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6:00 PM on 09.29.2014

The toy department grows up with Target and Funko's Collector's World

Target stores nation wide are giving us figure collector's a new reason to hit the toy department. They're teaming up with Funko to make the Collector's World, an end cap in the toy section featuring Funko products of all sha...

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Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line photo
Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line
by Scarecroodle

If you were surprised by Funko's previous choices for its Hikari line, get ready for another curveball: Funko is adding Astro Boy to its sofubi series. Astro Boy (star of, well, Astro Boy) will be available in a "Classic Metallic" deco and an Entertainment Earth-exclusive "NVS" deco.

I like both designs and have difficulty in calling which one might be cooler. The Classic Metallic version (which is only really metallic on the non-"flesh" parts?) captures the appearance of his animated counterpart while the NVS makes for a nice evil mirror. Otherwise, Astro Boy is a pretty neat, relatively unexpected choice for a line that's thus far focused exclusively on characters from Western media.

The Classic Metallic Astro Boy is limited to 3,000 pieces while the EE-exclusive NVS version is limited a far smaller 750 pieces. The two can be pre-ordered for US$50 each and are slated for a November release. As always, check out Funko's Facebook page for a chance to win one.

[ Pre-order Classic Metallic | NVS at Entertainment Earth ]

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Funko releases product images for Game of Thrones Legacy series 2; available for pre-order photo
Funko releases product images for Game of Thrones Legacy series 2; available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

Funko has released some product images for its currently available for pre-order Game of Thrones Legacy series 2. The selection includes some much-wanted selections like the ever-popular Arya Stark, Robb Stark (direwolf head sold separately?), Jaime Lannister (in Kingsguard armor), Khal Drogo, another Daenerys, and Brienne of [expletive deleted (spoilers)] Tarth.

This second series fleshes out the line rather nicely, especially for giving the Hound his sidekick. The craftsmanship on this series looks a bit nicer than the first wave, with some really cool detailing on Jaime's armor and a neat Brienne of Tarth. However, given Game of Thrones' gigantic cast, I'm wondering if Funko will be able to get to everybody especially considering that a few of the characters may need variants (and I don't just mean a more wolfy Robb Stark, although that would make for a twisted con exclusive).

All of the figures from Funko's Game of Thrones Legacy series 2 can be pre-ordered individually for US$20 and are slated for an almost-upon-us October release.

[ Pre-order Arya | Brienne | Daenerys | Jaime | Khal Drogo | Robb at Entertainment Earth ]

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Funko's Hikari Transformers are feeling a little distressed *and* golden photo
Funko's Hikari Transformers are feeling a little distressed *and* golden
by Scarecroodle

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.

While most people associate the word "distress" with an emotional state of anxiety or sadness, it's also a term for making an object look older by simulating wear over time. It's an idea that the "Distressed" deco on this figures accomplishes in some senses even if the figures don't look aged (the Battle Ready versions of the characters looked far more like antiques). The "Distressed" Optimus and Bumblebee are limited to 1,000 pieces each, have a US$80 MSRP, and are slated for an October release.

The "24k" versions of Optimus and Bumblebee are not, as one might expect, actual gold-plated versions of the figures. Instead these Books-a-Million exclusives have merely been given a gold paintjob that looks surprisingly good. I'm usually not a fan of gold variants but the choice just seems somewhat natural given that the characters are naturally metallic. These two are somewhat counter-intuitively cheaper than the "Distressed" versions, clocking in at a US$50 MSRP apiece. They're limited to 600 pieces each and are apparently in-stock now.

As always, you can win one of these via Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order "Distressed" Optimus | Bumblebee at Entertainment Earth ]

[ Order "24k" Optimus | Bumblebee at Books-a-Million ]

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Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba photo
Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Funko's Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman & Frost Giant Loki to be sold exclusively at NYCC photo
Funko's Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman & Frost Giant Loki to be sold exclusively at NYCC
by Scarecroodle

Funko has shown off two versions (each) of its upcoming NYCC-exclusive Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman and Frost Giant Loki, to be sold at Fugitive Toys' booth (#410).

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.

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The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons photo
The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons
by Scarecroodle

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.

[ Pre-order Mythos Frankenstein | Gold Secret Base Creature at Gemini Collectibles ]

[ Pre-order Grey Skull Skeletor at Entertainment Earth ]

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Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements photo
Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements
by Scarecroodle

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 ]

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You'd have to be crazy to not check out these Arkham Asylum Pop! pre-orders photo
You'd have to be crazy to not check out these Arkham Asylum Pop! pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

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.

[ Pre-order Batman | Joker | Harley Quinn | Killer Croc | Poison Ivy at Entertainment Earth ]

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It's ALIVE! Funko's brings life to Hikari Mystic Powers Frankenstein('s Monster) photo
It's ALIVE! Funko's brings life to Hikari Mystic Powers Frankenstein('s Monster)
by Scarecroodle

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.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Loot Crate's September crate is Galactic, packed with exclusives photo
Loot Crate's September crate is Galactic, packed with exclusives
by Natalie Kipper

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.

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12:30 PM on 09.04.2014

Funko is bringing Classic X-Men to their Pop! line

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. Also, not only will the...

Vanessa Cubillo