For years, Funko has been putting out bobbleheads as part of their Wacky Wobblers line. Wildly popular with collectors, the line is comprised of characters ranging from Betty Boop to comic book heroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk. And while the company released a number of items years ago based on the monstrous mascots of General Mills’ line of Monster Cereals – Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy as well as non-bobblehead figures of characters from the 1967 animated Rankin-Bass film Mad Monster Party – it hasn’t been till recently that they’ve really been putting out collectibles based on horror and cult film properties. Several of these consist of modern horror icons like Jason and Freddy (with a Michael Myers figure scheduled to be on the way), but others include classic characters like the titular character from the 1958 Vincent Price classic, The Fly.
Personally, I’m very happy with the attention the company is giving to classic film properties like The Fly. Along with The Abominable Dr. Phibes, it was one of the earliest Vincent Price movies I remember seeing; and as a 5 or 6-year-old, I was immediately transfixed by the garishly bright colors of the opening title sequence and the buzzing sound on the soundtrack. So, when I learned Funko was putting out a bobblehead figure based on the film’s part-man, part-fly scientist, Dr. Andre Delambre (Al Hedison) , I must confess I was pretty excited. The 6-inch figure, which was announced last April has been available for more than a couple of months now in the U.S. and online but has only made it into stores here in Toronto within the past month. I recently picked up one from a local indie video/magazine/collectibles shop, a great little place called Suspect Video.
While perhaps not quite as detailed as I would have liked (I would have rather seen the company use a darker shade of blue or a black/blue combination paint scheme for the head and claw), I’m still quite happy with the result and I really like the look of the metallic green eyes. What makes this piece especially appealing to me (and allows me to forgive the paint job) is the beautifully retro designed and colorful display box. Along with featuring graphics from the film’s original U.S. movie poster, the box manages to include The Fly‘s famous tagline: “Once it was human … even as you and I!”
The figure is part of the company’s second wave of classic sci-fi/horror nodders which also includes a fantastic little replica of the robot Maria from Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis and H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic creation, Cthulhu – perched on a nicely detailed base adorned with his name. Like the packaging for The Fly figure, the boxes for these offerings are very nicely designed and include (in the case of Maria), imagery from movie poster artwork.
The first wave of figures in this series included the bug-eyed alien from Invasion of the Saucer-Men, Gort (with light-up eye function) from The Day the Earth Stood Still and beloved Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet. Highly-detailed and (for the most part) very well-sculpted and painted, these are fun, reasonably priced collectibles (prices range from about $12 – $15 each, CAD) that definitely deserve a place on your shelf or desk.
Funko has also recently acquired the licences to the Universal Monsters properties and has already begun to release various non-bobblehead collectibles such as plush dolls and super deformed vinyl figures of such characters as the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster. I’m personally hoping they release a Wacky Wobbler of the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth. The over-sized design of the character’s head is just made for a bobblehead!