The latest San Diego Comic Con exclusive announcement from Funko is different from the rest. Instead of an individual figure, it is a launch for an entirely new line called, Vnyl., which is “vinyl” without the “i.” Why the name? Well, according to Funko, “there’s no “i” in Vynl. because there’s always two of them!”
Vnyl. will make its debut at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, featuring an exclusive Batgirl/Poison Ivy set. More sets will be released later this year, like Freddy & Jason, Jack & Sally (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), and He-Man & Trapjaw. That last one is an odd pairing considering Skeletor would make more sense, but that just leads me to believe we can expect more Masters of the Universe Vnyl. in the future. Funko also teased other sets between SDCC and the end of 2017 but gave no hints as to what they could be.
The series is highly stylized, which is saying something when it come from the company that gave us Pop!s and Mystery Minis, all of which have their own unique look. To me, they look a little like the Super Best Friends, a series of cartoon shorts that aired on Cartoon Network as part of their DC Nation.
They look pretty cool, but I’ll admit I’m not entirely sold on them. Maybe as the series progresses and they adjust some of the features, as they did with Pop!s, I’ll find them more appealing but right now, I can do without these.
Here’s the full release from Funko’s blog:
Funko is proud to introduce Vynl., a brand new line of stylized vinyl collectibles created with pop culture fanatics in mind! Vynl. will take a new approach to collecting by showcasing the intricate relationships between beloved characters through a playful new aesthetic and display-ready collector packaging. As this new line of figures is centered around character relationships, every Vynl. release will contain two figures in order to highlight the connection between both characters and play off of their respective storylines.
Vynl. figures will utilize thoughtful and imaginative design to elaborate on the emotional bonds between some of the most cherished characters in pop culture. Though Vynl. figures will derive from countless realms, storylines, and universes, Funko will maintain a consistent design aesthetic ensuring all Vynl. figures look spectacular when displayed together.
This exciting new line will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with Batgirl and Poison Ivy. Then, later this summer, you’ll be able to collect Freddy Krueger & Jason, Sally & Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and He-Man & Trapjaw from The Masters of the Universe. More amazing two-packs are scheduled to arrive between now and the end of 2017.
SDCC Exclusive Batgirl + Poison Ivy Vynl.
Freddy Krueger + Jason Vorhees Vynl.
Sally + Jack Skellington Vynl.
He-Man + Trapjaw Vynl.
So, what do you think of this line? Are you excited for something new for Funko or are you on vinyl burnout? Let us know in the comments!