– by Joe Gardner –
Can you feel that, boys and girls? There’s excitement running through the Gardner household! Well, maybe not the entire household, but there’s some definite excitement here in the computer room, aka my Nerd Cave. There’s been some recent announcements from Funko that have me stoked to (hopefully) add to my collection. There’s the Hellboy line (which I covered previously), a Blue Beetle and Booster Gold two pack, some neato exclusives from the Los Angeles Comic-Con (or is it Stan Lee Comic-con?), a new line of Masters of the Universe, and the new Saga line.
Since I’ve written about the Hellboy line previously, I’m jumping right into the announcement of a Diamond Previews exclusive two pack of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, more fondly known as Blue and Gold. Up in my Top Five favorite DC Comics characters (along with Aquaman, Guy Gardner, and Nightwing), I first encountered Beetle and Booster in Justice League International by Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. Issue 22 I believe. I remember it was part of the Invasion storyline and the cover sported Oberon looking all Rambo-like. And that’s about all I remember other than this being my first time meeting the pair, along with Guy Gardner, Mister Miracle, and Martian Manhunter. And I’ve been fans of the characters ever since, even if I haven’t followed their comic adventures very closely.
Stan Lee’s LA Comic-Con took place over this past weekend, and as is the case with pretty much every Comic-Con any more, Funko had some convention exclusive POP vinyls. Made available were Kevin Smith, a flocked Snowball from Rick and Morty, a glow in the dark Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Rebels, and a glow in the dark Business Suit Moon Knight. The two that really catch my eye are Ahsoka and Moon Knight. I’ve missed out on the previous Ahsoka and hopefully can nab this one. I’ve been clamoring for a Moon Knight POP, and although I’d prefer the cape and cowl version, I’ll take what I can get. And this was a neat look from the Ellis/Shalvey run.
Just after the first of the year, we will see a new line of POP vinyls featuring the Masters of the Universe. Battle Armor He-Man, Battle Armor Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Beast-Man, Mer-Man, Orko, and Stratos, as well as variant exclusives of Faker, Mer-Man, Moss Man, and Trapjaw will make up the line. This is of special note for us, as Orko is one of the wifey’s favorite characters. Look for these in January.
The final line that has caught my eye is also a favorite of our own Professor B. Funko announced that we are getting a line of POP vinyls of characters from Saga! If you haven’t read the sci-fi, fantasy, space opera adventure from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, do yourself a favor and stop reading this column and go to your nearest comic shop or Barnes and Noble or hit up Amazon and get the first trade, or four, and come back. I’ll wait… RIGHT?!? It’s like Star Wars had a baby with Romeo and Juliet, and then some. Now that you’ve caught up on the story some, check out the line of POPS we’re getting. Alana, Marko, the Will, Lying Cat, Prince Robot IV, with variants of the Will and Lying Cat and a Hot Topic exclusive of Izabel, Alana and Marko’s spectral babysitter. My only disappointment is that we aren’t getting a POP of Ghüs. Oh well, there will be later waves. You hear me, Funko? There WILL be later waves! Excuse me, I’m not sure what happened there.
I probably won’t be showing any finds for the next couple months, as any finds will likely be Christmas gifts that I don’t want to give away.
Sideshow Collectibles recently wrapped up their Sideshow Spooktacular week. I managed to come away with a total of $56.50 of reward points to use towards a future purchase. I also came away with an obsession with trying to acquire their products. So much so that my next column will be about statues and figurines.
Unlike everyone else, I only made it through 4 episodes of Stranger Things this past weekend.
Well, tonight is Halloween, so it’s time for me to finish this up and proceed to ignore the trick or treaters, whilst I catch up on Stranger Things.
Until next time, you’ll find me in the toy aisle.
* Note: Pictures were taken from various spots on Funko’s website.