Get on That Blerg and Hold On Tight
November 30, 2019 4:55 PM   Subscribe

 
Nerf Herder you're gettin' lapped over here.
posted by Space Coyote at 5:19 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


Non-edit: Oh damn ok TIL.
posted by Space Coyote at 5:20 PM on November 30, 2019 [2 favorites]


Just read a tweet that pointed out the fact that no one at Disney thought to make a toy baby Yoda (like, of ANY kind).

That's got to be about $100 million in lost sales, right?
posted by kuanes at 5:22 PM on November 30, 2019 [4 favorites]


Disney is going to vomit baby Yodas into our mouths for decades to come.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 5:24 PM on November 30, 2019 [23 favorites]


Pseudo spoiler for the latest episode but: want some soup?

> Just read a tweet that pointed out the fact that no one at Disney thought to make a toy baby Yoda (like, of ANY kind).

This is something I really enjoy - either they knew it would ruin the surprise risking a toy figure being in production* or (the universe I like to imagine) the filming of this series was hands off enough to let them do their own thing.

* Or deciding they didn't want to invest too heavily in merchandise around this show immediately, given the struggles of Solo.
posted by mrzarquon at 5:28 PM on November 30, 2019 [3 favorites]


Reading the Warner Herzog link, I want the behind scenes footage of him and Baby Yoda.
posted by mrzarquon at 5:30 PM on November 30, 2019 [11 favorites]


Just read a tweet that pointed out the fact that no one at Disney thought to make a toy baby Yoda (like, of ANY kind).

That's got to be about $100 million in lost sales, right?


This xmas, it's stricty a diy affair.

It does remind me a bit of when A New Hope when it came out. People were cobbling flashlight/tube combinations in their garages to sell as lightsabers that year. Shit just wasn't there to buy, and people sure wanted to buy.
posted by 2N2222 at 5:37 PM on November 30, 2019 [3 favorites]


Werner Herzog, patron saint of the void, continues to be one the few people who give me remaining hope in humanity.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 5:40 PM on November 30, 2019 [12 favorites]


Lack of merch is supposedly on purpose to avoid spoiling the surprise. I imagine there are a lot of people on production lines, and all it'd take is one photo.
posted by WCityMike at 5:47 PM on November 30, 2019 [5 favorites]


Space Coyote, I actually had no idea that Parry Gripp was part of Nerf Herder! I ran across him originally with "Raining Tacos". How awesome ...
posted by WCityMike at 5:48 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


Shit just wasn't there to buy, and people sure wanted to buy.

And yet I had two pairs of Star Wars socks that school year, one with x-wings on them and the other with Darth Vader's face on them. I wore them proudly like the tiny 9 year old geek that I was.
posted by hippybear at 5:55 PM on November 30, 2019 [2 favorites]


"We wanted it to be a surprise" is also the excuse they had for having so few Rey toys when The Force Awakens came out, and also the TV weather guy's excuse for not telling us about the snow that hit my grandparents house that one Christmas.
posted by ckape at 7:06 PM on November 30, 2019 [9 favorites]


Werner Herzog, patron saint of the void, continues to be one the few people who give me remaining hope in humanity.

This is a wonderful Herzog cameo.
posted by WCityMike at 7:11 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


This is great and hopefully will replace the Baby Shark earworm that has been plaguing me for the last day or so.
posted by Coaticass at 7:30 PM on November 30, 2019


Werner Herzog reads your child the great story "Go the Fuck to Sleep" - courtesy of the New York Public Library!
posted by WCityMike at 7:51 PM on November 30, 2019 [3 favorites]


And yet I had two pairs of Star Wars socks that school year, one with x-wings on them and the other with Darth Vader's face on them. I wore them proudly like the tiny 9 year old geek that I was.

Something about late stage capitalism might be the standard metafilter reply. But if you got your socks in 1977, it's entirely possible George Lucas never got a penny for it. The market is pretty good at filling a void that way, legitimately or not. It's extremely unlikely he got a slice of the flashlight lightsaber I got that xmas, too. Which very much looked like a plastic flashlight... mated with some translucent plastic tubing. Kinda had to use your imagination a bit. It was possible to get a very authentic lightsaber at the sci fi convention vendor tables, made from a real Graflex flash gun, by someone with a good eye for detail and the skill to craft it. For what seemed like a small fortune to my young self.

