If you didn’t know any better, a Funko Pop might sound like something you can both eat and dance to at the same time. Sadly, the reality is far less exciting, but the massively popular collectible figurines are still a great way for populating your entire home with a mini cast of classic pop culture characters, and that collection can grow quickly if you subscribe to receive a couple of the adorable lil' guys every month. With Christmas just on the horizon, it’s a good time to start thinking about which Funko Pops are worth the expenditure.
A good Funko Pop is ultimately determined by the quality of the character it's based upon. Forget the obscure figurines without any recognisable traits or detailed idiosyncrasies, you want the iconic personas; the kind of characters that turn the standard Funko template into something unique and distinguished. I’ve selected 30 of the best, based on an equal selection across a range of movies, games, and TV shows, so no pop culture fan should be left without their destined Funko to be. First up, the movie miniatures...
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 - Baby Groot
It was a hard choice to decide between this or the Dancing Groot Funko Pop, but Baby Groot just about wins in the cuteness factor; just look at him! Plus, he’s basically to scale with his likeness in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which gives it that extra heaping of authenticity that you’re always looking for with a Funko figurine. Just keep him away from fire, and any remote detonators with multiple buttons.
Justice League - Superman
As if you needed any more secret confirmation that Superman is definitely in the Justice League movie, you have the Funko Pop to prove it. And what a Funko Pop it is. The pose, the authentic texture of the Kryptonian skinsuit, the flowing cape… Supes has never looked better. There’s no sign of Henry Cavill’s moustache either, which is a plus.
And who better to stick next to Superman than his Justice League colleague, friend, and on/off inamorata? The detail on this replication, inspired by Gal Gadot’s take on the Amazonian warrior from the recent Wonder Woman movie, is just as impeccable, too. Say what you want about the DCEU, but it knows a good superhero outfit when it sees one, and Wonder Woman’s amazing get-up has transitioned brilliantly into this fun-sized figure.
Even at just under 4-inches tall, this version of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is still quite a bit larger than his actual size in the movie, but owning a figurine that small would just be pointless. This is the next best thing, and captures the look of the iconic costume well, all while those massive black eyes remind you that there’s still a funko pop living snugly inside that red and black garb.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Darth Vader
He’s one of the most recognizable characters of all time, so no Funko collection is ever really complete without him. There’s a couple of Funko variants on Lord Vader, but the edition based on his brilliant appearance in Rogue One is the most authentic looking of the lot. Sadly, unlike a lot of Jedi Funkos, this one doesn’t come with a lightsaber, but that’s because he’s too busy looking sassy with both hands firmly on each hip.
Harry Potter - Quidditch Harry
You’re a Funko, Harry. And not just any old Funko, either. This version of the boy wizard is based on his time as part of the Hogwarts quidditch team. Not only is he wearing his familiar red trench coat, but he comes holding an adorable little Nimbus 2001 and, look closely, a teeny tiny Golden Snitch. And don’t worry, his iconic scar is right there on his forehead too. Ouch.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow
Remember back in the days when the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were good, and Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow felt funny and fresh, rather than tired and hackneyed? Why not reminisce over those times with a Funko of the original Jack Sparrow from the very first film? You know, the one with an actual storyline? That had at least some semblance of narrative focus and logical sense? Yeah, that one.
Homecoming Spider-Man with headphones
There are a lot of Spider-Man Funkos out there, but this Homecoming replica is by far the coolest. The eyes, the jacket, the headphones… it’s the perfect memento for reminiscing on one of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s best scenes (of which there are plenty). Sadly, the headphones don’t actually play music, but it certainly looks as though Peter is enjoying the sound of silence either way.
Alien - Xenomorph
The perfect gift for those who love the Alien films but always squeal and jump behind the sofa whenever the Xenomorph shows up. For what better way to conquer your phobia than by reducing the monster to nothing more than an adorable little figurine? This collector’s edition beats the Alien: Covenant Funko by a country mile, mainly because his sentient tongue is sticking out in all its disgusting glory. H.R. Giger would be proud.
Star Wars: A New Hope - Princess Leia
It doesn’t take very much to make a recognizable Princess Leia figurine. All you need is the hair buns, the white dress, and her trusty pistol, and the late Carrie Fisher’s likeness is there in full form. That means this Funko is more simple and minimalist in detail, but it’s still a strong piece for the Star Wars collection, especially if you want to recreate the New Hope dream team of Han, Luke, Chewie, and Princess Organa herself.