I've been meaning to post more about Funko's POP! vinyl toy line for a while, and since I just received a large shipment of some of my favorites in the mail, I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Unless you've been living in solitary confinement for the last several years, chances are you've seen these figures, because they're everywhere. Normally when a product saturates every nook & cranny of our society, I tend to get sick of seeing it really fast, but that's not the case with the POP! toys. There's just something about their inherently adorable minimalism that I absolutely love, not to mention how much fun it is to see how Funko will redesign a popular character to fit their unique branding.
Now I snagged some extra figures for a lil' giveaway contest that you can all enter, but before we get to that, let's take a closer look at two of my favorite sets: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Horror Movie Monsters!
Come on, you can't tell me these aren't absolutely fantastic. What I really appreciate is Funko's attention to detail; they could've easily just repainted a single mold for each character and called it a day, but they tweaked each of the turtle's faces to fit their personalities. Raphael looks pissed off, Michelangelo looks happy-go-lucky, and all is right with the world. The fact that they also made a figure for Splinter (complete with cane) and Shredder (not pictured) just shows how much Funko knows what their fans really want. Speaking of which, if anybody from Funko is reading this, please make figures for Krang and a Foot Soldier. I'll also accept Ace Duck.
Moving right along, Funko proves that no matter how horrific a character's subject matter may be, they have the ability to make it absolutely adorable. I'm 100% positive that they could turn Angela from the final scene of Sleepaway Camp into a sickeningly cute figure. Not that they would do such a thing... but they could. As much as I love Freddy Krueger and Beetlejuice, what with the green varicose veins on his face, I think Leatherface is my favorite of this group. His face just looks so hilariously tragic, like he's really having second thoughts about the current trajectory of his life. FACT: Introspective Leatherface is the best kind of Leatherface.
Perhaps best of all, when you collect enough figures, you can set the stage for some truly incredible good vs. evil battles. Freddy vs. Jason? Alien vs. Predator? Psh... that's nothing compared to having all your horror movie heroes and Shredder going up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Splinter. Naturally, Beetlejuice would be the referee for the ensuing battle; just like the Joker, he's an agent of chaos. Now THAT is a movie Hollywood needs to start producing pronto! Speaking of the horror figures, I still need to snag the Gremlins Stripe and Slimer figures, because they clearly need to be part of this ever-growing war.
There are boatloads of these figures out there now ranging to anything from Ghostbusters and Game of Thrones to Adventure Time and even the Monster Cereals (yes, I do have the two Boo Berry variants). I honestly don't see any reason why the toy line would show any signs of stopping, as there is a never-ending supply of pop culture icons they can pay tribute to in squashed vinyl form. Case in point: they even have a Sharknado one coming out in June. Seriously.
I also gotta say that it's nice how they're easy to collect without feeling like you're sinking a fortune into them. Considering they usually don't run more than $10 bux a pop (har! har!), you can quickly build up a nice collection to decorate your shelves or desk space with. And then they'll stand there, staring at you with those longing, desperately beady little eyes as if to say, "We need more friends! Go buy some!" And you'll have no choice to comply, unless your heart is dead or something. Damn you, Funko!
Now I mentioned a giveaway earlier, and I wasn't kidding about it. Behold!
The Masters of the Universe POP Figures Giveaway!
Thanks to my pals over at FUN.com, I have this set of awesome Skeletor and Spikor Masters of the Universe figures to give away to one lucky winner! While He-Man and Skeletor are obviously choices for production, I was really surprised that Funko went with a more obscure character like Spikor instead of Beast Man or Trap Jaw (though they did produce a Hordak one). But damn, did that ever completely nail his look; from the coloring to his tiny little arm trident, Spikor is absolutely perfect!
So what do you have to do in order to win these figures? It's extremely simple. All you gotta do is post a reply in the comments section below and tell me at least THREE characters you'd like to see Funko turn into POP! vinyl toys that they haven't already produced. It can be characters from TV shows, comic books, movies, video games... whoever you happen to think would look awesome as a squashed vinyl toy. And while it's not a requirement, it'd be nice to hear the reasons why you selected your characters too, so be sure to include that by all means.
You have between now and Friday, May 9th at midnight to post your entry comments. I will be selecting the winner at random, so please only one entry per person, but feel free to list as many characters as you like in your entry. No registration is required to enter, but be sure to fill in the form field with your email address (if you don't already have an I-Mockery account) so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner.
Alright, that's all there is to it. Thanks again to FUN.com for providing me with the fun Funko figures, and be sure to check out their site for more... fun. That's a lot of fun for one sentence. Good luck to all who enter and I'm looking forward to seeing your Funko POP! character ideas!
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