Disney's Mandalorian (available to watch on DisneyPlus) launched a hurried interest in the character known as the 'Child', a star of the series. This character is more well known as 'Baby Yoda' and is officially known as Grogu.
And, as with all Disney franchises, Disney.com has the official merchandise to match.
However, if you are not shopping directly at Disney, you'll probably get scammed into a counterfeit doll.
Both Amazon and eBay are littered with sellers of fake Baby Yoda dolls, with the sellers lifting the official picture from the Disney website, to sell their own counterfeit doll.
Beating the Fakes - The Genuine Product is Sold by Disney, Not on eBay
Disney created a fantastic official doll (plush toy) of the 'Baby Yoda' / 'The Child' character and this is available in offical Disney stores and at their theme parks, and from official retailers.
However, counterfeit sellers on eBay and Amazon have lifted the official image used on Disney.com and re-used it in their product listing advertisements. These 3rd Party sellers are not selling the official doll and customers are being misled. By lifting the official images, it is almost impossible to detect fakes in the Amazon and eBay listings.
Unfortunately, for buyers on Amazon and eBay, the product that customers will receive looks nothing like the official doll.
You can get the official Baby Yoda doll at Disney.com
Sellers Use The Official Disney Picture to Sell Fakes
eBay and Amazon sellers are deceptively using the official image stolen from the Disney website. The listings shown below are actually for the fake Baby Yoda product, even though the listings show the official (stolen) Disney image.
These pictures are stolen from Disney. It is deceptive conduct for the sellers to hide pictures of the product that the sellers are actually sell. BEWARE - these images do not represent the product you are buying!
Identifying Fake Baby Yoda / Grogu Dolls
When the doll turns up from a counterfeit seller, it is quite obvious that it looks nothing like the picture. There are differences in:
- General appearance
Here are some of the differences:
Poor Stitching on Face, Head & Eyes
The head, face and eyes on the counterfeit products are of an off dimension. In many fakes, the neck is not covered by the gown. Additionally, the mouth and the curves around the cheek are flat in the fake products and the elongation of the head and space between the ears is of an improper proportion.
Incorrect Stitching & Clothing Problems
The clothing on the fake dolls tends not to match the offical doll. The offical doll has a large seam in the middle of the neck, whereas the fake product extends across the neck.
Fake Products Can't Be Detected Until They Turn Up
As eBay and Amazon sellers are deceptively using the official image stolen from the Disney website, it is hard to know what you are going to get. Importantly, the only sure way to avoid disappointment is to purchase directly from Disney.
Some comments from victims of this scam include:
- Fraud, not what is advertised Amazon customer review
- BAD IMITATION OF BABY YODA PLUSH!!!!! Amazon customer review
- Not at all as pictured Amazon customer review
- Not the same as in pictures Amazon customer review
However, this Amazon review sum up this scam perfectly.
To Comply With eBay Rules, Sellers Even Admit They are Lying
Whilst using the Disney pictures to advertise their products, the counterfeit eBay sellers are adding a disclaimer to the bottom of their listing to absolve them of the burden of returns:
The real object is not the same as the picture, please understand the difference. We have tried our best to reduce the Picture color error.
This disclaimer is hidden away on the mobile app, rendering it un-seen by the majority of shoppers who use the mobile app and use photos and titles to choose products.
Summary - Purchase from Disney Directly
This is not an expensive product and to avoid disappointment, we recommend that you only purchase from the Disney store.