Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coloring Pages of Baby Yoda of The Mandalorian

The Adorable Child from The Mandalorian

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Hasbro Star Wars: The Mandalorian Baby Bounties "Soup and Blanket" Mini Figures (available June 2020) (all images courtesy of Disney).
If you have a small child, you probably know who Baby Yoda is. If not, you still may know because Baby Yoda has become an Internet sensation with memes and stories.

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If you don't know much about Baby Yoda, this is your chance to learn about him. We go through Baby Yoda's history and the show that he is on, "The Mandalorian."

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Baby Yoda plush toy.
 You've probably heard of Baby Yoda.

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If you have heard of Baby Yoda, then you're all set for the free and downloadable coloring pages of Baby Yoda here. If you're not, you're about to learn all about him.

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The Disney+ streaming service had a huge hit in late 2019 with "The Mandalorian." The breakout star of "The Mandalorian" was "The Child."

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The Child is better known as Baby Yoda because he looks like a younger version of, you known, Yoda from Star Wars. Here, we have coloring pages of Baby Yoda plush toys that are free and downloadable.

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Mattel’s Star Wars The Child Plush Toy.
Mattel's official description of its plush toy:
Fully embrace the cuteness of the 50-year-old Yoda species with this adorable 11-inch plush toy. He may look like a Baby Yoda, but this lovable creature is referred to as The Child. Inspired by the Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian, this sweet Star Wars plush toy makes a Force-sensitive addition to your collection.
The Baby Yoda plush toys certainly are adorable.

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Because the success of "The Mandalorian" came so late in 2019, there was no time for parents to buy Baby Yoda toys for their children that year.

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Hasbro’s Star Wars The Child Talking Plush Toy (with frog and bone-broth bowl).
However, that only means that the Baby Yoda toys will be the hot item for the 2020 holiday season.

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Many but not all of the plush toys pictured on this page are available at shopDisney.

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Funko Pop! The Child 3.75-inch vinyl bobble-head.
"The Mandalorian" airs on Fridays exclusively on Disney+.

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The main Mandalorian character, nicknamed Mando, discovered Baby Yoda at the end of episode one of the critically-acclaimed series. Baby Yoda has become a focal point of the series.

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Not suitable for children under three years of age.
Hasbro’s animatronic and exceptionally lifelike Baby Yoda has attracted a lot of attention. It has 25 different combinations of sounds and motions. It is priced at a reasonable (for what you get) $60. Unfortunately, it is not available for purchase until fall 2020.

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The Hasbro animatronic plush toy is certain to be sold out quickly for the 2020 holiday season, so if you want it, you had better keep your eye out for it.

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Yacn Baby Yoda Plush Figure Toys, Star Wars 11.8 inch The Child Yoda Plush Toys Baby Yoda Stuffed Doll from The Mandalorian.
Hasbro is also releasing a less expensive talking toy that comes with a bowl of bone broth and a frog.

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Hasbro also says that it will be releasing a set of six Baby Yoda figurines for display or gifting.

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30cm Baby Yoda plush Toys Soft Yoda Animals Stuffed Doll Toy.
The talking (but not moving) Baby Yoda plush toy retails for $24.99. It has ten sound effects, many accessories based on the television series and is a soft and cuddly toy. It is an authentic representation of Baby Yoda from the television series, and is suitable for children ages 3 and up.

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Build-A-Bear also has a version of Baby Yoda.

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2020 Baby Yoda Plush Toy Cute Green Doll Holiday Gifts for Kids.
There are many knock-offs of official Disney merchandise, of course. There always are popular toy knockoffs. In my opinion, you are much better off purchasing official merchandise, which is usually of better quality and not priced all that much more than the knockoffs.

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Hasbro holds the licensing rights for most Disney Star Wars toys. But Lucasfilm, the Disney-owned production company that makes Star Wars movies and TV shows, has been working with several other major licensees to create an entire catalog of Baby Yoda merch. These other companies include Mattel.

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Mattel 11" vinyl head plush toy.
A lot of parents were unhappy that there weren't any Baby Yoda toys available in 2019. The show's creators did this intentionally in order to not spoil the surprise of the Baby Yoda character when he first appeared on 12 November 2019. Pausing the production of Baby Yoda toys became a controversial move for Disney and helped to cause toy sales for the 2019 holiday season to be flat. Some analysts claimed that plentiful Baby Yoda toys on toy section shelves could have given the 2019 season a much-needed boost.

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However, that won't be a problem during the 2020 holiday season. There are sure to be all sorts of Baby Yoda plush toys and other products available beginning in May and especially by mid-September.

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An 11.5" Baby Yoda plush toy.
Season two of “The Mandalorian” is set to start streaming on Disney+ in October 2020. That is sure to gin up demand for Baby Toys, so you might not want to wait until then to get Baby Yoda holiday toys if you can remember to do so earlier.
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Of course, you can spend as much as you want on these toys. There is a $350 life-sized Baby Yoda toy unveiled at the end of January and scheduled to reach shelves in spring 2020.

