Funko Grogu Balloon Debuts at Macy’s Parade
Star Wars “The Mandalorian” viral sensation Grogu, better known to many as “The Child” or “Baby Yoda,” made his Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut today in an incredible new balloon flying throughout the streets of Manhattan in New York City.
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The gigantic ballooon spread 41-feet high, 37-feet wide and 29-feet long. Funko and Macy’s developed the balloon in creative design collaboration with Lucasfilm.
Grogu cruising into the #MacysParade
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“After a crash course in how the Macy’s balloons are constructed, we started the creative process inspired by everyone’s love for Grogu. His giant ears were an unexpected challenge of their own, but once we finally got a peek at the final result we knew that all of our hard work and collaboration had paid off,” said Funko art director Reis O’Brien in a Star Wars release.
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The Grogu float became the first Star Wars float to ever feature in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which began in 1924. It is the second longest running Thanksgiving Day parade in the United States, surpassed only by the Detroit’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
“Bringing Grogu to life as a 37-foot-wide balloon was no small feat and took close collaboration with the Funko design team, as well as the balloon designers from Macy’s. I am very happy with the result and can’t wait to see it in the parade!” said Lucasfilm Product Design Senior Manager Brian Merten in the same release.
Grogu Funko POP! and More
In honor of the historic event, Funko in coordination with Lucasfilm also released a series of Funko Pop! collectives to celebrate the incredible new balloon. Grogu returns to Disney+ in the third season of Star Wars “The Mandalorian” coming sometime in 2022.
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