Just an update on my earlier post regarding the quality control issues on Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy Collection: in a comment, Funko’s Shawndra Illingworth wrote,
Funko has been made aware of these QC issues and our factory has been informed of what changes need to be made on future waves of Legacy. Thanks so much!
Great news, provided politely and in a timely fashion on a blog that didn’t even contact them directly about it. That’s great collector relations. And while I won’t be collecting the Game of Thrones line myself, I can’t wait to see their Firefly line in the fall. Hopefully we’ll see some prototype photos during Toy Fair.
Quality control issues are nothing new in the action figure hobby over the last ten years. The reasons for this are obvious. The most significant problems are rising production costs. The cost of almost everything involved in producing action figures is on a continual and precipitous rise – the petroleum for the plastic, the petroleum for transportation, tooling costs, the labor costs for the factory. Thanks to a few high-profile toy safety crises, safety testing has become more expensive. Moreover, the most successful action figure lines today are licensed from large media properties which are increasingly expensive to obtain. Continue reading “Poe’s Point > Frequent QC issues with Legacy Collection Game of Thrones?”
UPDATE: By the way, you can order these on BN.com.
Funko president Brian Mariotti posted official photos of the first wave of the Legacy Collection Game of Thrones figures, along with the following note:
Funko is proud to announce of first ever line of premium action figures.
It’s a shame we could not release this information the correct way, but things happen.
I will let you all in on a scoop, that is series 2 will be shown for the first time at Toy Fair. So you will see a New Daenerys(mother of dragons outfit), Khal Drago, Jamie Lannister, Robb Stark, Arya and Brienne!
For the next 30 day[s] only Series 1 will be exclusively at B & N.
So user punksraven at the Funko Fanatic forum did some research:
Hey guys, I’m new here. After those ebay pics surfaced, I did some investigating. Got a UPC off the Hound’s box in the ebay pics. It’s 849803039127. They’re in TRUs system but no stores in my area have them yet. I’ve also called three barnes and noble stores in my area. They all are telling me that these aren’t in stock in those specific stores (or any in my area) YET, but they have all said they have a very strict RELEASE date of 2/15, which is Saturday. They told me they will probably get them later in the week, but wouldn’t be able to sell them until then. Of course, if the shipping boxes aren’t labeled, or a worker just happens to miss that date, they’ll obviously get put on accidentally. Judging by others finding/buying them, it doesn’t seem like the registers are flagging them with the release date, so if they’re on the shelf, shouldn’t have any issue purchasing them. Hope this helps guys!
That makes sense and matches with Brian M.’s comment that the figures would hit the exact same time as Toy Fair. I think the idea was to have a big flashy reveal of the figures at Toy Fair and then be able to say, “And these are on sale RIGHT NOW!” – which, you have to admit, is rather awesome and practically unheard of in this day and age (and still is, of course, thanks to the leaked photos).
I still wonder if BBTS and EE and perhaps Amazon are sitting on these things in their warehouses, waiting for the release date. But it’s quite possible B&N has some sort of temporary exclusive deal. We just don’t know.
UPDATE: Looks like these may be already on shelves at retail! Check your local Barnes and Noble!
Trust old eBay to provide us with the first photos of Funko’s 6″, super-articulated Game of Thrones figures. These were going to be revealed in about a week anyway, so really they did a pretty good job of hiding them until the last minute. These should hit stores within a month or two (maybe even sooner). The auction states that Tyrion Lannister is also part of the wave, but not available for sale.
I think they look pretty good. The likenesses aren’t perfect, but they’re as good as SWB 6″. This makes me even more excited for Firefly.
What do you think?
(Thanks to Preternia for the heads-up.)
The president of Funko (un)officially confirms Game of Thrones for their 6″ realistically-sculpted Legacy toy line.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
I’m heading out to celebrate with my family, but before I leave I thought I’d mention this little news tidbit. As I mentioned yesterday, Game of Thrones has been rumored as one of the licenses in Funko’s upcoming 6″, realistically-style “Legacy” action figure line. But I hadn’t found any hints of official confirmation…until now. And it is a hint, but given that it comes from the president of Funko, it seems pretty promising.
From the Funko Fanatic forums:
Can we get some hints as to what’s going to be happening with the Legacy line? I mean, those two major licenses can’t just wait until February! Build the anticipation now! 🙂
Look, Winter is Coming…so maybe more hints then!
It seems pretty safe for GoT fans to get excited. Personally, I’d recommend waiting to see the figures. Funko has a lot of fun products out there, but no track record on realistically-sculpted articulated figures, whose collectors are notoriously hard to please. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Well, here’s some news that is both unexpected and totally expected! George R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series… wait, no, now it’s officially all named after the first book… Martin’s Game of Thrones series is getting toys! So, what do you think? Will they come with removable clothing? Or optional gore effects? Or maybe they’ll be really great figures, the best in your collection, and you’ll love them… and then they will all break.
The news comes from Kevin Griffin:
And on that note, I leave you with this