We love Funko around here. Their POP! vinyl figures have always been a lot of fun but lately they have been bringing some really great things out. Every time I look at some of the in stock and up and coming products I can’t help but think of my childhood. He Man, Back to the Future, TMNT, Power Rangers, and now the announcement of The Goonies! Could there be anything more exciting?
The best part of the Funko POP! line is the diversity of the licensing. They have so many genres options from comic books, movies, tv shows, and Disney just to name a few. In some cases it’s the only time you can expect to see a product from these licenses made. Take The Goonies for example. It’s not the ’80s anymore so expectations for stumbling across a Chunk figure are pretty low until now.
The possibilities seem endless. I can’t wait to see what they will announce next. I did hear a rumor that Thundercats are on the table for 2014. My childhood just keeps coming back around! What POP!s do you want to see get made?
Last month saw the end of an era for two great shows. We lost both Dexter and Breaking Bad. What will I do without Walter White and Dexter Morgan entertaining me every week? Whenever I am faced with such loss I take comfort in the things they left behind. Of course by that I mean the toys.
Dexter spawned 8 seasons and lots of great collectibles. With a whole line up of bobbleheads and figures every desk can have Miami’s favorite forensic expert. But by far my favorite collectible from the show is the Dexter Tin Tote. This is an awesome lunch box that looks like the famed ac unit that Dexter hides his blood slides in. Which is fitting since this set comes with a blood slide box and 3 blood slides with a 3 3/4″ figure. Now that’s something that will get me through those long Dexterless nights.
Breaking Bad also has some great toy options. Although there aren’t as many options with this line as with Dexter the demand is off the charts. Figures, bobbleheads, and plushes have been flying off the shelves, especially for those going through the Breaking Bad detox. I myself enjoy the Walt as Heisenburg figure the most. With lots of accessories this figure makes you want to relive the last 5 seasons of the best show on television.
So what will I watch now? There are lots of great options with the new Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. show and the second season of Arrow. But, will their collectibles be just as great? Time will tell. What television collectibles do you want to see made?
This year DC Comics started something new. They redid every major comic from the view point of the villains as a kick off to Forever Evil. This served as a New 52 introduction to the Crime Syndicate. And as we know with every new introduction is a chance for collectibles gold.
Over the next 6 to 12 months DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole slew of Super Villains figures from Captain Cold and Joker to the Crime Syndicate itself with Ultraman and Superwoman. Villains figures are usually under produced, especially the more obscure villains. So this makes for a great opportunity to stock up on the rogues gallery.
With this new direction and take on the characters I for one am very excited. The villains are always the most interesting part of the story. They add depth and despair to the hero as well as set up epic battles and mind boggling mysteries. From figures to statues I am excited to see what other new villains we will see leap off the pages of comics into my display case. What villains do you want to add to your collection?
This year saw the first released DC Comics ArtFX+ statues from Kotobukiya. It seems like just yesterday we opened the first case of the Superman statue. Now the seven Justice League statues are in stock. With that in mind the announcement from Kotobukiya that they are giving the Avengers similar treatment is very exciting.
First up for the Marvel Now ArtFX+ treatment is the Hulk. Set to scale with the rest of this line he is a behemoth all by himself. This statue is set to release in April 2014. So if 2013 was Justice League’s year for amazing statues then it seems that 2014 will be the Avengers.
It’s so refreshing to have a quality Marvel statue set in this scale. DC Collectibles has had some great DC statues over the years but no one really has had Marvel statues at this price point. Kotobukiya has incredible Fine Art statues but sometimes it’s hard to find room. Large statues are an awesome center piece but the awe of a complete Avengers set in my display case is something I am very anxious for. Which Marvel statues do you want to see given the ArtFX+ treatment?
October 25th marks the release of the Arkham Origins game. It is exciting for any fan of the Arkham games franchise. More exciting for us though are all the new figures and statues that come from it. Like Arkham City and Arkham Asylum before it DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole line of figures based on the game. Figures of Batman, Joker, and Bane are joined by new characters to the franchise like Deathstroke, Black Mask, and Firefly. The game itself will even come with an awesome looking Joker statue when you get the collectors edition.
With the addition of each announced Arkham Origins figure or statue is the knowledge that we still have more Arkham City goodies yet to come. This winter will see Batman and Catwoman statues as well as some 4″ figures from Mattel. The games are compelling and addicting but the collectibles are long lasting well after you’ve beaten the game. What are your favorite Arkham collectibles?
This year we had a first for JMD Retail. We got our very first exclusive. It is a JMD Retail exclusive Big Bang Theory POP Amy Farrah Fowler. As much as I love coming across different exclusives I can’t help but wonder which is more exciting, exclusives or chase variants?
Funko has a wide variety of exclusives out there but also a wide variety of chases as well. As a retailer when I open a case of Batman POPs all I can think about is whether or not I will come across a metallic chase. When I find a new store with a good Funko selection I start searching for variants. For me I love the creativity and uniqueness of exclusives but nothing compares to the thrill of the hunt for the chase variants. Which are your favorites?
We are excited to be a part of Fanboy Expo Tampa this weekend! It’s always fun to be around such a cool group of people at the cons, and meeting the guests is always a highlight, too!
Fanboy Expo originally was scheduled to have Adam West and Burt Ward attending. Holy Bullseye! The original Batman and Robin in Tampa? We were definitely excited for this. Unfortunately both of these guests were postponed until next year’s Fanboy Expo.
Not to worry though! There are going to be great guests all weekend! Chandler Riggs – who plays Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian from Star Wars Episode V, Elvira, Jerry The King Lawler and more. Check the Fanboy website for specific details on times for each guest.
For our booth, we always try to step it up a little each time. We will have a few more display cases, and many more Funko POP figures. Of course, you’ll always find the latest from Kotobukiya, DC Collectibles, Funko, and other quality manufacturers. Stop by, say hello, and make sure to enter our Fanboy Expo drawing! Here are the details:
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa FL 33607