Funko today unleashed a double double set of reveals (ie, two reveals of two figures): "Distressed" and "24k" copies of Hikari Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (Transformers), all of which are currently up for pre-order.
VinylMation World has posted an image of an upcoming Hot Topic-exclusive flocked Pop! Simba. However, he's not the only upcoming Hot Topic exclusive as the retail chain will also be receiving a (far less exciting) black & white Pop! Loki.
Although I'm not the biggest Simba fan, I'm excited to see flocked Pop!s at normal retailers rather than just being convention or online exclusives (acknowledging that B&N *did* carry some SDCC exclusives but I missed my chance at a reasonably priced flocked Rocket Raccoon because I learned about that information too late). Hopefully this is the start of a trend where we'll see a lot of other Pop!s with flocked variants as well, including The Lion King's Scar, The Jungle Book's Shere Khan, etc.
Both versions will be available in a standard edition as well as a variant; Star Sapphire WW has a metallic costume version while Frost Giant Loki seems to glow in the dark. I have to admit being a little surprised that the standard version of Star Sapphire is an exclusive in the first place, given that there's some fan demand for the character and she's more than just a simple repaint. Usually the more sculpting a figure gets, the more mileage its maker tries to get although I guess the body work must be minor enough that Funko isn't overly invested in the figure.
No word on pricing, but Fugitive Toys' previous exclusive Funko Pop! White Lantern Batman apparently ran for US$17 while its glow-in-the-dark version was US$25.
Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.
Mythos Frankenstein is Hikari Frankenstein's first redeco (or second use of the mold) and sports a pink & green color scheme that stands in pretty stark contrast to the Mythos Skeletor we saw back in August. Given the differences in deco, I'm honestly not sure why they share the "Mythos" moniker. You can compare this to the also-revealed Grey Skull Skeletor whose stark white & black color scheme matches the previously revealed Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee.
Finally, there's the Gold Secret Base Creature from the Black Lagoon (ie, Gillman) who features a translucent body with glitter inside and metallic gold parts on the outside. This might be just the second time that we've seen the Gillman mold, something that I have a hard time believing.
Mythos Frankenstein and Gold Secret Base Creature are both Gemini Collectibles exclusives. Frankenstein is limited to 750 pieces, is slated for November, and will run you US$50 while the Creature has a smaller 500 piece run, costs a heftier US$80, and is expected to release in October. The non-exclusive Grey Skull Skeletor is limited to 1,000 pieces, has a US$50 list price, and is slated for October. As always, you can win one of the first production copies of *one* of these figures by entering Funko's Facebook contest.
Funko has given MTV News an exclusive first look at some upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies, a selection that includes TWO over-sized Smaugs.
The reveals consist of a 6-inch Smaug, a chase variant of Smaug with yellow eyes (packed 1/12), Tauriel, and Lord Sauron (not shown to scale in header). While the Sauron is cute, both he and Tauriel are completely overshadowed by the "massive" (and massively awesome) Smaug. Both versions of Smaug look great, although I imagine that I might prefer the standard version (as Smaug's actual eyes look a little creepy on that otherwise adorable body). Smaug will be the third over-sized dragon we've seen recently, following the likes of the Magic: The Gathering Pop! Nicol Bolas and World of Warcraft Pop! Deathwing.
These figures are due out in October and, while pre-orders seem to be open for Smaug and Tauriel, I haven't seen any Sauron listings. Tauriel (and presumably Sauron) should run you around US$10 while the over-sized Smaug will be a slightly pricier (but worth it) US$15.
[ Pre-order Smaug (random version) | Tauriel at Entertainment Earth ]
Funko's Batman: Arkham Asylum Pop! figures are currently available for pre-order. The line-up includes a scary-looking Batman, the Joker, nurse Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Poison Ivy.
The Killer Croc and Joker are way too cute. (Granted, I don't think I've seen an Arkham-series Killer Croc figure that I haven't liked so far.) The thuggish-looking Batman is also neat. The wave is listed as coming out in November (although apparently Hot Topic got a pre-release? So I'm not crazy for thinking I saw the Joker on shelves recently, although I might be crazy for not grabbing it at the time) and the figures are listed at US$10 each.
