Lightning Safety Awareness Week Factoids From Funko Pop! Characters

Pop! Lightning

Captain America:

What’s the matter? You scared of a little lightning?


I’m not overly fond of what follows.

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 23-29) and we have a special message from Darth Vader and some of our electric experts: be careful out there this summer, folks.

Here are five lightning factoids presented by our Pop! Lightning connoisseurs:

The Flash is so fond of lightning that he dons the symbol on his chest. If the DC superhero is really as quick as lightning, that means The Flash sets off the radar gun at 270,000 MPH. At that speed, he can reach the moon in slightly less than an hour.

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Doc Brown knows a thing or two about harnessing the awesome power of lightning. He famously returned Marty McFly to 1985 using a bolt that struck the clock tower in Hill Valley, Calif. One lightning bolt can contain up to a billion volts or enough juice to power the car batteries of close to 80 million Deloreans.

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Thor is the God of Thunder, but…technically there is no thunder without lightning. The Asgard guardian has been known to harness the Odin Force, mostly because he’s a god. Us humans, however, are a little more susceptible to electricity. But not as much as you’d think. Lightning only kills roughly one in every 10 people it strikes. Thor, by contrast, has a much higher killing percentage.

Raiden saw his lightning changed to red after the protector of Earthrealm was corrupted in Mortal Kombat X Story Mode. While this rendered him a bad guy, in reality, lightning can be any color of the spectrum depending on distance, temperature and atmospheric conditions.

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Darth Vader got an up close look at lightning when Emperor Palpatine gave him a good sizzle in “Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi.” But if there’s anyone in a galaxy near or far, far away that knows lightning’s wrath it’s Graham Duck.

The British collector saw his collection of original Star Wars merchandise — valued at roughly £20,000 — reduced to ash as the result of a lightning storm in 2005 at his Northern England home.

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All of these Pop! figures and more can be found on the hobbyDB Marketplace.

Enjoy these other lightning-inspired Pop! figures…

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Funko Shares Busy Week of 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Reveals


Funko got a jump on the summer this week by announcing its 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Reveals, in an effort to drum up even more of a frenzy in the weeks leading up to the company’s annual SDC Friday extravaganza. This year’s theme is Funko Freaky Tiki Fundays and, judging by the reveals, you might want to plan a last-minute trip to San Diego.

2019 SDCCOr to your local shared exclusive retailer, for that matter.

The majority of Funko’s SDCC items double as shared exclusives, i.e they’re also sold at vendors such as Hot Topic, Target and Walmart, to name a few. Shared Exclusive go on sale on Day Two of the convention, Friday July 19 — the same day as Freaky Tiki Funday.

Check out some of our favorite vinyl figures to come out of this week.

Check out all the reveals via the hobbyDB sister site, Pop Price Guide

Day 1 Reveals

Pop! Movies Reveals

Pop! Marvel Reveals

Pop! Disney, Games, TV & Batman Reveals

Pop! Ad Icons, Animation & Comics Reveals

2019 SDCC

The “Office Space” Sticky Note Mascot gets re-collated as an SDCC Pop! Movies and Think Geek exclusive.

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Asuka throws on her school uniform and heads to SDCC (and Hot Topic) as a Pop! Animation exclusive.

2019 SDCC

Take a trip back in time when Carl and Ellie were still innocent kids from Disney’s animated film “Up.” The two love birds arrive this summer at SDCC and BoxLunch.

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The Dark Knight becomes the Teal Knight at this summer’s SDCC. It’s the seventh chrome version of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego released at previous comic-cons: BlackBlueGoldGreenOrange and Red.

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You don’t have to wade into the Pacific Ocean to fish out poor Quint before he becomes chum with his old pal Jaws in this Entertainment Earth exclusive.

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Notre Dame might be under some major renovation after its tragic fire, but still Quasimodo is all Smiles as a Pop! Disney (Hot Topic) exclusive.

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You actually might like Teen Wolf when he’s angry. You’ll definitely love him as Pop! Movies (Target) exclusive.

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Ruby Rose dons a hood, grabs her Crescent Rose and joins Team RWBY for a Pop! Animation and Hot Topic exclusive.

Snoopy turns his dog house into a space ship and gets cosmic as an astronaut and BoxLunch exclusive.

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The Peter Pez Pop! Ad Icons figure doesn’t actually dispense treats, but he does arrive as a Toy Tokyo exclusive.

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Gamora takes on original comic book form as a Pop! Marvel and Hot Topic exclusive.

