If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic about the ’90s and in the mood to tarnish your precious childhood memories, the Bug’s Life fleshlight is here for you.
In the Pixar movie, Heimlich is a chunky caterpillar who aspires to be a butterfly. His ribbed exterior, plump lips, and unfortunate bodily proportions make him looks, well, fleshlight-shaped.
Inspired by the memes, Austin-based artist Malek Lazri brought the joke to (bug’s) life. He painted over an actual Fleshlight with a caterpillar-inspired pattern, formed Heimlich’s face out of a silicone mold, and colored over his features with permanent marker to emulate Heimlich’s rosy cheeks.
“This is kind of the holy grail when it comes to promotional items,” Lazri said in an Instagram video. “This is an original, limited edition A Bug’s Life Heimlich Fleshlight…It came out during its release, they probably only released a couple dozen of them.”
He added that it’s “gently used, light wear” but pointed out that the “promotional item” still had its “ticklers” intact.
For the record, Pixar did not release any promotional A Bug’s Life Fleshlights when the movie premiered in 1998. Lazri told Vice that he would “love” for Pixar to send him a cease and desist.
While his eBay listing has 0 bids so far — it’s worth noting that the Fleshlight is non-functional, as Heimlich’s mouth is sealed closed — the listing went viral in a TikTok with over 52,000 likes.
Lazri has not responded to Mashable’s request for comment about what he means by “gently used.”