EW's Star Wars podcast talks Mandalorian, A New Hope, and Fallen Order

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Which was the exact opposite emotion I had to the scene with "Baby Yoda" screaming out to Mando when he was taken away.

Secondly, with Christmas on the horizon, why is there no Baby Yoda merch available yet?

Two shirt designs showed the character in his small pod.

The latest wrinkle, in which the bounty hunter with no name (and so far no visible face) acquires a conscience, underscores the deft way in which producers Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") and Dave Filoni (a veteran of the "Star Wars" animated shows "Clone Wars" and "Rebels") have combined those elements. The other virtues of "The Mandalorian" have arguably been overshadowed by the sheer volume of internet content about Baby Yoda, known on the show as "The Child". More products are expected to debut within months.

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The introduction of this adorable cuddly baby who is clearly the same race as the legendary Jedi master follows with trends that we've seen since Disney took over the franchise, which entails the introduction of a number of cute characters, perhaps in an attempt to draw more kids into the world of Star Wars. Undoubtedly, we should expect more Mandalorian Lego sets soon.

The merchandise turnaround is a big surprise.

"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", Favreau said. "Part of that was holding back on some of the merchandise and holding back on some of the characters". Since toys are often planned out at least a year in advance, this likely wasn't a last minute order from Disney to make a holiday deadline, but a well-executed secret that had a very tight lid in order to give fans something special.

A Lucasfilm rep tweeted Thursday, "DEVELOPING: Of COURSE there's gonna be little guy merch!", along with Baby Yoda image. In the days since the "Star Wars" spinoff show premiered, the pointy-eared tyke has become a generation-spanning meme, an all-purpose totem of cuteness and the subject of frenzied fan theories. Insider was told anything should appear on Target.com first.

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