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Everyone, meet Man-Thing, the lumbering Pop! Marvel phenomenon and Entertainment Earth exclusive.

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Kang and Kodos might say they come to you in the spirit of hostility and menace, but really The Simpsons tandem are just amazing glow in the dark GameStop exclusives.

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Already a king of late night, Conan O’Brien is now tackling breakfast with his new SDCC and GameStop exclusive.

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Hard Rock Cafe Returns Home With New Piccadilly Circus Locale

The Hard Rock Café celebrates its birthday in grand style this month, returning to the city where it all began close to five decades ago.

Westminster’s Piccadilly Circus is the latest home for the Hard Rock Cafe, and finds itself located a mere 10-minute Tube ride from the original Hard Rock Café on London’s Old Park Lane.

Where the first-ever Hard Rock got its start in June of 1971 thanks to the likes of Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend – who requested to have their guitars hung near their own personal tables – the new Piccadilly restaurant promises artifacts such as Lady Gaga’s boots, David Bowie’s flame suit and a pair of Jimi Hendrix’ pants.

Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus

To celebrate the opening of its third London location, the world-renowned restaurant is introducing a new collection of core and limited edition Hard Rock Café pins.

The Piccadilly set features 19 core pins that will always be available at the new location, as well as 18 limited edition pins offered as a one-time buy. The Hard Rock Café will make these pins available for sale during its grand opening on June 22  in London (Ed. a little bit of a moving target, we will confirm as soon as we hear news).

We reached out to the team at Hard Rock and have been working with Yani (Director of Merchandising) and Mandy (Pin Category Manager) to start bringing you the new pins as soon as they are approved (this is a first us and we are super excited!).  Also thanks to Blossomgirl for adding these new pins to the database (two additional series are debuting early next week!).

Check out these super nice new pins here and let us know which one is your new favorite in the comments below!

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Love the Core Detective & the Core Bulldogs  - all of them look really great!!

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1 Deora, 2 Deora, 3 Deora… Counting Hot Wheels Remakes and Sequels

Hot Wheels Deora Original, II, and III

Deora Original, II, and III

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An interesting new Hot Wheels vehicle hit the pegs recently, a swoopy, cab-forward pickup truck with a surfboard and an E-bike riding in the back. While the design is eye-catching, the name is what got my attention… Deora III. Looking at the profile, it sure looks like it could be descended from the Dodge Deora concept that became one of the original 16, and was then re-interpreted ’90s Style a couple decades later.

As it turns out, several Hot Wheels cars have been the subject of modern interpretations years after the original. Mind you, we’re not talking about models of new versions of real cars, such as the original Custom Corvette and subsequent Corvette models. Also not mentioned are slightly modified castings or renamed versions of the same basic casting. And we’re leaving out the Tooned, Oozed, Droptopped variants as well. These are strictly modern retakes/remakes/sequels of the originals.

Hot Wheels Silhouette Original and II

Silhouette Original and II

Original 16, ’90s Style

As mentioned before, The Deora II was created in 1990, and was popular enough that it remains in regular use today (It was even made into a full-size running show truck). Three other Original 16 cars got similar updates: The Slhouette, the Splittin’ Image, and the Twin Mill. Each of the new castings really captured the design ethic of the early ’90s while unmistakably carrying on the distinct characteristics of the earlier models. Kids of that era may have preferred the new designs, but for the most part, but it’s probably safe to say the originals are still the overwhelming favorites. Like the Deora, the Twin Mill got another sequel, the appropriately named Twin Mill III. The Splittin’ Image also got a Part III for Premium releases.

Hot Wheels Splittin' Image Original, II and II Premium

Splittin’ Image Original, II and III Premium


Hot Wheels Twin Mill Original, II, and III

Twin Mill Original, II, and III

Other Redlines For Other Times

There have been numerous other early Redline cars that have been updated over the years as well. The Whip Creamer was a strange design with a sliding canopy and turbine that spun when air hit it as it went down the track. An updated version carried similar traits. The Cockney Cab was a hot rodded but plausible London Cab, while the Cockney Cab II was more of a funny car caricature.

Hot Wheels Whip Creamer Original and II

Whip Creamer Original and II


Hot Wheels Cockney Cab Original and II

Cockney Cab Original and II

It’s easy to see the lineage between the Bye Focal and Bye Focal II, while the Sweet 16 and its updated version share mostly the long 1930s proportions and 16 cylinder engine.

