When Disney launched their new series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, back in November, they held back releasing any merchandise featuring “The Child”, in order to keep the character a surprise and it went onto create a huge social media buzz around the show.
However, this resulted in a new wave of “Baby Yoda” merchandise to be released later, but the effect of the Corona virus has severely impacted how many products can be made in Chinese factories and the global supply train as there is an insufficient raw materials for the toys, namely resins and plastics available.
Last week, Hasbro confirmed in a company report that travel restrictions and quarantine orders have already interrupted toy assembly. It added that the virus “could have a significant negative impact on our revenues, profitability and business.”
Hasbro CFO Deborah Thomas has confirmed there are issues to the New York post:
“We are working to mitigate the impact of our manufacturing partner factories being closed longer than anticipated, as well as to reschedule the shipments we have not been able to make,”
Jim Silver from TTPM told the New York Post
“If things aren’t normal by the time June and July roll around, there will be shortages on a litany of toys,”
The longer this global crisis goes on, the worse it’s going to get for toy makers, especially as the toy industry is now already getting ready for Christmas.
A large number of new Mandalorian themed merchandise was revealed at last years New York Toy Fair including a new electronic “Baby Yoda” doll.
Many of these items can be pre-ordered from retailers including Entertainment Earth,ShopDisney, and Amazon
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