Have you been waiting for a Pop! R2-Q5, R2-R9, and E-3PO? How about an R2-Q2? Well, you're in luck on the first three anyway because Funko will releasing the three (along with an unmasked Vader (not to be confused with THIS g...
We recently announced that Funko was re-releasing its Star Wars Pop! Slave Leia and Luke Skywalker in honor of the upcoming Star Wars sequel. The pair will apparently be joined by none other than everybody's favorite hapless Rodian bounty hunter, Greedo!
Pop! Greedo comes from a simpler time when Funko was starting to find its way with the Pop! line but he looks pretty good despite of his age. Sure, he's not the greatest Greedo that Funko has ever released (that might go to the Fabrikations version... although the Hikari mold is neat as well).
Funko's Pop! Greedo is slated for an April release. If you're a Greedo fan, you may want to shoot first or you'll be sorry later.
Good and evil is a never-ending black & white struggle in Disney movies and, to apparently commemorate that struggle, Funko has a Mystery Minis series devoted to some of Disney's most iconic heroes and villains.
The series (which we saw at NY Toy Fair 2015) features Ursula and Ariel (The Little Mermaid), a snow monster Marshmallow and Anna (Frozen; which still need to see), Captain Hook and Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Jafar and Jasmine (Aladdin; why they couldn't just do Aladdin himself is beyond me), Hopper and Heimlich (A Bug's Life, which I saw but still needed to Google to remember who these guys were; I did think Antz was better, though), and finally Captain Gantu and Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, which I never saw).
The rivalries seen here are somewhat interesting. Ursula (being one of Disney's big 3 or 4 villains) and Ariel was something of a no-brainer. Jafar, of course, ranks right up there with Ursula (but I *STILL* don't understand picking Jasmine over Aladdin or even Genie). However, there's ALREADY a Frozen Mystery Minis series at retail now which makes those two a little redundant and I can't imagine A Bug's Life having the same prestige as a lot of other series (such a grown Simba vs Scar from The Lion King, for instance).
The figures themselves are... different. The sculpting is solid as usual, but each character has a slanted eye effect which I'm assuming is them giving their opponents the evil eye. Ariel, for whatever reason, breaks this trend because she's actually looking away (although I love her huffy expression).
For most of these characters, this is their first time in the Mystery Minis line. The exceptions are the Frozen characters (which, again, are STILL at retail right now. Yes, I know Frozen is popular, but this is overkill!), Ariel (who had 3 figures in the Hot Topic exclusive version of Disney series 2), and Stitch (who appeared in Disney series 1 which opted for a different style).
The figures are individually blind-boxed with an equal 1/12 rarity (and, with any luck, I'll get the Ursula and Ariel... and maybe also Jafar). The series is slated to release in April and I'm curious as to whether it may have a Hot Topic version as well.
Funko quietly released promotional images and information for its Game of Thrones Mystery Minis series 2 the other week. And, while I still haven't started watching the show, I've seen enough clips to be excited for this line-up which includes the Hound, Littlefinger, and more.
The selection seems to be based on the characters as of season 4 (at the latest) so, in some cases, this may be a little spoiler-y. Of the ones I recognize, the selection seems to include:
A warged Hodor
A battle-scarred Tyrion with a crossbow (perfect for shooting somebody while they're on a stone commode)
Jaime Lannister (with gold hand; "a hook would have been more practical")
The Hound (Sandor Clegane)
Peter "Littlefinger" Baelish
Sansa Stark (or Sansa Lannister now?)
Metallic Drogon (1/72)
In short, it's a pretty nice line-up. Most of the characters have a 1/12 rarity with the exception of the Hound, Oberyn, and Gregor at 1/24 (granted, the Hound *should* be 1/6, not 1/24). Drogon, Viserion, and the Wight are a rarer 1/36 while the metallic Drogon (which seems like a useless colorway) is 1/72.
My favorites of the set are probably Viserion and Baelish, although Hodor's expression is adorable and the Hound is hard to resist.
Just when you think Funko has done it all, the company surprises you with a sofubi for Gigantor, a '60s anime character who never enjoyed the enduring legacy of his peers like Speed Racer.
Gigantor (known for his iconic theme music which involves repeating his name again and again and again) was, as his name implies, a gigantic robot. He often saved the day with the help of his human master, a small child. It was a different time.
The Hikari "Original" Gigantor depicts the character in a color scheme I'm not familiar with (then again, I remember the series being in b&w), but it's a neat, campy look. The sculpting is both cute and does a great job in capturing the character's look.
Funko's Hikari Gigantor is slated to release in May for US$60. You can win one by going to Funko's Facebook page. And, if you're a Gigantor fan, Funko also has a Pop! on the way (see gallery). At around US$10, it's a bit more affordable.
Besides the massive amount of photos that were taken at Funko's Toy Fair booth, we also have the photos from Funko's press packet. Given the sheer volume of photos, I'm going to omit anything previously covered on Tomopop as well as a lot of the items that were on display at the booth.
