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Tuesday, February 28 2017 08:59

Hands-on: Funko x Playmobil Back to the Future Figures!

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First revealed at New York Toy Fair back in 2016, the collaboration between Funko and Playmobil was a bit of an unexpected one. Playmobil is one of my favorite toy lines of all-time, producing quality, German-designed toys since 1974. Funko is a more recent success story, the Washington-based maker of Pop! Vinyl ever-expanding their footprint into the pop culture world and beyond. For Funko x Playmobil, the two toymakers have partnered for a series of 6" collectible figures that are scaled more in-line with what Funko is known for, but with the iconic Playmobil look and feel. What makes these special is that they're the first-ever pop culture licenses to appear in Playmobil form, and while they're bigger than the norm, they also serve as a preview for Playmobil Ghostbusters, which launches in May of 2017. With the first wave of Funko x Playmobil officially released, my friends at Entertainment Earth sent over an assortment of figures for review here at Rock Father HQ, and one duo that I was really excited to see was Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future!

Funko x Playmobil Marty McFly and Doc Brown

While these look like Playmobil figures, they function differently. Longtime Playmobil enthusiasts will immediately notice a different feel in the plastic, as these figures are made in China as opposed to Germany. They also lack the articulation of the standard Playmobil figures, only offering movement at the shoulders and wrists. I would've liked to have seen some head movement included, but the lack of articulation if more than made up for by the "cool factor" of being able to have these characters in such a form. After all, most people are probably going to display these on a shelf, so the ability to sit down isn't a huge deal. The sculpts are spot-on for what a Playmobil figure should be, with some pretty sweet detailing. Marty comes with his signature skateboard, while Doc comes with the remote control that he used for testing his DeLorean time machine.

Doc and Marty

1:15-scale DeLorean Time Machine by Diamond Select Toys, also available at Entertainment Earth

Video: Check out The Rock Daughters™ unboxing an assortment of Funko x Playmobil figures (Ghostbusters, TMNT, Back to the Future) before getting detoured into the classic world of Cardboard Box Car Building (isn't the box always exciting?). I come in at the end for a proper overview of the collection...

Packaged on blister cards, it is possible to get the figures out without completely destroying the card (carefully cutting taped edges, and the bottom flap) should you want to retain the packaging, though we tossed our packs. With some vintage exceptions, my general rule here at HQ is that our toys are to be played with, and believe me - they are!

The Funko x Playmobil line is available now, with figures carrying a suggested retail of $14.99 each. They're Rock Father-approved, and I look forward to seeing what's next!

Bonus: Want to own a set of Back to the Future Funko x Playmobil figures? Entertainment Earth has provided a set, and now through March 14, 2017, you have a chance to win!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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