Funko has quickly become one of the biggest names in both toys and collectibles over the past few years. It's amazing how many licencing deals they've been able to acquire between Marvel, Disney, DC, Harry Potter, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Game of Thrones and even across to the world of sports with NFL and WWE. However, despite having so many great characters and variations out there to collect there are still so many more than fans want to add to their collections, including myself! Here is my top six recommendations for additions I hope to see Funko add!
Funko has been making Disney products since their beginning, in fact several of their "vaulted" Disney POPs are worth hundreds of dollars if you've been collecting since the beginning. Despite several versions of each Disney Princess (including hipster versions where they all wear huge glasses for some reason) but we've only seen Kristoff from Frozen, and the recently announced Aladdin from Aladdin soon to be released in December.
With five different versions of Cinderella, three of Jasmine and one more coming, four of Ariel and four of Elsa why has Funko been waiting for Prince Eric, Herucles, Charming, Naveen or a Prince Phillip ride on his white horse? I'm hoping the new announcement of Aladdin will lead to future Princes joining their POP Princess counterparts!
There have been hundreds of lovable cartoons in the past hundred years, and so many have had awesome POPs created on their behalf including DragonBall Z, Futurama, a few from the Simpsons, Rick and Morty and many others. It would take a lot of work to cover every popular cartoon ever aired, but there are still so many I want!
Avatar the Last Airbender makes the top of my animation list. Why hasn't this happened yet? Funko recently released DuckTales and Darkwing Duck POP figures and mystery minis so maybe we're not too far off in hoping for Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, Gargoyles and Tale Spin ones to come soon! Digimon would be another amazing line I'd want to see come to stores! I'd love a Greymon, Angemon, Tai and TK to add to my collection. One fan created their own custom Angewoman, which looks pretty freaking awesome!
Star Trek Universe
Star Trek has been around for over fifty years, there's twenty-eight seasons of Trek and thirteen movies with a new hit show on CBS this fall. Funko originally released a few characters from the original series and last year they released The Next Generation crew, and even Star Trek Beyond had a POP! line. There are still hundreds of characters out there in the Trek universe that are needed for a lifelong Trekkie and huge POP collector, like myself, I can't help but hope for more to come! One Funko fan created images of what he imagines Deep Space Nine POPs would look like.
Funko could easily brand a Star Trek line has "Star Trek Universe" so they could release characters from throughout the six television shows and thirteen films. I'd love a Borg Queen, Captain Sisko, Seven of Nine, Judge Q, Doctor Crusher, Khan, and dozens of others including new characters from Star Trek: Discovery.
If you've been collecting Funko POPs it's no surprise that there have been hundreds of Marvel characters and variants released, but they have primarily been film versions of characters. On the other hand DC has been the opposite, way more comic and cartoon versions. Characters fan still want to see are ones that have a cult following like the Young Avengers, Spiderwoman, Sentry, Wonder Man and more who have never received a POP. Others like Scarlet Witch and Ms Marvel deserve a comic book version to go with their MCU ones!
There's also a serious lack of X-Men POPs out there, and no film versions whatsoever. This should be no surprise since Fox Studios owns the film and TV rights to characters, but not merchandising rights and Marvel has been focusing their merchandise efforts on characters whom film rights they own. However, I still want to add Nightcrawler, Havok, Polaris, Rogue, Gambit, Angel, Jubilee, Apocalypse and many more to my shelves. Hopefully soon!
Last Christmas Funko released Friends POPs, and we have seen others like Parks and Rec, Saved By the Bell, Golden Girls, and The Big Bang Theory, however there are dozens more fans still want to see like How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock and Roseanne which is returning with a new season in January.
How is it that I don't have a Michael Scott or Dwight Schrute POP for my own office? Why haven't we seen a How I Met Your Mother line that includes a Barney variant wearing a scuba suit? How is it that Tina Fey doesn't have a POP at all for any of the work she's one? Liz Lemon would be another I'd love to add to my office!
One of the biggest hangups for a company like Funko is licensing, they have to shell out big bucks for popular character licensing, and the rumor is that this is the biggest reason we haven't seen any Nintendo's characters yet.
Mario and Luigi would be awesome, no question, and Yoshi and Princess Peach too, but Nintendo owns licensing for hundreds of other characters fans want including Link, DK and the large catalog of Pokemon. Who wouldn't want an Ash and Pikachu, or Misty and Gyardos? Charizard? Yup. We want them all! Come on Nintendo! Here are fan created custom POPs of what Pokemon characters could look like.