Arrived, Baby Yoda Merchandise Has


The Mandalorian is a new Star Wars series that follows a bounty hunter in the era in the between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. But more importantly, it's the show that introduced the world to Baby Yoda. The impossibly cute character—apparently a member of the same species as Yoda—has already inspired countless memes and moved Werner Herzog to tears. Now, after an agonizing two-week wait, Baby Yoda merchandise is finally available to buy online, TechCrunch reports.

Disney wasn't prepared for the reaction to Baby Yoda (officially known as The Child) when The Mandalorian premiered on its new streaming service, Disney+, on November 12. Director Jon Favreau reportedly asked the company to hold off on making merchandise with the character for as long as possible in order to keep its appearance a surprise. That meant for the past two weeks, anyone with an urgent need for Baby Yoda swag had to shop for fan-made gear on sites like Etsy.

Now the official Baby Yoda merchandise from Disney is finally here—unfortunately, it's failing to meet to fans' expectations. The Baby Yoda products now available from the online Disney store feature the same image of the character slapped onto totes, T-shirts, and phone cases. Some are paired with The Mandalorian logo and one comes with the label "The Child" in a nondescript font. Adorable plush dolls or graphic tees with mashups of baby talk and Yoda-speak are nowhere to be found.

T-shirt with Baby Yoda.

If you're hoping to buy some Baby Yoda merchandise for the holidays, you should probably hold out a little longer. Disney promises to have more products available through its website, stores, and parks before the shopping season is over. Until then, you can buy the official items from ShopDisney for $15 to $25 apiece.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

You Could Get Paid $1000 to Host a Remote The Office Watching Party


If getting paid to watch The Office sounds like a dream come true, well, you're in luck. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Overheard on Conference Calls, an online resource that provides helpful guides to navigating the workplace, is paying one diehard fan $1000 to host a remote watch party of The Office.

"In a time when most states in the U.S. are under stay at home orders due to COVID-19 and words like social distancing are common, it can be tough to still remember there are good things out there. Two of those things are friendship and the television show The Office," the company said on their website.

But there are a few important requirements. According to the site, Overheard is looking for someone who loves the show, has accessibility to host a video call, and will watch 15 episodes in the span of one week with their friends.

You also need to be 18 years or older and a current resident of the United States. If you fit all these requirements, simply fill out this form by April 27.

Even if you aren't the lucky winner, you can still host an Office watch party while social distancing. Check out this free browser extension that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends.