What We Want: Iconic Characters

I have found that one of the coolest aspects about collecting Funko’s Pop! Vinyls is how diverse the line can be. Your favorite characters from television, movies, and comics are interchangeable with a beloved musician, wrestler, or even an advertising icon. Everyone has their own wish list of figures they’d love to see, and with the ever-expanding waves of exclusives, chases, and even the Specialty Series, I don’t think anything is too much to hope for now.

Not every movie needs or deserves an entire release of Pop figures. Sometimes there is just that one iconic character you have to have, like Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver or Ace Ventura from- you guessed it- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Here are a few more standout characters I need in my collection.

5. Harry (Harry and the Hendersons)

There are those who love Harry and the Hendersons, and there are those who never watched it as a child. With his inclusion on this list, I’m sure you can guess which I am. I could never understand why my parents wouldn’t get me a pet Bigfoot for Christmas. Brought to life by Rick Baker of An American Werewolf in London fame (and often quoted to being his favorite creation), Harry still looks amazing 30+ years later. Give him a carnation to munch on or an armful of McDonald’s fish sandwiches for some characters specific details. I’m sure Hot Topic would release a flocked variant too.

4. Snake Plissken (Escape from New York) / Captain Ron (Captain Ron)

Kurt Russell has not one but two iconic eye-patch wearing roles, and damned if I find it too hard to choose between them. Let’s just count this as a two-for-one special. Besides, can you really have too much Kurt Russell? Snake Plissken has already been made into a ReAction figure but has yet to grave the Pop line with his awesomeness. Take that same eye-patch wearing sculpt, switch the black tank top and camo pants for a loud shirt and shorts, and we have Captain Ron, ready to challenge Jack Sparrow for control of the high seas.

3. Mick Dundee (Crocodile Dundee)

A fun little piece of trivia for you: decades before shared universes were all the rage, Paramount once considered doing a Crocodile Dundee/Beverly Hills Cop crossover. I’d love to step into another dimension and watch that movie, Crocodile Hills Cop! Mick Dundee was responsible for making Australians look like the coolest people on Earth and is still quoted by anyone holding a large knife. Everything about the character from his crocodile-toothed black hat to his leather vest and this-is-a-knife accessories is visual gold to make one of the coolest Pops ever.

2. Stanley Ipkiss (The Mask)

Ace Venture was one of those Pops that I missed out on, since I’m unwilling to shell out $200 to score one on eBay. While I have a soft spot for The Cable Guy, there is another Jim Carrey role that is far more iconic. With his green face and yellow suit, Stanley Ipkiss’s mask-wearing maniac is instantly recognizable. You can’t deny he would make a wicked looking Pop, his cartoony features perfectly suited for the style.

1. Johnny-5 (Short Circuit)

Until WALL-E graces the screen was there ever a moved beloved robot? Yes, besides Artoo. Every kid growing up in the 80’s wanted a Johnny-5 of their own, myself included, but despite the obvious marketability, I never remember seeing any merchandise hit the store shelves. Fast forward a few decades and I still want a Johnny-5 to grace my collection. His grasshopper cuteness would translate great to Pop plastic, and they could easily make several chases and varients to hunt down, including metallic, gold, thug Johnny with his Mohawk, and a red-eyed battle mode.

So what do you all think? Will these characters fly off store shelves, or would you rather more modern and popular franchises? Well, either way I can guarantee at least one preorder. Until next week collectors.

20 comments

  1. RAD. i’d love to see Cru Jones, Bart Taylor, the twins, etc. Awesome movie that needs Pops. Talia Shire probably won’t give up the licensing though.

  2. I love this article, especially Harry and Johnny 5. And, I really dug the one guys suggestion for more Holiday POP!s, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is a magnificent idea, and more Rankin/Bass characters would be amazing.

    Other characters I would like in POP! form:
    “Ernest Scared Stupid”, or other Ernest characters.
    Tom Cruises “Legend”.
    “Monster Squad”.
    “Princess Bride”.
    “Willow”.
    “Neverending Story”.

    1. Thank you. And be prepared to see most of those appear in future column (if Funko doesn’t beat me to it). The Monster Squad is still my favorite movie of all time.

  3. Would like to see Connor Macleod from The Highlander, Snake Plissken from Escape from New York, Rambo from Rambo II, and Wesley Snipes version of Blade.

  4. I would love to see some Rambo Pops. My most wanted would be the iconic look from Part II: shirtless with red headband, black pants and boots, holding either his knife, an AK47, or the M60 machine gun he took off the chopper. My ultimate wish would be a series of figures. They could do different versions of Rambo, as well as some of the other characters from the movies, such as Colonel Trautman, Co Bao, and even Teasle from First Blood. I’d buy every one I could get my hands on!

  5. The Holy Trinity of the Pops I want are Rick Deckard of Blade Runner, The T-800 Terminator and Mad Max of The Road Warrior. I would slso love a completion of the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell trilogy with Snake Plissken of Escape From New York and R.J. Macready of The Thing.

  6. I want to see Blade Runner stuff. I’m hoping for a resurgence in the film’s popularity when the sequel hits theatres. I’d LOVE to see Pris and Rachael Rock Candy figures.

  7. I’d like to see more holiday this year. Emmett otters jugband Christmas with the Riverbottom nightmare band each with their instrument, Santa Claus is Comin to town with Kris, Jessica, Topper, Winter Warlock and Burgermeister. Maybe even more rudolph like Clarice, King Moonracer, Charlie in the box.

  8. I can see all of those being popular. I love that FunKo does both modern popular characters and characters that were popular in the past.

    Of all your picks Johnny 5 is my least favorite. I didn’t enjoy the movie Short Circuit.

  9. Johnny-5 for sure! I still have fond memories of that character and would definitely want to buy a POP of him! I would love to put him in a robot set with Robby the Robot from Forbidden Plannet, the Lost in Space Robot, Bender, and any other iconic robots/androids I could find. As of now I don’t have any of those yet!

  10. I may be the only one, but I’d love an Ernest P. Worrell Pop. Still, that’s one confirmed sale for Funko. That’s worth it for them, right?

    1. Oh nice! I didn’t even notice someone else posted they want Ernest POP!s, great to see I’m not alone. I bought “Ernest Scared Stupid” day one when it came out on bluray.

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