Funko POP Wishlist, Revisited
2 years ago this week, I wrote one of my first articles on this site… a wishlist of what I’d like to see Funko turn into a POP Vinyl figure. Since then, virtually everything (that you can think of) has been POP-ified from new and classic entertainment, political figures, and random nonsense. To paraphrase a recent meme, Funko POPs are the Beanie Babies of recent years.
I’m not ashamed at all to say, but I own close to 70! (Please don’t ask where I put them all). In both celebration of Funko as well as to see how far they’ve come, I’d like to revisit my list and see what has come true, what hasn’t, and look towards the future of Funko:
8: A Random Assortment of TV/MovieCharacters
Along with the usual Star Wars, Disney, Comic Book, etc. POP figures, there are definitely plenty of “wild card” types that appear in sets of one or two. For instance, there’s a POP for Ash from Army of Darkness, as well as Robocop, the Xenomorph from the Alien series, and (because there just HAD to be) a Sharknado POP figure. This is where you can really have some fun with licenses. I mean, Funko had a Mr. T Wacky Wobbler, so lets start with making him into a POP. Since T is from the 80’s, let’s continue there. ALF would be cool to add to a random line of one or two. How about Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers fame? Since Funko’s been throwing around vehicles, maybe even a Bluesmobile one? Going a bit obscure, if you’re going to make a Sharknado, could we also see a Tommy Wiseau from The Room figure? Ohai, Funko.
Progress since then: More or less, continually.
While none of the aforementioned have yet to materialize, there have definitely been a vast array of TV & Movie related properties that make you think “Wow, THAT was made into a POP?” The casts of Saved by the Bell and Friends have both been developed with both the A-Team as well as The Golden Girls coming out within the next few months. In addition, films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Talledega Nights, Christmas Vacation, and Jump Street (to name a few obscure ones), are out and about. Who will be made going forward? Who knows? Aside from the aforementioned, nothing worth desperately having in my collection sticks out currently (off the top of my head, maybe a Steve Zissou POP). Of course that could always change.
Ok, so there are plenty of figured based on Adventure Time, as well as the five main characters from Regular Show. What about featuring some of the classic CN shows like Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Samurai Jack, etc. There’s actually a comic book line by IDW which has all of these characters in crossovers. Perhaps tying that in would work.
Progress since then: Sorta-kinda…
Powerpuff was rebooted (albeit poorly, according to die hard fans of the original) which merits them being POPified (even IF they look a bit creepy, with the big black eyes). Samurai Jack is also making a comeback, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they did him down the road. Also, considering the fact that rival vinyl maker Titans is developing a Current/Classic line of CN blind boxes, I’d love to see Dexter and Dee-Dee made.
With the fairly new Ghostbusters line, Funko has proven that a bigger POP figure is doable. They only cost a couple of dollars extra, and with the right figures, will sell rather well. In this case, why not capitalize on another Summer Blockbuster in Godzilla? We know a sequel is in the works, featuring not only the titular character, but his classic foes (Mothra, Ghidora, etc.) as well. With last year’s blockbuster, Pacific Rim, you can also throw in some of the newer Kaiju such as Knifehead. Heck, throw in some Jaegers as well. I for one would love to have Gipsy Danger in POP form.
Progress since then: Godzilla, yes. Rest, no.
Well, we got Godzilla. But not much else. Pac Rim has kinda fizzled out, popularity-wise since the original film is now 3 years old. Here’s hoping the sequel (which is still set to come out… eventually) revitalizes the hype and causes production of Vinyl goodies. In addition, the forthcoming Godzilla/King Kong/Kaiju Cinematic Universe may drum up interest in more POPs.
Funko has POP figures for books turned into TV and Movies such as Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and (for some odd reason) Ender’s Game. So why not show some love to one of the more contemporary yet still classic book young adult book series. There’s definitely a following in the Potterverse, and there are so many characters that can be put into a POP Vinyl series.
For instance, each series can either have characters from different books. Obviously each series has to have the three main characters of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Hagrid could show up in the Sorcerer’s Stone set (another bigger POP opportunity). They could also do sets according to House. A Slytherin set with Snape, Malfoy, and Voldemort, perhaps? Maybe Ron in his parents’ car?
Progress since then: Yes. Very yes.
The Potterverse was more than likely a no-brainer. POPs exist for generally the core characters (Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Snape, Hagrid, Dumbledore, etc.) and the hits keep on coming with new and upcoming variants and characters. They even have the main 3 coming in connecting Hogwarts Express trains. Personally, I’d still like to see Ron’s car, and I’m sure plans are more than likely churning for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts spin-off. But overall, good work Funko.
