Nubs, a featured Jedi youngling from the new Disney+ series “Star War: Young Jedi Adventures,” has been spotted as a plush in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Tatooine Traders (the Star Tours exit gift shop). This officially makes him the first merchandise item from the show thus far, which premiered today in celebration of May the Fourth — the unofficially official Star Wars holiday.
Nubs Star Wars Plush – $22.99
Nubs is a Pooba — one of countless sentient species inhabiting the galaxy, and is also the first ever of his kind to be mentioned or introduced in franchise history.
The character and his plush are characterized by fluffy blue fur, silver-azure whiskers, deep aqua eyes, and expansive, poofy ears.
He dons a bronze-shaded cape, typical Jedi garb worn by most members of the Order from youngling to master. Younglings are the youngest of Jedi — children with connections to the Force who are often mentored by Master Yoda before eventually becoming apprentices called “Padawans.”
A Galactic Adventure for All Ages
Set in the High Republic era well before the nine films of the Skywalker Saga, this particular show is notable for being the first of its kind in the “Star Wars” universe, with a concept specifically geared toward young audiences. Several fans have been excited by this prospect, finally having the potential opportunity to introduce their children to a beloved fandom with less intense but equally qualitative adventures.
The story, as described in the aforementioned press release, follows a group of Jedi younglings centuries before events witnessed in the prequel trilogy films “as they study the ways of the Force, explore the galaxy, help citizens and creatures in need, and learn valuable skills needed to become Jedi along the way.”
Their journey teaches lessons of compassion, self-discipline, teamwork, patience, and friendship. The full trailer is available below:
Elliot Bour serves as Supervising Director, with other notable directing work on “Elena of Avalor”, “Kronk’s New Groove”, and “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo”, to name a few. Additionally, Michael Olson is functioning as showrunner, known for his work on “Puppy Dog Pals”. The cast of “Young Jedi Adventures” includes Jamaal Avery Jr. as youngling Kai Brightstar, Emma Berman as pilot/friend Nash Durango, Juliet Donenfeld as youngling Lys Solay, Dee Bradley Baker as youngling Nubs, Jonathan Lipow as droid RJ-83, and Piotr Michael as the eponymous Master Yoda.
Showrunner Olson described his personal attachment to the project, and the reasoning behind his desire to create a Jedi experience for younger audiences:
When my daughter was born, like any proper fan, I bought a billion Star Wars plushies and onesies for her, and, as she was learning her ABCs, I read her a Star Wars ABC book. She learned what an Ugnaught was before she knew what an umbrella was. There’s always that moment in a Star Wars parent’s life when you’re wondering, ‘Okay, when do I get them into the saga?’ It was then I realized I wished that there was some sort of show or movie that was tailored for kids her age. I came to Lucasfilm with this wild and crazy idea, and I was so delighted that they were receptive to this vision.
While there is no word yet about a possible second season, the entire first season is available right now, comprising seven episodes divided into two separate stories per entry.
Have you seen this new series yet? If you grew up on everything Star Wars-related, are you excited to pass it along to the next generation of fans? Let us know your first impressions and thoughts in the comments.