Monday, 4 January 2016

On the 11th Day of Christmas...

... this blogger gave to thee...
... eleven funky funkos...
... ten ugly bugs...
... nine simple posters...
... eight great old movies...
... seven shoes to choose from...
... six party frocks ...
... five gold rings!..
... four micro art forms...
... three tubby little cubbies...
... two fancy pens...
... and a lego man made of a tree.

It's the penultimate day and we're going geeky. I'm not entirely sure where these little guys appeared from, or what purpose they serve, but Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, seem to be everywhere! Based on pop culture characters from film, television, animation and games, they are stupidly cute and ridiculously collectable. My sister has at least half a dozen and one of the guys at work at one point had a box full of them delivered for his and his girlfriends collection...

So, for day eleven, here are eleven Fukno's for you to judge my geeky habits from...
POP! TV: Hannibal - Hannibal Lecture

BOO! to NBC for cancelling Hannibal and BOO! to Amazon and Netflix for not getting their shit together and allowing Bryan Fuller to revive this magnificent program for season four. I am more than happy with how they finished season three, if that's it, okay, fair enough, but come on! No season four because Netflix couldn't get streaming rights from Amazon, and they wanted it too quickly... that's just sad. 
POP! Animation: Futurama - Bender

Bender Bending Rodriguez, isn't he cute? You wouldn't believe that he was really a foul mouthed, alcoholic kleptomaniac, would you? I finally saw the finale of Futurama over the holidays, it was a good ending to an eight season long animation that was resurrected from cancellation twice! 
POP! Marvel: Loki

Mini Tom Hiddleston! Why are all the best baddies British and with a Shakespearian background? I don't know, but Joss Whedon, I love you for making Loki in The Avengers so freaking sassy!
POP! Movies: Shaun of the Dead - Shaun 

"You've got red on you." Shaun of the Dead is my favourite romzomcom (Warm Bodies coming a close second). I'm sorry, I couldn't neglect at least one zombie related Funko and they've nailed Simon Pegg as Shaun right down to the pen stain.
POP! Movies: Kill Bill - Gogo Yubari

From Funko you have a choice between five Kill Bill characters: The Bride, Bill, Gogo Yubari, O-Ren Ishii or a member of the Crazy 88. Gogo's my favourite of the figurines, even if she didn't last long again the Bride, she was pretty bad-ass.
POP! Movies: Minions - King Bob

Note: How does one make a minion even cuter? Give him the dilated pupils of a cat who's trying to get out of doing something wrong. Also I could resist "KING BOB!"
POP! TV: Orphan Black - Cosima Niehaus

I still find it amazing that Tatiana Maslany has managed to create such different and well defined characters for each of the clones she plays in Orphan Black. You know it's the same actress but she somehow manages to make each of them unique... which is impressive for one actress playing at least a dozen clones of herself. And yet, you still have your favourites, like the lovely Cosima
POP! Rides: The Walking Dead - Daryl Dixon

If Daryl, Glen or Maggie dies... we riot! Did you think I'd neglect The Walking Dead? And Daryl even gets his Chopper as one of the Funko POP! Rides collection.
POP! Disney: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Jack Skellington

"The monsters are all missing and the nightmares can't be found, and in their place there seems to be, good feeling all around [...]"  (What's This? from The Nightmare Before Christmas

It is Christmas after all, I had to find at least one Christmassy Funko and that one had to be Jack! Because it isn't Christmas without Tim Burton's classic being shown on TV.
POP! TV: Firefly - Jayne Cobb

How's it sit? Pretty cunning, don'tchya think?
I think it's the sweetest hat ever.
Man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.
Damn straight.

(Firefly "The Message" Seasons 1 Episode 14)

Thank you Joss for Firefly, Jayne Cobb and his hat. You are a beautiful unicorn.
POP! TV: Last Week Tonight - John Oliver

Last one may seem a little less well known than the other ten, though that may be giving you less credit than you deserve. John Oliver, is a British writer, political commentator, actor and comedian who was a huge part of The Daily Show, plays Professor Duncan in Community, and currently hosts his own news satire show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He's incredibly funny and clever and I love that he's the only late night talk show host that has a Funko*. 

* (Though they seem to have had a limited edition Conan O'Brien, I can't see any others on the website.)

The thing about Funko's is that they're exactly the type of object that becomes obsessively collectable. If you have a favourite television program or film which is a big deal, the chances are you'll find a Funko out there depicting your favourite character. Or if there isn't, you can buy blank models or customise existing ones to create your own. Which could be fun.

Truth is, these are silly, cute and fun and there's nothing wrong with that.

Happy New Years and a Merry Christmas! Part twelve, our final day, tomorrow...

Link || POP! TV: Hannibal - Hannibal Lecture via Funko
Link || POP! Animation: Futurama - Bender via Funko
Link || POP! Marvel: Loki via Funko
Link || POP! Movies: Shaun of the Dead - Shaun via Funko
Link || POP! Movies: Kill Bill - Gogo Yubari via Funko
Link || POP! Movies: Minions - King Bob via Funko
Link || POP! TV: Orphan Black - Cosima Niehaus via Funko
Link || POP! Rides: The Walking Dead - Daryl Dixon via Funko
Link || POP! Disney: Nightmare Before Christmas - Jack Skellington via Funko
Link || POP! TV: Firefly - Jayne Cobb via Funko
Link || POP! TV: Last Week Tonight - John Oliver via Funko

Listening: Orpheus - Ash

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