Once, when the Statue of Liberty was replaced with a giant Funko pop; when large-headed black-eyed figures appear in all our religious iconography; When these vinyl toys somehow become legally available for government use, remember the following:the beginning of the end came on November 25, 2021, when a huge Baby Yoda Pop flew into the skies of New York.
Yes, a giant balloon Grogu, otherwise The baby will be one of the balloons featured in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving parade. But this is not the already adorable version that we saw playing with pieces of Razorcraft and have unborn children v Mandalorian… Instead, it will be a new, specially designed version of the Funko Pop-style character, where he reaches out a three-fingered hand for his favorite toy, which is not much different from the way God addresses Adam in Michelangelo’s famous work. Creation of Adam Painting.
In accordance with StarWars.com“The balloon measures 41 feet high, 29 feet long and 37 feet wide as it moves through Manhattan –a commemorative tribute to modern star Wars a fan favorite. “
Although it was designed by Funko Art Director Reis O’Brien specifically for the parade, it must be the least amazing thing in the world that you will soon be able to buy his regular size Funko Pop. And not Only a vinyl toy, of course. Of course!
“Funko has partnered with Lucasfilm to develop a line of hats, deluxe hats, key chains and apparel based on the Grogu-style balloon, as well as a limited edition Pop! products available exclusively on Funko.com… Macy’s will also feature select Funko items that will be available for purchase at Macy’s Herald Square in New York this fall. ”
Yep, a balloon-based clothing line that itself is toy-based. Which, and I want to emphasize it again because of how confusing it is, somehow very first Star Wars balloon to ever appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade despite the franchise’s 44 years of pop culture dominance. We could have R2-D2, Darth Vader, an Ewok, heck, even Jar Jar Binks or BB-8, but no. It’s funko pop.
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