Baby Yoda deserves so much better than the merch you can buy now

CNET | 12/2/2019 | Staff
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Move over, Hatchimals. Freeze, Frozen dolls. The new hot merchandise for the 2019 holiday season just might be anything featuring Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian, and products -- especially T-shirts, so many T-shirts -- are just starting to hit stores.

To recap: Star Wars fans call this creature Baby Yoda, but its official name right now is The Child. (It's 50 years old, but that's a baby in Yoda's species -- remember, Yoda was 900 in Return of the Jedi.) It's super cute, so much so that when it looks like GIFs of it were being banned, Twitter users got upset.

Crafters - Etsy - Shirts - Stuff - Online

Enterprising crafters on Etsy have already been whipping up some unlicensed shirts and such, but now the real stuff is coming. Online stores are starting to get the official merchandise this week, and physical retail stores should get it in a few weeks. Check Amazon, Walmart, Hot Topic, Target, Kohl's, BoxLunch, eBay, SuperHeroStuff, Macy's, Shop Disney and Design By Humans.

As of Tuesday, the merchandise is underwhelming. The same photo of Baby Yoda's sweet face is plastered on everything from shirts to phone cases, and while he's still cute, the shirts feel rushed and almost homemade. Not to endorse copyright violation, but some of the law-breaking crafters have created much cuter merchandise than the Disney machine has done so far.

Product - Character - Toy - Plush - Toys

Sadly, the natural product for such a cute little character is a stuffed toy, and since plush toys take longer to make than T-shirts, we have to wait awhile for those.

Still, if you're eager to have a Baby...
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