Funko, widely considered the leader in caricature-styled vinyl figures, enters the super-articulated collector range with their first offering, a six-inch line of figures based on HBO’s popular medieval series Game of Thrones. Included in Funko’s first wave of figures is the popular, dare we say show favorite, Tyrion Lannister; a drunken playboy seeking validation from his father.
It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it, if it were easy.
Tyrion comes packaged in the same window-box style we’re starting to see most collectible 6-inch scale figures packed in. This trend originated in Japan with companies like Bandai, Kaiyodo and Max Factory, but was soon mimicked by their American counterparts as a measure to increase the perceived value of their toys. Each box in the series comes in a color unique to one of the six characters in the first wave. Tyrion, number 2 of 6 in the wave, comes in what I’d best describe as a sand-colored box.
The matte finished box design is simplistic and accented with foil lettering on the Funko logo and Legacy Collection brand name, and UV spot printing on the collection number and Lannister family sigil. The sigil, along with Tyrion’s name appear on both the front and side of the box, while a larger photo of the character, flanked by the names of all six figures in the first wave, appears on the back. While I understand the desire to influence perceived value, for me neither a blister card nor box are going to sway my opinion on the value of what’s inside. I do, however, enjoy the benefit–of being able to easily remove and display the figures, then return them to their box for storage–that comes with the “premium packaging.”
I’m a monster, as well as a dwarf. You should charge me double.
Tyrion, played by actor Peter Dinklage, stands in at about 4-and-a-half-inches tall–the figure, not the actor. Short jokes aside, like the other figures in the first wave, Tyrion rings in with a $19.99 MSRP. While it’s common practice to charge the same price for each figure in a line, regardless of size, smaller figures are typically offset with additional accessories. Unfortunately, Tyrion, styled after his appearance in the Battle of Blackwater Bay in the second Game of Thrones season, only includes an axe. I can’t help but wish that an additional accessory, such as a helmet, sword or even a switch-out portrait with post-battle facial scar would have been included to offset the price.
I much like my head. I don’t want to see it removed just yet.
Tyrion shines when it comes to aesthetics and articulation. While the likeness to Peter Dinklage isn’t perfect, I attribute that more to the paint applications on the face than the actual sculpt itself. It’s hard to explain precisely what it is, but the paint at the eyes, eyebrows and the shadow of the beard just seem weak or faint and lack the strong detail found in the rest of the paint applications on the figure. What’s nice is that the face sculpt is topped by a separately tooled hair piece–this would be the perfect spot for a witty toupee joke, but I’ll spare you. Anyways, I always thought individually sculpted hair added to the realism of a figure, and with Dinklage’s shaggy hairstyle in this role, this is no exception.
I’m entirely sure, you’re entirely sure, what I’m suggesting.
As I mentioned, besides the paint applications on the face, the paint on the rest of the figure is done well. The armor, gauntlets and rivets have colors nearly identical to the character’s on-screen appearance. In spite of the armor, the figure has a really solid range of articulation and I’m impressed by the use of materials on the pauldrons. A soft, flexible plastic was used in order to ensure that raising the figure’s arms outward wouldn’t restrict their movement. The skirt is also made of that same soft plastic to allow for a wider range of motion with the legs.
Everything you can imagine to be articulated–from head to toe–is articulated on Tyrion. You’ve got a ball socket head, ball-hinged or ball socket shoulders, elbows, wrists, torso, hips, knees, as well as swivel calves and rocker ankles on this figure. Best of all, the articulation points are well hidden and make use of insert molding so that the silhouette is as seamless as possible and there are no unsightly joint pegs. The wrist and ankle joints on my figure seem a little fragile, but not enough to concern me. My one nitpick, however, is that Tyrion doesn’t have holes at the bottom of the feet to accept action figure stands. The figure is a bit top heavy and coupled with the weak ankle joints is prone to falling over. The peg holes would have been a practical addition and something I’d like to see Funko incorporate in future Game of Thrones figures.
Not this little man. This little man is going home now.
Overall, I’m impressed with Funko’s foray into the collectible 6-inch scale figure segment. Their Tyrion Lannister figure is a very promising start to Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy Collection and one of the best starts to a new figure line I’ve seen in years. Based on where they are now, I have no doubt that Funko will only improve upon the minor nitpicks I had with this figure, in each subsequent wave of their Legacy Collection. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, a Peter Dinklage fan or a fan of well-engineered toys, I recommend Funko’s Tyrion Lannister figure.