For reasons that I think most of us are well aware of, the last few years have been rather quiet as far as X-Men toys go. But the world, it is a-changin’! The stonewalling of X-Men merch seems to be coming to an end, and the flood of new toys is beginning! Hasbro released a Marvel Legends X-Men set this summer and has another slated for next year, Kotobukiya has teased more X-Men in 2017, and Funko not only has more POP and Dorbz X-Men on the way–a whole Funko X-Men Mystery Minis series has now been revealed!
I heard the telltale groan from many of you when you read the words “blind boxes”, but don’t fret–this looks to be another series where Funko puts one of each of all twelve characters into a case of 12.
The X-Men Funko Mystery Minis Series 1 lineup is as follows:
- Professor X
- Cyclops (Jim Lee)
- Wolverine (Jim Lee)
- Beast (Jim Lee)
- Emma Frost the White Queen
Now that… is an all-star lineup if I’ve ever seen one. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that every one of these characters has previously had an X-Men POP Vinyls figure either released already or scheduled for release this winter (except Juggernaut… Hmm.).
We’ve to-date only seen a movie Logan POP Vinyl figure released, but oddly enough, a listing has recently turned up on GameStop pre-order lists for a new Funko Logan POP Vinyls figure. Coincidence…? I think not.
I know there’s going to be plenty of naysayers upset that their favorite X-Men character didn’t make it into this first series, whether that character be Rogue, Jean Grey, Iceman, Gambit, Jubilee, Nightcrawler or Maggott, but hey–Funko’s gotta leave some headliners for a potential Series 2, right? And honestly, I think we’re more likely to see those characters introduced in the X-Men Dorbz or POPs series before they get their own Mystery Mini figures.
The Funko X-Men Mystery Minis Series is expected to go up for order this week, and should be released this winter. The series is most likely to hit in Q1 2017, but whether or not it makes it out early in time for the holidays remains to be seen. As it looks like one case will contain one of each of every character, I’m in for a full case (as if you couldn’t guess).
What do you think of the first series of Funko Mystery Minis X-Men figures, Marvel collectors? Is this a good series to kickstart the line, or would you have gone with a different lineup? And are you happy with a comic-based lineup, or would you have preferred FOX X-Men from the movies?