How to Buy the Real Baby Yoda Doll & Avoid These Fakes

Many third-party sellers on eBay, Amazon, and other sites are using the official Disney picture of "The Child" from the Mandalorian, aka Baby Yoda to sell counterfeit plush dolls.


Cameron Craig
Updated 5 May 2022
How to Buy the Real Baby Yoda Doll & Avoid These Fakes

United States Counterfeit Goods Statistics


$1.3 billion in counterfeit items seized each year
$200 billion yearly loss to businesses

$959 billion (estimated value of the counterfeit market by 2022)

Source: Library of U.S. Congress

Disney's Mandalorian (available to watch on Disney+) launched a hurried interest in the character known as the "Child," a star of the series. This lovable creature, which quickly became a favorite amongst Star Wars fans, 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 buying a counterfeit Grogu plush toy.

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 Grogu plush toy. 

Beating the Fakes - The Genuine Product is Sold by Disney, Not on eBay

Disney created a fantastic adorable Grogu character doll (plush toy) and made it available in official Disney stores, at their theme parks, and from authorized retailers.

Baby Yoda vs Fake
Side by side, the differences are easy to spot.

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 third-party sellers are not selling the official Grogu plush toy, and customers are being misled.

By lifting the official images, it is almost impossible to detect fakes in the Amazon and eBay listings alone.

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

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Sellers Use The Official Disney Pictures 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. 

Fake baby yoda listings on Amazon
Each image has been taken from Disney, but the products sold are not from Disney.

These pictures are stolen from Disney. It is deceptive for the sellers to hide images of the product they are actually selling. So BEWARE—these images do not represent the product you are buying! 

Star Wars fans are bound to be disappointed if they end up with one of these poorly made fakes instead of the legitimate Grogu toy plush.

How to Identify Fake Baby Yoda/Grogu Dolls

When the doll turns up from a counterfeit seller, it is pretty obvious that it looks nothing like the picture. There are differences in:

  • Shape
  • Size
  • Stitching
  • General appearance 

Poor Stitching on Face, Head & Eyes

The head, face, and eyes on counterfeit products are very different from the real deal. For example, the neck is not covered by the gown in many fakes. 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. 

Baby Yoda face comparison against face.

Grogu does indeed have large eyes as the counterfeit toy has, but the problem with the fake is the shape—it's too round and not quite right.

Incorrect Stitching & Clothing Problems

The clothing on the fake dolls tends not to match the official doll. For example, the official doll has a large seam in the middle of the neck, whereas the fake product extends across the neck. 

Stitching comparison Baby Yoda
Fake plush dolls don't have a fold in the middle of the neck area.

General Appearance

When compared side by side, it's easy to spot the difference between some counterfeit Baby Yodas and the legitimate ones. Sometimes you don't even need the real toy plush to know you've got a fake on your hands.

Here are some other details to pay attention to:

  • Skin color: On many counterfeits, the manufacturers haven't quite nailed the color of the green skin. For example, it may look more blue than green, or the green could be too dark.
  • Soft body: The Baby Yoda doll should be nice and soft. Some counterfeiters will use cheaper materials, making the toy not as nice to hold.
  • Ears: Counterfeiters may also make mistakes in the ears. This little guy is known for his big ears—some fakes may make the ears too small or way too big.

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 will get. Importantly, the only sure way to avoid disappointment is to purchase directly from Disney or other official retailers.

Fake Baby Yoda
Fake products often can't be detected until they show up.

Fake products often can't be detected until they show up

Some comments from victims of this scam include:  

However, this Amazon review sums up this scam perfectly. 

Amazon review of fake Baby Yoda
Scathing Amazon review which says it all.

To Comply With eBay Rules, Sellers Even Admit They are Lying

While 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. 

eBay disclaimer
The "real product is not the same as the picture."

This disclaimer is hidden away on the mobile app, rendering it un-seen by most shoppers who use the mobile app and use photos and titles to choose products. 

Key Takeaway: Purchase from Official Retailers

This is not an expensive product, and to avoid disappointment, we recommend that you only purchase this Star Wars toy from the Disney store. This character is a great addition to any Star Wars fan's collection, but if you end up with a fake toy, you've pretty much wasted your money.

Although you may be trying to save some money by buying from Amazon or eBay, you're likely to end up with a fake—and a bad fake at that. However, that's not to say you can't buy the official item from the Star Wars Store on Amazon. 

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Cost of Star Wars "The Child" Toy

The original Star Wars "The Child" plush toy currently retails for $24.99 via the Disney store or the Star Wars Amazon store. However, these toys are regularly discounted, dropping to around $15 a pop from time to time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get an official Baby Yoda plush doll from Amazon or eBay for cheap?

Only if the condition is "used" or "new in box" from an individual re-seller, who can prove that the doll is genuine with pictures. Many sellers on those platforms have imitation products to ship from China and use Disney's images to promote their products.

You can't see the product you are buying. Avoid these platforms and sellers if you want a genuine product. Note: Amazon ranks #1 on Google for this doll, so you must scroll past those listings.

Where are the official Disney dolls sold?

You can buy the official Star Wars plush from authorized retailers, such as Disney's online store, Target, Walmart, and the Star Wars store on Amazon.

If you're searching on Amazon for Grogu toys, don't buy from another seller or store other than the Star Wars store. (Note, the Disney store on Amazon doesn't sell Star Wars toys.)

Can I see the pictures to determine if it is a fake?

Most sellers online steal the pictures from Disney and don't show you the actual photos of the imitation doll they are selling. Therefore, you can't always trust the images shown on a product listing.

If you're buying from an individual seller on a site like Craigslist or OfferUp, you can always contact them to ask for additional photos. If they refuse, you should back out of the transaction. Additionally, don't ever hand off any money to the seller unless you're sure you're getting the real deal.

Is Baby Yoda the correct name?

No, the Star Wars doll's name is "Grogu" and "The Child" from The Mandalorian series. However, Baby Yoda is the most commonly used name for the character.

Where can I watch The Mandolorian?

The Mandalorian is available on Disney+ and has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. There are currently two seasons available, with season 3 rumored to be released in the summer of 2022.

Fans of the Star Wars franchise may also be interested in watching The Book of Boba Fett, another Disney+ series that follows the bounty hunter character, Boba Fett.

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