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Baby Yoda Toy Problems

Good news/bad news if you’re looking for Baby Yoda merch for the holidays. Shoppers so far have been unimpressed with Disney’s collection of T-shirts, mugs, phone cases and tote bags featuring the breakout character from the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.” But a trio of new Baby Yoda toys unveiled Tuesday should get fans excited, although patience, you must have. The items include an 11-inch plush doll from Mattel. The toy, featuring a vinyl head and cuteness rating of 11 out of 10, is available for pre-order at, and for $24.99. Here’s the catch: the product isn’t expected to ship until April 1, 2020. Meanwhile, Funko also lifted the curtain on two Baby Yoda figurines: a standard 3.75-inch figure for $12.99 and near life-size 10-inch version for $29.99, though Target and Walmart also have the items for cheaper. Likewise, the toys won’t be available until early spring. “The Mandalorian” is set five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” While Jedi Master Yoda, who became one with the Force (died) early in that film, was thought to be the last of its species, the Mandalorian discovered Baby Yoda in the first episode of the series and subsequently rescued the youngling from a man and doctor with apparent ties to the old Empire. Little is known about “The Child” other than it’s 50 years old, can use the Force and enjoys pushing the buttons in Mando’s spaceship.     Read More

James Wan and Frankenstein

While the two biggest movies of James Wan’s career have been Furious 7 and Aquaman, both of which grossed over $1 billion, the director is still arguably more well-known for his work in the horror genre, particularly the Conjuring franchise. Well, Wan is now getting the chance to work within Universal Pictures’ label of terrifying monsters. Word’s come in that James Wan has been tapped to produce a yet-to-be-titled movie through his Atomic Monster Productions company that will be inspired by the Universal Monsters legacy and shine it “through a modern prism.” Described as having “shades of Disturbia,” this project will follow a group of teenagers who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement, and as one would expect, the monster eventually breaks free. THR also mentions that Supernatural writer and producer Robbie Thompson will pen this Universal Monsters movie. There are no plans for James Wan to direct, so it’s unclear if Universal already has chosen someone else to direct the horror-thriller or if a search is still underway. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve hears about James Wan working within the Universal Monsters realm. Back in November, it was reported that he was developing a new take on Frankenstein. That information was removed, but four months later, this new report comes in, and those plot details point towards a very Frankenstein-sounding story.     Read More

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