Get the scoop on the new Funko Pop! line and Episode 4, out now!

This week, we returned to our favorite ragtag group of galaxy savers and their struggle with the Eternity Forge in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.” In the latest episode—Who Needs You?—the team must overcome their own fractured relationships and in-fighting to escape the Sacred Shrine alive. Players will help Star-Lord lead the team to safety while exploring the past of another team member—Drax the Destroyer.

Not only are the Guardians of this story gracing phone screens, televisions, and PC monitors around the world—but soon they’ll appear in vinyl as Funko releases a new set of Marvel Gamerverse Pop! collectibles. Gamora, Rocket, Lylla, and Hala the Accuser will all appear in this latest set—created in collaboration between Telltale and Funko!

We sat down with Justin Lambros—Executive Producer on “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series”—to learn what we could about the series’ penultimate episode and about the developer’s work with Funko on this new set of collectibles.

Marvel.com: Episode 3—More Than a Feeling—left players with a serious decision about what to do with the Eternity Forge. With the artifact either empowered or destroyed, what state is the team in when we pick up here in Episode 4: Who Needs You?

Justin Lambros: This was our biggest choice of the season so far, and as per usual, the various Guardians had very different ideas of what to do with the Forge. Groot and Gamora sided pretty heavily with destroying it, while Rocket and Drax were very interested in using its power to bring back loved ones. Combine that with two very different versions of Hala to deal with, and you’ve got the Guardians in the middle of a crisis. I don’t want to spoil anything, but pretty quickly in the episode this will come to a head, and you’ll have to start picking up the pieces as Peter. Some of your team will support you, and others, well let’s just say will be less than helpful. This episode is really about trying to keep these cracks in the group from being full fractures.

Marvel.com: The fate of the Eternity Forge also has an impact on Hala. What threat does she now pose to the Guardians and the galaxy at large—either with or without the ancient artifact?

Justin Lambros: One of the things that’s so fun (and challenging) about creating Telltale games is having branched states for characters, and we’ve done a whopper with Hala. You’ll either be facing her as the leader of a resurrected Kree empire with a fully operational armada of ships, or a living grim reaper/undead Kree Accuser who has nothing left to lose. Neither of these things seems like a good place for our heroes to be, but it has very different potential solutions to figure out how to save the galaxy.

Marvel.com: What lurks in these caverns that the team will have to contend with as they make their escape? Hala is one problem, but it sounds like there are many more hiding in the shadows.

Justin Lambros: An early decision we made with episode 4 was to really focus on the characters of the Guardians themselves to help make the current state of the galaxy a more personal issue for the team and the player. So, we’ve got an story here that puts even more internal pressure on the team directly before they can even begin to address the “saving of the galaxy” that they are supposed to be doing. Our creative team came up with a new and exciting set of problems, which will keep the pressure on the Guardians while they are sorting out their differences. It’s one of the great things of the IP that we wanted to show off in this episode: new space creatures and fantastical environments.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen glimpses of the past for Star-Lord, Rocket, and Gamora so far, with Drax up next this episode. What element of Drax the Destroyer’s backstory will we explore?

Justin Lambros: What we’ve talked about from the earlier creative meetings for this project was to dig into a different side of Drax in his flashback. His backstory in the comics is quite different from the movie, but we wanted to merge them a bit, trying to show Drax in a more normal family life, rather than digging into his history as a fierce warrior. I’m hoping players find it as compelling as we did in making it.

Again, one of the real goals of this project was to round out a more complex version of each of these amazing characters from the Guardians, and Drax is surprisingly complex when you start to dig into his past and what he has done to deal with it. We hope it makes some of the big choices later in the episode very challenging for the player.

Marvel.com: There’s just one episode remaining, what can you tell us about the upcoming finale? Is there any one part of the story’s conclusion that you’re most excited to share with players?

Justin Lambros: I couldn’t be more excited about the final episode. The team building it worked on the early episodes of the project, so they’re carrying a lot of passion and knowledge for what’s come before in the series. It’s a very complex, branched episode that really aims to pay off on the character choices and consequences from the series in a big way. And without spoiling anything, I’m most excited about how we’ve kept the big final choice that we had planned from the early stages of pre-production and also added some more branched content and new moments that we didn’t even conceive of at the earliest points. So, I’m hoping that whatever content the players get, they feel a strong emotional attachment to what they’ve decided for these characters, and, hopefully they get to save the galaxy as well.

