Updated: Daryl Dixon, Captain Phasma, Stan Lee, Boba Fett and Every Other Funko NYCC Exclusive
With October just around the bend, that means it's time for cooler weather, cooler costumes and the biggest comic book convention on the east coast. Yes, New York Comic Con is bearing down on us faster than we're prepared to deal with it, but that's okay. We'll make do. In addition to incredible amount of stuff happening at the show, there will be a lot of great stuff up for grabs.
As busy as Funko was at San Diego Comic-Con, its plate looks to be equally as filled at NYCC this coming year. This week, Funko is unveiling all of its planned exclusive items, with a new batch coming every single day. While the availability of each is likely to be a bit more open than it was at SDCC, these things will still be limited. If you're hoping to get any, definitely plan ahead and around any and all panels you hope to make it to this year.
It's been a while since any new Futurama episodes graced the airwaves, but the show's been in steady reruns on Comedy Central, and thus maintaining its fanbase. Based on their appearance in "The Farnsworth Parabox," the Leela and Fry Funko Pop set (750 pieces) presents the characters in their alternate forms. Leela even comes with a blaster pistol, which is doubtlessly more impressive than the dumbfounded gaze Fry always seems to carry around.
Catbug from Bravest Warriors has been seen in Pop form before, but now he's getting an orange glow variant. At SDCC he had a different glowing variant, and there's also been a Commander variant released previously. This version is virtually identical to the SDCC edition, except in orange. However that works. Probably science.
The never-ending Battlestar Galactica fandom will be happy to learn the classic Cylon is getting a new version at the show. Unlike the standard chrome troopers, the Cylon Commander Pop (1000 pieces) gets a spiffy golden suit of armor... or a golden body. Is it really armor if it's just a robot? What I mean is, do robots wear armor or is it just considered plating? We call it armor because it protects us, but these guys don't feel much of anything. These are the things that keep me up at night.
You might remember the Tenth Doctor wearing his SB6 spacesuit in the episode "The Waters of Mars," and now that moment in time can be forever commemorated with this latest Funko Pop (2000 pieces). I don't remember it because I never saw it, but you know, if you're into Doctor Who, this is probably significant in some way or another. So that's cool.
Now, Ricochet Rabbit, there's a character a lot of people born after 1990 have almost definitely, probably, in all likelihood, never heard of. That's okay. It's rare to see the good ol' Hanna-Barbera cartoons on standard television these days, and that's especially true of the lesser-known animations like Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-long. Westerns just don't mean as much these days. Still, if you remember the days of The Magilla Gorilla Show, this highly limited figure (300 pieces) will definitely be for you.
The ReAction line won't be left in the dust, as Universal's classic monster The Wolfman is getting a cool black and white variant (2000 pieces) for the show. The ReAction line has been hit or miss with its licenses, but in the case of films that never would have had action figures without this brand, I tend to lean towards liking it. For more current stuff, I don't really see the point in a retro-inspired figure. With the Wolfman though, I'll allow it. And since Funko values my opinion so highly, what I say will definitely matter to someone somewhere.
Vinyl Idolz will introduce a bloody Daryl Dixon variant (500 pieces), which will arrive just in time for the new season of The Walking Dead. Considering how bloody the show is, the fact that the messed up version is the variant is interesting to me. You would think a clean paint app of Daryl would be the rarer one, but perhaps what works on the show isn't quite what works as an action figure. I do appreciate the Aardman-esque stylings of a man that's supposed to be a real hardass. I don't know if I appreciate it enough to put it on a shelf.
Another Batman Dorbz figure was an inevitability, but the Batman: Arkham Asylum Detecive Mode figure (500 pieces) does provide a rather cool colorway. There have already been a few based on the classic shows and various comic book iterations, but one that strips Batman of all his trademark color, such as it is, makes for a striking piece. This is particularly true when it's thrown on a shelf with a few other Batman figures.
The Greedo Platinum Hikiari (600 pieces) looks like he got the ol' carbonite freeze from Funko. These Japanese-inspired pieces have been a fairly big hit in all their forms for Funko, and in particular, the Star Wars pieces just seem to keep coming out at a fairly steady rate. I'm not even a big Greedo fan, but the pewter polish definitely gives this figure enough personality to make it a potential keeper. Maybe. Then I'd have to get more of these from Star Wars, and that's a whole 'nother rabbit hole I don't think I can afford.
