By Jason Nelson
Nickelodeon’s first original animated series needs its proper place in the Pop! Vinyl world. Any child of the ’90s has fond memories of Doug Funnie and his quest to win over the heart of Patti Mayonnaise. The show did more than just teach kids about “Killer Tofu” or that superheroes always wear their underwear on the outside of their pants, it tough actual life lessons that children probably weren’t even aware they were getting. This show has a special place in my heart; hell, I still have “One Little Voice” on my I-pod. Line-up: Doug Funnie, Skeeter Valentine, Patti Mayonnaise, Porkchop, and Quailman.
9. Mork & Mindy
Someone probably thought that they were high when first being pitched Mork & Mindy, and seeing how it was 1978, they may have been. Luckily for us, they took a chance on the story of an alien from the Planet Ork visiting Earth in a giant egg tasked with observing human behavior. The show was a hit, but perhaps the best thing it gave us was the late, great Robin Williams. In his first starring role, Williams demanded the spotlight and is remembered fondly for it. Funko needs to honor Williams by going to where it all began. Keep this line-up short and sweet: Mork and Mindy; with the possibility of the egg-shaped spacecraft.
8. The Dukes of Hazzard
The Duke boys were America’s favorite bootleggers for 7 seasons. If you were to ask any regular television viewer from the early ’80s to list their favorite shows, The Dukes of Hazzard would definitely make the cut. It was what every boy dreamed of, fast cars, short shorts, and the occasional dynamite. Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke won the “heart” of many a young man and helped many find their way to becoming a man. This classic has come under fire for the use of the Confederate Flag atop the show’s perhaps most famous character, the General Lee, but despite that, I feel that if Funko the chance on the line, it would find it’s amongst collectors. This line-up would have to be a large one: Luke, Bo, Daisey, Uncle Jessie, Rosco P. Coltrane, and Boss Hogg; and, if Funko is brave enough a Pop! Rides of the General Lee would be too cool.
Lost still has fans scratching their heads about the ending, but it is hard to argue that during its 6 season run, the show kept viewers on the edge of their seats and begging for more. After their plane crashes on a mysterious island, Lost takes the viewer from strange smoke monsters to underground bunkers, and that’s just in the first season. This was a show that you either love or you never gave it a shot because you heard it was strange. There are so many great characters that could be made, but I think the best line-up to start with would be: Jack, Kate, Locke, Hurley, and either Sayid or Sawyer.
6. The McDonaldlands Gang
If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s and you don’t remember the McDonaldland commercials, I feel sorry for your childhood. McDonald's was the place to go as a child, not (only) so you could get the delicious food, but so that you got the toy in your happy meal. Most everyone knows who Ronald McDonald is, but what some may not realize is that McDonald’s actually had an entire cast of characters to promote their various entrees. They were featured as happy meal toys, in magazines, commercials and, if memory serves me correctly, their own animated series. Line-up: Ronald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie, a Fry Kid, and Mayor McCheese.
Scrubs is often overlooked when discussing great TV sitcoms. Following the career of up and coming doctor John Dorian (JD), the show focuses mostly on his time spent at the hospital and the humorous scenarios that occur in learning to practice medicine. I find myself quoting lines from this show on a daily basis. With Funko doing a few other live-action comedy hits, I think Scrubs would a great way to go. Line-up: JD, Turk, Elliot, Janitor, Kelso (bobblehead), and Dr. Cox. (sorry Carla)
4. Married... with Children
The Bundys were America’s favorite dysfunctional family for an incredible 11 seasons; not many shows can claim a record like that. During its time on the air, we got to watch the family grow and handle many interesting situations, such as Bud’s phase as Grand Master B or Kelly’s stint as the Verminator. And to think it all started with four touchdowns in a single game. For this one, keep the line-up simple: Al, Peggy, Bud, Kelly, Marci, and maybe a Hot Topic exclusive of Al in a NO MA’AM shirt.
With the rumored return of the Pop! Rocks line, and the band celebrating their 40th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to immortalize the iconic Canadian trio in glorious Pop! vinyl. Many people may not recognize the name of the band, but they nearly always recognize their music. With hits like, Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Fly by Night, etc., it is hard to find someone that isn’t familiar with their work. Aside from that, the band is all about having a good time and a good laugh; which is evident if you’ve ever seen them live and watched their introduction/intermission movies. Easy line-up; the band: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart; of course there’s always the option to do a store exclusive of the Star Man.2. Blues Brothers
“It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.” Starting off as a Saturday Night Live skit, the Blues Brothers spawned an empire. Aside from the classic film, there were albums, concerts, bars, video games, etc. produced. The film was loved by many because it had something for everyone. If you loved music, it had plenty of it. If you love comedy, what better pairing than Aykroyd and Belushi? If you loved cars and car chases, they had you covered too. Another simple line-up: Jake and Elwood, with the obvious Pop! Rides of the Bluesmobile, complete with giant speaker.
Popeye has been on the scene since 1929! It’s high time that he gets the royal Pop! treatment. Not only does his features naturally lend themselves to the Pop! style, Funko has already created versions of Popeye for their Wacky Wobbler line, so I’m assuming they already have the license. What else really needs to be said about Popeye other than, “A-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah!" For this line-up, I would suggest going with the basics: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy, and Swee’Pea. With a possible exclusive, perhaps SDCC, of either the Sea Hag or Alice the Goon.