Just before you stuff your turkey for Turkey Day, you might spot a cute infant from Star Wars drifting along 34th Street towards Macy's Herald Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
StarWars.com reports that you can see the new flying attraction at the annual pageant, The Mandalorian’s Grogu, while you chop onions and celery.
The gigantic Funko Pop!-inspired Grogu, also known as "Baby Yoda", will be the first Star Wars balloon to take part in the parade. It comes with the creature's highly sought-after shift knob toy from Mandos. It is 41 feet tall, 29 feet long, and 37 feet wide. The balloon will fly through Manhattan on a 2.5-mile (4 km) route.
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Grogu's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Funko Pop. (Image credit Lucasfilm/Funko
Reis O'Brien, Funko art director, designed the original balloon for the 95th running. Funko's vibrant collection of vinyl collectibles.
They were no strangers to the excitement of translating "Star Wars' characters into Pop! form, OBrien tells StarWars.com. We knew that we could create a memorable, charming, and fun moment thanks to our strong creative relationship with Lucasfilm. We received a crash course on how Macy's balloons are made and began the creative process, inspired by everyone's love of Grogu.
"His huge ears presented a challenge, but when we saw the final result, we realized that all our hard work and collaboration had paid off. It's likely that there will be lots of adorableness above New York City by Thanksgiving morning.
Funko also collaborated on a line of collectible keychains, bobbleheads and hoodies with Lucasfilm, all inspired by the Grogu parade balloon. A limited-edition line of balloon-themed Pop! Funko.com will exclusively sell these products
Brian Merten, Lucasfilm's senior manager of product design, said, "It's always fun to work with Funko and bring Star Wars fans to life, but this time the fun and unique challenges were enormous." Grogu was brought to life by a 37-foot-wide balloon. This feat required close collaboration with both the Funko design team and the Macy's balloon designers. It turned out great and I can't wait to see it at the parade!
The Macy's 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on Thursday, November 25th at 9 a.m. - noon on NBC in all times zones.
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