GAME OF THRONES (FUNKO)
Wait, a Game of Thrones review….What year is this? If it’s anything later than 2019, this just doesn’t seem to track. Huh, I’m getting reports that it’s later than 2019. Yeah. Not tracking. Look, guys, I haven’t bought anything since Game of Thrones went off the air, and I’ve honestly moved past it, but, the thing is, I’ve had this one item just sort of lingering for a while and I feel like I just need to get it done and out of the way finally, so it can just, like, stop staring at me and making me feel bad about my life choices. Just…okay? So, please enjoy this Jon Snow review.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jon Snow was one of the 9 figures that made up the first (and only) series of the ill-fated smaller Game of Thrones line from Funko, which came and went in the last chunk of 2016. All of the figures were centered on the Wall, for which they also did a playset. It was, perhaps not the best choice, seeing as the two seasons that surrounded this set’s release moved the action away from The Wall for the most part, but planning and production times on toys being what they are, I suppose there was only so much Funko could do. Jon is unquestionably the biggest name of the single carded figures, rivaled only by Tyrion overall, but he was stuck with the big, expensive playset. Jon was based on his mid-run Night’s Watch look, in the Seasons 2-4 area. It’s a definitive look for him, and one that tied well with the overall theming of the line. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. Of the four figures I own from this line, Jon’s the best articulated, just in terms of proper clearances and stuff on the joints. It’s not anything crazy or anything, but he poses well enough for what you’re getting. His sculpt’s a pretty basic one. This whole line was sporting much more dialed back sculpts, which honestly felt like an odd choice for a property like GoT, but I myself didn’t hate the concept. Admittedly, Jon’s got a look that works alright with the style. The body captures his outfit pretty well, and it’s even got a removable cloak, which gives him some more options. The head’s certainly got one of the weaker likenesses, though. The other three all had some sort of distinctive trait of their actors present, but there’s really really not a lot of it Harrington coming through here. Like his larger counterpart, however, it’s possible this might be more of a paint thing. The paint on the face is certainly an improvement on the larger figure, but it’s still a little off; those eyebrows are still not Harrington’s. Otherwise, things are generally okay. The detailing on the fur of his cloak in particular is quite nice. Jon’s packed with his sword Longclaw, which is a decent enough little piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this figure up back in 2017, when he was roughly a year old. I’d gotten Ygritte, Tormund, and the Wall, and I kind of wanted a Jon to go with them. So, when I found him at a small game store in College Park called Pandora’s Cube, I went for it. Now, you’re probably asking yourself “Why wait this many years to actually review him, Ethan?” Valid question. Ummm, I forgot about him. No, really. I took photos of him, and had actually planned on reviewing him to coincide with the series finale in 2019. But, in the two years of waiting, and the ensuing excitement surrounding Avengers Endgame and it’s tie-in product around the same time as the GoT finale (to say nothing of my own diminishing interest in the show as the season wrapped up), I just forgot to review him, and post-finale, I had little calling me back. But, I had the photos, and he was sitting there, and it’s honestly been nagging at me for a bit. So, you know, there it is. Yay. Review done. Boy, I sure hope there aren’t any other items I’ve been putting off lingering somewhere…