GAME OF THRONES (FUNKO)
When I got into Game of Thrones this past spring, I got into the accompanying toys pretty hardcore (such a shock, right?) Unfortunately, I caught up with all of the Legacy Collection figures available in just a few months, leaving me with pretty much nothing new to buy. Just before I started collecting, Funko announced they would be moving Game of Thrones to their smaller 3 3/4-inch scale, and thus restarting the line. I’m always a bit iffy about starting another scale (especially when it comes to Funko; I’ve got an incomplete Serenity crew in three different scales from them. It makes them hard to trust), so I’ve been holding out to see what else they’d be offering. So far I’ve picked up two figures from the new line: Tormund, who I reviewed a couple of months ago, and Ygritte, who I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ygritte is the second of the 9 figures that make up the first series of the smaller Game of Thrones line. As I noted in my Tormund review, all of the figures in this first set are themed around The Wall (which is the first playset from the line). Ygritte was one of the more demanded figures back when Funko was still doing The Legacy Collection, so it’s not a huge surprise to see her here as one of the anchor figures for the new line. She stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and has 9 points of articulation. Ygritte’s movement is a little improved over Tormund, but still not anything near what we were getting from the Legacy figures. There’s no way you’re getting her to hold her bow properly, that’s for sure. Also like Tormund, Ygritte’s joints aren’t really worked into her sculpt in any real organic way; they’re just thrown wherever they may land, exposed, for the whole world to see. In some ways, her sculpt is an improvement over Tormund, but in other ways it lags behind a bit. The detailing on her clothes is a bit sharper, which is good. She’s also got a better likeness on the head than Tormund. It’s not perfect, but you can tell who she’s supposed to be. Unfortunately, the head’s far too large for the body, which makes her look rather like a bobble-head, and drags the whole figure down a bit. Ygritte’s paintwork is passable, I guess. The basic details are all pretty decent, and the work on the clothing is definitely the standout work. My figure has a slight mark on her forehead, which is slightly annoying, but not so bad that it totally ruined the figure. Like Tormund, I do feel her hair could be a brighter red. Ygritte includes a bow, but no separate arrows to hold. The bow’s fine, but seems a little under-scaled, truth be told.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After picking up Tormund, I wasn’t really sure I was going to get into this line. And, if I’m totally honest, I can’t say Ygritte is one of my favorite characters from the show, so I wasn’t exactly expecting to pick this figure up. But, then I ended up finding her at Goodwill for like $2 (the box was smashed to heck, but the figures was fine), and that was enough to push me into getting her. I’m still not totally sold on this line, but Ygritte is a slight improvement over Tormund. Perhaps future figures might pick up a bit?