New York Toy Fair: Funko Pop Announcements

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Funko Pop toy line then you’ll probably get excited by the prospects of the New York Toy Fair. Week never fear because I’m here to fill you in on everything that was announced!

With franchises as diverse as the Rugrats, WWE and Marvel, the Funko Pop toy line has taken the world by storm over the last decade and every year the fan favourite company takes centre stage at the New York Toy Fair to announce a whole host of new entries into the range.

This year was no different and Funko dominated social media throughout the day as they drip fed a steady stream of new Funko’s (And other products) for people to get excited about. With products coming from franchises such as Jurassic World, Marvel, MLB, Nickelodeon, Game of Thrones, Ready Player One, WWE, IT and Overwatch the lineup certainly has something for everyone.

The full range of announced Pops can be found in our coverage video below.

Our personal favourites from the new range of Pops announced were the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trio and the Moana collection.

Star Wars Goes Fantasy

Winter is coming, and it brings David and Dan with it…

In one of the more surprising news stories to come out of LucasFilm over the past few months, it has today been announced that Dan Weiss and David Benioff, creators of the HBO phenomena Game of Thrones, have been hired to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films which are separate from both the Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson’s announced trilogy.

This news certainly makes it an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan (As if it wasn’t already). With Episode 9 on the horizon, a live action TV series, Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, a new animated series by Dave Filoni and now an entirely new series of films, there is certainly a lot of Star Wars content to consume.

If I was a betting man I would have to wager that the newly announced films will act as the stepping stones between Rian Johnson’s trilogy films. Meaning it’s likely we’ll get the first D&D written Star Wars film in 2022, if all rumoured line ups are to be believed.

However, with all the positives out of the way, I do have some reservations about this announcement. Firstly, I’m concerned about the lack of an announcement in regards to an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. And secondly, I’m far from D&D’s biggest fan. For me their biggest weakness if writing a compelling script that isn’t based off already established source material. This is pretty evident given the nosedive in the quality of scripts in the later seasons of Game of Thrones. So hopefully the folks over at LucasFilm have done enough research before making this decision.

You would imagine that the creators of Game of Thrones would be brought in to pen an Old Republic era series of films, and if that’s the case then there is already pre-existing material for them to work with, so it’s not the worst case scenario. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this all works out for the best. For now I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.