Arrived, Baby Yoda Merchandise Has

Disney
Disney

The Mandalorian is a new Star Wars series that follows a bounty hunter in the era in the between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. But more importantly, it's the show that introduced the world to Baby Yoda. The impossibly cute character—apparently a member of the same species as Yoda—has already inspired countless memes and moved Werner Herzog to tears. Now, after an agonizing two-week wait, Baby Yoda merchandise is finally available to buy online, TechCrunch reports.

Disney wasn't prepared for the reaction to Baby Yoda (officially known as The Child) when The Mandalorian premiered on its new streaming service, Disney+, on November 12. Director Jon Favreau reportedly asked the company to hold off on making merchandise with the character for as long as possible in order to keep its appearance a surprise. That meant for the past two weeks, anyone with an urgent need for Baby Yoda swag had to shop for fan-made gear on sites like Etsy.

Now the official Baby Yoda merchandise from Disney is finally here—unfortunately, it's failing to meet to fans' expectations. The Baby Yoda products now available from the online Disney store feature the same image of the character slapped onto totes, T-shirts, and phone cases. Some are paired with The Mandalorian logo and one comes with the label "The Child" in a nondescript font. Adorable plush dolls or graphic tees with mashups of baby talk and Yoda-speak are nowhere to be found.

T-shirt with Baby Yoda.
Disney

If you're hoping to buy some Baby Yoda merchandise for the holidays, you should probably hold out a little longer. Disney promises to have more products available through its website, stores, and parks before the shopping season is over. Until then, you can buy the official items from ShopDisney for $15 to $25 apiece.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Flyxbrix/FatBrain

Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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David Lynch Is Sharing How He's Keeping Busy at Home in New YouTube Series

Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images
Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

David Lynch, the director of some of the most surreal movies from recent decades, enjoys a relaxing home improvement project as much as the rest of us. As Pitchfork reports, Lynch has launched a new video series on YouTube sharing the various ways he's staying busy at home.

The series, titled "What Is David Working on Today?", debuted with its first installment on Tuesday, May 28. In it, the filmmaker tells viewers he's replacing the drain in his sink and varnishing a wooden stand. In addition to providing a peek into his home life, Lynch also drops some thought-provoking tidbits, like "water is weird."

Fixing the furniture in his home isn't the only thing Lynch has been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also wrote, directed, and animated a 10-minute short titled Pożar, and since early May, he has been uploading daily weather reports. If life in quarantine doesn't already feel like a David Lynch film, diving into the director's YouTube channel may change that.

This isn't Lynch's first time creating uncharacteristically ordinary content. Even after gaining success in the industry, he directed commercials for everything from pasta to pregnancy tests.

[h/t Pitchfork]