Genuine Star Wars toys were as rare as four leaf clovers that xmas and worth their weight in gold. My recollection is that it wasn't until at least a year after the movie had been released that I actually saw an honest to goodness Star Wars toy. I don't think merchandising really hit its stride until xmas 1978, the season that brought us the Star Wars Holiday Special, to stoke interest in, and capitalize on, a movie that had been released a year and a half before! With no let up in sight.
posted by 2N2222 at 7:52 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


All I know is that we got them at K-Mart and they had official looking tags on them and official Star Wars logos and stuff. They weren't cheap -- I had to BEG BEG BEG for them. They weren't flea market items or anything. The plastic flashlight things I saw that year were concentrically smaller tubes that collapsed into each other or out to make a long tube, depending on how you swung it or whatever.
posted by hippybear at 8:06 PM on November 30, 2019 [2 favorites]


Good eating on a baby yoda. You know, if it comes down to it.
posted by um at 8:09 PM on November 30, 2019 [3 favorites]


It's more tender when young, but also the flesh doesn't hold up as well to slow roasting.
posted by hippybear at 8:10 PM on November 30, 2019


But if you got your socks in 1977, it's entirely possible George Lucas never got a penny for it.

Christmas 1977 was the year Kenner was selling empty boxes with certificates in them as promises to deliver action figures as soon as possible. The whole situation was pretty bizarre. But there were other things being sold, and I'm pretty sure my socks were "real".
posted by hippybear at 8:20 PM on November 30, 2019 [3 favorites]


Certainly beats getting high off licking 'em
posted by um at 8:21 PM on November 30, 2019 [4 favorites]


The plastic flashlight things I saw that year were concentrically smaller tubes that collapsed into each other or out to make a long tube, depending on how you swung it or whatever.

I've seen those, but by my recollection, official lightsaber toys with telescoping tubes weren't available until well after the 70s were over.

But I did get curious and found my lightsaber, er... "Force Beam"... or "Light Beam". The most amazing thing to me was that it appears they were being sold as late as 1982! I would have expected a much shorter lifespan. Apparently, they were good enough for plenty of kids, despite being not very authentic looking. And being very cheap to make, composed of readily and cheaply available parts.

A look at the 1977 Sears xmas Wishbook amazingly shows no Star Wars toys at all, among all the craptacular junk. No doubt countless kids pored over the whole thing and came up disappointed at the lack of Star Wars loot. There may be some Star Wars clothing or bedding or such. I've lost my patience.

But it does indeed look like Lucas/Kenner dropped the ball cashing out with the kiddies that first year. Star Wars history repeats this year.

I imagine there are a lot of people on production lines, and all it'd take is one photo.

Indeed. It took no time for someone to come up with a crochet pattern for sale.
posted by 2N2222 at 9:13 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


The plastic flashlight things I saw that year were concentrically smaller tubes that collapsed into each other or out to make a long tube, depending on how you swung it or whatever.

Gus Lopez's Star Wars Collector Archive is the definitive place to go to answer your vintage Star Wars licensed AND unlicensed merchandise questions. Search by the item type then year. There were quite a lot of licensed (and un) SW items available starting in late 1976 (the novelization), then early 1977 before the movie was released (the Marvel comics), and then tons of books, puzzles, and other non-toy items like jewelry (those pewter pendants my sister and I had) all by the fall of 1977. Yes, the action figures, vehicles and other iconic toys didn't start arriving, depending where in the English speaking world you lived, until the spring of 1978 - to early 1979. But there were items like the licensed inflatable lightsabers, the electric toothbrush, ceramic mugs, and much more that were on the shelves much earlier.

Charles Lippincott, the third full time person to work at Lucasfilm after George and Gary Kurtz, and who was the man behind all these licensed item deals, is active on Facebook. Follow him and scroll back through the last few years of his posts - tons of amazing one of a kind documents, mementos and memories (although he is slowing down since a diagnosis of Alzheimers) are to be found.
posted by acroyear at 9:43 PM on November 30, 2019


I was just thinking about “chimpanzee riding on a segway” the other day!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:12 PM on November 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


After watching me scrub the Baby Yoda scenes over and over, my man disappeared into his workshop and emerged with this: it’ll do till merch is released.
posted by lemon_icing at 3:35 AM on December 1, 2019 [11 favorites]


I had some kind of knockoff lightsaber flashlight toy that had a rigid plastic transparent tube with a cap on the end of it. It lit up green, years before Luke had a green lightsaber.
posted by Fleebnork at 5:33 AM on December 1, 2019


Not sure Baby Yoda and Pedro Pascal's voice can sustain me over how many episodes we have left, but at least I have the remix gifs.
posted by longdaysjourney at 6:08 AM on December 1, 2019


lemon_icing OMG OMG OMG WHAT seriously I would pay good cash money for that for my daughter. That is amazing, and your man is a GOD.
posted by cooker girl at 7:32 AM on December 1, 2019 [5 favorites]


I played the Parry Grip song and my husband said, "baby Yoda seems to be thing now." So I showed him some memes. Then, a few minutes later gets out of the tub mid-shower and yells "but how fast does his planet spin? A 'year' could be anything!"

