It’s DrunkWooky here, welcoming you back to OTC’s recurring column: Not a Prototype!
We have all preordered figures and other collectibles from high-end (or, hey, even low-end) manufacturers. We wait and wait for months on end for this little beauty of tiny scale and expensive licensing to arrive. Then, finally, the day comes! The box is on your doorstep. You’ve been ogling the manufacturer glamour shots of the prototype for months on end. You crack the box and…
In this column, we look at what the figures really look like in the consumer’s hands. We toss up some pictures of product actually in-hand, in normal household lighting, and let the viewer decide. Sometimes we point out some things we notice that irk, maybe some things that are awesome.
At the time of writing, these pops could be found at these retailers:
First, the official glamour shots from Funko!
Now, let’s pop (pun intended) these little chibi dudes out of their boxes!
First up, Fat Thor!
Nothing that really deviates from the glamour shot here. I think there was a missed opportunity for a little spare tire on the belly. The promo shots made it look flat, and I was afraid there would be no bump. I also think Funko could have incorporated translucent lenses on the shades like the Dale Earnhardt Pop those Nascar fans are enjoying.
I was hoping for a translucent globe that housed Mysterio’s smokey head and translucent Eyes of Providence in his hands and Funko delivered both. I’ve seen custom Mysterio pops a mirrored head, which were ok, but not ideal. Great detail on the armor on the torso. Sometimes Funko can get a little blurry with the details, but this little bobble-head seemed to get some special attention. Take a look at the cape detailing. If you’re a picky pop purchaser, this might be one to pick up.
Here’s something I learned today: those little pyramids with eyes in them are called “Eyes of Providence” and are actually of christian origin. They represent the all-seeing eye of God watching over man. The unfinished pyramid of thirteen steps under the eye on the one dollar bill represented the thirteen colonies of the United States and the potential for future growth. Interesting, huh?
Lastly, Molten Man.
Nice translucent orange vinyl thoughout and great dripping molten matter. I’m satisfied with the appearance of this pop, but not blown away. The reason is that this is just the way the figure should be made. It would have been a real shame if that liquid magma wasn’t translucent vinyl.
That’s it for now! DrunkWooky out!