One of my surprise favorite lines of yesteryear was the debut of Funko’s 3.75-inch Disney Afternoon series. The first wave included Darkwing Duck, Negaduck, Scrooge McDuck, Baloo, Chip, and Dale. You can check out my reviews for the first wave here and here. Almost exactly a year later the second wave has just been revealed, and some lucky ducks are already finding them in stores.
Wave two covers all of the shows that the first one explored: Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, Talespin, and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Adding the following characters to the collection: Launchpad, Gizmoduck, Gadget, and King Louie. I was really hoping to get a nice group shot of the entire line, however, I just moved and haven’t the slightest clue which box I put the old ones in. So this wave is going to have to stand on its own for the time being.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at each individual character:
Darkwing Duck – Launchpad:
Good old Launchpad! What I really like about him is that he works cross-brands. I have nothing against the other shows, but I’m mostly in it here for Ducktales. I’m very happy with how the paint and sculpt turned out on Launchpad, he looks pretty on-model to the animation.
If I had one complaint it’s that his feet are ever so slightly at different elevations. He still stands fine, however, it still bothers me that both feet are not flush when placed on a flat surface.
Ducktales – Gizmoduck:
This is far and away the star of this wave. It’s not even a contest, grab this guy if see him. Hell, just head over to Amazon and grab one RIGHT NOW!
Gizmoduck is perfect in every way, and on top of that, he has a real functioning wheel! Of course, there is no way he’s going to be able to balance on that thing so a figure stand is included. There is some great personality packed into that sculpt. This line, in general, has limited articulation, but every point on Gizmoduck is put to good use.
Talespin – King Louie:
As I probably mentioned in my review of the first wave, Talespin never did much for me. Heck, I can’t even remember what the theme song was! Despite my lack of affinity towards the show, I can appreciate King Louie as a very solid figure. Unfortunately, since I don’t have Baloo around I can’t tell for certain, but he looks to scale pretty well with him.
One thing that really stands out for me is that they picked the perfect spot to place his arm articulation. Louie has a swivel at the elbow where his shirt connects to the arm. This allows him to either have his hands on the ground or up in the air to give your other figures a pound.
Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – Gadget:
This is one of those times where I’m going to let expectation cloud my judgment. I was REALLY hoping that this one would be Monterey Jack. First and foremost, that mustache! And he could have added a little height variation to the Chip N’ Dale section of the shelf, it would have been fun.
That said, Gadget is a fine figure in her own right. She has a slight lean forward because her tail and long hair weigh her back a bit. But otherwise, she’s good. This also means that we need one more wave and our Rescue Rangers display will be complete! Then we can focus on the 900 possible Ducktales characters.
All in all, I think this is a very strong wave. All I can hope is that if we are going to get more, they hit a little sooner. That year wait between waves killed me a bit; oh and get me a box set with Huey, Dewey, and Louie! Both this and the first wave are currently available on Amazon, so get you some!
Thanks again to our friends over at Funko for providing these figures for review.