By Jason Nelson
1. THE GOLDEN GIRLS
Anyone that watched television in the 90's either loves or hates (but secretly loves) THE GOLDEN GIRLS. With their love of wicker furniture and cheesecake, these ladies made America laugh for seven seasons and is continuing that trend in syndication. The cast lends itself perfectly to the FUNKO POPS format with a standard five character run of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, Sophia & Stan. Obvious exclusives or variants can be made down the line like Stan in a toupee or everyone's favorite character: The Cheesecake.
2. KING OF THE HILL
Despite being off the air for a number of years now, KING OF THE HILL is a show that is hard to forget. It is also one of those rare animated shows that is sadly lacking in the toy department. There was an unsuccessful attempt at some action figures but they fell by the wayside. However, they do fetch a nice price on today's secondary online markets. There was something about the show that the everyday man could relate to; after all, who doesn't love to cookout with propane or have that paranoid best friend that knows the government is out to get them? Again, this lends itself well to FUNKO's small character sets that can include: Hank, Peggy, Bobby, Bill, Dale & Boomhauer.
3. FANTASTIC FOUR
FUNKO has done an excellent job really representing many of the heavy hitters in the comic book world but for some reason, they have left a gaping hole when it comes to MARVEL's first family--THE FANTASTIC FOUR. There are a few versions of The Thing milling about, and Dr. Doom is on most people's want list, but the rest of the gang is nowhere in sight. The characters lend themselves extremely well to some, pardon the pun, fantastic sculpts. Granted, Mister Fantastic may be a bit hard to showcase in the small scale that POPS allow, but the Invisible Woman and the Human Torch? Who could pass up a clear Invisible Woman variant or a crispy Human Torch engulfed in flames? This would also be the perfect chance to bring the ultimate in Fantastic Four chase figures in the form of an SDCC Exclusive Bag Head Spider-Man!
4. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ROGUES GALLERY
Although your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has had a variation of POPS along with Electro, where are the classic Spidey adversaries? After all, what good is a superhero if there is no one to battle? Plus, Ol' Webhead has arguably the best Rogues Gallery in all of the Marvel Universe. Think of the POP possibilities: Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Green Goblin, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Sandman, Kraven and The Chameleon. And that's just to start!
5. JINGLE ALL THE WAY
I know that not everyone is a fan of this camp classic, but no one can deny the cult following it has spawned in recent years and how the Turbo-Man figure from the film has done on the secondary market. It seems only natural with FUNKO doing such a great job of bringing many of the classic 80's and 90's film and TV properties back into the spotlight, that JINGLE ALL THE WAY and more specifically, TURBO-MAN getting his POP due. And the lineup from there pretty much writes itself: Booster, Dementor, Howard, and Jamie; with the option for a Chase Ted the Reindeer.
6. AMERICAN DAD
AMERICAN DAD is sorely underrepresented in the toy market especially for a Seth McFarlane property. With only the limited edition bendy set being released, this is dying for some kind of figure series. After attempts to cancel the show have failed, it is obvious that the fans want more. Personally, I would not be able to resist a POP Smith family: Stan, Francine, Steve, Hayley and Roger would be the definitive core of the line with options including Klaus and Jeff. Let's not forget those retailer exclusives are very attractive to collectors which would make different companies having their own exclusive version of Roger in any of his classic disguises be a no-brainer. How about a Wheels and the Legman box set?!?
7. THE JETSONS
With all of the classic Hanna-Barbera properties that FUNKO has already made, THE JETSONS feels like an obvious choice for a line of POP Vinyls. Every kid that has watched the show just knew they were looking into the future and are just waiting patiently for their flying cars and personal robot maids. Again, the family makes a perfect FUNKO formula: George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Rosie, and Astro. And let's say a Chase metallic Rosie as part of this set?
8. BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
Another popular movie that many of FUNKO's fan base grew up watching is the cult time-travel epic, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Rumors still fly that a third installment of the franchise is still a possibility and a POP set of toys would be perfect to revitalize interest in the series. The possible of characters from history are limited unless the initial line is a big hit to start. For now, let's go with Bill, Ted, Rufus and the Phone Booth and most excellent Wyld Stallyns' two-pack.
Since FUNKO is releasing the VINYL IDOLZ SEINFELD line, I am assuming they have retained at least most if not all of the licenses for likenesses of the cast. So it is high time for the historical show about nothing to become the POPS about nothing! For this, I can foresee FUNKO going with: Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer & Newman. The option for so many peripheral characters doesn't seem to end though! Frank & Estelle Costanza, Morty & Helen Seinfeld, Soup Nazi, Jackie Chiles, Little Jerry Seinfeld, Kenny Banya, The Bubble Boy, J. Peterman; the list is endless!!
10. SIMPSONS (EXPAND CURRENT SET)
FUNKO has released a small sampling of SIMPSONS character in the past but so far, they have only produced Homer, Marge, Bart, and Krusty. There are so many more great characters that need to be made. At the very least finish off the family! But why stop there? How about Apu, Chief Wiggum, Flanders, Pattie, and Selma? I could go on like this for hours but I think you get the point. There are plenty of opportunities for exclusives as well. Can anyone say SDCC Stonecutters box set?