Attention Baby Yoda fans (i.e. everyone). The puppet form of the Child apparently cost $5 million to make, which may help to explain why the explosively popular character it helps to portray has been memed, mashed up, and merchandized to the max. Actor Adam Pally, who played Bike Scout Trooper #2 in episode eight of
— Variety (@Variety) November 22, 2019
“I remember the first take that I did when I punched [the Baby Yoda puppet],” Pally told reporters, “They called ‘Cut!’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, he came down from this office and said, ‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero Yoda and it costs, like, $5 million.” Pally added that Favreau wanted him to keep that bit information in the back of his mind as the actor fired off his subsequent straight rights into the adorable Force-user’s face. (Pally added that he ended up missing three times in a row before nailing the action because he was so nervous.)
Perhaps that $5 million price tag should come as no surprise, however, considering the fact that legendary director Werner Herzog, who plays “the Client” in the Disney+ series, called the hero Baby Yoda puppet “a phenomenal technological achievement.” This is partially in reference to the fact that the puppet requires two technicians to operate, one for the eyes and mouth, and the other for other facial expressions. Herzog was, in fact, so enamored by the puppet that he referred to it as “heartbreakingly beautiful” and said that it made him want to cry when he saw it.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) November 19, 2019
We also have Herzog to thank for making sure that the Baby Yoda puppet was used so extensively throughout the first season of
What do you think about the Child puppet’s enormous cost? Do you think the hero prop is worth $5 million, or could you rig something up just as good for way less money? Give us your priceless thoughts in the comments!