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Fantastic Beasts and How to Catch 'Em All: A Fantastic Beasts/Pokémon Mashup

Fantastic Beasts and How to Catch 'Em All

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the two Pokémon Let's Go games all premiere in the U.S. this Friday, November 16th, so we decided to celebrate all of them at the same time! (You probably know where we're going with this already.) The creatures that Newt Scamander has encountered in Fantastic Beasts have been such a pleasure to experience on screen, and the draw of Pokémon is the ability to capture and tame a wide variety of creatures, so it is with this common thread that we present a Fantastic Beasts and Pokémon mashup!

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Poké Wars: Star Wars-inspired Pokémon

Star Wars-inspired PokemonThis goes without saying, but Star Wars is the biggest movie franchise of all time. Since its debut in 1977, no movie has dominated movie theaters like whichever Star Wars film was playing at the time. (Yes, even the prequels.) Since its triumphant return as a Disney property in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have combined to bring in more than $3 billion from the worldwide box office. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest entry in the saga, will definitely be adding to that total. And it's not only the movies: Star Wars merchandise is just as important. The day that new Star Wars toys are released is now a holiday of sorts, known as Force Friday. If there's a product that can have the Star Wars logo or characters on it, you can bet that it exists.

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Real Life Star Wars Cantina Bands: 10 Pop Vinyl Mashups [Printables]

Star Wars Cantina Band: A Pop Vinyl Mashup

 

Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes were a popular all-Bith band in the Outer Rim Territories of the Star Wars universe. Fans of Star Wars will know them as the band playing in the Mos Eisley Cantina when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met Han Solo and Chewbacca. Even in popular culture, both the band and their song, “Mad About Me”, are widely known as the “Cantina Band”. So what happens when we swap rock stars here on Earth with rock stars from the Outer Rim? You’ll find out in our Pop Vinyl mashup of the Star Wars Cantina Band in iconic album cover artwork and band photos! All photos are clickable for larger images.

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James Bond Pop Vinyl Villains

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Ian Fleming created James Bond in 1953. Fleming wrote 12 novels, and two short stories. The tales of the roguish Bond would go on to be developed into 24 films which would become one of the most valuable film franchises of all time (right behind Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe).  2015’s Spectre marks the 24th time Bond has made his way to the silver screen.

The Bond villains are some of the most colorful and inspiring groups out there, so much so that many of Fleming’s villains would go on to become the archetype for other baddies. Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers franchise wouldn’t exist without the nefarious Ernst Stavro Blofeld, for example. We wanted to have some FUN with a handful of these iconic villains, and very few things are as fun as our favorite little collectables—Funko’s POP Vinyls. We "pop-ified" 9 of the most memorable villains from past Bond Films for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy, and keep scrolling for a sharable poster of all 9 villains!

 

 

1. Alec Trevelyan, GoldenEye

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“Good luck with the floor, James. I’ve set the timers for six minutes, the same six minutes you gave me. It was the least I could do, for a ‘friend.’ “

 

What if James Bond was a bad guy? Alec Trevylan a.k.a. 006 is the answer to this question. The big-bad of the 1995 film GoldenEye, Trevelyan is just as suave and deadly as 007—but without pesky things like morals.

 

 

2. Boris Grishenko, GoldenEye

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I am invincible”

 

Every good heist needs a tech-man, and Boris is the best hacker this side off St. Petersburg. Grishenko is the hacker extraordinaire who assists Trevelyan in his ‘acquisition’ and operation of the GoldenEye satellite. Boris fancies himself a super-genius and believes that he is un-killable - but we know better.

 

 

3. Jaws, Moonraker & The Spy Who Loved Me

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Om nom nom

 

Not Spielberg’s shark, but just as mean with a bite to match. Jaws was one of the few villains to be featured in two different Bond films. Jaws’ only line in the entire franchise is spoken at the end of Moonraker with his girlfriend Dolly, “Well, here’s to us.”

 

 

4. Oddjob, Goldfinger

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No Oddjobs, Golden Guns Only

 

Right-hand man to Auric Goldfinger and bane of GoldenEye 64 players the world over. Oddjob is the diminutive henchman with a bladed-hat weapon that gives 007 some serious trouble. He is also famous for his hard-to-hit stature in the video game GoldenEye 64 for the Nintendo 64.

 

 

5. Dr. Julius No, Dr. No

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SPECTRE: Special Executive for Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.

 

The primary villain of James Bond’s first film. Dr. No started the mono-colored villain pajama trend that would continue through the James Bond franchise and seep into popular culture (looking at you, Dr. Evil). He is also a member of SPECTRE, and Dr. No marked the first time the evil super-group was mentioned on screen.

 

 

6. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Various

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 Blofeld and Dr. No obviously visit the same villainous pajama tailor.

 

The leader of the super-secret evil organization SPECTRE, Blofeld is the closest thing Bond has to an arch-nemesis. Bond faces him in a seven of the 24 films. He is played by a number of actors over the course of the films, and as such, his look is never consistent.

 

 

7. Francisco Scaramanga, The Man with the Golden Gun

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“A duel between titans, my Golden Gun against your Walther PPK.”

 

The legendary assassin known for his one-shot Golden Gun, played by even more legendary Christopher Lee, and accompanied by another pint-sized henchman known as Nick-Nack. The Man with the Golden Gun was one of the few enemies who had it out for Bond personally.

 

 

8. Raoul Silva, Skyfall

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“You know what it does to you, hydrogen cyanide?”

 

Like Alec Trevelyan before him, Raoul Silva is a former member of MI6, associate to M, and all around ruthless killer. A botched suicide gave him his distinctive disfigurement, and an obsessive need to murder M--the leader of MI6. This is your face. This is your face on cyanide.

 

 

9. Baron Samedi, Live and Let Die

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He’s got friends on the other side…wait…sorry, Disney.

 

A mysterious villain, named for the Voodoo Loa (god). Baron Samedi is one part dramatic-super-villain and one part supernatural being. It is unclear if Samedi is just another henchman who works for Mr. Big, the villain of Live and Let Die, or if he really is the genuine article.

 

 

Sharable Bond Villains Pop Vinyl Poster

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Did you find some faces you recognized? Did you see any old favorites from GoldenEye 64, or one of your favorite Bond films? Many pop culture franchises have gotten the POP Vinyl treatment; it was only a matter of time before someone found their way to Bond. You can check out all of our readily available Funko Pop Vinyls in our shop!

 

 

Design Credit: Abby Bartels


11 Minion on the Shelf Ideas for Kids

Minion on the Shelf Ideas

 

With Minions coming out this week, we knew that we wanted to do something fun, mischievous, and cute to match the personalities of these little yellow guys. Taking inspiration from the Christmas pastime of hiding the Elf on the Shelf doll, we created our own Minion on the Shelf scenarios. This would be a great way to get your kids excited for the movie (like you need to worry about their level of anticipation). Here are the ideas that we came up with! We used two Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, Dave and Carl, to play this game.

 

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Star Wars POP! Photobombs

Star Wars Pop Vinyl Photobombs

You may not have noticed, but Star Wars Day—May 4th—is officially a "thing" now. (If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve definitely noticed. Also, May the 4th Be With You.) Since the first celebration in Toronto just four years ago, Star Wars Day has become a world-wide event. There are parades, screenings of the original Star Wars trilogy, and even Disney theme parks have massive festivals. So while we’re waiting for Star Wars Day to become an intergalactic extravaganza, we had some fun in our own way by replacing characters in iconic Star Wars scenes with their Funko POP! figure. We call them POP! Photobombs!

 

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