Marvel.com: We teased last month that the Guardians as we know them here in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” are getting the Pop! vinyl treatment from Funko soon. What has the collaboration been like with Marvel and the folks at Funko to help bring Telltale’s game designs to life?

Justin Lambros: This has been an amazing collaboration for the team and me personally. Not just because I’ve been collecting Funko Pop! vinyl for years and have a ridiculous collection of Marvel Super Heroes (and especially the Guardians), but also they’ve done an amazing job of representing the unique design elements that we have brought to our characters into their trademark stylization.

It’s been a blast for us to put our unique Telltale art style on the main Guardians, but it’s been in bringing the lesser known supporting characters to life in our game that we’ve really been able to shine. And Funko has put together a mix of those characters for us and really blown us away with their work. It’s a terrific mix of cute and bad ass that we couldn’t be more excited to have applied to some of our game characters.

Marvel.com: Hala and Lylla are sure to have Marvel + Funko fans excited, as these characters are joining the company’s collectible line for the first time! How do you feel about helping to bring them into the Funko fold?

Justin Lambros: I’ve had the privilege to work on a number of Marvel projects in my career and one of my favorite aspects is drilling down into the lesser known realms of the Marvel character library and bringing those characters to life in the interactive medium. And when the game version of these characters then comes to life in other ways, it’s really satisfying for the team members who work so hard on concepting, modeling, texturing, and animating these vibrant personalities to see others inspired by and adapting their creative work.

Lylla is an old comics character that has a very minor reference in the first Guardians film, so it was great to be able to have her play a major role in episode 2 of our series. And the undeniable cuteness of that Funko Pop! has really made our creative team proud, as Lylla held a special place in the hearts of our writers and designers. And Hala is a more recent comic creation, so we were happy to get some more awareness for this truly imposing character from the comics in our game and beyond.

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'Marvel’s Spider-Man,' 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' and even more exciting reveals!

Marvel fans at New York Comic Con were treated to one surprise after the other during the Marvel Animation panel. Hosted by SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment Cort Lane, fans got exclusive sneak peeks of unaired episodes, special guest appearances, and more.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” is in its first season and the audience was treated to a sneak peek of an upcoming episode of titled, “Venom” which doesn’t air until October 21!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” is a big hit with fans thanks to great writers like Mairghread Scott who came to talk about the upcoming season. In the third season the Guardians will travel to new universes, stage a massive sting operation inside the Nova Corps, and expose a Secret Invasion years in the making. Along with a surprise appearance by “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s” own Gamora, Vanessa Marshall, GotG fans were shown special videos that included a never before seen clip of Stan Lee’s cameo.

It’s always exciting to get to know the voices behind favorite characters and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” fans were excited to see the voice of Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Kathreen Khavari, on the panel.

Following last year’s success of animated shorts, once again Marvel is collaborating with Funko to create eight brand-new 90-second shorts that showcase team ups and face-offs with some of your favorite Marvel super heroes. Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Venom, Loki, and last, but not least, Baby Groot, all get the Funko treatment! The second season of Funko shorts is animated by A Large Evil Corporation and launches this summer across various platforms, with new episodes debuting all the way into 2018.

Lego fans were thrilled to see the premiere trailer for “Marvel Lego Super Heroes GOTG: The Thanos Threat.” Even as a Lego piece, Baby Groot is irresistibly charming! As if that wasn’t enough excitement, Marvel announced another special treat for Lego lovers, “Lego Black Panther!” Thanos, Ronan, Nebula and the Ravagers seek to possess the Build Stone– a powerful and creative relic –and the fate of the universe depends on the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it.

Last but not least, Marvel is excited to announce a brand-new destination on YouTube for all things Marvel kids called, MARVEL HQ! Today Marvel launched MARVEL HQ, a digital destination for kids and families, available on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App. Marvel HQ gives viewers the opportunity to experience their favorite Marvel heroes through hundreds of episodes of Marvel adventures.

