Since the core of the GLOW show is Debbie Eagan vs. Ruth Wilder, it makes sense that they started both the Pop! Vinyl and 3 3/4-inch action figure lines here. What makes less sense is it seems they all stopped here, too. It's a great show with some wonderful actors from projects you love, and hopefully it will go beyond Ruth's "Zoya the Destroya" and Debbie's "Liberty Belle" alter egos. They're good for the asking price - I just want more of them.
The figures fit in Funko's 9 POA ethos - a branding thing that didn't quite soar, but is quite descriptive. Each figure has joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. The ball-jointed shoulders are great, but the lack of swivels in the elbow is a bit of a disappointment - with wrestlers, you want a bit more range. They can stand well, but what really delighted me is that they can fit in a few 3 3/4-inch scale vehicles. I popped them in some Star Wars ships without too much of a problem. The v-crotch will prevent sitting them in some craft, but they fit right in the Rogue One Imperial Combat Assault Tank I had handy! Ruth also spent some time riding around on the Galactic Heroes Tauntaun. She's fun.
The figures have great costumes, hair, and make-up. The likenesses don't seem perfect, but they're generally somewhat close. Ruth has her hair up high, and Debbie's locks sit there nicely. Interestingly, neither figure was designed to interact with the crown accessory particularly well. You can balance it on their heads, but it doesn't fit in a groove or hug their heads. It feels like it might snap if you tried, or it'll fall off if you hit a shelf. Since either figure has open hands, they can't grip it either. This is an accessory you will no doubt lose over time.
I like the costumes effectively mimic what we saw in the show. Debbie's stars look pretty close to the layout on the show, with plenty of paint applications to keep them looking legit. Ruth's red outfit has a swell gold star belt buckle and faux-military epaulets on her right shoulder. There's not a ton of sculpted detail or muscle, but that's more or less consistent with classic action figures. Funko seemed interested in doing something that's not quite as ornate as Hasbro's newer small sculpts, but isn't as flat as the toys of the 1980s. The legs are smooth, the faces are simple, and the hair is surprisingly wavy and filled with excellent sculpting. Debbie's outfit has a couple of stretches and wrinkles on her backside, while Debbie's is smooth all over.
I hope I'm wrong, but I assume this is the entire line. It's a great set - it comes in a little retro window box with foil for the logo, and all of this wonderful neon. It's very 1980s with modern production values. The back of the package shows publicity stills with costumes from the fantasy sequence from the end of the pilot, so there are no attempts to upsell you on other products or explain anything about these figures. Maybe we'll see Funko get in the keshi game and give us M.U.S.C.L.E./C.U.T.I.E. figures of the series down the road. I should be so lucky. Until then, just go ahead and snag this if you can get it at about retail. I don't doubt that figures sized to match Mattel's bigger WWE line would be more satisfying, but when you're dealing with a quirky Netflix show that straddles comedy and drama I'm just happy to get anything. If we could get Tamme/Welfare Queen and Sam Sylvia next, that'd be swell. (Thank you in advance, Funko.)
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