My fiance surprised me the other day by bringing home a mini-collection of something for her… something she rarely, if ever does. Funko has an amazing roster of licenses and with such a wide range showing up in their "Pop Vinyl" line I defy any collector to not be tempted to pick a few of these up. When they show up at Target in their holiday section for $5… what’s a girl to do?
Let’s find out:
I’m not a collector. Never have been. I’ve certainly tried, but could never get behind it. Louis Sullivan’s quote sums up how I feel about most “things”. Form follows function, ornament is a crime. If the design isn’t simple and clean, I don’t want it.
I was doing a late night Target run and decided to peruse the holiday section but was disappointed by the mass amounts of Hello Kitty lip-gloss, Barbie bouncy balls, and Lego knights. Suddenly my eye was caught on the final sweep of the shelves. A Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer Pop! Vinyl figure from Funco. My heart raced. I looked around like a criminal making sure no one saw the treasure I did. I threw that plastic deer in my cart so fast it was a blur. Nobody was going to get Rudolph before me! I was excited since Rudolph is my favorite holiday movie. I have picked up a smattering of Rudolph trinkets for the holidays here and there, but this was the icing on the cake! I loved the Pop! Figures I saw at Comic Con, but none of the characters made me want to buy.
I couldn’t believe how cute this little deer was. I kept looking through the newly stocked shelves. I looked through all of them to find the perfect paint job on each one. I found Heat Miser, Snow Miser, Bumble AND Santa. I was never a huge fan of the Year Without Santa Claus, which starred Snow Miser and Heat Miser, but I needed them to have a complete set. What? I wanted a complete set of something? Blasphemy!
These figures are so cute and adorable. The heads are the only point of articulation. Bumble, Santa, Snow Miser are happy little guys. Their paint jobs are simple and accurate to the character with only a few minor flaws (paint outside he lines, paint missing in a few spots, etc). Snow Miser even has an icicle hanging off his nose. Heat Miser is still cute despite a valiant attempt to make him look mean.
These charming figures would make a great addition to anyone’s holiday décor or collection. If I keep finding figures of my favorite things that are simple and clean like these, you just might make a collector out of me after all.