Forget the Oscar nominations, Baby Yoda was the real standout star of 2019.
Yet he was very nearly not a thing at all – entirely due to the cost of the lil cutie.
Beware: the reason we know how much he costs is pretty spoilerific.
Indeed, he was punched in the face by a comedian dressed as a stormtrooper. Yes, you read that right.
Adam Pally played a Stormtrooper in the show, and told TVLine all about the process of filming the scene where he punched the poor Baby Yoda.
‘I remember the first take that I did when I punched it, they called “cut” and Jon [Favreau], who was watching on a monitor in his office, came down and said, “I just want to let you know that this is the hero, and it costs, like, $5 million (£3.8million). I want you to hit it, but I want you to know that.”’
Favreau’s words freaked Pally out a little bit, and he missed the “next three takes because [he] was so nervous.
Five million squid isn’t pocket change, but it made for a very, very beautiful character that has captured the hearts and minds of Star Wars fans across the galaxy.
Disney is currently shooting season two of The Mandalorian, set to premiere on Disney+ in ‘Fall 2020’
Hopefully we’ll get the exact premiere date sooner rather than later, but until then we’ll be waiting Disney+ to arrive in the UK on March 31st this year.
Pedro Pascal is set to return as the main Mandalorian.