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Hasbro’s “The Child Animatronic Edition” toy was unveiled at Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars toy showcase (HASBRO).
You can usually preorder Baby Yoda plush toys. There seems to be a lot of interest in pre-ordering these toys, so you want to get on those lists as soon as possible if you are determined to get the toy as soon as possible.

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There also are t-shirts, hats, and other apparel decorated with images of the adorable alien Baby Yoda.

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Hasbro's animatronic Baby Yoda figure, available for $59.99 in Fall 2020 (Hasbro).
Just to give you an idea of the competition you are going to face to get some of these toys, here is a startling fact. Mattel’s 11-inch Baby Yoda toy, which comes in packaging that looks like his levitating bassinet in “The Mandalorian,” is the No. 1 most-wished-for product on Amazon’s ranking in toys and games. Amazon's wish-list rankings are based on products that customers have most often added to wishlists and registries.

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That's not out of Star Wars toys or plush toys or anything like that - Mattel's plush toy is the top wish for all toys on earth.

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Kawaii Star Wars Baby Yoda Plush Peluche Toys Master Yoda Soft Stuffed Figure Doll Keychain Pendants.
If you think other people are going to delay in getting the first versions from the truck, you are probably wrong. Parents are waiting for them to appear and are going to grab Baby Yoda plush toys the instant they appear.


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In addition, Funko Pop! 3.75-inch vinyl figure of Baby Yoda ($8.78 pre-order on Amazon) is No. 9 on Amazon’s toys and games most-wished-for rankings.

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Mandalorian "The Child" Plush Backpack.
"The Mandalorian" is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens.
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"The Mandalorian" follows the title character, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, and his exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic.

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Pre-order Star Wars Baby Yoda “The Child” Talking Plush Toy (suggested retail price $24.99). Available 18 May 2020.
"The Mandalorian" showrunner Jon Favreau has said:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series depicts a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Of course, "The Mandalorian" is creating its own narrative and is not dependent on other television series or the Star Wars films.

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Pedro Pascal stars as The Mandalorian/Din Djarin. The character is a lone gunfighter and bounty hunter.

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Hasbro's "The Child" animatronic edition debuted at Toy Fair 2020.
The Child is a member of the same unnamed species as the powerful Jedi master Yoda with similar Force abilities.

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The Mandalorian has been hired by "The Client," an unnamed man with Stormtrooper bodyguards who arranges for the Mandalorian to track a valuable asset. Werner Herzog plays The Client.

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Mattel "The Child" plush toy.
"The Mandalorian" is famous for having big stars playing roles. Film star Nick Nolte voices Kuiil, an Ugnaught moisture farmer who bought his freedom after being enslaved by the Empire.

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Carl Weathers of the "Rocky" films voices Greef Karga, an ex-magistrate and leader of a bounty hunter guild. He also hires the Mandalorian to track a valuable asset.

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Credit: Disney.
Among the guest stars are Julia Jones of the "Twilight" films, Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, and Ming-Na Wen of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television series.

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Industrial Light & Magic, a subsidiary of Lucasfilm, opened a new division in November 2018 just to provide the special effects for "The Mandalorian" and other Star Wars television series.

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The relationship between the Mandalorian and the Child are based on affection. The Mandalorian feels a connection and parental bond with the Child because of his own childhood. He was orphaned upon the death of his parents and was adopted by the Mandalorian culture as a "foundling." So, he feels a sense of obligation.

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The Child Bear from Build-A-Bear.
"The Mandalorian" has been a breakout hit. Reviews are extremely positive and the show has been the cornerstone of Disney's new streaming service.

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Baby Yoda has the powers of the Force, which he uses when necessary to protect himself and the Mandalorian.

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Star Wars The Child 8″ Basic Plush – $12.99 (Available Fall 2020).
There are sure to be many more Baby Yoda toys and merchandise released. However, these Baby Yoda plush toys are going to be the most prized toys and certain to attract strong demand when they are available and for many years.

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2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

Norelco Christmas TV Ads

The Norelco Santa Ad Is A Classic Christmastime Memory

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Santa's got a brand new... razor!
Once upon a time, the annual Rankin/Bass animated Christmas shows marked the beginning of the holiday season. Well, they still do for many, but they used to truly rule the three television networks around Thanksgiving and the beginning of December. And, during the commercial breaks of those classic shows that the whole family watched after dinner, guess who popped by to say hello?

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Well, someone just buzzed into our holiday season...
Why, the Norelco Razor-riding Santa!

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Why was Santa riding a... giant razor? Well, there's a story.

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I realize this sounds kind of quaint today. However, in the 1970s, any animation was still a novelty, and seeing top-notch stop-motion animation on your new color television set was a cool thing. So, again, why was Santa riding a giant razor? Well, you might well ask, and I'm here to tell you!

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A modern updating of the classic Norelco ad using 3D animation.
It was a brilliant marketing job by Norelco. Norelco was a company that, among many other things made electric razors. Norelco's job was to convince people that electric razors, which were still relatively new, were cool and better than the straight razors that most men (and women, but that's another story) still used. What better way to do this than to have Santa himself vouch for their usefulness - and right when women were buying their men gifts? And, that is why Santa rode Norelco razors every single holiday season throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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To summarize, the Norelco Santa Christmas commercial is one of the most successful spots in advertising history. This Norelco commercial set the standard for all holiday spots. It was in the same league as the famous singing "I want to give the world a Coke" ads. Animation comes in all sorts of venues, not just films or television shows, and the Norelco Santa ad proved that quality animation could be outstandingly effective advertising.

