POP! MOVIES (FUNKO)
Who doesn’t love a delightfully morbid toy? …A lot of “concerned mothers” and all sorts of focus groups, actually. I thought that was pretty obvious. I mean, you know? Well, I can certainly enjoy the heck out of a toy that seems to subvert the usual toy norms, and today’s entry definitely qualifies, but it actually even goes deeper than just this one toy. What the hell am I talking about? Look, I’ll get to it when I get to it. Released in the summer of 1988, Die Hard was a film that reinvented the action film genre, catapulting Bruce Willis into stardom and taking action heroes away from being invincible, unstoppable, fighting machines. Beyond just main character John McClane, though, it also had a compelling cast of supporting characters and some quite well formed antagonists. Amongst those antagonists is a rather minor one, Tony Vreski, whose main claim to fame within the film is being the first of the terrorists to die, almost accidentally killed by McClane, early in the film. His corpse is then used by John as a distraction…and a little bit of a warning. It’s a somewhat distinctive shot from the film, and now it’s also a toy, for the second time, even.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tony Vreski is #671 in Funko’s Pop! Movies line, the fourth of the four Die Hard Pops. There’s something downright amusing about the fact that we got four Pops from the movie, and they were the three most major characters in the film…and Tony. This is also the only version of Tony we get, all corpsified and gross. Alas, there is not “generic blonde guy in grey sweats and grandma glasses” Tony out there. The figure is 3 3/4 inches tall and has the same single neck joint that all of the non-Marvel and Star Wars Pops get. For him, it’s not quite as useful, what with the being dead and all. He’s actually pretty stable for a modern Pop, thanks to being seated on his little rolling chair (which, sadly, doesn’t actually roll. I know, how sad), which I was certainly happy about, because I get a little tired of these things falling over all the time. It’s one of the more unique Pop sculpts, not by virtue of the outfit or anything, of course, but that pose is definitely not a common one, and does its best to sell the “this guy’s definitely dead” thing that’s sort of essential to a good Dead Tony figure. Although, I suppose it’s possible he’s just *really* out of it (no joke, when Super Awesome Wife first saw him, she asked if he was alright…I then had to tell her he *really* wasn’t, you know, cuz he was dead). Tony’s paintwork isn’t anything amazingly complex or anything, mostly being the grey sweats and all, but he does get the appropriate movie accurate blood smears on the face, as well as the half-way closed eyes. He also gets John’s “Now I Have a Machine Gun Ho-Ho-Ho” message, although it appears “Machine” was dropped from it for space. I guess the message is still more or less the same, and it’s not like the impact of the visual is lost too much, but it’s a little odd that they dropped that one word.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first real knowledge of Die Hard was the Palz, and more specifically, it was the Dead Tony Palz, the insanely hard to find 1 in 64 figure that pretty much never shows up anywhere. He’s always utterly fascinated me, due to the rather morbid (albeit amusingly morbid) nature of rendering such a design as a toy. I want one, but the odds of me getting one are, admittedly, kinda slim. I didn’t pay much attention to the Die Hard Pops when they hit, so I actually missed that this design had somehow gotten *another* toy. It wound up getting traded into All Time the other day, and I was, again pretty fascinated. So fascinated, in fact, that Jason told me I could just have it, provided I actually reviewed it here. So, umm, here’s the review? Yeah…this guy’s really got a very specific audience in mind, and I manage to fall right into it. I may not be the biggest Pop fan, but he’s fun in his own morbid little way.
Thanks again to Jason at All Time Toys for setting me up with this figure to review. If you’re looking for Pops, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.