Candace Payne, a.k.a., Chewbacca Mom, at the Hasbro unveiling of her own action figure (Photo: Hasbro News/Twitter)
As long as Chewbacca Mom is happy, we’re all happy, right? Well, Candace Payne now has something new to laugh gleefully about: Her own Star Wars action figure! On Friday, viral video star Candace Payne and her family were invited to Hasbro headquarters, where she was gifted with a custom-made Chewbacca figurine. The toy is all Wookiee from the neck down, but take off its face and — you guessed it — it’s actually Payne wearing a mask! According to Entertainment Weekly, the one-of-a-kind figure also spouts 13 catchphrases from Payne’s video, including “That’s not me making that noise, it’s the mask” and “I am such a happy Chewbacca!”
Payne stumbled into internet fame in May, when she posted a video of herself laughing uproariously at an impulse buy from Kohl’s: a Chewbacca mask that roars whenever she speaks. The Texas mom’s joy was contagious, and within two days, the selfie video had become the most-watched video ever on Facebook Live. (It’s currently up to 157 million views.) In addition to her Hasbro visit, Payne was invited onto The Late, Late Show With James Corden to meet J.J. Abrams; rode bikes with the “real” Chewbacca at Facebook headquarters; appeared on YouTube’s official Star Wars Show; met Stan Lee; threw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Star Wars day; and received $2,500 worth of gift cards from Kohl’s. Not a bad haul for four minutes of video! Copycats seeking out their own Chewbacca-mask glory are out of luck, however — in the wake of its newfound fame, the mask is pretty much sold out everywhere.
Watch Chewbacca Mom’s appearance on ‘The Late, Late Show’ alongside James Corden and J.J. Abrams: