Commander Catbug Pop! Television #25, same box as regular Commander Catbug
Bravest Warriors Pop! Television Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.: No. 6507 Manufacturer:Funko Includes:Variant sci-fi deco Action Feature:n/a Retail:$12.99 Availability: August 2015 Other: You are in a position to demand nothing.
If you watched Bravest Warriors, you might recall an episode that pays tribute to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Parallels" in which Worf trips through alternate universes. Commander Catbug helms a variation of the Enterprise as an evil warlord with a big ol' beer, but before that he's an evil military commander who terrorizes Beth. Interestingly, Funko managed to prove that you can still do outright amazing things with paint - and I'm not just saying that because I'm the one who pushed for this at work.
Commander Catbug is still close to 3-inches in height. The mold is totally unchanged from the previous release, complete with articulated neck and tiny body. What's really remarkable here is how they managed to make it look like a whole new mold - the head and the body look and feel like entirely new toys. This isn't anything new - we've seen it before - but turning wide, happy eyes into squinting, evil eyes with a black line just plain works well. The mouth remains, but it's now closed - these two tiny changes give the character a completely different feel even though the sculpted, full eye remains on the figure's head.
The back of the figure with wings remains largely unchanged, but he does sport a uniform now that evokes Captain Picard's outfit while being sufficiently different enough to dodge the cry of the copycat. A couple of triangles sub in for the commbadge, the coloring is close - but not identical, and the pattern is vaguely similar. An asymmetrical jumpsuit with a black right arm and upper-right body takes the place of black shoulders and pants, giving you a taste of the same-but-different that you all need to be in on the joke. It works!
The first run of this figure sold out before it even arrived, because Pop!s are popular and Catbug is too. I'd suggest ordering (or pre-ordering) one somewhere if you like the idea - if you aren't watching the series, it's all on YouTube. As free entertainment goes it's pretty fantastic, and the figure ain't bad either. Now that collectibles based on the internet are increasingly normal, you may as well get this one if you liked the show. It's worth it!
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