Funko Friday: The Rocketeer


This week on Funko Friday, I honor one of my favorite Pop! dolls modeled after the title character from one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, The Rocketeer! The 1991 Disney classic features Billy Campbell as Cliff, an up-and-coming pilot who gets his hands on a prototype of a jetpack after being shot down in his plane and uses it to battle the Nazis in 1930’s Hollywood. All in a day’s work for Cliff, as he goes head-to-head with Neville Sinclair, a famous actor who is in league with the German baddies (played by Timothy Dalton, who is always a great villain), and tries to save his girlfriend and aspiring actress Jenny Blake (the lovely Jennifer Connelly) who often gets caught in the crossfire. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Prison Yard Rick Grimes


In honor of the upcoming return of The Walking Dead, this week’s edition of Funko Friday presents the Prison Yard Rick Grimes Pop! doll! Everybody who has watched the show from the beginning remembers when Rick and the crew were just about to stumble upon the prison, as the fearless leader ushered in “the Ricktatorship” with his “this is not a democracy anymore” speech. From there, he grew his hair out, became a farmer, and completely lost his shit and started hallucinating and  seeing his dead wife (man, she was annoying when she was alive). It was a weird time for Rick on the show, as he quickly descended from awesomeness (see: Ricktatorship) to a quivering, emotional pile of goo incapable of leading anyone.  Continue reading

Funko Friday: TMNT Raphael


The newest edition of Funko Friday delves into one of my favorite properties as a kid, and still today, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The foursome of mutated, crime-fighting turtles has stood the test of time, having been depicted in comic books, several cartoon series, two movie franchises (one of which is still in the works), and tons of great action figures. The four baby turtles were accidentally mutated by an ooze, raised and taught the ways of the ninja by a mutated rat in the sewers, developed an uncompromising love of pizza, and battled the Foot Clan, the Shredder and many other villains on the streets of New York. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Silent Bob


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. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction)


This week in my ongoing toy series, Funko Friday, the Pop! doll created in the likeness of Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction will be featured. Pulp Fiction is one of my absolute favorite movies, and is also one of the greatest films of all time (that’s a solid fact). I won’t explain much about Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece here, as even watching it for the first time can be at least mildly confusing due to the fact that the storyline jumps around in time. Vincent Vega is played by John Travolta in the movie, in one of his most memorable roles. The character is a hired gun for one Mr. Marcellus Wallace, and is put through the ringer with his partner Jules (Samuel L. Jackson, in an even more memorable role) before the end of the film. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Bane


I picked up this Funko Pop! Doll that resembles the marble-mouthed villain from The Dark Knight Rises in a shop on the boardwalk in either Ocean City or Wildwood, New Jersey. I got him for about ten bucks, and not long after that, Funko discontinued it, sending its value skywards. I’ve seen him going for as much as $230 on Ebay and Amazon. I’ve been tempted to sell him, but I think I’ll hold onto him for a few more years or until someone gives me an answer I can’t refuse. For toy collectors, the Funko train is a great one to be on, since the Pop! dolls are very inexpensive, and when they are retired, their sale value often goes through the roof, assuming you can overcome whatever sentimental value is attached to the character.  Continue reading

Funko Friday: I Am Groot!

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Groot is perhaps the most lovable member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, a group of intergalactic troublemakers who nobody but the most seasoned Marvel comic book geeks had ever heard of before the movie came out. This big, dumb tree, voiced by none other than Vin Diesel in the film, only says “I am Groot!” throughout, with only his buddy Rocket Raccoon being able to understand him, knowing that each time he says it, it means something different. It’s quite entertaining to watch Rocket translate and then respond to the same declaration again and again, and the gag is used just enough to not be annoying.  Continue reading

Funko Friday: Walter White, a.k.a. “Heisenberg”


I don’t mind telling you, it’s awesome to have a toy that immortalizes that time the dad from Malcolm In The Middle got terminal cancer and decided to start cooking and selling crystal meth with one of his former students so that he could provide for his family after he was gone. Who knew he’d become the most dangerous drug kingpin in the Southwestern U.S.? Continue reading

Marvel Collector Corps, June 2015- Ant-Man

This second edition of the world’s greatest nerd box from Marvel and Funko is centered around the movie studio’s newest release, Ant-Man, starring my personal hero and the man who I’d want to play me in a movie, Paul Rudd, as well as Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, T.I., and rising star Corey Stoll (of the wildly successful Netflix series House of Cards). This box contained Funko’s unmasked Ant-Man Pop! doll, along with the shrunken version which is the company’s smallest vinyl collectible. Along with that, there were two bobbleheads, including another unmasked Ant-Man, and Yellowjacket, the movie’s villain. Continue reading