Marvel HQ features full-length, family-friendly episodes, shorts, and behind-the- scenes content from the most popular titles in the Marvel kids and family library including: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Marvel Funko animated shorts, and “LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload,” with even more titles to be added.

For all the up to date Marvel news and information, check out Marvel.com and @Marvel on Twitter!

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View the premiere of animated short 'Cosmic Sleigh Ride.'

Happy Hump Day, True Believers! We’re back with a second season of Marvel Funko Presents consisting of 8 brand new animated shorts. Watch the first of the second season, “Cosmic Sleigh Ride,” above!

“Cosmic Sleigh Ride” features the Collector sending Taserface to re-capture Groot for his collection and ends up on a slippery snow chase on a frozen alien planet with Groot & Star-Lord.

The Marvel Funko shorts include story and animation by A Large Evil Corporation and were executive produced by Brian Mariotti, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, Joe Quesada, and Alan Fine.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Funko Pop! kicks off the new line with ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’!

Enter the Marvel Gamerverse! With this new line, Marvel and friends bring fans a whole new way to level up their collections with exciting products and collectibles inspired by Marvel gaming favorites—bringing the epic characters and in-game storytelling you love to life. With “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” releasing next week, get set for a new wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles based on the crossover video game series.

Two universes collide with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.” This Funko: Pop! Games series features the high-flying Captain Marvel, the martial arts master Chun-Li, the laser-blasting and wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon, the successor to Mega Man, X, and the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, Gamora. In addition, the ninja agent Strider Hiryu, the maniacal mechanical Ultron, and the power-hungry tyrant, Sigma, join the lineup!

We sat down with a few of our friends at Funko—Director of Marketing Mark Robben and Project Manager Erin Macke—to get an inside look at the process of putting this set together.

Marvel.com: Fans of the Marvel vs Capcom franchise are sure to be pumped about these new collectibles. How did the team decide which characters would join the Funko Pop! family in this set?

Mark Robben: We partnered closely with Marvel during the character selection process. As with most of our projects with Marvel, it’s equal parts input from Funko artists and product design as well getting feedback from the team at Marvel. For MVCI, we definitely wanted to showcase the most visually striking characters from the game up front, and we always try to make room for our personal favorites and the favorites of our fans. But we definitely wanted to keep some in our back pocket for future waves!

Marvel.com: Some of these characters have been seen before in past Marvel and Capcom sets from Funko. How have their looks been updated and adjusted for the “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” line?

Erin Macke: In general, we tried to use premium alternate costumes found in the game and this is actually the first time anyone has seen these alternate looks. While the costumes we selected may not be those that fans will think of first when they picture a character from the game, we think that will make for a very exciting and fresh take on these beloved characters.

Marvel.com: Gamora, in particular, rocks a look in MVCI that hasn’t been seen much in collectibles: a classic comic-inspired uniform. Does the team have more fun working on completely new looks for characters you’ve seen in the past?

Erin Macke: Absolutely; it’s definitely fun and challenging to flex our creativity with new looks or new takes on known characters. It’s a personal challenge for the artists at Funko to reflect the characters as fans would know them, but then to also infuse that special Funko style that we’ve become known for.

Marvel.com: X—the successor to Mega Man—and Sigma—one of X’s primary antagonists—join Strider Hiryu as characters who get the full-size Pop! treatment for the first time here. What was the design process like for them?

Erin Macke: We worked closely from reference art provided by the Marvel Games and Capcom [teams] to ensure we’re doing the characters justice; we definitely want to ensure we’re reflecting them properly and showcasing the designs from the game itself. But again, the real trick is then adding those special tweaks that bring out the Funko look and feel. Any fan or collector should be able to look at a character and easily know who it is, but at the same time recognize it as a Pop! vinyl because of the art style.

Marvel.com: This set presents a nice spread of familiar and fresh faces. How do you strike that balance of characters you’ve worked with previously vs those that are new to the Funko family?

Mark Robben: We really don’t tend to think about characters in terms of old versus new. Instead, we just tend to look for great character design and pay attention to the characters, stories, and games that fans love. Everyone loves new characters, but fans also have a great deal of nostalgia for the characters they grew up with. We want to make sure every line has a little of both.

