If you’re a British Disney loon like me then you’ve spent the pass few weeks doing everything you can to stealthily dodge Disney+ spoilers online. Let me tell you, in my line of work, that’s pretty f*cking hard.
Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ has been putting the ‘soft’ in soft launch by launching itself in just five countries this month: the US, Canada and Holland and most recently, Australia and New Zealand. The UK and several other European countries were recently told that it would not be getting the streaming service until 31 March 2020.
I’m not generally one to argue with the House of Mouse, but this has unleashed a fair few problems for Disney content addicts like. The biggie being that in a world of social media it’s pretty hard to dodge unwanted spoilers. Disney+ features original content that is being streamed right now and naturally, people in US, Canada, Holland, Australia and New Zealand are sharing their thoughts on the socials.
I know plenty of Brits that were particularly nervous about The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau’s new live-action Star Wars series. Episode one was released on launch day in the States, Canada and Holland and within hours one spoiler was pretty much unavoidable.
Okay, WARNING: Spoiler time – but tbh, it’s probably already been spoiled for you and for that I’m so sorry. I’ve completely surrendered to it at this point. Hence this hypocritical story I’m writing.
According to recent reports, Baby Yoda (this little guy is not actually Yoda btw, he’s just the same species as him) merchandise – he’s officially known as ‘The Child’ – will be released in time for Christmas. ‘The Child’ was revealed at the end of the very first episode of The Mandalorian. He was an instant hit with viewers and people are obsessed with him, so much so he’s turned in a total meme queen over the last few weeks.
There’s one other thing – he’s probably the cutest thing you’ve ever seen on a screen; so cute, in fact, that he almost dissolves my spoiler anger. I mean…
So the good news is there are already a few t-shirts available on Amazon and new merch is reportedly on the way.
Disney is reportedly gearing up to release a load of goodies attached to the new Disney+ character in time for the big December shopping period. Clothing, plushes and accessories will apparently be released over the coming weeks and be available from Disney Stores, shopDisney, Disney theme parks, Amazon, Kohl’s, Target, Macy’s, Hot Topic, BoxLunch, and Zazzle, according to Variety. All we really know is that a few bits and bobs are being released in time for Christmas, but that more is expected in the coming months.
So why didn’t Disney release Baby Yoda merch to coincide with screen reveal? Creator Jon Favreau recently told Entertainment Tonight:
“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 catalogues 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.”
So what he’s saying is he didn’t want to ruin the surprise for the very first audiences with a bunch of spoilers. I can’t help put feel a little left out of this reasoning. Oh well, only 129 days to go, there is.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow