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REVIEW: Brienne and Daenerys Rock Candy (Game of Thrones)

With all of the controversy that sometimes revolves around Game of Thrones, the HBO show features some of the strongest (both physically and mentally) female characters in television. Just look at the plots of some of the major female figures - Arya, Cersei, Daenerys, Sansa, and Brienne - to see that one of these ladies is likely to wind up sitting on The Iron Throne at the end of Season 8.

In addition, collectibles for the series are in high demand. We’ve seen 1/6th scale, vinyl, and various blind box toy lines. And that’s not even including various statuettes, beer, apparel, etc. available. So with these strong female leads, one toy series that makes a lot of sense is Funko’s Rock Candy line.

Rock Candy is a line of 5-inch tall stylized vinyl figures based on various pop culture licenses. They have collectibles based on Marvel, DC, Disney, plus various movies and television shows. But, the caveat is that they’re all female. It’s an entire line showcasing strong female characters (except for a few early Harry Potter releases).

From Game of Thrones, the first two Rock Candy figures released are Daenerys Targaryen and Brienne of Tarth. You don’t get much more intimidating than these two.

My initial reaction was that I am an awful judge of scale. For some reason, reporting on these for as long as I have, I thought they were a lot larger. I think the 5-inch tall size is great for this stylized line. If they were larger, I likely wouldn’t have been as impressed. At this size, Funko is able to get some great sculpting and just the right amount of detail for a stylized character - with realistic clothing.

Each Rock Candy figure comes with a clear display stand with pegs that insert into holes on the bottoms of the vinyl toys’ feet. It’s an appreciated addition. And is sort of a middle ground for those who don’t like display stands, because it’s clear and difficult to see.

Each character is given a doll-like appearance with large eyes. The figures do resemble their on-screen counterparts, in as so much as a caricature resembles the person sitting for it. But they’re good caricatures. Like Tom Richmond caricatures.

Unlike Funko’s Pop! Line, the Rock Candy figures are posed and sculpted with unique bodies. Brienne is suited up in her armor and has one hand on the hilt of her sword, while Daenerys is in her Dothraki attire with Drogon perched on her hand. It gives them a unique look to other Funko offerings.

Overall, I have to give the Game of Thrones Rock Candy figures kudos for bringing these characters to life in a unique style that we’ve yet to see. Upon my first viewing, I think the Rock Candy line is pretty impressive. And who doesn’t like collectibles based on Game of Thrones? I mean I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. Though, when my kids ask me if they can watch the show about dragons, I have to tell them…in about 10 years.

The Facts



Game of Thrones Rock Candy Figures
Series: Rock Candy
Manufacturer: Funko
Material: Vinyl
Dimensions: 5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Brienne of Tarth; Daenerys Targaryen
Pricing: $10.99 each

You can pick one up at the following: 

Amazon.com: $10.99 each

Masters of Martial Arts – Pop Prolific

Pop Prolific has a new series of hand-painted 5.5-inch tall resin figures in the works - Masters of Martial Arts. Inspired by the body shape and construction of the Masters of the Universe figures and the gnarly sculpting style of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, this set of (G.I. Joe) Storm Shadow inspired characters, the Young Master and the Shadow Master, are sculpted in a silhouette that echoes the stance of the vintage Masters of The Universe figures. To accompany them on their trip to Eternia is Don-At-Arms, an obvious fusion of two of the brightest minds in the universe.

The edition size on each figure is open for the moment. There's currently an open pre-order on POPprolific.bigcartel.com that ends on Sunday October 15th 2017. Justin will make enough figures to fulfill the pre-orders plus a few extra and then move onto the next wave of characters. Don't miss out.

Trashbot Play Set and iBot G3

A little while back, we featured the in-development classic Mac-inspired toy Macinbot. Well, it's out of development and into the real world and has changed it's name to Classicbot. And that figure you might remember seeing is the Classicbot Classic.

And while we will hopefully have a more in-depth look at that figure, I wanted to take a look at some of the other in-development figures that they are showing off. For instance, pictured above is the Trashbot Play Set based on the classic Macintosh trash icon. And, below, you can see the iBot G3, base on the 1998 Bondi Blue iMac G3. Let's hope both of these come to fruition.

Flat Bonnie x Gary Ham – Mini ‘Mees Pocket Daruma

Flat Bonnie and artist Gary Ham are teaming up to release the Mini 'Mees Pocket Daruma plush. Priced at $31.00 each, this 3.75-inch by 3.5-inch plush comes with loop and lobster clasp for hanging. Each one (made of vinyl fabric) features a numbered sewn-in tag.

The will be available from Flat Bonnie beginning tomorrow - Friday the 13th (10/13/2017) - at Noon PST. This plush is limited to a run of only 20 pieces. And shipping starts around October 20th 2017.