This is an important question!
posted by vespabelle at 7:45 AM on December 1, 2019 [3 favorites]


I know it's obvious, but I mean, baby Yoda? Parody is not a user manual.
posted by saysthis at 7:46 AM on December 1, 2019


It's not how fast his planet spins that matters. It's how fast it revolves around its star.
posted by hippybear at 7:49 AM on December 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


According to a quick search, a year for Mercury - the closest planet to the Sun - is 88 days, or .24 of an Earth Year. So 50 Mercury years is equivalent to 12 Earth years. And that's Mercury - any life that evolved there (and no life would evolve there, that's insane) would have particular characteristics. They certainly wouldn't need big eyes, that's for sure, there wouldn't be a shortage of light. Another search tells me that the smallest known star is a red dwarf, with a radius .12 that of our sun. I don't know what length of year that would allow, perhaps an actual astrophysicist could tell you.

HTH.
posted by Grangousier at 9:43 AM on December 1, 2019


Hey cooker girl and those wanting Baby Yoda — so glad you like! Mister Icing found the 3D printer file here.

If you’re keen, please keep these caveats in mind:
* one-off printing is expensive
* The mister has high-resolution laser printer. Resolution matters.

If you’ve gotten this far, yay! Enjoy painting The Child. It could be a nice holiday project but it will not be cheap.
posted by lemon_icing at 12:57 PM on December 1, 2019 [3 favorites]


[to the tune of Baby Monkey]
Baby Yoda, Baby Yoda!
Riding in a floating crib,
Baby Yoda.
posted by Ryvar at 2:04 PM on December 1, 2019


Thanks to a link earlier in this thread, I have at last found the Darth Vader socks I had when I was 9. Brilliant, thank you!
posted by hippybear at 3:15 PM on December 1, 2019 [3 favorites]


Thanks to a link earlier in this thread, I have at last found the Darth Vader socks I had when I was 9. Brilliant, thank you!

You're welcome, hippybear. A small token of appreciation for you turning me on to Fair To Midland!
posted by acroyear at 4:30 PM on December 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


acroyear: I don't know whether to celebrate or apologize for you having found Fair To Midland. They are an oddly obsessive-inducing band. I find it hard at times to even think about a single one of their lyrics without having to listen to both their albums on repeat for several days. I don't want to derail this thread, so you can MeMail me if you wish, but man, it's great/I'm so sorry that you've found FtM!
posted by hippybear at 9:23 PM on December 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


*starts awake* huh what who's getting lapped
posted by scruffy-looking nerfherder at 6:02 AM on December 2, 2019






I listened to this yesterday and thought "hm, okay, this is fine, not Gripp's best work" but I must confess I have been singing it in my head and sometimes out loud, nearly nonstop, ever since. It has wormed its way into my brain. Parry Gripp, you evil genius, you've done it again.
posted by capricorn at 7:38 PM on December 3, 2019


also it was the last place I expected to find a callback to Sympathy for the Devil, so, well played.
posted by capricorn at 7:42 PM on December 3, 2019


CBC: 'So darn cute:' Indigenous artists and memers embrace Star Wars series' Baby Yoda
Jana Schmieding, a Lakota Sioux writer, performer, activist and education consultant currently living and working in Los Angeles, said the affection for Baby Yoda reflects a reverence for children.

"I believe that our adoption of Baby Yoda actually comes from the ways which we Native people on Turtle Island really value and deeply, deeply revere not only our elders but our children," she said.

"We genuinely recognize our younger generations are going to heal our people and they're going to heal the land and that they possess this magic to do all of that power."

On Nov. 23, Schmieding took to Twitter to ask if she needed to bead baby Yoda, and after getting over 651 likes she endeavoured to create a pair of beaded Baby Yoda earrings.

She said she likes working on fun little projects that feature pop culture but also give a nod to her culture.

"I think that Native people have always had a pulse on pop culture but pop culture has never had a pulse on Native people," said Schmieding.

"The meme-ing of Baby Yoda and the meme-ing in general that Native people are doing is actually a really important digital movement moment for non-Natives to get to know Native culture, rez culture, philosophies and ways of thinking, ways of being."
posted by Apocryphon at 1:21 PM on December 5, 2019


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