Collectibles Review: Funko Pop! figures, Judge Doom, and Turbo
Almost 25 years separates the release of the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Wreck-It Ralph, but they both seem to have done a great job in capturing the essence of both the worlds of hand-drawn animation, and video games. As well, each one has given us characters that have stuck with us due to some rather amazing moments.
And, they each boast villains that are more than what they seem. The two in these films were so memorable, that I soon found myself having to buy their Funko POP figures, and weigh in on these villainous icons that have stuck with two different generations of Disney fanatics.
*Spoiler Alert: Each portion of the review will reveal secrets about each of these characters from the films they were in. If you wish to not find out these secrets, it’s best to watch these films first, and then come back to see what I have to say about these figures.*
With an ominous bassoon and death knell from Alan Silvestri’s score, Eddie Valiant and audiences were introduced to the black-robed judge of Toontown. Not much was known about Doom, but there was something considerably off about this human judge who seemed all too willing to make an example out of a sentient toon shoe, to prove his methods of “justice.”
Eventually, it was revealed just why the judge was acting so strangely, when after being flattened by a steam roller, he was revealed to be the unknown toon who had killed Eddie Valiant’s brother Teddy, many years ago. Now red-eyed and demented, the judge intended to dip Roger and Jessica Rabbit, as well as finish off Eddie with an arsenal of toon props hidden in his right hand.
Over the years, Judge Doom has definitely fallen into that category of “1980’s nightmare fuel” for many of us who were children in that era. Doom is definitely one of those creations that made me sink deep into my theater seat when I was 8.
When it comes to figural representations, Doom has only ever had a few made of him. A company named LJN made several tie-in figures of Doom, one in bendy form, and another in action figure form.
Until Funko’s recent release, Doom had never been rendered without his hat and glasses on, and the Funko POP line has done a great job once again in their exaggerated depiction of a rarely-produced character.
This rendition of Doom is an amalgamation of different parts of his appearance in the film. The hair atop his head is a translucent vinyl, and the swirling red-and-white vortex of his eyes is a nice touch. I think it’s a good thing Funko didn’t include a mouth, as I think an open-mouthed grin with the Judge’s fake teeth would have made the figure a little more scary.
The Judge is realized here in his trademark black suit. One would assume they would have given him the toon buzz saw or anvil for his right hand, but instead, they have it clutching a POP version of the toon shoe he dips in the ACME Gag Factory. And just like in the film, the little guy here doesn’t quite know what is in store for him (they even made him smile!).
Doom is part of a 4-figure set from the film, with other characters including Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, and Smarty Weasel (because they couldn’t call him by his real name: Smart@$$). Sadly, Funko did not make a figure of Eddie Valiant, which I think would have been a great inclusion instead of the Weasel, since Eddie interacted with the other characters in one form or another throughout the film.
Doom’s retail price starts at $10.99, and should be showing up at local retailers very soon. Online, he and the other Roger Rabbit assortment have just been released to a number of outlets.
2012 gave us a film that I feel was one of Walt Disney Feature Animation’s strongest releases yet: Wreck-It-Ralph. Not just a film about mashing together all kinds of old-school video game characters, director Jim Reardon instead decided to tell the story of an arcade bad guy who is tired of his “job” that has gone on for 30 years. His quest to try and become the good guy, eventually leads him to the arcade racing world of Sugar Rush, presided over by the uppity King Candy.
The unhinged King Candy it soon turned out, was a re-purposed racing contender from another arcade game named Turbo Time. Turbo was constantly attempting to always be the best, but when a new game called Road Blasters was introduced into the arcade, Turbo abandoned his game, and attempted to take over the hot new racing game. This just resulted in his messing up the game’s coding, and leading to both games being pulled, with Turbo supposedly perishing when he didn’t return to his.
Noone knows when it happened, but sometime in the 1990’s, Turbo found his way into the new arcade racing game Sugar Rush in Litwak’s Arcade. He then usurped the Candy Kingdom, and took the throne from Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz. Adopting the high-strung persona of King Candy, Turbo was master of his new domain, until Wreck-It-Ralph showed up, and helped Vanellope reclaim her kingdom.
Turbo’s appearance is definitely jarring when one sees him rendered in 3-dimensions in the game of Sugar Rush. With his glowing yellow eyes and teeth, as well as light blue skin, he definitely seems to have a menacing persona, and one that does seem a little scary when one sees him. His reveal when I saw it in theaters, definitely made me flash back to the unmasking of Judge Doom.
In the fall of 2012, Funko released 4 POP renditions of Wreck-It-Ralph, Vanellope Von Schweetz, Fix-It-Felix, and King Candy. The demand for these figures soon caused them to sell out almost immediately, and Funko reissued them in the fall of 2013…but included a POP rendition of Turbo, the only figure made so far of this character.
Turbo’s size is definitely moreso on par with Vanellope, though this means that the bulk of his mass is in the shape of his helmeted head. Funko has also taken to putting a little more detail into his head than most other POP figures. His all-yellow eyes are rimmed slightly with some magenta, and his eyes have a dark outline around them. Of course, they definitely help add an air of eeriness to him.
Turbo also is one of the few POP figures that comes with a mouth. This one is full of crooked yellow teeth, all outlined in black as well.
His pose is also one of menace. With his outstretched hands, it looks like he’s about to push someone off a cliff (or into oncoming traffic!). I originally thought that the size of his head would mean he’d easily fall over (his head is almost 2-3 times the size of his body!), but the squat pose they have Turbo in, helps make sure he’ll stay standing even with a minor shove.
Of course, like most interesting bad guys these days, Turbo has amassed a small following of fans online. Even so, Disney has not given the fandom of Wreck-It-Ralph much of anything with him on it. This makes Funko’s figure of him a must-have for those wanting something of the psychotic racer.
Originally retailing for $10.99, it’s rare to find Turbo in stores these days. Your best bet is to find him from online outlets like Amazon.com.
When Funko originally started their POP line-up, I didn’t immediately spark to it, given the exaggerated stylings and limited facial features. However, the POP line has been instrumental in giving us numerous properties that one can display side-by-side. Aside from the LEGO brand getting multiple licensees, POP is one of the other places one can mash up all sorts of superheroes, pop-culture icons, and characters from TV and film.
The line’s ability to give us obscure characters like Judge Doom and Turbo, is also one reason why I have made several purchases from them. They have even made POP figures of such obscure characters as Edna Mode, Remy the Rat from Ratatouille, and Carl Fredricksen. One hopes there may be a few more obscure characters to come in the future (I’m sure some Tangled fans would love a figure of Mother Goethel!).