We first heard about Funko tieing in with Playmobil in February 2016. Funko were looking for the next Pop! and were taking the iconic Playmobil 3" figure, blowing it up to 6" in height and applying iconic properties to the figures - pretty much the same model as Pops! where the likeness of the actual actor was not an issue, allowing multiple properties to be pumped out.
We are now just a few weeks away from the first of these to hit shelves. We would expect UK pre-orders to go up soon. The one that is up Forbidden Planet International who are quoting an RRP of £17.99 but are then discounting these to £12.99. They should hit stores later this month.
One interesting dynamic is if we will see these in more mainstream stores like Asda, Tesco, Toys R Us and Game - retailers who all picked up Funko product, namely pops, around 2015.
The first licences we will see are Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Willy Wonka, Doctor Who and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Across Social Media you can see the response to these is luke warm so far, particularly amongst the specific fan bases like Whovians and Ghostbuster collectors. There is also a lot of noise around the size, with many collectors thinking these were standard size and scaled with existing Playmobil. In fact Playmobil themselves are branching out with licenced properties at their own scale - starting with Ghostbusters. This explains why these are a different size - and you wonder if the partnership included Funko getting to use the Playmobil design, while Playmobil benefitted from licencing deals or at least some help in obtaining their own deals.
The Funko Playmobil figures are finally here!
In February we announced this historic partnership, and now the 6” figures are making their way onto shelves!
Collect these fun and nostalgic figures soon!