Back in 1990, Brisk Iced Tea ran a commercial featuring puppet versions of Rocky Balboa and his trainer Mickey. The stylized puppets are now getting a retail release from NECA, based on the actual props used in the commercial. The statues made their debut at Toy Fair 2017.
The official release statement reads:
The phenomenally successful Rocky saga is a part of American pop culture, with its inspiring tale of a small-time boxer determined to prove his worth to the world.
These limited edition maquettes (statues) are based on a famous stopmotion commercial from the late 1990s that starred Rocky and his trainer Mickey in puppet form. Even in stylized form, those two had selling power!
Working from the actual puppets used to make the commercial, we’ve reproduced Rocky and Mickey as extra-detailed maquettes. Rocky stands approximately 12” tall and has fabric boxing shorts. Mickey stands approximately 10” tall and features fabric hat and clothing. Both statues are in accurate scale to each other and have movable eyes that can be positioned in various directions. Comes with two display bases.