Disney dropped its first official “The Mandalorian” merchandise featuring “The Child,” a.k.a. Baby Yoda, on Tuesday, just as the holiday shopping season is about to begin. And while fans have been eagerly anticipating these products since it was revealed last week they would be arriving soon, it turns out these are not the shirts, pullovers, Popsockets, tote bags and mugs Disney+ subscribers were looking for.
Many fans of the “Star Wars” series and its adorable unnamed green toddler took to Twitter to mock the quality of this first wave of products on social media.
“Did Disney not expect people to like Baby Yoda? Why does the merch all look bootlegged?,” GameSpot entertainment editor Chris Hayner tweeted.
Yeah, the “bootleg”-like criticism was strong with Twitter.
“Disney’s first official ‘Baby Yoda’ merch looks like bootleg Redbubble stuff,” one Twitter user wrote.
Others theorized Disney wasn’t expecting this level of demand for products featuring The Child.
“Yoooo. Hot take incoming. Disney was 100% totally unprepared for Baby Yoda’s appeal,” Matthew Panzarino, the editor in chief of TechCrunch tweeted. “This merch screams ‘uhhhhhh who was on this?’. Teespring is wheezing.”
A Disney spokesperson told TheWrap last week that apparel and accessories featuring the little green guy would soon be coming to a host of retailers including Amazon and Zazzle, and the websites for Target, Kohls, Macys, HotTopic and BoxLunch and that apparel would be available at the Disney Store, shopDisney, Disney Parks and at retail stores before the holidays.
In the next few weeks, toys and plush Baby Yoda will be available for pre-order, with a wider variety of products that will be coming to brick and mortar stores in the next few months, according to Disney.
See more Twitter reactions to the Baby Yoda merchandise below.
Did Disney not expect people to like Baby Yoda? Why does the merch all look bootlegged? pic.twitter.com/rUlwW6vKhH
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) November 26, 2019
when you somehow didn’t foresee the tidal wave of demand for Baby Yoda merch and were forced to cobble something together quickly, like in less than 24 hours maybe pic.twitter.com/TIRMv5JDzi
— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) November 26, 2019
— Orb (@OrbFromOnline) November 26, 2019
Upside: There's finally #BabyYoda merch available on the Disney Store website.
Downside: See photo below
Who dropped the ball and didn't think that that adorable green being wouldn't be a hit and have better merch ready to go?! ???? pic.twitter.com/zXsf1wZK1p
— ???????????????????????????????? (@Stefmara) November 26, 2019
ShopDisney came out with baby Yoda merch and it’s GARBAGE! Like you can tell they didn’t care about the quality they just cared about selling it lol. I’ll get my baby Yoda merch from a small shop thanks!
— He Calls Me Peppermint Princess (@hecallsmePP) November 26, 2019
in TEARS at how hilariously bad the OFFICIAL MERCH for baby yoda is
they didn't even try pic.twitter.com/8flBhJSPv0
— Singto Conley ???? @ "EDEN" OUT NOW (@singtoconley) November 27, 2019
— DisneyiRLTV “Tony” (@DisneyIRLTV) November 26, 2019
The new Baby Yoda merch pic.twitter.com/a5MvRyVNXn
— #TheGoldfinch on Digital 11/19; Blu-ray/DVD 12/3???? (@BerryMary92) November 27, 2019
— ashley (@wow_its_ash) November 27, 2019
Yoooo. Hot take incoming. Disney was 100% totally unprepared for Baby Yoda's appeal. This merch screams 'uhhhhhh who was on this?'. Teespring is wheezing. https://t.co/6EO9B4vMt6 pic.twitter.com/7XTjRkGWbh
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) November 26, 2019
— Margaux McDonnell (@belminican) November 27, 2019