Something is coming to Entertainment Earth tomorrow... Tuesday, January 10, 2017. But what is it? Something totally NEW is coming, and as the teasers that have been released over the past few days indicate, it has something to do with the long-awaited Funko + Playmobil collaboration... but what could this exclusive be? Check out the teaser below, then be sure to check back here at The Rock Father™ Magazine tomorrow morning - or just hit up my friends at Entertainment Earth when the curtain drops!
As we enter 2017, we're now less than five months away from the 40th Anniversary of George Lucas' 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope. One of the looming, and most often-asked questions here at Rock Father HQ pertains to an area of my specialty, and that's toys. "What new toys are on the way for Star Wars' 40th Anniversary?" Quite simply, I don't know... yet - but I do have some ideas for how it'll all go down.
This weekend, audiences everywhere have begun discovering Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th animated feature, MOANA, turning out in record numbers for a big adventure unlike any other. With buzz that began long before the film's release, items from Moana have quickly become must-have gifts for the holiday season, and for kids and collectors alike, a variety of new figures from Funko have taken a spot in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, sponsored by Entertainment Earth.
As we near the release of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next month, the folks at Funko have taken the opportunity to load their latest Smuggler's Bounty Box with products set in that world - one where The Empire has risen to a point of near unstoppable power. Leading the Rebellion into battle is Jyn Erso - a new hero whose father has ties to the creation of The Death Star, and here we find her ready to fight as a Pop! Vinyl exclusive to the box - joined by one of The Empire's elite Death Troopers in an exclusive pose.
When it comes to getting the license for pretty much everything, Funko has that action on lock, and one need look no further than their growing line of Pop! Vinyls. To a smaller extent, they've also done well with their 3¾" ReAction Figures - those done in a similar style to the Kenner Action Figures (think STAR WARS) of the late 1970s and early 1980s. After taking on some cool properties like Back to the Future and Gremlins, now they're doing figures based on E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
While many will point to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as the definitive relaunch of the STAR WARS franchise under Disney, I look at STAR WARS REBELS as being the real spark that started it all for a new generation. For our girls, it certainly lit the fire, and with its third season off and running on Disney XD, there's many new adventures awaiting viewers in the months ahead - filling in gaps that will no doubt be important stories in the lead-up to the December release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story. Now comes news that the crew of The Ghost (Kanan Jarrus , Ezra Bridger, Hera, Sabine, Zeb & Chopper) is finally getting a treatment that many icons from a galaxy far, far away have already had - Pop! Vinyl editions from the folks at Funko, and they're headed to shops just in-time for the holidays. Check out the basic assortment (available for pre-order via my allies at Entertainment Earth) along with a pair of retailer exclusives (Ahsoka Tano and Masked Sabine Ren)...