 

Funko’s Action Figures: Disney Afternoon

Funko's latest delve into their Action Figures line brings us way back to the 1990's with some characters from The Disney Afternoon Collection. The Action Figure: Disney Afternoon series is based on four different television series from the season 2 lineup (Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Tailspin, and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers). Oh...how those shows got me through those awkward middle school years.

The fully articulated figures stand roughly 3.75 inches tall and most are featured with accessories. This series includes the terror that flaps in the night - Darkwing Duck, the richest duck in the world - Scrooge McDuck, a bear who also flew a plane - Baloo, and that pair of mischievous chipmunks, Chip and Dale. Look for the Darkwing chase, featured in black and white, a rarity of 1-in-6.

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, you can head over to Amazon.com to place your order (or pre-order).

Tacco chan from Soji Gifts and Collectibles

Tacco chan is Soji Gifts and Collectibles new 8-legged friend. This clear resin figure stands 3 inches tall and is hand casted in a clear resin tinted with a milky white with iridescent cellophane by Rocketman Props. At $65.00 CAD each (about $52.00), the first run is limited to 10 resin figures. Each one is hand painted by Maki Fujimoto, one of the founders of Planet 3 Toys. The release of Tacco chan will be on Saturday, October 14th 2017 at 10AM PST in-store (Vancouver, Canada) for 5 figures and the other 5 will be sold online via the above link on Sunday, October 15th 2017 at 10AM PST.

Pop! NHL: Series 2

Funko returns with another series of National Hockey League players in the company's Pop! vinyl format. The Pop! NHL: Series 2 features players in their home jerseys. This series includes - Brad Marchand, Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Carter, Vladimir Tarasenko, Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford, Wayne Simmonds, and Devan Dubnyk. Also, if you're in Canada, keep an eye out for the Pop! NHL: Grosnor Exclusives shown below.

You can pre-order these or pick up some of the already release Pop! NHL figures over at Amazon.com.

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version)

If you've never seen the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special television film, and you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, you need to go grab a bootleg copy of it. Where else will you see Bea Arthur as a singing bartender working in the Mos Eisley Cantina? But one of the most overlooked aspects of the special (no, not meeting Chewbacca's family) is that Boba Fett made his debut in an animated short that was featured during the variety show.

And while this version of Boba Fett is often talked about, it's not until now that Hot Toys has announced the 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) collectible figure. Featuring Boba Fett’s classic look from the Star Wars Holiday Special animation, the highly accurate 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) figure is specially equipped with blue and yellow colored Mandolorian armor, a twin-pronged electropole, a blaster pistol and his iconic jetpack on his back.

Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the Boba Fett figure. It's priced at $235.00 and expected to begin shipping in Q2 of 2018...or I guess in time for your 2018 Star Wars Holiday Special viewing.

The 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Boba Fett in Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Finely crafted blue-colored Boba Fett’s Mandolorian helmet with articulated rangefinder
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Left hand for holding electropole
  • Boba Fett blue and yellow color Mandolorian armor
  • Gray flight suit
  • Brown and orange colored cape
  • Blue belt with pouches
  • Brown blaster pistol holster
  • Pair of blue gauntlets
  • Pair of yellow knee guards
  • Pair of blue and gray boots
  • Electropole
  • Blaster pistol
  • Blue and yellow jetpack
  • Hexagonal bounty hunter themed figure stand with Boba Fett’s nameplate

Funko’s Vinyl Figure: Cuphead

The run and gun platform side scrolling video game Cuphead is now available exclusively on console for Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PC, Steam and GOG...and Funko is excited to introduce Cuphead Vinyl figures. The Vinyl Figure: Cuphead series features Cuphead and Mugman as they battle to repay debts to the Devil. Each figure stands roughly 4 inches tall. Also, The Devil is featured as a 6-inch tall collectable Vinyl figure.

You can currently pre-order these from Amazon.com for $10.99 each ($15.99 for the larger Devil figure).

Charles’ Creature Cabinet’s Mimi BJD

Charles Stephen and Charles' Creature Cabinet have announced that the newest Glow-in-the-Dark faerie Mimi has been released for pre-order. She is a Ginger Flower Bud Faerie, and a close relative of Nana Ginger Root Gnome and of Fidelia Firefly Faerie. MIMI is offered as a limited edition in three resin colors: Strawberry Milkshake Pink & Glow White/Pink (25 pieces); Orange Milkshake Orange & Glow Orange (10 pieces); Vanilla Milkshake (Bee) Yellow & Glow Yellow (10 pieces). Each 3.75-inch tall BJD sells for €289.00 (about $340).

For the promotional pictures, the outfits are hand knits by argenTTo's (Etsy) Marie Patterson WeeDollyWears hand made mohair wigs, and hand made outfit/shoes by Murjani's Fairy Fragilities.