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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was always the alien we wanted to take home with us (and now we can)

This will make you or someone you know's heart light up like E.T.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial Build-Up Model
Image credit: Fanhome
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E.T. was always the alien we wanted to take home with us. And soon, you can.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial Build-Up Model
Image credit: Fanhome

An officially licensed, hyper-realistic replica of the star E.T. The Extra-Terrestial arrives from Fanhome, the pop culture subscription division of the renowned collectibles brand, DeAgostini. The E.T. The Extra-Terrestial build-up model is something to behold in person - and if you're going to New York Comic Con 2023, you'll be able to see a functioning prototype live and in-person on the show floor.

Fanhome's E.T. the Extra-Terrestial build-up model will be on display at NYCC 2023 at booth #4108. If you come early, you'll no doubt see Popverse amongst the crowd wanting to get a closer look. And when we said "functioning", yes, this is more than just a model. Fanhome's completed E.T. the Extra-Terrestial build-up has articulated arms, an extendable neck, a light-up index finger, a 'heart light,' and moveable eyes and mouth to create an array of realistic facial expressions. You will believe again once that you can see the tender look in E.T. the Extra-Terrestial’s eyes as you build him.

And if that wasn't enough, there will be audio features recreating several of E.T. the Extra-Terrestial’s most memorable quotes that can be remotely activated. The model’s articulation and LED effects are sensor operated and also may be activated by a remote control.

The iconic look of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was designed and brought to life by the three-time Oscar winning Italian special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi. Fanhome worked closely with the family of the late designer. The stunning realism of the Fanhome E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial model is the result of this close consultation. Cristina Rambaldi will join Fanhome at NYCC 2023 to talk about the model, the impact of the film, and her grandfather’s legacy.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial Build-Up Model
Image credit: Fanhome

When fully constructed Fanhome's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial build-up model will stand over 2 feet tall (25 inches, to be precise), and constructed with highly detailed metal and ABS plastic and pre-fabricated electrical components. This model was made for collectors, but also for builders - with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions (and all the tools are included!) that will make this a keepsake not just for yourself, but to literally build a long-lasting memory for you (and whomever else you want to ask to build it with you).

This E.T. model is the latest in the Fanhome line of subscription-based collectibles, and pre-orders for this will open on Wednesday, October 11.

Unfamiliar with build-up models? Each month you'll get a shipment of components to build various parts of the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial model, and every month’s shipment also includes a full-color monthly magazine full of behind-the-scenes facts and details about the classic movie and the groundbreaking design Rambaldi and his team achieved.

For more details on Fanhome's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, including how to pre-order a subscription, please visit Fanhome.com.

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