In March of last year the late Grant Imahara—a member of the
As Markland describes, building the Grogu took only three months. A period of time that Savage points out is shockingly brief considering the doll’s level of detail. Indeed, Markland notes the animatronic doll can move about, “fall asleep,” and even vibrate. The doll also has perfectly airbrushed, translucent silicone skin. And a head punched full of fuzzy white hair.
The actual build process may be the most astounding part of Markland and Imahara’s Grogu, however. As Savage notes, the doll consists of a silicone casting that goes over a system of hard-shell mechanical pieces. (Which, incidentally, look kind of like a Gremlin when Grogu’s skin is removed.) Consequently, the mold for Grogu’s soft cartilaginous body had to be 3D printed to appropriately accommodate the hard skeleton and electronics.
Obviously the result of all the hard work paid off in spades, as Imahara and Markland’s doll looks like the “real” Grogu. You know, the one that cost around $5 million to make. Speaking of which, we’d love to see a crowdfunding campaign to make these dolls for kids’ hospitals. It’s clear the Force of Imahara is still strong with this Child and kids would undoubtedly love it.