There are plenty of the contemporary video game characters represented in POP. Halo, Mass Effect, Sonic the Hedgehog… but no love for the two big classic fighting games of the 90s. With so many characters in both game series, it’s simple to start with 6 of each. For Street Fighter: Ken, Ryu, Chun Li, Blanka, and Bison. For Mortal Kombat: Scorpion, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Sonya, and Liu Kang. Funko could even throw certain stores (I know Hot Topic is among them) who have exclusive figure variants Sub Zero, Reptile, and the rest of the multi-colored ninjas.
Progress since then: Fighter, forthcoming. Kombat, nothing announced.
The original Street Fighter crew is on their way! Not sure what the holdup is on MK? Too much red tape?
When Funko started the POP Vinyl line, it was limited to DC, Star Wars, and Disney characters… with Marvel coming in shortly after (obviously due in part to Disney buying Marvel). Now that Disney has come to terms with LucasFilms’ other big property in Indiana Jones, why not start a line? Hasbro actually had its own vinyl line (known as Mighty Muggs,) which featured various characters from the four Indy films.
Obviously Funko could follow suit and release various characters (Obviously Indy, Mola Ram, Henry Jones, and *groan* Mutt). I would honestly prefer them to release a collection of 4-6 in each, based on each film, starting with Raiders. If they did one series every 6 – 12 months, who knows… maybe that fabled 5th film will be out by then?
Progress since then: Very yes.
I’d almost lost hope, up until the potential 5th film that’s slated for release in the next couple years… then Henry Jones Jr. appeared as a last minute addition to Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusive line-up. Should be in stores soon. Can’t wait!
Since it’s inception, the [adult swim] brand has been pretty random when it comes to making figures from their properties (I blame the fall of Palisades Toys in part for their randomness). In recent years, we’ve only seen mainly the Venture Bros line as well as a Mego line for the upcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries. I was rather shocked last year when Funko decided to produce a POP featuring Dr. Blake Downs of Childrens Hospital. It actually made me wonder if Swim had plans to work with Funko on more POPs?
Imagine an Aqua Teen line with the 3 main characters and Carl? Characters from your favorite shows like Superjail, Metalocalypse, even the Venture Bros. Throw in some live-action with Tim and Eric, Delocated, Eagleheart, and NTSF:SD:SUV::. Even a Space Ghost POP would be awesome (although, they could always add ol’ Tad to their current Hanna-Barbera line).
Progress since then: Outlook good.
Well, my prayers were answered with at least the last one. Space Ghost is now available in POP, as are his villains/sometimes sidekicks Zorak and Brak. Funko also dropped Rick and Morty (plus a Rick variant with portal gun) this month). Wonder if anything else Swim-related is in the works? Hopefully Birdman.
Of all the current popular TV series NOT a POP yet, I’m sure this line is on the top of most of your lists. Like many other properties, I’m sure there’s plenty of red tape (It’s a BBC property after all). There are so many different ways to start this line. The most logical, would be to work backwards from the Matt Smith era: the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, River Song, etc.) After that, if it’s successful (and why wouldn’t it be?), the David Tennant era featuring the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Rose Tyler, and a couple of baddies… Cybermen, Ood, etc.
A more daring way to start would be the entire run of the Doctors, from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi (including John Hurt as the War Doctor). Speaking of Capaldi, you may have noticed I left out Clara Oswald. I would definitely save her and Capaldi’s Doctor for a future line, considering the new season is just about to start.
Progress since then: Blown up!
Like Harry Potter, Who was definitely a no-brainer. They were very sporadic, starting with the last few doctors (Capaldi, Smith, Tennant, and the popular 4th Doctor, Tom Baker) plus some random companions and villains… and even the TARDIS! Funko just recently announced even more doctors, variants, and baddies. Keep ’em coming!
What’s next for Funko?
Honestly, off the top of my head… there are few left for Funko to tackle that come to mind… Nintendo, maybe some more obscure TV/animated shows (M.A.S.K. would be cool). Also, there are plenty of applications for POPs, as Funko has also proven… keychains, pen toppers, coffee mugs, even t-shirts. Personally, I’d love to see some kind of Amibo/Disney Infinity-type program, some kind of Transformer-like combiners, maybe even a Mr. Potato Head-esque POP where you can interchange body parts and accessories.
The point is, Funko rules over everything and everyone(‘s wallets).