I’ve said it before that I don’t typically do reviews
because I’m not very good at them. I try
too hard to be honest and fair at the same time. As a fan, I’m prone to being hyperbolically
dismissive of things I don’t like or agree with and overly gushy about those
that I do. As a critic, I need to
address the positive and the negative.
That’s hard to do when your brain is full of catty zingers.
That being said….
Yesterday I had the privilege of standing in lines for about
4 hours to get my hands on one of the six exclusives I wanted from the Funko
booth on Preview Night: the
new Batgirl and Poison Ivy Vnyl figures.
These are the first in a new line of collectible novelties (not toys) Funko is releasing. I hear some of you asking 'why release a new line when Pop reigns
supreme?' Because they were too cool not
to be made.
Funko first announced these toys a couple weeks ago on their
Funko is proud to introduce
Vynl., a brand new line of stylized vinyl collectibles created with pop culture
fanatics in mind! Vynl. will take a new approach to collecting by showcasing
the intricate relationships between beloved characters through a playful new
aesthetic and display-ready collector packaging. As this new line of figures is
centered around character relationships, every Vynl. release will contain two
figures in order to highlight the connection between both characters and play
off of their respective storylines.
Vynl. figures will utilize
thoughtful and imaginative design to elaborate on the emotional bonds between
some of the most cherished characters in pop culture. Though Vynl. figures will
derive from countless realms, storylines, and universes, Funko will maintain a
consistent design aesthetic ensuring all Vynl. figures look spectacular when
This exciting new line will make
its debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with Batgirl and Poison Ivy. Then, later
this summer, you’ll be able to collect Freddy Krueger & Jason, Sally &
Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and He-Man & Trapjaw from The
Masters of the Universe. More amazing two-packs are scheduled to arrive between
now and the end of 2017.
To summarize…Funko is releasing a new line
of super-stylized two-packs that that look cooler than Pops and Dorbz.
See for yourself.
I took them out of the box.
As you can see, they are about the same size
as Pops but with so much more personality.
I absolutely love the aesthetic (look of the design). But I’m also a fan of ‘cartoony’. They have a ‘Dexter’s Lab’ meets Amanda Visell filtered through A Large Evil Corporation
feel to them. If you have Instagram,
follow kibookied, you’ll find more examples of this style of figure. And if you a fan of Vinyl Idolz, you’ll cry
at what the line could have been.
Each figure comes with a much-needed base because
the heads are oversized and if we’ve learned anything from Pops, it’s that big
heads on tiny bodies is a recipe for picking your toys up off the floor all the
time. The bodies are a little too chunky
for my tastes. They don’t distract from
the overall figure, but compared to the heads, they look a little under-realized. I hope they tweak the bodies in future
Paint apps on my two figures were excellent.
No major flaws. Batgirl’s cowl is flat black so if you display
OOB, watch out for those glossy ‘rubs’ from the packaging. Speaking of, packaging is pretty nice (see photos below). They came in a two-piece plastic clamshell
inside the box. For the box-Nazis in the
crowd, it is similar to the heavier cardboard you see in the 6” Pops and some
of the Pop/Dorbz rides. They are not sealed so they’re easy to display OOB
without devaluing your collection. I
know some of you say you can tell if the box has been opened, but you can’t. Not if it’s done carefully. I’ve tested this theory and know it to be
true. So if you’re OOP, get out that letter
opener and let your toys breathe.
Right now the plan is to sell them in sets
of two, and for a suggested retail of 15 bucks, that’s a pretty good deal. There are four sets announced. Batgirl/Poison Ivy, Freddy and Jason, He-Man/Trapjaw,
and Jack and Sally. Cameron from Funko
says there’s some great, exciting sets planned for the future, but he wouldn’t
tell me what they are. I know you can’t
really tell me what’s coming for all sorts of reasons, Cameron, but you’re
being a toy-tease. A pox on your house!
And for the rest of you, buy your favorite
characters when they get released and make the line a success. It’s the only way for me to get MY favorite
characters released further down the road.
PS: Excuse the photo quality. I’m not working under the best of conditions.