Last January we told you about an upcoming one The Mandalorianinspired life-size Baby Yoda (yes, yes, we know, The Child) replica of geeky collectibles creator Sideshow. At $ 350 (now $ 375), there just wasn̵
Sideshow initially promised that the Child would come to our doorstep between August and October, but mine didn’t arrive until the end of November. Apparently, the company did as many side-things as the Mandalorian did on his journey to find the Jedi (next stop, Ahsoka Tano).
But now that it is here, the Child proves to be worth the wait. Sideshow has done an excellent job of recreating the original doll. That does lead to a first surprise – some very rosy cheeks.
The actual doll used in the show also has rosy cheeks, but it doesn’t show up after the special effects team color corrects each episode. This statue is thus more accurate for the prop than for the screen. If you don’t like it, you can use water and kitchen paper to mix away some of the pink, but I choose to leave it for now.
The other surprise is how tall it is. It’s hard to get a sense of scale on the show. Baby Yoda seems bigger in some scenes than others. But the life-size replica is easily larger than a two-liter soda bottle. The company pays attention to detail; the eyes are lifelike and cute, the wispy hairs look real and the paint of the skin and fingernails and toenails is excellent.
If I have a major complaint, it’s about Baby Yoda’s poncho robe. It looks too pristine and it is too long. Again, that length is accurate, but I wish they’d chosen aesthetics over accuracy in this case. That’s because it covers Baby Yoda’s feet and hands.
The latter is especially a downer because Sideshow has included a shift knob from the Razor Crest for Baby Yoda. It attaches magnetically, so it’s easy to remove but won’t fall off. It’s a brilliant little touch that conjures up a great scene from the show that is sadly covered by its poncho sleeves.
But at least with a few quick tweaks, you can make it better. A tug here, a slide there, and it looks confused and reveals the Child’s hands and feet, fitting the show. I wish he were a little more posible, you can turn his head, but that’s all. Unless you’re crazy and want to tear him apart like Adam Savage.
Another nice detail that the company has slipped into is the artwork at the bottom of the stand. The stand should look like parts of the Razor Crest, and to be fair; it is not real. It looks more like a metal cap at first glance. But I don’t mind; you are not here to look at a booth.
Unless of course you want to look at the bottom. The bottom features beautiful artwork from the show from the scene where the Mandalorian discovered Baby Yoda. It’s not necessary at all, but looks good.
And “not necessary at all, but still looks so good” is an apt description for this figure in general. At the current price of $ 375, it costs an obscene amount. You could buy an Xbox Series S and a game to play for that money (well, if you could find one in stock).
But I don’t care. I have no regrets. Every time I look at this adorable Baby Yoda I laugh like an idiot. How is that not possible? He steals every scene he is in The Mandalorian, and now he’s sitting on my desk in my office. He’s stealing the scene from all the geeks I’ve got here, from one Zelda-inspired Ocarina to a Doctor who LEGO Tardis. As I write this he is on my desk and I smile at him. It’s stupid, and I don’t care because I’m happy.
I have an Xbox Series X, yes the $ 500 one, and it doesn’t make me laugh. So despite all the happiness and joy it has already brought to my home, I say it’s worth every penny. I would buy it again without hesitation. You can order your own life-size replica of The Child today, although Sideshow says they won’t be out until early next year. If you have the money to spare, do it. You will not regret it.