Giddyup it's time to review those ponies!
Any time a new piece of My Little Pony merchandise shows up, I usually have to have it. This is especially true when some of my favorite characters show up, which was starting to be the case with the Funko vinyl figures. So far, we have Rainbow Dash, Derpy, Fluttershy and Dr. Whooves, but are they worth your time and money to track down?
Hit the jump to see if Funko managed to avoid the quality issues this time around, or if it's the POP! vinyls all over again!
We'll start off with the boxes, which I actually think are pretty cool. I really like the black silhouette versions of the ponies that show their focus on the hair, eyes, etc. The names are written in a collegiate style, well ... except for one. Poor Derpy doesn't even get a name, but we'll get into that later.
The tops of the boxes show the full body images of the silhouettes that I mentioned previously, and I just love the way they look.
Here they are out of the boxes and in their clear plastic casing. I guess they keep them from banging around in the boxes, but it doesn't really do much else. The figures are much bigger than the normal Pony toys you see from Hasbro. They measure in just under 6 inches tall, or right around there.
We'll take a look at Rainbow Dash, which was the first of the four figures I bought. Looking at her from afar, she's not too bad. However, if you're a bit fan you'll notice that the mane doesn't have the right colors. It should have yellow, orange and red on the top for the bangs, then green, blue and purple are in the longer bit. While the longer part is correct, the blue doesn't need to be up there in the bangs. It should be red on that section with orange in the middle, and yellow on the right side.
Taking a closer look, her wings look pretty cool, but there's a mess on her face. There's a messed up chunk on her cheek, as well as paint all around. Her eyes aren't exactly printed so that they're lined up properly, and there are black speckles around the face.
Taking a look on the other side of the figure, you'll notice there's only a cutie mark on one side of the figure. Honestly? This doesn't bother me as much as most people. For those of us who collected the older My Little Pony toys growing up, there weren't always two cutie marks. My Desert Rose toy, and others, only have it on one side. That's not the real issue here; it's more how sloppy the paint on the tail looks.
The cutie mark does actually look really nice on this side, however, but the paint on the tail is still insanely sloppy on this side. The yellow doesn't even look like it was painted thick enough to cover the original base color. Might I add there's also not a single bit of orange in either the mane or tail? That's one of the six colors that should have been in there.
Well, hello there! Next up is obviously Derpy Hooves! Or... Bubbles... or... Ditsy Doo... Oh let's be honest, no one has any idea what her actual name is at the moment. As far as I'm concerned, she'll always be Derpy, so let's go with that. Her eyes seem to be lined up better than Dash's so far, so that's at least a plus already! It's also somewhat ironic...
Here's where I get a little confused though... Why does her mane look like that? Honestly her hair almost just looks like a blonde version of Rainbow Dash in the show, so I have no idea why they tried some side swept business here. From this view her mane looks incredibly short, which it's really not.
I guess I can deal with the mane looking like that since when she's flying in the show it just somewhat goes straight back and you can't see it as well, but it still looks odd on this side. There's also a huge seam/scratch on her cheek that gives her a scar from her neck to her ear. You can also see that terrible neck seam. You can also see her bubble cutie mark, and that at least looks good.
Too bad the cutie mark wasn't on this side, because this side actually looks good! Derpy is such a cute character, so it's a shame that some things kind of put a damper on that with this figure.
Next up is Dr. Whooves, or Time Turner as he's actually referred to in the show. As you can see, I ended up with the version that has the red tie. I'm not well versed in the knowledge of Doctor Who, but I want to say he's based off of the Tenth Doctor. Don't hate me if I'm wrong!
He has his spiky mane, a semi-timid look, his tie and his sand timer cutie mark all how they should be, which is a plus with what we've seen so far. There are also two other versions of the figure including one that has a green tie, instead of the red, and one that's a sparkly clear version. When you order, it's completely random which one you'll end up with, though. There is a bit of a messed up chunk where his tail meets his rump, but out of the issues I've seen so far with these it's not that noticeable.
Sadly Dr. Whooves doesn't get to escape without casting issues around the face and side of the head like the previous ponies had. He may look better over all, but there are still a few issues here and there.
Last, but not least, we have Fluttershy, who I was excited to see as well. They got her innocent and shy look down pretty well, and her mane looks pretty nice! Let's take a look at the rest of her and see how it goes.
Wow! Finally one that I'm pretty impressed with! Fluttershy is definitely the best out of the four that have been released so far. Her mane and tail both look great, her cutie mark is great, and so are her wings. The colors look perfect for her!
There are a few tiny paint mishaps on her, but let's be honest. They're not noticeable at all compared to those first two. The only real issue I have is that there's a huge crack/seam in her tail, so I'm not sure what happened there. It's a pretty straight crack, so it's clearly something that happened before they packaged it up.
On the other side of the figure, you can see the seam at her neck, but in the long run, it doesn't matter for me. This is still the best looking one of the bunch.
All in all what would I say? Well, call me a glutton for punishment, but I'll continue to pick up these figures even though the quality issues on them can be atrocious. I would suggest Fluttershy for sure, the others you can kind of make your own judgement on. There is no way I would pay more than US$20 for them, and I can tell you I didn't even pay that much so far, so I doubt I would start. It also states that they're vinyl figures, but they honestly just feel like heavy plastic. If you're just looking for more MLP merchandise that's a little bigger than the normal Hasbro toys, or of characters you don't see as often, keep an eye on these, otherwise with all of these quality issues, I'm sure you'll find better.
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