Toy Fair 2015 has just concluded and the reveal of upcoming Funko Pop! vinyl figures is super overwhelming. In fact, as I’m typing this, I can hear my wallet crying in the corner and saying prayers to Cthulhu.
Before Toy Fair, though, there was a leak of concept art for a bunch of upcoming Pops from both old and new franchises. These glorious leaked pages revealed new Pops from Harry Potter, 21 Jump Street, Game of Thrones, Monthy Python, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Super Bad, Star Wars, The Breakfast Club, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and OMG MY WALLET IS BAWLING. Check out all of the concept art here and here.
But that’s not why we’re here, though. Some of the new Pops that made their debut at Toy Fair 2015 have Filipino flavor. It’s always great when your hobby gives a shout out to your culture especially if you’re Filipino because we really love ourselves.
photo by Toy Tokyo
It looks like Manny is going to join the Pop! Asia line or maybe Pop! Sports? I just wish these figures have more oomph. I think Riverspoons’ custom Pacquiao Pop! captures Manny better. Also, these Manny Pops on display kind of look weird. There’s just something off about them that I can’t put my finger on. But hey, *~Pinoy Pride~* so I’m happy we’re getting an official Manny Pop!
photo by Toy Tokyo
It’s “Funko Pope”! Or maybe it’s “Pop Francis”? Whatever you want to call him, Pope Francis is not Filipino but he did visit the Philippines in January and this Pop! was created to commemorate that historic visit. The best reason to buy this Pop! — other than the opportunity to call your collection #blessed — is the fact that part of the sales will go to the Pope’s charities and the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan internationally) which killed more than 6,000 people in 2013.
Aswang and White Lady
click image to enlarge; photo by PopVinyls.com
I’m not really sure how to describe an aswang but it’s supposed to be this creature from Philippine folklore that sucks people’s blood. So I guess it’s the local version of vampires? I’ve heard so many stories about them when I was a kid because I’m from the province, and here, everything weird that happens is caused by the supernatural. Obviously, I haven’t seen an aswang before, so it’s nice to finally put a cute little face on my childhood nightmares. Thank you, Toy Fair 2015!
The white lady over there is the White Lady. She’s a ghost who wears white. That’s it. I’m not sure why she looks like she’s about to bite someone in the face, but I’ll take it. I hope they do a Red Lady version though. If any of you Filipinos reading this haven’t heard about the Red Lady yet, let me know and I’ll tell you.
I’m pretty excited about Aswang, White Lady, and the Pope. I also can’t wait for Nosferatu, Pinhead from Hellraiser, The Munsters, Dick Dastardly & Muttley, and JUST TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY, FUNKO.