Despite being a musical about holidays, The Nightmare Before Christmas has somehow managed to endure all these years, with its fanbase growing ever stronger. I can't quite place what it is about Jack Skellington that makes him such a national treasure for the legions of fans TNBC has (rightfully) earned since its release, but the man's certainly got a style that appeals to the exact demographic attending NYCC. Good thing Funko is aiming to capitalize on it this year.
Cthulhu is a whole 'nother beast, and you'll have to excuse that pun, but I've never been able to understand what it is about a tentacled elder god that makes people so giddy for merchandise. The Patina Cthulhu looks like a piece from a sunken ship off the coast of a forgotten island, and it's certainly an appealing paint app. I can't recall another Funko figure getting such an antique look, but here it works quite well. I guess if you have to pay tribute to a demigod, this is the way to do it.
I'm not sure who this guy is, but he sure likes the color red. His costume is red, his truck is red, and I'm sure the blood on the end of his sword is red, too. They should call this guy Redman. Or maybe even, Red Truck Guy. That'll move some merchandise. Can't think of any competition he'd have in the truck market. Tonka's got nothing on a food truck.
This Poseidon's Rage Kratos is a cool variant, partially because it takes a little inspiration from the NECA God of War figures of old. God of War merchandise is rather light these days, so fans of the franchise don't have a lot to work with in that regard. Funko's video game figures have typically been on point from a sculpt perspective, too, and the Kratos looks to keep that trend going just fine.
Oh, you thought you had finally escaped the clutches of the Twinkies with eyes that are the Minions? Just wait until this Halloween when there are all kinds of gross Minion costumes on parade. At least this Hula Minion Pop (1500 pieces) has the decency to just exist nice a quietly on its own. Though it will glow in the dark, which may give you some fever dreams if you spot those big eyes staring you down in the middle of the night.
Like the Wolfman, Universal's Frankenstein ReAction figure (2000 pieces) serves a specific purpose in giving the character that never would have had a chance at an articulated toy when it released that very dream. Yes, we know the figure is actually Frankenstein's monster, but who are we to argue with how Universal and Funko want to name the things they own or license?
Unlike the Batman: Arkham Asylum Dorbz figure, this one isn't an XL-sized piece, and is only a few inches tall. The Stealth Iron Man (1000 pieces) does look rather sleek in those blue hues, and you really can't argue with that smile. I mean, I know Tony is a charmer, but if all the Iron Man armors had smiles built in, maybe he wouldn't need to have so many dang weapons built in, let alone a stealth version.
The Boba Fett Clear Glitter Hikari (750 pieces) looks like a really bad pair of Jellies. Remember those things? Do little girls still wear those? Every girl I knew had them when I was in grade school. The hombre effect usually works well for these kinds of figures, but I'm just not feeling it here. It looks amiss on the whole body. The head looks okay though. I mean, if you're into Boba Fett, you stopped listening to me when I said, "Boba Fett," so you do you, man.
It would seem not even the greatest of childhood idols is capable of escaping Funko's clutches. This Flocked Cookie Monster (that means he's got simulated fur) has some sweet googly eyes, which thankfully Funko didn't turn into the big, black buttons of the abyss most other figures get. I don't really have much more to offer on this one. Cookie Monster rules. Dude has the ultimate life.
Ricochet Rabbit is getting a second variant at the show this year. It's not that surprising given that Ricochet Rabbit will be starring in a live-action adaptation this winter. What? That's not happening? Who is this figure aimed at then, exactly? I'll admit, I dig the cotton candy/bubblegum vibe more than the other variant, but even then, I'm not quite sure who this guy is aimed at.
The Fallout figures are relatively new to the Funko fold, but that doesn't make them any less welcome. With a new game due out in November, the timing is on point. The unmasked Power Armor looks great too, and maintains the ruggedness of the aging tech despite not having that iconic helm. I only wish they also offered a female version of this variant. There's still more exclusives to announce, so maybe it's in the cards for Friday's announcements.
