The next generation of adorable "Baby Yoda" animatronic toys from Hasbro will blast into stores during the fall, with one able to use the Force or chow down on snacks right in front of your eyes.
The product is called "Star Wars Galactic Snackin' Grogu," with Grogu being the actual real name of Baby Yoda or "The Child" in Disney Plus' popular series "The Mandalorian." The doll will retail for $79.99 USD, is suitable for ages four and up, and is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Hasbro Pulse and shopDisney.
Toy maker Hasbro released a short preview video showing Baby Yoda responding to a touch on the head or a touch on the mouth with cute cooing noises. The Child eats his favorite cookie or raises his hands to do "The Force", much like what you see in the television show.
"With a galaxy of features, including adorable sounds, fun animated motions, and interactive accessories, this … animatronic toy is ready for action and adventure," Hasbro said in a press release.
"Place any of the included entertainment-inspired accessories in his hand and he'll react. Put an accessory in his mouth, and he'll make eating sounds that let you know if he thinks it’s yummy or yucky. When Grogu (The Child) wants to be picked up and held, he'll reach up with both arms," Hasbro added.
The toy also includes sound effects you'll recognize from the series, a robe, four interactive accessories, blinking eyes and movable head, ears and arms. It also needs four 1.5-volt AA batteries to run, which are not included with your purchase.
Long-time fans of Mando may recall a 2020 version of this toy that included 25 sounds and that could also do The Force – along with a sigh to show how much energy that Jedi move exerts. The first Baby Yoda from Hasbro also allowed The Child to take a "Force nap" if you lay it down. Hasbro has released a number of other Baby Yoda toys, including plush stuffies and mini-figurines.
"The Mandalorian" wrapped up Season 2 in December; Season 3 is expected to debut Dec. 25, 2021. Disney Plus is available in the United States for $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year; if you live elsewhere, check your local country's listings for details about availability and pricing.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace