There’s never been a better time to release a Vi Moradi Funko Pop! figure — and never has my faith in this possibility been lower.
Earlier this year, Funko announced the Power of the Galaxy series of Pop! figures. These six collectibles, released over the last six months of 2022, were to represent women in Star Wars through a series of characters. One sold out almost instantly. None of them were as monumental as they could have been.
My hope for the Power of the Galaxy series was that Funko would take the opportunity to highlight female characters in Star Wars that had far less attention on them than the rest — characters that, though popular and loved, had never been given the Funko treatment before.
The figures released as part of this series included, in order:
- Padmé Amidala
- Sabine Wren
- Jyn Erso
- Princess Leia
- Rey Skywalker
- Ahsoka Tano
In other words: Funko’s Power of the Galaxy series did the one thing I didn’t want it to do. It simply released characters who already had previously released Funko Pop!s.
Granted, Padmé only had one figure before this (now there are two!) and Sabine now has three (if you count the masked chase of the original). But Jyn, Lei, Rey, and especially Ahsoka have entire armies of Funko Pop! figures in their respective likenesses. Ahsoka, not counting the figure currently on pre-order, has nine.
Are the Power of the Galaxy Funkos beautiful and special? Absolutely. But I want to believe there will come a point where collectors will get tired of seeing the same characters receive new releases while the Vi Moradis, Asajj Ventresses, and Aunt Berus available to be made remain completely neglected.
Give us a Mon Mothma Funko Pop!. Vel was just released, and that’s great, but Vi is walking around Galaxy’s Edge Funko-less as I type (probably). Mon is an original trilogy character who is only now getting a Black Series figure.
I know how toys and marketing work. They’re going to produce collectibles of the characters they know, historically, will sell well (or even sell out, I’m looking at you Ahsoka).
But come on. Give us something new. Something we don’t already have nine versions of, no matter how cool that tenth one is going to look on the shelf.
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