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2nd Wave of Disney Pint Size Heroes On the Way from Funko

Funko today shared details on the second wave of Disney Pint Size Heroes which are set to hit stores this March. This blind bag assortment features some Disney heavy hitters including Donald and Daisy Duck, Peter Pan, Hook, Tinkerbell, Wall-E, Dumbo and more. 

In addition there are several characters that are included in store exclusive assortments. Toys R Us will offer Armored Baymax, Baymax and Super Hiro. Hot Topic’s assortment includes Lilo, Stitch and Scrump. These exclusive characters are mixed in with characters from the more widely available assortment.

Check out pics below and look for these this Spring.

Funko Announces James Bond Pop! Rides

Second only to the “Bond girl(s)”, James Bond’s car gets an extreme amount of attention. That’s the case even from Funko, who today announced the first James Bond Pop! Rides!. Rolling right off of Goldfinger will be James Bond in his silver Aston Martin. This first Pop! Rides! will be available at retail next month.  Check it out below and pre-order at your favorite Pop! Stops (like AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth).

Funko Announces April Specialty Series Releases – Pop! Hellboy with Crown, Dorbz Bazooka Joe

Funko today sent over details on the latest Pop! and Dorbz announced for their Specialty Series. Available only at specialty shops (think comic book stores, boutique retailers, etc) and select online partners, this is Funko’s way to reward smaller retailers for their support. The newest additions will be available in stores in April.

The newly announced Specialty Series Pop! for April is Hellboy with a crown and the Dorbz is advertising icon Bazooka Joe. 

Check these out below.

Sneak Peak: Funko’s Mortal Kombat X Figures

A few weeks ago, Funko announced a new line of action figures featuring characters from Mortal Kombat X.  These new Mortal Kombat X figures are designed to fit a vintage “Masters of the Universe” 5.5″ aesthetic. Our friends at Funko recently sent over the first wave and we’ve got an early look at them here.

The first wave features five essential Mortal Kobmat characters: Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kitana, Raiden and Liu Kang. There are also three chase figures: Scorpion with a firey skull head, an “ice blue” Sub-Zero and an Electric Raiden. Accessories included with the figureas are a pair of clip-on lightning bolts (Raiden’s), an ice-hammer and ice-sword (Sub-Zero), a pair of swords (Scorpion) and a pair of razor fans (Kitana) – Liu Kang’s fists are the only weapons he needs. It’s also worth noting that the swords and other weapons are hard plastic – not gummy, so you’ll not be looking at a saggy sword out of the package.  Good choice, Funko!  Check out the carded figures below.

    

         

This first series all share the same card design with the Mortal Kombat logo featured prominantly in white, which provides great contrast to the card’s color scheme. Each character is called out seperately below a Mortal Kombat X logo and the three chase versions feature a silver ‘chase’ sticker. The cardbacks are the same across all figures and feature a cross sell of all the figures included in this series – variants aren’t pictured.

Once freed from their cards, these figures shine. Due to their ‘retro’ aesthetic, the figures do feel a little chunky in the hands (in this context that’s actually a positive) but that chunkiness adds a degree of sturdiness and stability that is missing in so many figures today. Certainly the format will not appeal to all fans, but those who give these figures a shot will not be disappointed. Once in hand the figures feature the same articlation scheme: neck, shoulders, waist and ball jointed hips. 

Of course, there are some unique challenges associated with choosing a vintage aesthetic for a new release,  most notably balancing the vintage design style against modern expectations. One extreme results in a overly simply design that misses the mark on character elements and the other extreme results in a figure that doesn’t honor it’s inspiration. In the case of the Mortal Kombat X figures, Funko did an excellent job balancing the two – the character designs are simplified to fit the figure format, but not to an extent where they are entirely lost. A great example is Sub-Zero’s costume, there’s a ton of sculpted details on the pants and vest – even little rockets on his guantlet wrist things. It would be a passable Sub-Zero without those details, but it would be far less visually interesting. All these scultped details are accentuated by an excellent paint job. In both design and execution, the colors on these figures really bring out the details.

When these figures were announced, I was skeptical of how well Mortal Kombat would fit into the 5.5″ style – having now spent some time with these figures, my concerns were unwarranted. The design team at Funko found the right balance of satisfying modern figure design expectations while still keeping a vintage feel to the figures. Look for these figures in stores next month and find them available at your favorite on-line retailers (AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth has them here).  Thanks to Funko for providing the figures for an early look!

 

Funko Release Pop! Vinyl from Marvel: Contest of Champions

Funko today announced the release of a series of Pop!s based on the Marvel mobile game Mavel: Contest of Champions. The game lets you build your ultimate team of Marvel characters (news of new characters is often posted right here, you know!) and now you can grab Pop!s of some of the unique characters from the game.

