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Hasbro's new animatronic Baby Yoda eats snacks, uses the Force and coos

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 (opens in new tab)," 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 (opens in new tab), Walmart (opens in new tab), Target (opens in new tab), Hasbro Pulse and shopDisney (opens in new tab).

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.

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Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu. $79.88 at Amazon (opens in new tab).
Watch Grogu (AKA Baby Yoda) eat, use the Force and babble adorably with Hasbro's new Galactic Snackin' Grogu coming in Fall 2021.

"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
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.