Abby Takes A Look At Funko’s Pop Vinyl Holiday Offerings
December 3, 2011

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.

Happy Holidays!

Abby

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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2 Comments »

  • TRDouble says:

    I had seen these when they were first put out by Target, but I am trying not to buy into MORE lines theses days — I only have the bobble head versions of Batman and Robin (and I’d have Batgirl if I could find a decently painted one). But when I saw this, I had to run out and grab Santa for the holidays. Santa seems more like a generic Santa than from Rudolph (Rudolph is too generic for me), which is good because he will work great as a stand-alone holiday display.

    If I see the Miser Brothers again, I will be sorely tempted to get them.

  • CantinaDan says:

    Haha, awesome blog, Abby! I think Heat Miser is awsomely awesome. Oh, man, so is Santa. What a great set! Glad you found something to “collect” :)

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