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September 15, 2020

Baby Yoda is back to save 2020.

Disney on Tuesday finally debuted the first trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian. Picking up after the events of season one, the trailer for the Disney+ Star Wars show sees our hero setting off across the galaxy on a mission to reunite the child with his own kind, seeking those "sorcerers" we've come to know as the Jedi.

The new footage provides just as much Baby Yoda (who, as a reminder, is not actually Yoda as a baby) as one would hope, including a moment where the little guy hides during a fight that is just about as meme-ready as any scene from the show's history. While the trailer is short on big jaw-dropping reveals, it does feature the debut of a character played by WWE wrestler Sasha Banks, who stares down the Mandalorian at one point in the footage only to suddenly disappear.

The trailer also suggests The Mandalorian may see the Star Wars franchise once again returning to Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet, which would fit with reports that the new season could feature the return of Boba Fett, who we last saw there. It seems, much like Emperor Palpatine, Fett may have somehow returned. Rosario Dawson is also expected to be in the new season as Ahsoka Tano, a fan favorite character from the Star Wars animated shows, although she is not featured here.

See the most impressive first trailer for the new season, which debuts on Oct. 30, below. Brendan Morrow

February 20, 2020

Baby Yoda merchandise was surprisingly nowhere to be found when The Mandalorian first launched last fall, but a few months later, there has been an awakening.

The absolute onslaught of Baby Yoda merchandise that seemed inevitable after the character became an internet phenomenon last year is about to begin, with a whole bunch of new toys and other tie-in products unveiled on Thursday. This includes a $60 cooing animatronic Baby Yoda toy, and, well, basically everything else you can think of, from beanies to backpacks to bluetooth speakers.

There's even a Baby Yoda version of Operation on the way from Hasbro, although despite the name of the game, you don't actually operate on him in it. Instead, the goal is to channel your inner Din Djarin to take objects away from Baby Yoda or, as the game puts it, "stop the mischief!"

When Baby Yoda — who, to reiterate, isn't actually a baby version of Yoda but rather another unnamed member of the same species — made his debut on the Disney+ Star Wars show last November, it seemed likely Disney would flood store shelves with toys and make a fortune throughout the holiday season. But that didn't really happen, although some products like T-shirts were available, and some toys went up for pre-order. The show's creator, Jon Favreau, has explained merchandise was held back to keep the surprise reveal of the character a secret until the show's debut.

Actually, though, some of this new merchandise isn't even coming out until the fall, meaning wait even longer to begrudgingly hand Disney far too much of your money, you will. Brendan Morrow

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