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Funko VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl Figures Funko, 2018
Day #1,957: May 4, 2018
Funko VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl Figures VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl Figures
Spring Convention / ECCC / Entertainment Earth Exclusives

VYNL The Life Aquatic Vinyl Figures
Item No.:
No. 28490
Manufacturer: Funko
Includes: Two display bases
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: February 2018
Other: Limited Edition of 2500 sets

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Funko VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl FiguresI hadn't tried out VYNL figures before The Life Aquatic came out, but Funko's Steve and Ned made figures of one of my favorite movies. If you haven't seen it, it's great - Chiodo stop-motion creatures, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Angelica Houston, Owen Wilson, and a soundtrack with Devo and Iggy and the Stooges and Portugese Bowie covers. It's awesome - and it was all a spoof of Jacques Cousteau, another childhood favorite of mine. It was almost like a movie made just for me, and now I've got figures.

VYNL figures are sold in 2-packs, and are about the same size as Funko's ubiquitous Pop! format. Big heads, 3 3/4-inches tall, and jointed necks. The figures look like they may have more moving parts, but it doesn't seem like anything was meant to move. The big twist is that the Pop! figures steered toward stylized-but-generally-realistic bodies and overly simplified heads. VYNL are caricatures, with giant and expressive faces and blocky, simple bodies with above average painted detailing. On a shelf, the two formats would look like cousins.

Funko VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl FiguresThe figures do a good job of telling the movie in plastic. Steve has crazed eyes, perfect for someone who's on a quest of revenge who really doesn't care what anybody has to say in terms of safety or reason. Owen Wilson's Ned is an optimistic and hopeful face on a ship of failures in decline, but he's generally chipper He's got a pipe. His eyes aren't open to the truth or reality in front of him - this may be the time of his life. Both have red knit caps, each a little different. The deco is pretty sharp and I generally like the vibe of these things.

Funko VYNL The Life Aquatic Steve and Ned Vinyl FiguresIf you like Wes Anderson movies, toys are far and few between. This is something unique, and as Funko attempts to re-reinvent itself to find the next big plastic paradigm this is something that could work. It may be impossible to replicate the momentum behind the big black eyes of a $10 Pop! figure, but these are a charming diversion with different personalities and so far, different licenses in most cases. I like the costumes, the personalized touches, and the fact that it's a Bill Murray toy that isn't Peter Venkman for once. They seemed to sell through pretty quickly, so price may be your key factor in making a purchase. For $30 or less, I'd say you're doing pretty well if you can find the pair somewhere.

--Adam Pawlus

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