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Funko and Forbes

Yesterday, Forbes published an article entitled Ever Hear Of Funko? They Plan To Be A Billion Dollar Toy Company. It's an interesting look at the company and their aspirations. Some of the big takeaways are the sheer number of licenses that they hold in a given year. It's not surprising if you follow this site...Funko seems to produce a Pop! figure for every and any pop culture event.

The financial aspect is also interesting. If you have followed Plastic and Plush since its inception, you likely remember the "old Funko". They produced wacky bobbleheads and items based on weird licenses and original characters. At San Diego Comic Con, they'd always be giving away random items to Con-goers. But the company has apparently changed hands several times since that point in time.

"For now the company is privately owned. However, it's outreach to the financial community could signal its first steps towards going public. It was acquired by private equity fund ACON Investments from Fundamental Capital in 2015 for an undisclosed amount and is based in Washington."

Funko was able to take the stylized designer-toy look of their Pop! figure (which is clearly their leading product) and transcend the "mass market". There will be questions whether Pop! vinyl figures are an art toy (I think they are) or a designer toy (they aren't), but they're apparently doing well enough to warrant the attention of Forbes magazine.

Pop! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Funko has announced a rather large array of Pop! vinyl figures for the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, and his team of heroes return to the world of Pop! vinyl in all-new poses and designs. You can collect Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, as well as Nebula, Mantis, and Taserface.

This series features a number of exclusives, like Rocket with dual guns (GameStop), Groot in jumpsuit (Walmart), Groot with patch (Hot Topic), action pose Star-Lord (Toys R Us), and a special super-sized 10" Groot (Target).

 

You can currently pre-order these Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 figures over at Amazon.com.

The Magma Coolie Gnaw

The Magma Coolie Gnaw is a one of a kind custom mash-up of a Plaseebo Gnaw head on a PLT glow in the dark vinyl Coolie body. It's been hand painted with Monster Kolor sprays (and signed) by artist Bob Conge. A lofty 10 inches tall with red glass eye inserts and a internal motion activated color-changing LED unit with replaceable batteries. 

The Magma Coolie Gnaw will be available on Wednesday January 18th 2017 from the Plaseebo web-shop.

SOU from Bubi Au Yeung

Bubi Au Yeung, most famous for being the creator of Treeson, has released her newest vinyl figure - SOU. The 4.5-inch tall articulated vinyl figure is currently available to purchase from Fluffy House for $45.00. If you're a fan of Ren and Treeson, SOU seems to fit into that same universe.

She is called SOU, the soul keeper.
She is a little girl with a pure heart who is responsible to protect all fragile souls.
She’s seeing the lost, wandering souls, their fears, and their vulnerability.
Her duty is to assure that the lost souls are ready to step into the light and find their own peace.
Treeson and Ren have been lucky to cross the path with SOU.
She whispered to them and exhaled magic on her breath, and then they smile with joy and serenity.

 

Paul Kaiju’s Dark Cosmos Mini Gacha

Toy Art Gallery has announced the upcoming release of a new factory-painted edition of Paul Kaiju's Mini Gacha Series. The Dark Cosmos Mini Gacha set features Boss Carrion, Unchiman, Mockbat, Demon Dog, and Mockpet. Each mini figure, painted in fluorescent pink and metallic paints on black vinyl, stands about 2 inches tall with limited articulation. 

Look for the Dark Cosmos set to be released on Friday January 13th 2017 at Noon PST for $70.00.

Roaches invade The Sucklord

The Sucklord's first new drop of 2017 is a pair of new colorways from his popular Roach Body Series. Both THEM (pictured above) and ROACH MOTEL (shown below) include a 3.75-inch Bootleg resin figure in a 8.5-inch x 6.5-inch blister card that's been designed and manufactured by "famous Pop Artist, THE SUPER SUCKLORD". Both figures sell for $75.00 each. Them is limited to a run of 16 pieces, while Roach Motel is an edition of 28 pieces.

Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Figures

The dedicated staff at Pied Piper are ready to have their moment in the spotlight...as Funko and HBO Global Licensing have announced a new line of Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Figures. The 3.75-inch tall vinyl figures will begin rolling out in February2017, ahead of the Emmy-winning comedy series’ highly anticipated season 4 premiere.

The series includes:

  • Richard Hendricks - founder of the buzzy start-up Pied Piper
  • Erlich Bachman - owner of the Hacker Hostel that serves as Pied Piper’s headquarters
  • Dinesh Chugtai - a code writer at Pied Piper who often finds himself sparring with Gilfoyle
  • Bertram Gilfoyle - a systems architect at Pied Piper who often finds himself sparring with Dinesh
  • Jared Dunn - head of business development at Pied Piper

And, if you're wondering, they're already up on Amazon.com ready to pre-order.

Hot Toys’ The Joker from Batman: Arkham Asylum

Hot Toys has announced another favorite for fans of of the Batman: Arkham video game series - the 1/6th scale collectible figure of The Joker from Batman: Arkham Asylum. The collectible figure is crafted based on the appearance of The Joker in the game. It features a newly sculpted head sculpt with Joker's iconic grin on his face, newly developed body, skillfully tailored costume, a number of detailed weapons and accessories including a pistol, injection gun, chattering teeth explosive, and a figure stand with specially designed backdrop.

 

Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for The Joker figure. It's priced at $229.99 an expected to begin shipping in Q4 of 2017.

The 1/6th scale The Joker collectible figure features the following:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of The Joker with grinning expression in Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Right hand for holding pistol
  • Right hand for holding injection gun
  • Specially tailored purple colored Joker suit with a sculpted boutonniere on the lapel
  • Yellow color shirt with blood splatter weathering
  • Light green colored bowtie
  • Pair of purple pinstripe pants with patch on left knee
  • Black belt with gold colored buckle
  • Pair of black-and-purple shoes
  • Pistol
  • Injection gun with three injection pellets
  • Chattering teeth explosive
  • Pair of glasses
  • Pair of handcuffs
  • Specially designed figure stand with game logo and backdrop

3AA17 Membership – This Weekend

Sunday January 15th 2017 is the big day to join 3AA17 over at Bambaland. The 3AA Membership, which will run $180.00 for the year,  will be open for 24 hours (I would start checking around 9PM ET on the 14th). This year, in addition to the 15% off discount you receive for all of 2017, the membership includes the 3AA17 Death Buddy Set designed by Ashley Wood.

The set includes a 1/6th Mobile Tank Square Attila Set (Rothchild Test Subject 02 and Rothchild Test Subject 03).  They stand about 4.75 inches tall with 9 points of articulation and have LED illuminated eyes. There's also the Unofficial History Of The Square booklet and a 3AA membership card.