I don't quite get the appeal of Cars, especially to the extent that it has had such longevity. That said, there's definitely a lot of young fans of the franchise, which makes something like this Mint Condition Mater (1500 pieces) a desirable item within the Funko family. Pixar's aesthetic suits the Pop lifestyle pretty well, too, so it's got that going for it.
First there was Wolfman. Then there was Frankenstein. Today we get the Creature from the Black Lagoon (2000 pieces). The ReAction line suits the Universal monsters well enough, and the black and white paint app certainly gives them the proper look and feel. I can bet there'll be a Dracula added in with the next batch to round out the bunch.
I don't believe the Punisher has ever smiled since he donned the skull shirt. I know the whole point of the Dorbz line is to make all these familiar characters cute like Fisher Price's Little People, but it misses the mark a bit with characters like this. Thunderbolt Punisher (1000 pieces) does have a nice, clean design though. That smile is just throwing me off.
Shaun of the Dead's non-dynamic-duo will be getting bloody variants (500 pieces each) at the show this year. It's almost like Funko is planning many of these exclusives around the Halloween holiday or something. These guys fit the Aardman aesthetic perfectly though, and not just because they're Brits. The claymation-esque styling suits the goofy nature of both the characters and the film. You can almost see a spin-off in this style for a short film using these.
Bossk is not only one of the coolest bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe, he's also one of the coolest bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe. Unlike the Boba Fett, I like what Funko's done here with the Starfield style (500 pieces), and it gives the character a completely different vibe than we're accustomed to seeing. Plus, purple and gold are regal as hell, and Bossk deserves to be treated like a king for how awesome he is.
Finally, Funko has delivered an affordable Iron Throne replica. We've seen the iconic chair from Game of Thrones replicated a few times before, but never at a scale and price that people without the bankroll of the Bravos bank could purchase. Plus, at the 6" size, it should actually fit a regular Pop figure on the seat, so you can make any of your existing figures the ruler of Westeros. At least until Daenerys returns from overseas to murder him or her.
Hey, it's Stan Lee. That guy sure gets around for someone approaching the century mark on this planet. Funko's chosen to bring the man behind many a hero to life as a hero in his own right, though that "S" symbol looks awful familiar. The figure is actually a touching tribute, though I'm not sold on the color scheme chosen for Stan. It's a little dull, but they definitely captured his bewildered and bespectacled gaze.
The TIE Fighter pilot gets a lot of play in the Star Wars action figure universe, but the guy isn't that cool. Perhaps that's why Funko is slapping some chrome on the guy to make him stand out a bit more. Get a little bit of that Phasma sheen on a standard fighter pilot, and he goes from zero to slightly-more-than-zero in no time.
So the Penguins of Madagascar is a thing. As small characters from a larger franchise that spun off into their own thing, does that make them the original Minions? This guy comes with a mallet. I suppose if you're familiar at all with the movies, this will make sense on some level.
The T-1000 Frozen Patrolman (1500 pieces) is a good idea for a variant figure. We've seen numerous liquid metal versions and human versions of the character, but few that capture those brief moments from Terminator 2 where he's frozen in liquid nitrogen. The image might not be doing the figure any favors though, as it looks too similar to the liquid metal figure here, and might not stand out enough with the other figures to make a significant difference.
Is it just me, or has there been an inordinate amount of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures in this style over the past year? This box set (1000 pieces) is cool, because most anything featuring the turtles in their retro color schemes is, but with so many similar sets having hit the market recently, this collection isn't that special. They are adorable though, and you may have missed out on any number of those other collections, so maybe there's room on the market for another box set after all.
I didn't think it was possible to put more rainbows in a Rainbow Dash figure, but I guess if you try hard enough you can put more rainbows on everything. The Hikari Color Storm Rainbow Dash (600 pieces) is a nice-looking piece, and the wild color palette suits the brand quite well. There are a lot of My Little Pony figures out there already, but this one will likely find its way into more than a few collections.
A new wave of exclusive Pop Tees will be offered at NYCC this year, too. The Freddy Funko and Stan Lee shirts are neat, and there will be more than a few fans happy to add those to their collections. However, it's the Phasma tee that isl likely to be the big draw at the show this year. If the SDCC shirt situation is any indication, these are going to go fast, and with a run of only 250 per design, you had better hope you're able to get in line early.