hobbyDB super user Javier Serrano, aka Fjaviserr hops in the Mystery Machine on a mission to tell Funko’s history of the beloved Scooby-Doo! Read more of his wonderful guest posts here!
If there is a cartoon character which has been an influence to the things that I love as a collector, that is Scooby-Doo. As a child, its adventures awakened my interest in mystery novels, and of course, a few years later, this passion led me to discover classic horror and science fiction movies.
Since its debut in 1969, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! has become a timeless TV show captivating several generations. The legendary franchise, originally created by Hanna- Barbera, includes subsequent cartoon and life-action movies, new TV shows adaptations, comics and video games, being a staple for pop culture enthusiasts. So, it is not strange that Funko took its eyes over these eternal characters.
From the Wacky-Wobblers days, the company from Everett, Washington, has been releasing a long list of figures of the beloved Great Dane, its inseparable friend Shaggy, the members of Mystery, Inc, and some of the main antagonists, finding them too in other lines such as Funkovision, HeroWorld, Pop!, Dorbz, FunkO’s, Soda and Rewind, offering a great variety of shocking pieces for the most demanding collectors.
It is a difficult task to highlight all of them in one article, but here comes a selection of my favorites. Starting with the limited in pieces items from Funko Pop! Up Shop event which took place at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con edition.
Funko presented us with Scooby-Doo Pop! in three technicolor variants, with the flocked treatment that they deserve. The Green and Pink versions, both limited to 1,000 pieces and the blue one limited to 2,500 pieces, being very desired pieces for funatics.
In parallel, and without leaving that convention, we also had the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition “Space Clones! Invasion: Phase 1.” where Funko and Warner Bros. teamed up, finding among the customized 12-inch Dorbz Marvin clone creations, an amazing Marvin the Martian X Scooby-Doo masterpiece. I must say I love this one-of-a-kind artistic piece.
Now it is time to remember one of the most wonderful series ever made from the Making Fun factory, FunkoVision. This exclusive and limited Sooby-Doo set brings a screen capture to life from the classic chapter “A Night of Fright is No Delight” (1970), spotlighting how the Phantom Shadow scares away the terrified figures of Scooby and Shaggy. It is just simply a must-have vinyl treasure.
About the antagonists in Funko’s catalog, my preferred, by far, is the Creeper, and although we found it in different lines, I humbly think that the Pop! is the best. It was released at 2017 Emerald City Comic Con, being the first figure of the villains manufactured by Funko.
In the last few years Funko has surprised us with some exciting pieces such as Scooby-Doo Classic Art Lunch Box from Soda series, or the very first Freddy Funko figures of the line, so I am sure that the magic will continue with new incredible figures from the Scooby-Doo Universe.
The show has always shown us small tributes and amazing collaborations through those years, so, it would be nice to imagine new Funko figures such as Vincent Van Ghoul, based on the iconic Seventh Art legend, Vincent Price, who also voiced the character.
Beyond that, for many of us those characters represent an important part of our childhood, and they will always be in our hearts. Until then, we’ll see what will happen in the short term. I will keep singing “Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? We got some work to do now…”
I hope you find this information helpful. Have an excellent week. Let me know if you’d like to know more in the comments below and keep on Popping!
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