There are Legacy Firefly figures, Blizzard and Frozen Mystery Minis, etc, but everything tends to get buried by Pop!s (especially because I'm less sure what's new with the Pop! line). As such, the Pop! line will be featured separately (however, we did have room for the Pocket Pop!s).
The selection includes a lot a Legacy Rocketeer, Inside Out Mystery Minis (and Fabrikations), some absolutely gross Garbage Pail Kids stuff (seriously, how was I into this as a kid?), and more.
My favorite out of the lot is probably the Blizzard Mystery Minis. While I'm not a huge Blizzard fan, it's an absolutely great-looking set with only two figures that I don't care about (an incredible ratio!). However, I'm also strangely excited for some of the Inside Out stuff.
Gremlins, ponies, and sharks, oh my! Funko once again brought a cool mix of collectibles to Toy Fair, as it added even more offerings to its eclectic lines. As the old saying goes, "If it hasn't appeared in a Funko line yet, why don't you wait a month?"
Gremlins, The Fifth Element, Jaws, and more now have figures in the ReAction line. Ghostbusters and Back to the Future characters are appearing as Vinyl Idolz. The Hulk and Rainbow Dash are joining the Hikari line! Frozen Mystery Minis!
One of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy... now with a glittery deco! Funko today unveiled its Hikari Premium "Glitter" Boba Fett, which has since gone up for pre-order.
Boba Fett has been introduced to the line a few weeks after Greedo brought Star Wars into the Hikari universe (or vice versa). Given that this is the premiere of the mold, it would have been nice if Funko had gone with a stronger deco to show off the figure's finer points. As it is, I'm not digging the design but I'm not sure if that just comes down to the deco. I'm sure that the design will look cooler in either metallic or with a "Mystic Powers" deco.
Funko's Hikari Premium Boba Fett will run you US$80 and is slated for a June release. As always, you have a chance of winning one through a contest.
We recently discussed the possibility of DC Collectibles releasing a "Rainbow" Batman action figure set and now, apparently not to be outdone, Funko will be releasing a Pop! yellow Rainbow Batman. The figure is the first in an Entertainment Earth exclusive series (see the teaser in the gallery) with a new figure announced each Friday so fans may very well see a pink Batman. And a green one. And a purple one.
Funko's Pop! yellow Batman can currently be pre-ordered for US$13. He's due out in either March (if you believe the article) or May (if you look at his pre-order page). No word yet as to which of those is correct, although I'd assume he'd appear sooner rather than later. Remember: Look for a new design each Friday.
Funko has announced its newest Hikari mold: Greedo from Star Wars! (Also known as Episode IV: A New Hope.) The luckless bounty hunter, currently available for pre-order, will be available in an "Original" deco.
Greedo is no stranger to Funko's lines, as the character has already had a Fabrikation and a Pop! (released way back in 2011). However, this marks the first time that ANY Star Wars character has appeared in the Hikari line (take that, Boba Fett!).
Hikari Greedo may be the creepiest-looking version of Greedo that the company has released thus far (that Fabrikation, by contrast, was really cute). Much like the character himself, I suspect that this may be one of those love-it-or-hate-it designs.
Funko's Premium Hikari Greedo can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for a February release.
The service is apparently available in both a basic "Collector" level package as well as a premium "Founder" level. The difference, as near as I can tell, is that the Founder package charges you the full US$150 for the year upfront and includes some extra goodies (including an 8-inch commemorative statue; see gallery).
The Founder package is obviously the better value although I expect that not everybody may be willing to commit to a year sight-unseen (and that totally awesome statue is contingent on a subscriber remaining in the club for a full year).
While the contents and themes of upcoming boxes may be a mystery, we at least know that the first box will have an Avengers: Age of Ultron theme and include a premium 6-inch Pop! Hulkbuster Iron Man. It's a wacky adorable figure which may entice at least a few subscribers into the club. Also included will be a t-shirt, a stylized vinyl accessory, and two "premium accessories."
Funko's newest Hikari is a platinum deco for Frankenstein, currently available for pre-order.
"Platinum" Frankenstein, who is limited to a 750-piece run, sports a relatively plain metallic deco. While I'm not necessarily sure that the metal resembles platinum (or just polished iron, etc), it's not a bad concept although I'd certainly rather see him bronzed. It's certainly not a bad design, but the black eyes are somewhat of a distraction and keep Frankenstein from looking too classy. My favorite uses of the mold thus far are probably the "Distressed" and "Glitter Shock" versions seen back in October; of course, he still hasn't had a "Mystic Powers" deco, though, which will likely be my new favorite when/if it occurs.
Funko's "Platinum" Frankenstein can be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a February release. At this point, I'm just wondering when we'll see a Hikari Dracula or Wolfman. Perhaps one will be shown at Toy Fair?