If you had cable TV you're probably familiar with the descendants of Squiggle Vision shows like Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and Home Movies. It's no exaggeration to say the H. Jon Benjamin-fronted Bob's Burgers was an exciting prospect when it was announced, but figures? Who could imagine we'd actually get toys for a current cult property? Funko delivered Gene Belcher and four members of his family in the seemingly unstoppable Pop! Vinyl format, meaning ten bucks gets you something for your desk. As long as yours is painted well, it's probably worthwhile. Seriously, you don't need to read the review. You know what to expect, they're good.
Standing about 3-inches tall, Gene comes complete with his signature keyboard/fart machine. Given the entire point of these figures was to do something cool, stylistic, and cute it's worth noting the deco on his instrument. White and black keys, little yellow lights, white sliders, a red power button... they didn't skimp. The paint may not be perfectly even, but if you buy $10 figures you generally don't get perfection. This is pretty close. His feet wear faux Chucks with white socks, and a yellow t-shirt covers his understated corpulence. It's simple, and it works well - just like the designs on the show.
I'd be lying to you if I said a big part of the appeal of the figure was to have a Eugene Mirman toy, as I've been following him for years (and was at his taping in Tucson!) The figure really doesn't look like the man, but hey - I'll take a symbol. The rounded nose unique to the show is here rather than the typically pointy schnoz on some of the others, but the eyes and eyebrows remain pretty consistent. The boy's haircut is on par for the line, and as always his neck is jointed.
Display stands are somewhat uncommon in this line - Gene is the second figure I've opened to have one (not counting Star Wars by contractual obligation) and I'm going to give you my one reservation here. Gogo Yubari had skinny legs and a heavy head, so over time she would tend to sag and fall over - the stand wasn't enough to keep her upright. Gene is new, but has thicker limbs so he'll probably stay standing. Just remember, there's a clear stand in the box - don't throw it away by accident.
As there's very little merchandise for this show - which seems to be somewhat obscure still - I had to buy the set. I like Pop! figures but don't tend to buy as many because, well, that adds up. This was a great little set and unless we get Mort or Teddy or Mr. Fischoder we're probably already finished with the line. I'm happy to see Funko made it happen, and if it stops here, I'm not complaining.
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