This week’s edition of Funko Friday will honor the fictional local hero known as Silent Bob. Played with stoic charm by Red Bank-native Kevin Smith, whose 1994 black-and-white classic Clerks, along with its ensuing cinematic universe that took New Jersey by storm, Silent Bob is a lovable, chain-smoking, drug-dealing character who says nothing for the majority of each of the films in which he stars, until he finally opens his mouth to say something that crucially impacts the story. He plays a counterbalance to his hetero-life-mate Jay (Jay Mewes), who is a delightfully crude and misogynistic idiot who never shuts up.
We hear Silent Bob speak for the first time towards the end of Clerks, when counseling troubled register jockey Dante, who is torn between his current girlfriend and his cheating ex. Bob utters the memorable line “You know, there’s a million fine looking women in the world, dude, but they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of ’em just cheat on you.” In Chasing Amy, he regales comic book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) and Jay with a very memorable story about an ex that is quite pertinent to Holden’s predicament in the film. His lines are cherished and looked forward to in each film under Smith’s cinematic umbrella.
Here, the Silent Bob Pop! doll is crafted around his appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in which the pair set out to stop a movie from being made about them, and get into all kinds of adventures and trouble along the way. You see him dressed in his backwards cap and traditional trench coat, complete with his ever-present cigarette. Funko also released a Pop! doll for Jay, as depicted in the same film. Funko’s line of Pop! dolls rapidly expanded since its inception, covering almost every property imaginable, and I was so excited when they released the duo of Jay and Silent Bob, as Kevin Smith’s movies are among my favorites. If you’re a fan of Funko, come back here each Friday for a new feature. At some point, I may expand the reach of Funko Friday to include the company’s line of ReAction figures, which are modeled after vintage action figures. My collection of those is rather small at the moment, but as it grows, I will likely start peppering them into this series. I hope to see you next week!