New Funko Pop! figures were released this week and I am here to tell you all about them! This week we saw Simba, Rafiki, and Pennywise come to stores. I came across Pennywise, from the upcoming remake of the movie IT, first. He is creepy, as should be, he is designed to be as scary as possible. There is a cracking paint design built into the Pop! to makes the figure look older and scarier, but it’s hard to see very well. To make that part of the figure pop (pun intended) it should have been filled in slightly with a gray coloring. It would have enhanced the distortion of the Pop!’s face and made it more interesting. There are four different variations of Pennywise. I only came across the standard version, holding the little paper boat, and these can be found anywhere Funko Pop!s are sold. There is a chase version that is black and white, but these are one in six and will be hard to find. The other two are coming soon, a Walmart exclusive version with his hair blowing in the wind and a Hot Topic version with Pennywise holding a red balloon.
Also released this week are the new Disney Funko Pop! Simba and Rafiki from The Lion King. These were not what I expected them to be. Simba looks a sickly green color instead of a bright yellow of a lion we would see on the savanna. I thought maybe he was just a fluke, but all of the Pop!’s of Simba I came across look this way. His red leaf mane is also smeared and not very well done. The paint job seems almost an after thought and it wasn’t complete. If you are looking forward to this pop, I would honestly pass on it. If you can find the original, that would be the better pop to go with, but they are harder to find now.
Rafiki looks a lot better than Simba. His sculp is very well done and his paint job very bright and colorful, looking exactly like the Rafiki we all fell in love with in the movie The Lion King. The only thing I don’t care for is Rafiki’s searing yellow eyes. They’re soulless and slightly off putting, but that’s my personal opinion. Rafiki is holding a baby Simba, that’s where the paint on this Pop! gets a little bit smeared. The plastic of the box isn’t very well designed, so Simba’s head does hit the inside of the plastic and smear there, leaving yellow and orange streaks on the inside of the box and removing paint on Simba’s head. If you can find this Pop that hasn’t been too smushed by the packaging, then this Pop is a great find. These issues are bound to happen, but all of them I saw at my local store were disappointingly like this.
These are all solid Pop! vinyl figures and if you can find them, they will make great additions to your collection. Personally I would stay away from Simba though, until another wave is released with a better paint job because he looks like he might puke up his breakfast. Pennywise and Rafiki though, were must haves for me.