The Mandalorian’s “Grogu” Funko Pop! Inspired Balloon Coming to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

THE MANDALORIAN’S™ GROGU™
TO MAKE DEBUT AS FUNKO POP!-INSPIRED BALLOON AT
2021 MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE®

Giant Character Balloon Based on Pop!, a Globally Recognized Aesthetic!

Funko Exclusive Product Assortment Available on Funko.com

Funko, together with Macy’s and in collaboration with Lucasfilm, has officially announced that a Funko Pop!-inspired balloon featuring The Mandalorian character Grogu (known in pop culture as Baby Yoda) will FLY at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Taking flight in the annual spectacle on Thursday, November 25, 2021, the Grogu-inspired balloon emulates the Funko Pop! version of the character. A limited-edition Macy’s Parade balloon-inspired product line will be available for sale only on Funko.com. Additionally, Macy’s will have select items from Funko available for purchase at Macy’s Herald Square this fall.

“The giant balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade have always reflected the very best of pop culture and there is no better example of that than Grogu who has become an instant global sensation,” said Will Coss, Executive Producer, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Funko and Lucasfilm on this Funko Pop! version of the beloved character that is sure to delight legions of Star Wars galaxy fans.”

Taking shape in larger-than-life form, the Grogu-inspired balloon will measure 41-feet high, 29-feet long and 37-feet wide, as it flies down the streets of Manhattan in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, adding pop culture magic for Funko and Star Wars fans and delighting millions of spectators in person and on television. On Thanksgiving Day, the newest addition will join a line-up filled with Macy’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

“Funko is ecstatic to bring the Funko Pop! version of the character as a Grogu-themed balloon to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Brian Mariotti, Chief Executive Officer at Funko. “Connecting one of pop culture’s most recognizable characters from one of the biggest entertainment brands in the world with one of our nation’s most beloved holiday traditions is truly a moment in pop culture history that will be remembered by Funko fans and millions of other viewers.”

Funko also collaborated with Lucasfilm to develop an all-encompassing line of consumer products including:

• Funko Pop! bobbleheads
• Funko Deluxe Pop! Bobbleheads
• Funko Pop! Keychain
• Funko Hooded Sweatshirt (Kids & Adults)
• Funko T-Shirt (Kids & Adults)

“Grogu has become a global phenomenon, captivating fans of all ages with his charm, humor and loyalty, as seen in The Mandalorian on Disney+,” said Paul Southern, Senior Vice President, Franchise & Licensing, Lucasfilm and National Geographic, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing. “This fall, fans will be able to see Grogu reimagined in a size befitting his impact in the Star Wars galaxy and pop culture, as well as enjoy a new sampling of Grogu-inspired products in celebration of this momentous occasion.”

The Emmy Award-winning series The Mandalorianmade its seismic world debut on Disney+ in November of 2019, and continued in Season 2 with the Mandalorian and the Child making their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. The series is created by showrunner Jon Favreau who also serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck as co-executive producers.

The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in all time zones. For more information visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow #MacysParade.

For more information on Funko, fans can visit  https://funko.com/.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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