Disney Is Removing Baby Yoda Toys Due to Copyright Violations

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(I'm guessing Lucas led with "Baby Yoda, why are you not CGI?") Lucas isn't too busy these days since Disney bought his company; do you think we could get him to play the role of Baby Yoda's nanny in Season 2?

As reported by The Verge, Disney has approached several Etsy sellers making and selling their own Baby Yoda plushes and has issued them with takedown notices.

If you're a Star Wars fan, then this is truly a lovely sight to behold - George Lucas holding Baby Yoda. The US$25 toy is now relisted as "The Baby Child", "baby alien plush", "star plushie", "alien toy", "star battle", "galaxy wars" and "yodoll".

The entertainment giant, which owns the rights to all things "Star Wars", is cracking down on online retailer Etsy for capitalizing on the insanely popular character from its new Star Wars-inspired series, "The Mandalorian", according to a new report.

But except for a smattering of mugs, t-shirts and other easy-to-produce tchotchkes, there was a dearth of Baby Yoda products available.

Since then, the web has been happily inundated with fan art, memes and homemade merchandise in a Baby Yoda content overload that even the almighty Disney has been struggling to contain.

In the meantime, Build-A-Bear recently announced that it would be adding Baby Yoda to its Star Wars collection, which now includes characters like Porg, Chewbacca, Rey Bear, BB-8 and Darth Vader.

Broken, the internet is after a photo of Baby Yoda and George Lucas surfaced on social media. An official launch day has yet to be announced but it is expected to be in stores in the next few months.

But a search on Etsy Friday revealed a crocheted Baby Yoda doll by Cassie's Crochet for $260; a "hand painted" Baby Yoda doll with handmade clothing by Nerdprint Crafts for $130; and a tiny 3D-printed model for $18 by HappyHappyHappyCo.

Baby Yoda is a character from The Mandalorian known as The Child.

She was able to sell about 200 of her fluffy creations until Disney complained in January that she used "Star Wars", "Disney" and "Yoda" without permission. However, he does belong to the same alien species as Yoda.

As with any minor wrinkle in the Star Wars universe, the fresh Baby Yoda content sparked a flurry of fan theories: is Lucas returning to write or direct an episode for The Mandalorian's sophomore season?

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