This first series of Pop!s includes King Groot, Guillotine, Civil Warrior and Venompool.  A 6″ Super-sized Pop! of Howard the Duck in his ‘Duck Mech’ will also be released.

A number of exclusives are also planned. Hot Topic will release a Secret Empire version of Civil Warrior, Target will offer a scorched version of King Groot, Venompool with phone will be available only at GameStop and Punisher 2099 will be found at Walgreens.

Look for all these new Pop!s in February.

Funko Announces Warner Bros. Classic Cartoon Mystery Minis

Funko has announced a new series of Mystery Minis that include all your favorite classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters.  This series includes characters from Tom & Jerry (well..both of them), the Flinstones (Fred and Dino), Yogi Bear and Looney Tunes.

Different retailers will also offer exclusive assortments. Walgreens will include Pepe Le Pew, the Road Runner and Wile E Coyote. Toys R Us will offer Astro, Elroy Jetson and Yosemite Sam, and Target will exclusively have Speedy Gonzales, Tweety Bird and Sylvester.

Check them all out below and look for them in stores this January.

Funko Introduces 5.5″ Mortal Kombat Figures

Funko’s action figure line is continuing to grow with the introduction of their upcoming 5.5″ collection of Mortal Kombat figures. With a vintage aesthetic these 5.5″ figures include their signature weapons. This first series of figures includes Scropion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kitana and Liu Kang. Look for these in January 2018.

Funko’s Black Panther Line Launches January 1st, 2018

The upcoming Marvel film Black Panther arrives in theaters February 2018 and Funko has a complete product line ready for launch on Januray 1st, 2018. The product line includes Pint Size Heroes, plush, dorbz, Pocket Pop! keychains and, of course, Pop!s. 

The Dorbz assortment includes Black Panther, Erik Killmonger, and a glow version of Erik Killmonger

Pop!s on the slate include two versions of Black Panther – in his suit and Warrior Falls outfit, the former queen of Wakanda Shuri, and Nakia, part of the Dora Milaje. Also in the series is the villain Erik Killmonger. Chases are planned for both Black Panther and Erik Killmonger at a 1:6 ratio.

New Series of Buffy Pop! Vinyl Coming In January 2018

Buffy is celebrating her 20th anniversary and Funko is joining the party with a new series of Pop! vinyl figures coming in January 2018. This new series includes Buffy with a bow (from the season 1 finale Prophecy Girl when she faces the Master – a personal favorite episode), Xander (with a 1:6 chase Xander with eye patch), Giles, Faith and Dark Willow. 

Check these out below and look for these in stores everywhere in January.

Funko Releasing Third Wave of Pop! Rocks Vinyl

Funko today announced the third wave of Pop! Rocks vinyl figures, which will be hitting stores in January 2018. This series includes some music legends: Jerry Garcia (of Grateful Dead), two versions of Elton John (white suit and patriotic suit) and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

A number of retailer exclusives will also be made available. FYE will have a tan sweater Kurt Cobain and a glitter Elton John and Hop Topic will feature a black sweater Kurt Cobain.

Check all these out in the gallery below.

Funko Accounces the Newest Additions to The Specialty Series

Each month, Funko announces one Pop! and one Dorbz that joins their specialty series – a collection of Pop!s and Dorbz that are exclusive to boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and qualified online retailers. Today Funko announced the releases for February – a Fraggle Rock Pop! of Uncle Travelling Matt and a Dorbz Kingdom Come Superman. 

Check these out below.

Walmart Launches Four Exclusive Funko Star Wars Pop! Movie Moments

As the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi approaches, Walmart is looking to the start of the Star Wars saga with their newest set of exclusives from Funko which recreate iconic scenes from A New Hope in the Pop! format. The Walmart Funko Star Wars Movie Moments exclusives include:

  • Cantina Faceoff: Han Solo is confronted at gunpoint by Greedo
  • Death Star Duel: Obi-Wan Kenobi faces his friend turned foe Darth Vader
  • Escape Pod Landing in Tatooine: R2-D2 and C-3PO escape the Empire to share Princess Leia’s message with Obi-Wan
  • Trash Compactor Escape: Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia fight a smelly dianoga in the depths of the Death Star

These movie moments are exclusive to Walmart and will start to hit store shelves and Walmart.com in early November – retailing for $24.82.

Funko Introducing Fraggle Rock Pop!s

Funko is excited to introduce Jim Henson’s  Fraggle Rock coming to Pop! vinyl this winter. This series features the Fraggles, the short, furry creatures who live in a network of magical caves. Characters included in this series are Boober, Gobo, Mokey, Red and Wembley. Each Fraggle comes complete with their own Doozer – the creatures who love to work all day long.

Of course exclusives will be avaialable. A flocked version of Red will be exclusive to Books-A-Million, and Sprocket will be at Toys R Us.

The Fraggle Rock Pop!s will be available this December.

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