It’s that time of year again where Funko raises the prices on exclusive Pop! figures scattered around at different stores in limited quantities. While it’s exciting to see these exclusive Pop! out and about in a mall near you, some stores put ridiculous restrictions on their exclusives and then people wait in lines outside the stores to make sure they can get the exclusive they are looking for. I’m not super aggressive when it comes to getting up in the morning and being the first person in the store just so I can get every single Pop! available, but I did manage to snag three I am excited about from this crazy event.
My first destination was Barnes & Nobles. When I walked in, the employee asked me if I was looking for the exclusive Pop! and if I was, they had 3 Lorax left and that was it. I was bummed I missed out on the flying Harry Potter pop (because my love for Harry Potter knows no bounds) but the Lorax is my favorite Dr. Seuss character, so how could I resist? The Lorax himself is an adorable character all about saving trees and making sure humanity has a way of living in the future instead of destroying the world around us.
The Pop! itself is small and it looks a little bit rushed. With the hooded eyes, the coloring on the eyes got onto the eyelids and looks slightly smeared, which is made worse by the flocking on this Pop! as well as the thick bushy eyebrows right above the eyelids. All of them in the store had this problem and I grabbed the one that had the least amount of smearing. I feel like if you can find the Lorax in his normal form without the flocking, he would look better. I know the flocking makes him look like the fuzzy creature he is, but it doesn’t necessarily work on this Pop!. He’s adorable anyways, because he’s the Lorax and he “speaks for the trees.” If you like Dr. Seuss characters, he is definitely one to snag for a kids room or for literary fans.
The second store that I went to, on my journey to collect as many SDCC Pop! exclusives as possible, was Hot Topic. I had not realized they had opened a half an hour early so there were already people walking around the mall at 9:50 AM when I got there. I started walking faster. I needed that Luna Pop! Luna Lovegood was introduced in the Harry Potter series during the Order of the Phoenix book, Year 5. It was the longest book I had read on my own in middle school at the time, and Luna was the person I wanted to be. She doesn’t care about what other people think, just lives her life. I am still trying to achieve that goal, but this Pop! was going to be mine one way or another! Luna was almost sold out at the store, and she was hidden on a shelf on the bottom, near the back. I had to get down on the floor to get her as I grabbed one of 5 that were left. I cheered on the inside and went to the counter!
The Luna Lovegood Pop! is beautiful! There is so much detail on the glasses she is wearing, down to the small swirling Quibbler symbols that were in the movie. She’s even holding a copy of the Quibbler in her hands. The only problem with my Pop! is that the paint job on her hand isn’t the greatest and sort of smears onto the Quibbler, but otherwise she is perfect. She also has little Radish earrings, something that I own myself. For Harry Potter fans, this is a must have to go with the newest series of Harry Potter Pop! figures Funko is releasing later this year.
The final Funko SDCC Pop! I snagged on my adventure to the mall was a flocked CatDog. The original show was an absolute favorite of mine when I was a kid. I never understood what was going on half of the time, but this was a Pop! that I missed when it first came out and was determined to get it today! My GameStop is located directly across from Hot Topic in the mall, and they had just opened their gates, so I ran across and instantly pointed at CatDog. Mine!
The figure itself is adorable. CatDog looks great in flocked form, unlike the problems the Lorax had. Their eyebrows are painted on in brown and not additional pieces like the Lorax, and the flocking is nice and smooth. It’s a rather well done Pop! and if you weren’t able to snag this one at the beginning of summer and you can get ahold of this flocked one, do it. While it is slightly more expensive at the MSRP of $15.00, it looks wonderful and would be a great collector’s piece for those who watched the show when it was on Nickelodeon in the late 90s and early 2000s.
All in all, it was a good trip. I had fun out and about in the mall and meeting with other collectors. I hope everyone who was searching for Funko Pop! got what they were looking for. If you are still looking, good hunting! Check back on ElectricBento.com for future Funko product reviews and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to share your experiences!