We’re now under a month until the arrival of the Ant-Man movie in theaters, and that means that the modest onslaught of Ant-Man merch is now beginning to pour into stores! Toys R Us stores decided to break street date and release the Marvel Legends Ant-Man Series into stores earlier this month, and the Funko POP Vinyls Ant-Man and Yellowjacket figures have also begun to hit retail. And now, what may be the coolest of the Ant-Man Funko products is arriving as well–the Hot Topic exclusive Funko Glow-in-the-Dark Ant-Man POP Vinyl is available online and in some stores!
I’ve been checking my nearest Hot Topic religiously during this last week, but to no avail. Either their Glow in the Dark Antman figures haven’t come in yet or they’ve already been scooped up by scalpers. But to my delight, the online Hot Topic website finally stocked the Ant-Man Glow in the Dark POP vinyl this morning.
For those wondering, the parts of this figure that glow are all of the areas that have special red paint applied to them–namely, the chest, goggles and feet. I was taken a bit aback by this, as I was really thinking it would be the black parts of the figure that would have the glow-in-the-dark paint applied, but I guess it does make more sense for Ant-Man to have glowing “infrared” goggles than a glowing black costume.
This Funko POP Ant-Man figure uses the exact same mold as the standard Ant-Man Funko figure, which means that it also shares the numbering designation of #85 in the Funko Marvel POP Vinyls number sequence. It also appears that the glowing red paint makes the lenses of the goggles quite a bit more opaque than the translucent red used on the regular Ant-Man vinyl, although I don’t have the glowing version in-hand yet to do a straight-up comparison of the two.
The Funko exclusive Glow in the Dark Ant Man POP Vinyls figure is now available online and in Hot Topic stores. The exclusive POP! is priced at $12.50 in stores and $10 online, so you can actually save a few dollars by buying GITD Ant-Man online and using the “Free Ship to Store” option on this figure. I collect a lot of things and consequently try to shop as economically as possible, so I used the free shipping to my local store, even though I’ll have to wait a couple days for Ant-Man to arrive.
What do you think of this Ant-Man Glow in the Dark POP!, Marvel collectors? Is this your favorite Funko Antman figure, or do you prefer the standard Ant-Man or the SDCC Blackout Ant-Man vinyls (or perhaps you prefer no Ant-Man at all)?