Hot Wheels Bye Focal Original and II

Bye Focal Original and II


How Wheels Sweet Sixteen Original and II

Sweet Sixteen Original and II

The Jet Threat went from a rocket dragster to the Jet Threat II, which was… well, pretty much the same casting. But there was a Jet Threat 3.0, a much sleeker, lower design, and even a Jet Threat 4.0, also very much fighter-plane-inspired.

Hot Wheels Jet Threat Original/II, 3.0, 4.0

Jet Threat Original/II, 3.0, 4.0

Hot Wheels Show Hoss II

Oops, the Show Hoss II is the original.

By the way, has anyone ever seen the Show Hoss II and wondered about the original? It’s actually a funny car based on the Mustang II, (hence the name) but there was never an original first version from Mattel. So nope, not a sequel in this sense.

Even Newer Originals

Nostalgia doesn’t wait as long as it used to. Ignoring the arbitrary but traditional 20-year buffer before something can be considered “retro,” several newer Hot Wheels castings have received the update treatment. The Semi Fast was a sleek, futuristic COE semi tractor, while version II is an older looking dragster with a ginormous engine. The Sting Rod first appeared in the late ’80s as a Fiero-by-way-of-Mad-Max… the recent update keeps the same idea but with a newer, unlicensed body.

Hot Wheels Semi Fast Original and II

Semi Fast Original and II


Hot Wheels Sting Rod Original and II

Sting Rod Original and II

Nature Finds a Way

The Street Beasts name has been used several times over the years to mean different things… In the most recent incarnation, it has included a range of animal-based cars, using old castings for the most part. But at least two of these got serious makeovers. The Speed-a-Saurus, perhaps the cuddliest Hot Wheels car of all, featured a rubber stegosaurus riding on a dragster chassis. The new Motosaurus incorporates the dinosaur in a more cybernetic way. Different name, same idea. The SharKruiser, which still finds its way into production on occasion, got a similar update with the more aggressive Shark Bite for this series. You can change the name, but the DNA is still there.


About Those Tooned cars…

Okay, we do have to consider one Tooned version, which takes us back to where this all started. The original Deora was given cartoonish proportions when that series came out, and looked pretty awesome. The Deora II wasn’t part of that series, but did get similar treatment as a pullback car in the Micro Speed Demons series. Evolution works in strange ways sometimes.

Do you know of any other Hot Wheels remakes along these lines? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samuel Ace

Those are all great updated castings. 👍I like them all.👍

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Exciting new features at hobbyDB

We have several new features and designs that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your feedback in the comments section to let us know what you think and what you’d like to see added.

New hobbyDB Notification Alerts!

Now you can stay in the know when it comes to everything related to your collection. We know that we live in a world of email overload, so we developed a better way for you to get updates on everything hobbyDB! Enter hobbyDB Notifications! Now you can easily see all of your notifications within the hobbyDB environment. Looking to see if your item has shipped? Just look to the bell on the top right hand side of your screen to see if you have that familiar, red notification dot.

We’ll be rolling out new alerts every few weeks, so stay on the lookout for new ones! Got an idea for an alert you’d like to see? Add it to the comments below.

Current Alerts –

  • An item on your wish list is for sale
  • Everything around best offers including that your offer has been sent, received, accepted, or declined
  • Your purchase has shipped
  • Someone just added a new item to the page that you Curate (more on the Curation Nation here)
  • Tracking is needed for an item that you sold

New alerts to come include –

  • Alerts when your favorite sellers have new stuff for sale
  • Alerts when your favorite sellers have discounts available!
  • A brand that you love just added a new item to their Archive

And more!

Filters, Filters, Filters

With the all new ability to filter on mobile now available, it’s much easier to find your must-haves in the marketplace. So go ahead and explore the hobbyDB marketplace during your bus ride home.

New Collection and Wish List Management Design

New collection management and wish list designs are in the works! Hopefully you’ve already seen the sneak peek of your new collection management and wish list designs, but if you haven’t yet, you can find them in your buyer dashboard. The new wish list design is already rolled out, and the old collection management design will be retired over the next few weeks, so make sure to check out the shinier new experience when you get a chance. These new tools are designed to make managing your collection even easier! Coming next will be the ability the show off your collection with the all new profiles! You can read more about the new profile here.


Your Collection

You’ll be able to easily keep track of your collection with the all new collection management design. Next will be the ability to show off your collection with an all new user profile design.

And Your Wish List!

Keep a record of all of those collectibles that you crave in your hobbyDB wish list. Remember the best part about adding items to your wish list is that you get an email any time that item gets listed for sale.

More features will be coming soon! Let us know what you would like to see in the comments below!

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Great new features!  Love the alerts - now I don't have to check so often.

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