Chia Pets have been around for most of my life, and yet I’ve never understand how or why. They’ve always seemed like nothing more than a prank novelty gift. They’re the kind of thing you get someone you wish you didn’t have to buy a present for, so you get them an eyesore that doubles as a chore. That seems like a tough business model to sustain, but clearly it works. They keep making different ones all the time and people keep buying them. Now I finally understand why. Because it’s not hard to see why anyone would want their home to feature a Star Wars Baby Yoda Chia Pet.
Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders on the new Chia Pet from NECA. It’s celebrates “The Child” from The Mandalorian. The “handmade decorative planter” features everyone’s favorite little green tyke sitting in his floating pram. While the Yodaling won’t be turning green, his surroundings will when his chia seeds sprout start coming “to life in days, with full growth in 1-2 weeks using the simple included instructions.”
The Child Chia Pet is $19.99 and is expected to begin shipping in July. It also comes with a packet of Chia seeds good for three plantings. But you don’t have to trade him in for Beskar steel after that. It “can be reused indefinitely,” including being “replanted with similar seeds like basil or alfalfa.”
Wait… what? You can turn a Chia Pet into a basil or alfalfa plant? Forget having Baby Yoda grow you fresh herbs, have they ever released Chia Pets for John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers? Or one based on Alfalfa from the Little Rascals? I would definitely buy those. How often can you make your garden into a pun?
Plus, now that I finally understand the appeal of Chia Pets, I truly get the Mandalorian’s motivations. I don’t my favorite little green tyke out there all alone.
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