the cat’s out of the bag though, I’m sure a toy is on its way.
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