Last summer, a cryptic tweet from La Luna director Enrico Casarosa read: “A glimpse of something special we are working on …” and included a small image with a familiar eye. That was it. No other information was given. Was it a vinyl figure? Was it a plastic toy? Interests were piqued to say the least. Months later, Casarosa unveiled a maquette of the short’s central character, Bambino. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these gorgeous little guys and let me tell you – it was worth the wait.
Limited to just 500 pieces, this beautifully sculpted presentation comes in a gorgeous slip-cover box. Nestled in dark gray foam, the maquette comes complete with a numbered base and a certificate of authenticity. Both the certificate and the base are hand numbered and the certificate comes signed by Casarosa. Gentle Giant Studios handled the production of the maquette, which sells for $120 exclusively in Pixar’s studio store on its Emeryville, CA campus. It is a wonderful collectible that any Pixar fan would likely love to add to their collection (if they can find a way to visit the closed studio). While I hope Pixar continues to create these small-run batches of unique merchandise, I hope future quality offerings such as this are more widely available.
Take a look at the photos below for some close-up views of this charming collectible.