Barely a week after the launch of on the Disney+ streaming service, the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian has found its breakout star. Nope, it isn’t Pedro Pascal, who plays the titular bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away.
The part which sent fans into frenzy came at the end of the first episode when it’s revealed that the masked bounty hunter is hired to pick up a special “asset” which looks a lot like an infant Yoda.
Even though he isn’t the same Yoda we’d known earlier known before (he ‘crossed over’ in Return of the Jedi), he appears to hail from the same species as the Jedi sensei. Also, while he looks like a toddler, he’s actually 50 years old.
In Star Wars lore, no one knows for certain where Yoda or his kind comes from. So until we have access to more information, Netizens are happy to just call this bundle of joy Baby Yoda.
The Mandalorian, executive produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), is set five years after the fall of The Empire in Return of the Jedi and 25 years before the rise of the First Order (aka Empire 2.0) in The Force Awakens.
Some say this Baby Yoda is a clone of the old Yoda. Others speculate that he has a role to play in the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker. We can’t say much because we don’t have Disney+: it doesn’t arrive here until next year. (If you’re impatient, try watching it via VPNs.)
Then again, you don’t need catch a single episode to go gaga over the adorable cherub. He's so cute you want to adopt him. Can we have him on an Uniqlo T-shirt? When is the doll coming out? People just can’t get enough of him and here are a few Baby Yoda-inspired memes and tweets...
Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn (maybe 50 years old) Baby Yoda, don't even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. We'd just like to thank you for all the joy you brought with your appearance in #TheMandalorian. pic.twitter.com/wthGf6p3f2— Matt (@mattneuhausen) November 12, 2019
can not bELIEVE that it took one green 50 year old baby to unite the entire star wars fandom for one cause pic.twitter.com/gY445S08Ir— caro. (@classickylo) November 17, 2019
“You keep smiling at your phone, what are you looking at?”— punkin 🎃 (@reinecitrouille) November 16, 2019
Disney+ is coming soon to Southeast Asia. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens Dec 19.