For the past three years, Funko has gone big at Toy Fair. 2014 saw the debut of the hugely ambitious ReAction Collection, with over 50 retro action figures based on classic and modern properties across the geek universe. 2015 featured the first appearance of Vinyl Sugar, the stylized vinyl figure sub-brand which included toys based on A Giant Evil Corporation’s awesome figure concepts. And The Legacy Collection tapped into the world of highly detailed, hyper-poseable 6″ action figures.
But things have slowed down for many of Funko’s lines over the past few months. While Pop continues to dominate shelves everywhere, the company has re-imagined some of its other brands to deliver a new look in 2016. Legacy and ReAction are being merged into a single line of 3.75″ figures simply called “Action Figures.” These toys feature more sculpted detail, more intricate accessories, and more articulation than Funko’s previous retro toys, and the line will launch with a new series of Game of Thrones figures, as well as a very cool playset based on The Wall.
If you dig the ReAction toys, don’t worry– they’re not gone. Instead of single carded releases, what we will see this year are more box sets, not unlike the Quint vs Shark two-pack from Jaws last summer. One such multi-pack coming this year is based on Aliens, featuring a retro style Queen as well as Ripley and her Power Loader.
Mystery Minis have been another big hit for Funko, and series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones will continue with brand new assortments, while new properties include mini figures based on this summer’s Warcraft movie. Fabrikations, Mopeez, and Vinyl Idolz will all see some new releases as well, although some of these brands won’t be quite as voluminous as they have been.
Of course, Pops still rule the roost at Funko, and the stylized figures had another impressive showing for 2016. There will be mass release Pops, store and convention exclusives, and of course, many exclusive figures appearing in Funko’s subscription box services. They’ve had a lot of success with both their Marvel and Star Wars sub boxes, and are looking to expand with more themed subscriptions this year.
Take a look at Funko’s Toy Fair showcase below…