10 POP! Vinyl figures that look nothing like whom they’re supposed to
Anyone who’s visited TVDaily HQ will know how much we love Funko‘s POP! Vinyl figures, which have made literally thousands of licensed characters into adorable, own-able trinkets. While we delight in Funko’s ability to transform moving, breathing people or creatures into static objects, some products in the POP! Vinyl universe bear such a poor likeness to whom they’re supposed to represent that somebody just had to write about it. So here it is; our list of 10 POP! Vinyl figures that look nothing like whom they’re supposed to, proving that some characters just aren’t meant to be cast in vinyl!
For two people who literally could not look more different in real life, these two figures of 21 Jump Street‘s Jenko and Schmidt look awfully similar to one another. Offering none of their characters’ identifiable features, and wearing unsuitably stern eyebrows for such jovial fellows, at least these vinyl buddies are holding their guns in almost the right positions to match the film’s promotional poster. Honestly, you could’ve told us that both of these were Roger Moore and Sean Connery as 007 and had us fooled.
So maybe no object made by man could ever capture the sheer gorgeousness of Aaron Paul’s eyes, but still, we were expecting more from this figurine of Breaking Bad‘s resident bad boy Jesse Pinkman. Something about the toy version’s super-stern thug face and threatening thug pose is just totally unrepresentative of Jesse, whom everyone knows is a sweet and sensitive dreamboy. Obviously.
Okay, admittedly Sherlock‘s Dr. John Watson has absolutely zero definable features whatsoever, but still, we would’ve liked to have seen more of his sensible, Sherlock-weary personality coming across in this figure’s expression and stance. Even though we’re not sure how exactly that would be done. We’re just sayin’.
We know F.R.I.E.N.D.S‘ Monica is a chef, but a grouchy-looking woman in a chef suit does not a Monica make! This vinyl little lady could’ve been so much better with a layered short hairstyle and more of Monica’s cheekiness in her eyes. Her fellow F.R.I.E.N.D.S buddies are similarly unrecognisable, except for Phoebe, who actually looks quite true to life. Check out the whole collection here!
The Mockingjay dress and earrings are pretty spot on in this mini Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but unfortunately her hair and face make our young victress/queen/goddess look about fifty years old. Meanwhile, the POP! figure of Effie Trinket is simply perfect *hearts for eyes emoji*.
I’m not sure what offends me so much about this Pennywise doll from It. Maybe it’s the fact that his crazy frizzy hair has been smoothed down into a slick bob, or maybe it’s the sweet pastelification of his sewer-soaked, satiny clothes. Also, due to the POP! Vinyls’ fixed face shape, we get none of his oversized cranial effect, which is perhaps what makes him so distinctive. All things considered, there’s just no replicating Pennywise!
This vinyl rendering of Arrested Development‘s Michael Bluth is so basic you can’t really fault it, but it shouldn’t really be marketed as Michael Bluth any more than its box should say ‘generic white man’. We think a daggy, loose-fitting striped shirt would’ve done much better than this blue jacket get-up. And why does he have no eyebrows?
We know that the majority of POP! Vinyl figures are sans mouth, but they gave one to Pennywise, so why not Sulley? There are just too many details a little bit wrong with this guy (angle of horns, colour of purple patches, expression of brows, tense clenched fists pose) to bear a proper resemblance to the real Monsters Inc. character we know and love.
This figurine of McLovin’ from Superbad is damn cute. So cute I might go and place my order for it after writing this. He looks way too intense about something though, and his head is just way too big for a guy who has such a famously tiny head. By the way, has anyone else noticed how POP! Vinyl toys have different age ratings? Why, for example, is this McLovin’ doll for Age 17+, while Michael Bluth is for Age 14+? We demand answers!
Finally, we come to her Lady of Buffdom, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We just think our heroine looks too much like a character from Clueless or Scream Queens in this white cami and mini skirt get-up to do the Chosen One justice. Sure, those items have been in her wardrobe, but we would’ve preferred her to wear her red leather trousers / red leather jacket for full kickass effect.
Apologies to the glorious Funko POP! Vinyl for insulting a tiny handful of sub-par products from their otherwise incredible range!