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Look, I know some of you are scratching your heads and thinking, a commercial? He's writing about a commercial? I want to avoid commercials! But let's just go with it, okay? These were classic spots. There are a lot of folks with great childhood memories of these Norelco Santa ads which are fused with the good times of the holiday spirit when families spent the season together and all watched the big TV together in the living room! And those were times when you had no laptop or smartphone to watch instead of that big TV set everyone else was watching! I know, right? How could that be? But people watched the shows together and actually enjoyed themselves. Hard to believe, I know, but there it is.

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Highlights from the famous Norelco Christmas spot.
The Norelco Santa spot is one of the most ubiquitous but little-discussed instances of cutting edge animation. In fact, the Norelco ads, in a kind of odd reverse feedback loop, actually went a long way toward popularizing stop-motion animation. which had a spotty reputation due to some primitive 1950s and 1960s attempts that looked quite cheesy.

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Let's step back a bit in case you are confused, Norelco is the American brand name for the electric shavers and other personal care productions of the Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care unit of the giant Dutch Philips company based in Eindhoven.

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They adopted this name because, back in the 1940s, another company, Philco, objected that "Philips" sounded too much like their name. So, Philips came up with a new name that sounds suspiciously like it came from Northern Electric Company or some variation on that. The name problem went away many years ago (Philips bought Philco in 1981), but by then Philips had built Norelco into a valuable brand - largely because of the Santa TV ads. So, the name stayed Norelco. Since then, Philips has retained the Norelco trade name in the United States probably in no small measure because of the goodwill built up via the Norelco Santa Christmas commercial. And that, my friends, is a tale of how the tail sometimes wags the dog.


Norelco Santa Christmas commercials have been running since the 1960s, but only hit their stride in the 1970s. During that decade, the Norelco Santa was one of the most advanced pieces of animation anywhere, and not just in television commercials. Let's take a moment to appreciate the creative genius who somehow realized that electric razors have a vague resemblance to sleighs and then ran with that idea all the way to the bank.


My personal favorite out of all the ads is the 1971 edition, above, which has snowmen heads turning (including a female snow-person, in deference to who was almost certainly going to be the one buying the men their shavers) and an almost continuous Santa sleigh ride in the background. Later ads focused more on the actual products and less on Santa's sleigh ride - what nerve!

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Back in the day, Lady Norelco was revolutionary. Women have to shave?
The Norelco Santa Christmas ad was the only animation that many people saw every day on television. In quality, the Norelco Santa Christmas ad rivaled the Rankin/Bass holiday specials and, as noted above, often aired during them (Rankin/Bass or some of the people who worked there may have had a hand in making the Norelco spots, too).

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Lest you think that Norelco somehow invented commercializing Christmas...
In those days, animation on television was primitive, and it almost never was used in commercials, especially those targeted at grown-ups. Quality animation was not what you would expect to see during that commercial break when it was time to go into the kitchen and fix a quick sandwich. In an advertiser's dream scenario, people actually preferred the Norelco television spots to the actual programs themselves. Many people could not tell if the commercials were actually part of the program or not. That is heaven for advertisers!

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The Norelco ads became increasingly elaborate, with superior animation.
The accompanying Norelco Santa Christmas Commercial jingle to some versions - and it sure was a jingle in different senses of the word! - went: "Floating heads, floating head, floating all the way/Norelco is the shaving gift to give on Christmas day." Apparently, the voice-over was by Peter Thomas (or maybe Art Linkletter, they sounded quite similar).


The Norelco Santa Christmas commercials would end with the deliberate mis-spelling of "Norelco" to “Noëlco,” accompanied by the tag line, "Even our name says Merry Christmas." People "got" corny jokes like that in those days.

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Political correctness eventually put a stop to that version of the Norelco Santa Christmas, oh wait, "Seasonal" ad. Those were more innocent and less culturally sensitive times.

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Santa taking off on his Norelco razor.
Unbelievably, the Norelco Santa Christmas commercials are still shown in some places today. They do not have the same high profile as once they did but rest assured that Phillips still gets mileage out of its razor-driving Santa. They now incorporate modern technology such as CGI and 3D, but they retain the same old quaint holiday spirit.

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Print advertising tied in with the tv spots in a subtle fashion.
The latest Norelco Santa ad rolled out in 2011. It is called "Santa's New Ride" and fuses stop motion animation with CGI. The stop motion elements for this recent Norelco Santa ad were created by BixPix, while the blend of CGI and the stop motion footage was handled by re-think studios.

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It really doesn't look as though Santa uses that electric razor too often...
You may never see that ad, but it is proof that the Norelco Santa ad campaign not only survives but continues to push the boundaries of animation technology.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this visit down Norelco, uh, Noëlco Lane.

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