I'm so excited to share pictures of these adorable Funko figures with you. As I mentioned two posts ago, I found these at Hot Topic.
A little disclaimer here: I don't generally recommend Hot Topic for all ages. The employees at our Hot Topic are really sweet, and it's one of the best local places to find My Little Pony, Doctor Who, and Disney collectibles. However, the music is loud and usually the type that sounds like angry screaming. There are times I have to leave the store earlier than planned because my ears hurt. :} The store also has other not-as-kid friendly items, such as Walking Dead collectibles and other such items. I do not take my daughters into the store, but only go when I can go by myself (or with Hubby, although the store does not hold the same fascination for him). ;) I know these things won't be an issue for some, but I just wanted to make sure you knew it was not a kid-recommended store for me. ;)
Moving on, though. :) I had heard earlier through My Little Pony News that Big McIntosh was going to be released as a Funko Vinyl Collectible and was super excited. Big Mac is one of my favorite MLP characters, and he has only been released as a blind bag character so far (without his harness and with a mane and tail longer than in the movie...I know, I'm picky). ;)
So when I popped into Hot Topic for a quick browse and saw him there, I knew I wanted to add him to my collection. Of course, when I saw that the entire store had a Buy One, Get One 50% Off sale going, I decided that Princess Twilight Sparkle could come home with me too. ;)
Here are Big McIntosh and Twilight Sparkle in their boxes.
Both Big McIntosh and Twilight Sparkle are Hot Topic Exclusive Pre-Releases. I'm assuming that means that they will eventually be in other locations. :)
Other box views:
One of the things I love about the Funko Vinyl Collectibles is that they come out easily from their boxes, and they're not attached by any twist ties. This is great for the "to unbox or not to unbox" debate I always struggle with. ;) I can take them out to display them but always get them back into their boxes in perfect condition.
The clear plastic that holds Big Mac in place folds open at the top and bottom, making it very easy to remove him.
I love how amazing he looks. It's as if he stepped right off the screen. :)
Other side view
Another great thing about the Funko Vinyl MLPs is that they have their cutie marks on both sides, unlike the brushables and blind bag figures, which only have them on the display side:
Big Mac's face from both sides:
Here he is next to my blind bag Big McIntosh. I definitely prefer my Funko Big Mac for his show accuracy, but it's fun having both in my collection. :)
Time to move on to Twilight. :)
Twilight in her box.
Other box views:
Here she is in her clear plastic holder.
I love this figure, too. Twilight's hair is really captured best in plastic. I've never been 100% thrilled with her brushable versions.
Oh, and I thought I should mention that even though there is a seam on Twilight's neck, she does not turn her head, so don't try it unless you want a broken pony. ;)
Other side view
Just like Big McIntosh, Twilight has her cutie mark on both sides:
Twilight's face from both sides:
She has a few smudgy spots on this side, which I've found pretty typical for these figures. They usually come off easily with a Lysol wipe or something similar.
To illustrate my earlier point, here is Twilight back in her box after the photo shoot. :)
I would definitely recommend these figures to any My Little Pony fans from ages six and up (depending on the child). The Funko ponies are highly detailed, very movie accurate, and durable. I think even Little Gal (who is six and a little more destructive than her sisters) would do okay with these (as long as I reminded her to not try to turn the heads). ;) They are definitely more for display than play, but I think they would hold up to gentle play pretty well. They are priced a little high for a plaything, but are fairly reasonably priced for a collectible (especially on a Buy One, Get One 50% Off sale). Big McIntosh was $18.99, and Twilight was $16.50. The regular figures (non-pre-release) can be found for as low as $10.99 to $12.99 on Amazon.com. You can also find them at Barnes and Noble and some toy stores.
Hope you enjoyed the review! I'll be reviewing the new My Little Pony blind bag-sized Ponyville collections later this week, so stay tuned! :)