The New York Toy Fair, always a bastion of Disney-related merchandise, was held February 22-25, 2020. Among the products that were showcased was a Baby Yoda Chia Pet (!). If you’re a child of the 1980s or 1990s, you’ve probably had the “Chi..chi..chi..chia!” jingle stuck in your head for decades and you more-than-likely owned one (or five) of these pop culture icons growing up.
The new, completely adorable, Baby Yoda Chia pet works just like the ones you remember from your formative years. You smear the seed mixture over the clay “The Child” sculpture and, lo and behold, leaves will start to sprout in no time at all.
As you can see, this particular Chia pet features The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda character in his floating “stroller” pod. The pod functions as the base of the decor. Chia pets should be treated like regular house plants, with daily watering and regular exposure to a light source.
Ideal growing conditions for your Chia pet require sunlight and a space that stays about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Most Chia pets will also grow with the use of artificial light, but you may not get as many sprouts.
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It’s also important to make sure your Chia pet doesn’t start growing mold or mildew. While a fuzzy texture is normal for the first week after the seeds start sprouting, you’ll have to start over if your Baby Yoda Chia still has fuzz after 7 days. Scrape off the spores and spread the seed mixture again for best results.
Although no official release date has been announced, “The Child” Chia pets should be hitting store shelves later in 2020. Visit the official Chia website here.
Snag your “The Child” merch soon.
There’s been no word on whether or not Star Wars Chia pets will be impacted by the potential Baby Yoda toy shortage. Hasbro, creator of most “The Child” merchandise has confirmed that they are expecting supply line delays due to the coronavirus in China. So, if you see any products you can’t live without, buy them soon!