The latest releases from Funko in their ever-growing line of Pop! Vinyl collectibles capitalizes on some of the best of today’s television programs and brings back some of our favorite characters from 80s movies. This month, TV characters from the BBC America’s Orphan Black, Doctor Who, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, FX’s American Horror Story have been introduced along with nostalgic movie favorites The Karate Kid, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.
If you don’t know what POP! Vinyls are, you are sorely out of touch. Funko’s POP! Vinyl is the number one stylized vinyl collectible in the world with over 10 million units sold in the last three years- and growing. The miniature vinyl figurines with oversized heads and large eyes as their most prominent facial feature are fashioned after the most beloved, the most bad-ass and the most bizarre characters in pop culture.
The company has licenses with just about everyone; Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Star Wars, NFL, Sanrio and DC Comics are but a few of the over 150. For the cult film fanatics, TV lovers and Gamers, they’ve quite a range that most likely includes your favorites.
above: Anti-hero Pop Vinyls: Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow, Breaking Bad’s Walter White, The Big Lebowski’s The Dude, Big Trouble in Little China’s Jack Burton and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega
Initially when I would come across these they were usually the characters you’d find in… well, just about everything; Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, Batman, Darth Vader, A Disney Princess, A Minion and the like. So, I ignored them.
Then I noticed Funko’s introduction of the Game of Thrones Pop Vinyl Collection. I began to take notice. These just weren’t Super Heroes and My Little Ponies (but they have those, too). They were anti-heroes and villians. A little darker and a little less mainstream such as the characters from Big Trouble in Little China, Pulp Fiction, Breaking Bad, and The Big Lebowski.
For those of us who remember the 80s, beloved childhood movies like The Karate Kid and John Hughes’ faves Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club have their own Funko Pop Vinyls available for pre-order now.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
The 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes, while facing a villainous principal. Just released are Pop! Vinyls of the film’s five main actors referred to in the media as the “Brat Pack” and the high school’s Principal.
Who could forget the teen angst of Molly Ringwald’s Samantha Baker in John Hughes’ coming of age story SIXTEEN Candles. Here she is, her hottie crush Jake Ryan, Ted (The Geek) and of course, Long Duk Dong.
THE KARATE KID
The original 1984 American martial arts drama film directed by John G. Avildsen has just unveiled the Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Maccio), Kesuke Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) characters.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Orange is the New Black collection features Piper Chapman, Alex Vause, Galina “Red” Reznikov, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and George Pornstache Mendez.
The Orphan Black Collection includes Sarah Manning and her fellow clones Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Rachel Duncan and Russian “sestra” Helena from the highly rated Sci-Fi drama.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Season 3 – Coven
Coven, the third season of the tv mini series, tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. The characters include Fiona Goode, Misty Day, Myrtle Snow, Cordelia Fox and Marie Laveau. Papa Legba is also available.
Season 4 – Freak Show
The characters from this series are a reminder that life is a carnival. The collection includes the macabre Twisty the clown, Pepper the pin head, whose intelligence was augmented during her supposed alien abduction, the Tattler Twins and of course, the incomparably dubious Elsa Mars and her assistant Ma Petite, the world’s smallest woman.
Shop for ANY of the American Horror Story seasons Pop! Vinyl Collectibles here on Amazon.
And now, some of the fabulous new Doctor Who Pop Vinyls which have just arrived!
Buy the Doctor Who Pop Vinyls here