La Casa de Papel, or Money Heist for the viewers in the USA, is a popular Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Alex Pina.
Netflix’s popular TV series is now available in Pop! vinyl.
The series traces two long-prepared heists led by the character called the Professor. One heist on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain.
The series was initially intended as a limited series to be told in only two parts, and it would only be shown on Spanish television. It had its original run of 15 episodes on Spanish network Antena 3 from May 2017 through November 2017.
La Casa de Papel was not really a big success, until Netflix acquired global streaming rights in late 2017. It re-cut the series into 22 shorter episodes and released them worldwide, beginning with the first part on 20 December 2017, followed by the second part on 6 April 2018.
Set in Madrid, a mysterious man known as “The Professor” recruits a group of eight people, who choose cities for code-names, to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion. After taking 67 people hostage inside the Mint, the team plans to remain inside for 11 days to print the money as they deal with elite police forces.
In the events succeeding the initial heist, the group are forced out of hiding, and find themselves preparing for a second heist, this time on the Bank of Spain, as they again deal with hostages and police forces.
The narrative of the series is told in a real-time-like fashion and relies on flashbacks, time-jumps, hidden character motivations, and an unreliable narrator for complexity. The TV series is best known for the Dali mask, which the characters wear during the heists.
In April 2018, Netflix renewed the series with a significantly increased budget for 16 new episodes total. Part 3, with eight episodes, was released on 19 July 2019. Part 4, also with eight episodes, was released on 3 April 2020. A documentary involving the producers and the cast premiered on Netflix the same day, titled Money Heist: The Phenomenon.
Since the screening of La Casa de Papel on Netflix, the TV series has become a huge worldwide success. The series received several awards including best drama series at the 46th International Emmy Awards. By 2018, the series was the most-watched non-English language series and one of the most-watched series overall on Netflix.
The success of the TV series has not gone unnoticed by Funko either. Two different series with characters from La Casa de Papel have been released so far. From the brain behind the heists, the Professor, to the eight recruited “cities” such as Tokyo, Berlin and Helsinki.
The Funko Pop! vinyl La Casa de Papel set is part of the Pop! Television series.
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