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!
Don't mind us... we're just a couple of monsters... Halloween party monsters that is. Even though Halloween falls on a weekday this year, I hope you all still find the time to celebrate it in style, whether you're going trick-or-treating, attending a costume party, or simply handing out candies and having an awesome horror movie marathon in your home all night long. Just make sure you do something. For me, Halloween is always a huge celebration of my favorite season of the year, and it marks the culmination of two lengthy months of nonstop, obsessive work all about the holiday.
As you know by now, I dedicate an entire two months to Halloween every year. It's a huge undertaking that swallows my life from September 1st - October 31st, but it's always an absolute blast to work on. This year was probably the busiest I've ever been, because not only was I constantly trying to update the site with new Halloween material, but I was also working on my upcoming Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla game every day. As you can imagine, this season has been a complete blur within all that going on at once, so with today being Halloween, now seems like a good time to recap some of the highlights we've covered these past two months:
-We found out that monsters love to party with the classic pop-o-matic bubble Yipes! board game.
-We gave a special book report about a Camp Crystal Lake young adult novel that placed the curse of Jason Voorhees smack dab in the middle of a carnival.
-We witnessed the glorious return of all five Monster Cereals in retro boxes, together for the first time ever.
-We learned about a bizarre creature with a penchant for crooning in Brain Damage.
-We listened to tunes on the Jack-O-Juke - our Halloween music jukebox with over 180 spooky songs and counting.
-We found out that the afterlife is even harder for Beetlejuice on the NES.
-We ate Mummified Cheetos that came in glow-in-the-dark treat bags.
-We learned about how Glo-Bones was an incredible skeleton toy that fit in your pocket.
-We discussed some things that shouldn't be scary but often are.
-We splattered your soul with more Greatest Horror Movie Moments.
-We realized that not only is there a Halloween Hot Sauce set that comes in a coffin, but we also have some awesome people in the community who have great hot sauce label ideas of their own.
-We attended the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights for another fun-filled haunt.
-We watched Doc Mock chat with the likes of Bruce Campbell, Bill Moseley, Calico Cooper and more on the red carpet of the Eyegore Awards about all things horror.
-We tried to understand the chaos behind the classic Dr. Chaos NES game.
-We found out that the King's Dominion Haunt is still filled with all kinds of great Halloween attractions.
-We were invited to the very first Los Angeles Halloween Convention.
-We examined some of the finest examples of Horror Video Game Box Art.
-We put three random Halloween Costumes to the test.
-We realized that it's hard to keep your cool when there's somebody murdering people at a ski resort in Iced.
-We conducted yet another extremely thorough Halloween Candy Taste Test.
-We realized Baby Ghost Ducks are probably the greatest Halloween lawn ornaments ever made.
-We remembered that Zombie Nation is still the best game about a vengeful flying severed head that pukes a lot.
-We unboxed and uncovered the truth about a Halloween Mystery Toy.
-We were baffled as to why the Halloween Cuponk beerless beer pong game even exists.
-We marveled at the insane crop creations found at Scarecrow Alley.
-We learned that not only is C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. a real movie, but it also has some important life lessons to teach us.
-We saw the return of our Halloween Club Pack, which then completely sold out.
-We gave some much needed exposure to the criminally overlooked Monster Squad TV Series from way back in 1976.
-And last but not least, Pee-wee Herman made my Halloween even better by posting a photo my 2010 Halloween costume. Incredible!
You know there is no time I enjoy more than Halloween each year, and having so many of you making I-Mockery your online Halloween home truly makes it all the better. I really try to give you guys the best and widest variety of Halloween coverage you'll find anywhere online every season - from visiting haunts and reviewing movies, to taste testing candies and tracking down the most absurd novelties and more, I always try to make every season special and filled with surprises. Please stick around and continue to share the site with your friends, and I'll do my best to keep that tradition going strong for years to come.
I'll likely have some post-Halloween photos up here along with some other big site updates soon, so be sure to check back often. As usual, I must thank Dr. Boogie for his fantastic contributions to our Halloween celebration. Additional thanks to Protoclown for chiming in with a few Halloween bits as well. I also gotta give Re major credit for allowing me to make our home look like it was hit by a Halloween hurricane these past few months.
Of course, a huge thanks again to you for sticking with us during our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. It's a lot of work to put all this content together, but it's a lot of fun too, and your continued feedback definitely helps keep my energy up throughout the season. If you haven't already, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and uh... tumble us on Tumblr. This is a completely independent web site, and we rely entirely on people like YOU to spread the word about it, so please do so if you can!
Please drop a comment (whether you're logged in or not) in the blog here and let me know what you thought of the Halloween season and what your favorite articles were. Also, let me know what your Halloween plans are and feel free to post photos of your costumes if you're dressing up or your decorations or any other Halloweeny things you like!
Thanks again everyone and have a keen Halloween!
In his latest Mini Mausoleum episode, Doc Mock reviews the Halloween "Let It R.I.P." edition of Cuponk! It's a game with all the excitement of beer pong... without the beer. Spooooooky!
What are your thoughts on Cuponk? Played any other corny Halloween games this season? If so, lemme know about 'em by dropping a comment. And again, in case you missed the previous Doc Mock episode, you can still check it out right here!
Doc Mock's Mini Mausoleum has returned for another YouTube episode, and this time he reviews a set of what just might be the greatest Halloween lawn ornaments you'll ever see: Baby Ghost Ducks!
Hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching! By the way, if you missed the previous Doc Mock episode, you can check it out right here!
So I was recently invited to be one of the guests on the PrePopCulture podcast, hosted by Jen Krueger (no relation to Freddy), to talk about good horror movies to watch during the Halloween season. Jen is basically terrified of real horror movies, so while she made suggestions for some family friendly Halloween options, it was up to Jake Jabbour and I to recommend the scarier stuff. We had a really fun discussion, so check it out if you're looking for a nice way to keep your ears occupied for an hour. If you happen to be on iTunes, please rate her podcast to help it out too. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for listening in!
They're baaaaaaaaaaaack. I'm happy to announce that just as we recently saw the glorious return of the Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy monster cereals, October 1st marks the return of I-Mockery's Halloween Club Pack! Those of you who've been with I-Mockery for years probably recall some of the extremely limited club packs that were up for sale on the site. Well, this new pack is better than ever, because I'm loading it up with so many goodies that the mere sight of it is sure to kick your Halloween season directly in the nards. Behold!
As you can see, I've filled this special Halloween pack with a little something for everyone. For starters, you all know I'm a big fan of bootleg and oddball novelty items, and I recently struck gold... er... black. Yes indeed, I found some jet-black Freddy Krueger gloves!
Freddy's glove is normally a variety of brown colors combined with the silver blades on his fingers. That's not the case with this rip-off "Nightmare Glove". These are completely black; the glove, the hinges, the razors... everything is black. It's the kind of blackest black that would even impress the likes of Spinal Tap. Needless to say, I bought up every single one I could find so I could get them to you this Halloween season. But that's only the beginning.
Each order also contains not one but FOUR vintage trading card / sticker wax packs! You'll get one pack of Nightmare on Elm Street stickers, one pack of Gremlins II cards and stickers, one pack of Ghostbusters II cards and stickers, and one pack of my all-time favorite Dinosaurs Attack cards. That's a hefty handful of horror-themed cards and stickers for you to collect... just do yourself a favor and don't eat the gum since it's over 20 years old! As an added bonus, I'll even be throwing in the original Elm Street sticker book into five random club packs for some lucky people to snag!
I'm also including a brand new Count Pop vinyl sticker made exclusively for this Halloween Club Pack. Now you'll be able to show the world that you are one of the Popster's pals! You'll find one of the classic I-Mockery shiny stickers in each pack as well. It'll make you happy and it also works as a makeshift portable funhouse mirror.
Marie Barr (Re) also printed a set of four custom witch illustrations that you're gonna love. One witch has a skeleton friend, one has a frog and fall leaves, one has a black cat and a pumpkin, and one has a cauldron filled with bubbling purple potions. You'll get one of her signed full-color witch print cards with every club pack order.
I'm also including a variety of random Halloween trinkets, toys, and treats in every pack. You'll find everything from vampire Fruit Roll-Ups, Juicy Oozers werewolves, and bleeding eyeball marshmallow treats to sticky jack-o-lanterns, wacky wall-walker skeletons, and little Cousin It toys. One of our readers, Devin Connors, even pitched in by making some truly awesome Tales from the Crypt magnets from the old 1993 trading card set (pictured in the first photo of this post), so you can expect to find one in each pack too. There will be other little surprises included with every order too, so as you can see, you're really getting a whole bunch o' Halloween fun mailed to your doorstep this season.
To top it all off, I'm including our 8-bit Halloween pixel poster with every pack. This is a full-color 34" x 13.5" poster with over 150 hand-drawn horror characters on it! Trust me when I say you'll find yourself staring at this print for ages, always discovering new characters hidden on it. If you don't have the poster already, this is a great way to pick it up along with a bunch of other seasonal goodies in time for Halloween. If you do have it, well you can always spread the Halloween fun around by giving it to a chum. And as always, I'm happy to sign the poster (or anything) for you, so just include a note with your payment if you'd like me to do so.
I spent a lot of time running around putting together all the supplies for these Halloween packs, and I'm really excited for you to get 'em in your hands. Note that the packs are limited in quantity. Once they sell out, I won't be reproducing them again, so get 'em while you can!
Please keep in mind, you're not only getting a club pack filled with loads of Halloween fun, you're also helping support all the time and work put into I-Mockery. Halloween season is easily the most important time of the year for me. It's also the most expensive time of the year for me, what with all the traveling and purchases I make for reviews on this site, so your support really helps offset those costs.
The Halloween club packs are $20 a pop for anybody in the continental United States, and yes, that price does include shipping. If you're ready to order, click the button below:
If you live outside of the U.S., I still want to make these packs available to you since everybody should get to enjoy Halloween. That said, it costs a lot more to ship packages like this out of the country and shipping times can be a bit unpredictable, so if you want one, drop me an email with your request and address and I'll try to find out how much the extra shipping charges would cost.
Alrighty, that about does it. I hope you have as much fun with these club packs as I had putting them together, because I really wanted to give you Halloween in a box. Thanks in advance to all of you who help support I-Mockery and all the work I do every Halloween season by ordering one!
UPDATE: Egads! ALL of the Halloween Club Packs sold out in less than a day! Thanks so much for the support everyone, it really means a lot to me and I hope the packs make this awesome Halloween season even better for those of you who snagged one in time!
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