Baby Yoda from Star Wars is immortalized as a 41-foot-tall balloon designed by Funko Pop! for the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Mandalorianit’s Baby Yoda mania reaches new heights as the latest Star Wars icon is transformed into a 41-foot-tall parade balloon by Funko. Baby Yoda, also known as Grogu, was introduced to the Star Wars universe in John Favreau’s Disney+ show The Mandalorian in 2019. The series follows Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, as he finds and protects Baby Yoda from the Galactic Empire who wants to experiment on the child.
Baby Yoda became an immediate sensation. He’s the show’s unabashed star, and as a result, he’s dominated popular culture with merchandise ranging from keychains and t-shirts to waffle irons. Among those who got their share of the Baby Yoda pie was Funko with their vinyl Pop! The figures. Even at first, Baby Yoda’s influence was clear, as Funko reported the Baby Yoda Funko Pop! broke the record for the most pre-order sales. Now Funko has over 15 Baby Yoda Pops! based on memorable moments from season 1 and season 2 of The Mandalorian. Earlier this year, Funko announced plans to cement Baby Yoda’s place in the air by immortalizing him in a Funko parade balloon.
Today, Funko revealed Baby Yoda’s massive 41-foot-tall, 29-foot-long, 37-foot-wide parade balloon during a test flight. The ball depicts Grogu reaching out for the silver ball he took from Din’s ship. The giant Baby Yoda balloon will be part of the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 25and. A more reasonably sized vinyl version of the Parade Ball will be available for purchase via Funko from November 25and.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade turns 95and birthday this year. The parade is defined by its larger-than-life balloon made up of dozens of popular culture characters, floats with song and dance, and a Thanksgiving send-off by Santa Claus. Icons like Spider-Man, SpongeBob, Snoopy, and even Dwayne Johnson’s fanny pack look have been included as balloons in centuries-old lore. Other pop culture icons joining Grogu this year include Pikachu and Eevee on a Sled, Goku and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Baby Yoda’s inclusion in the parade is a no-brainer, given the absolute stranglehold he’s had on Star Wars fans. The inclusion of Grogu’s beloved silver ball is a great reminder to fans that it wasn’t just Baby Yoda who captured the hearts of many, but the hearts and love present on the show. The Mandalorian as a show values family and love, which makes its inclusion in a tradition like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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