Funko has shocked new life into its Hikari line with a "Mystic Powers" Frankenstein (a.k.a. Frankenstein's Monster a.k.a. Adam). The release, which marks Frankenstein's first appearance in the line, seems timed to celebrate the relatively recent Frankenstein Day.
Funko fans will no doubt recall that "Mystic Powers" was also the moniker for the coolest Hikari Skeletor deco and once again it's been used in conjunction with a pretty nifty colorway. As with MP Skeletor, Franky features a golden head with wicked-looking red eyes. However, since the design sports less black paint, it has a more colorful appearance. The red notably carries over to the scar in Frankenstein's head, giving a glistening fresh blood look, and appears in varying tones throughout the rest of the figure. Franky's blue hands curiously stand in stark contrast with the rest of the figure although blue is naturally closer to his usual skin-tone.
Frankenstein will be the second classic Universal Studios Monster (or horror icon in general) to be added to the Hikari line, following the Creature from the Black Lagoon. While my preference will always be towards the Gillman, Franky is pretty awesome in his own way.
Funko's Hikari Frankenstein can currently be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a November release. If you adore him but don't feel like dropping US$50, you can always try to win a copy via Funko's Facebook contest.
We officially have one foot firmly in September and Loot Crate has announced the theme for this month's box. Drawing from the Sci-fi realms of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, the next round is called "Galactic." As always, the specifics of the Crate's contents is a mystery but we received word that it will contain three exclusive items, one of which will be a Funko Mystery Mini figure. One lucky subscriber will also receive the Mega Crate, stuffed with US$1,000 worth of goodies. You can get an idea of what the Galactic Mega Crate will contain from the image in the gallery.
If you aren't already a subscriber, you can sign up for Loot Crate here. There is a 1-month plan (US$19.37) as well as 3-month (US$55.11) and 6-month (US$105.99) ones.
Today on Marvel’s website, they announced that Funko would be creating a new line of Pop! figures. What line would this be? Well, fans will be getting vinyl figures of classic X-Men characters.
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Funko has fleshed out its cast of Thor movie Pop! figures with Odin, Lady Sif, and Heimdall (one brotha in all of Asgard and he's the doorman? Racist much, Marvel movies?) as well as a new helmeted Loki, all of which are currently available for pre-order.
Although the whole set is pretty cute, I think that I'm most impressed by the Odin who, despite his miniature proportions, still looks pretty tough. Lady Sif, who sports a thinner body mold, is also a really neat-looking Pop! figure.
The wave is apparently slated to hit retailers in September and should retail for around US$10. No word as to when I'll see Thor: The Dark World which still hasn't appeared on NFI.
Funko has tweeted an image of its ReAction Frankenstein (or Adam/Frankenstein's Monster) and the Bride of Frankenstein in honor of Frankenstein Day, a holiday of which I had never heard until said tweet.
The holiday, which celebrates author Mary Shelley's birthday, is apparently a real thing although I'm not sure as to the history of the holiday or how widely it's observed. I am sure, however, that Funko's ReAction horror figures are totally awesome. I'm usually not a fan of the ReAction line but I've been genuinely impressed by these offerings.
Funko has debuted its latest Hikari mold, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters), with a "Burnt" deco reminiscent of the character's fate in the first film... and many of the video games.
The mold itself is a mix of cute and creepy. I love the body work, but that face really weird me out. Maybe if the eyes weren't looking down I wouldn't be tempted to turn the thing around so it's not looking at me but, I suppose, the original character was intended to creepy so it fits the general vibe.
The choice of deco is somewhat intuitive since it gives Funko some flexibility while achieving an iconic look. The glossy metallic blue used for the bib (?) and part of the hat also looks great.
Funko's "Burnt" Stay Puft Hikari can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for a November release. As always, you can also win one by entering Funko's Facebook contest.