Look for the Marvel Gamerverse “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles to hit shelves in November! But this is just the beginning for Marvel Gamerverse and Funko. A certain ragtag group of galaxy-savers are next to get the Pop! vinyl treatment—straight from the gameplay of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series!”

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Preview upcoming toys based off Matt Murduck, Wilson Fisk and Daredevil!

Funko presents all-new Daredevil Pop! figures! Avocado — we mean, attorney-at-law, Matt Murdock goes after the shifty Wilson Fisk! Meanwhile, a heroic masked vigilante is cleaning up the city on his own terms! And now you can also bring Daredevil everywhere you go — with the Pocket Pop! Keychain… keeping any keyring safe!

Preview the upcoming figures below and for even more from Funko, visit their website!

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Melinda May and a new series of Marvel Mopeez are the latest and some of the greatest Funko exclusives!

Funko is excited to announce several brand new Marvel items! First up, the ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ Agent Melinda May Pop! Vinyl Bobble-Head. After many requests Funko has brought the fan favorite character to life as part of their popular Pop! Vinly Bobble-Head line. The super-stylized Melinda May stands a little more than three inches tall and comes in a window display box.

Next up is a brand new series of Marvel Mopeez. Mopeez are your favorite character on their worst day. These four and a half-inch plush figures are weighted on the bottom to retain a slouchy posture and adorable frustration.

Marvel Mopeez Series includes:

  • Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Captain America
  • Spider-Man
  • Deadpool
  • Groot
  • Rocket Raccoon


Check your local retailers soon for these new Marvel additions and stay tuned to
Funko for more releases!

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Check out the official Marvel Collectibles subscription service featuring Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Funko has collaborated with Marvel to build a first-of-its-kind subscription box service — Marvel Collector Corps — featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from some of the biggest events in the Marvel movie and comic book universe. The debut box ships in April and will feature items from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ including an exclusive 6” Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop! vinyl collectible only available through Marvel Collector Corps. The box contents also include a T-shirt featuring one of four exclusive designs, an additional stylized vinyl collectible and two premium accessories. The box represents over $50 of value.

Marvel Collector Corps

Marvel Collector Corps

Boxes will ship every two months and Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ will be featured in the June box. The service includes two levels — the basic Collector level and the Founder level. Customers who sign up for the Founders program, which includes a six-box subscription, will receive an exclusive Founder Statue on the 12-month anniversary of their first box shipment. As long as their membership does not lapse, Founders will continue to receive a new exclusive figure every year on their anniversary.

The Marvel Collector Corps service from Funko is available for $25 per box, and fans can signup now at www.collectorcorps.com.

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Add Thanos, Yondu, Nebula and more to your Marvel bobble head collection!

Funko is excited to announce a new series from the popular ‘Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy’ Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Heads line. Available in stores this March, this wave will include some of the favorites that you’ve been asking for including Yondu, Ronan, Nebula and The Collector. Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Heads will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box.

But wait, also included in the new line will be The Mad Titan himself… Thanos. The Thanos Super-Sized Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Head will tower over the other figures at 6” tall and come in a window display box. And for even more from Funko, visit their website here.

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Hurry to your local Walgreens this January to get your hands on these four exclusives!

Funko is excited to announce a new series of Marvel Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Heads, available exclusively in Walgreens stores this January.

This series will include some of Marvel’s most popular characters and each super stylized Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Head will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. The figures are Ages 3+.

Walgreens Exclusive Marvel Pop! Series will include:

  • Black Suit Spider-Man
  • Punisher
  • Venom
  • Spider-Man 2099

Hurry into your local Walgreens this January to add these exclusive figures to you Marvel Pop! collection and take a look at the gallery below for all the new additions! Visit Funko’s website here for even more Marvel figures!

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Pick up this very limited figure from Funko's Hikari line this December!

Funko is excited to announce the addition of Groot to the Hikari line. The first Groot Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure will be available in stores this December.

Hikari, meaning ‘light’, is a highly collectible line of Sofubi Vinyl Figures. These figures are ultra-limited and piece runs will range from 500pcs-5000pcs depending on the treatment. Each Hikari piece includes a hand numbered card to prove authenticity and rarity.

The Groot Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure stands 10.5” tall and comes in a window display box. The figures are Ages 5+.

For more from Funko, visit their website.

Funko Groot Hikari

Funko Groot Hikari

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