It’s been a whole day since I wrote my review of the Funko Game of Thrones Jon Snow figure. The reason I felt I should follow up with this addendum to that review is that this first series of figures has some serious concerns as far as quality control. I’ve had figures break before on me and can usually tell if it is a one-time issue, or even if it was something I did. I’ve had my fair share of NECA figures break as well as some very expensive Transformers. Highly articulated collector lines sometimes need a soft touch since these things do happen, unfortunately I think this goes a little beyond that.
Thus far I have bought two Funko Game of Thrones figures from the first series: Jon Snow and the Hound. I reviewed Jon Snow yesterday and was surprised and pleased with how he turned out. I went on to review the Hound and all hell broke loose. I moved Jon Snow’s right arm back to being straight and it just fell off at the peg attaching the forearm to the elbow ball. Thinking “at least I can just do pictures with Hound alone,” I pulled him out of the package. When I slid his right foot into a suitable position for standing it just came off. It was the same issue as Jon, that peg that connects the leg to the foot.
Consulting with some other collector friends I found they ran into the same issues. The pegs that hold the joints in place on these figures are made of clear plastic and are EXTREMELY fragile. This would probably be fine for larger less articulated action figures, but for these smaller figures who are made to pose it doesn’t. This is similar material that can be found on early DC Direct figures, Palisade’s Army of Darkness, and SOTA’s Street Fighter Revolutions figures. These are all lines with bad breakage issues, and even if they didn’t break in the short-term time was not kind to them.
I’m sure Funko knows about the issues by now and are probably getting ready to address it at Toy Fair. I just wanted to put this out so that people know what they are getting into before buying the figure. My review is still accurate to my feelings on the figure, but I am now hesitant to buy any more due to my experience and the widespread reports I have seen. Of course I am a bit disappointed I don’t have the figures now because the ones I got looked pretty good.
This is definitely one of those situations where the buyer should “beware.” Unless you plan to just keep them in the package, I’d maybe hold off to see how things improve for the next wave. At least Funko would have a reason to come back and revisit these characters.