POP! STAR WARS (FUNKO)
For Day 11 of the post-Christmas reviews, I’m going to be taking a look at the licensing juggernaut that is Funko Pop! Even several years in, I still can’t say I fully understand this whole Pop! craze. That being said, given that the line encompasses every conceivable license known to man, it’s not the sort of thing one can totally avoid. One of the most expansive licenses within the Pop! style is Star Wars, which is currently host to over 150 different Pops. Nearer to the end of those 150 is today’s focus figure, K-2!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
K-2SO is #146 in the Pop! Star Wars line. He’s the second to last of the main Rogue One-themed Pops, fourth to last when you factor in the two Smuggler’s Bounty exclusives. The figure is one of the taller Pops I own, standing 4 1/2 inches tall. As a Star Wars Pop!, K-2 contractually can’t have any articulation, and is instead a bobble head. You can get a little bit of movement out of the neck, but it’s not advisable, since you risk ruining the spring. As far as the sculpt goes, K-2 is probably one of the best Pop! sculpts I’ve seen. It helps that his design requires that he be a bit further removed from the usual Pop! elements. He already has big circular eyes and lacks a mouth, so he comes off a whole lot less creepy than the typical Pop!, and on top of that, his body is in a straight standing pose, rather than the odd crouch of some of the earlier figures. I do have to admit, it’s slightly odd to see a K-2 figure that doesn’t have even the slightest hint of his hunched neck. It’s not really something this style of figure allows for, so I guess I can understand the need for the change. K-2’s sculpt features a great level of fine detail work, especially on the body; it’s good that they didn’t skimp on the sculpted elements there. As far as paint, K-2 is fairly basic. He’s mostly gunmetal grey, with some brighter silver here and there, and of course the white for his eyes. The lack of any sort of weathering on this guy is a slight letdown, but not entirely outside of the style, so I can’t really complain. K-2’s one accessory is a display stand (standard for the Star Wars Pops), which is definitely appreciated, since he can’t actually stand without it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
K-2SO was one of two figures I received from my totally cool-tastic brother this Christmas. After seeing Rogue One, I pretty much wanted all things K-2, and this guy puts me one closer to completing that goal! He’s actually not a bad little figure; he may not have the playability of some of the other K-2s, but he captures the spirit, and is definitely one of the better Pop figures out there!