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Vynl Star Wars History

Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:06 am

This is a quick post regarding the history of Vynl, but more specifically, the Star Wars line. As such, it skips a lot of the history of the other lines. If you want to recreate/replicate/cite this post in part or in whole, please contact us prior to proceeding. If you see any inconsistencies, please do let us know so we can correct them.

Feel free to check out our other Star Wars Funko History posts:
Star Wars Wacky Wobblers History | Star Wars Holographic History | Star Wars Plush History | Star Wars Hikari History | Star Wars Dorbz History | Star Wars Vynl History

Vynl was first officially announced on July 6, 2017 when Funko revealed 4 of them, with the first to hit the market July 20th being the SDCC 2017 Exclusive Batgirl and Poison Ivy, shared with Hot Topic. The suggested retail price was $14.99. Brian, Funko's CEO, actually hinted at the reveal of this new line just one week prior to the official unveil during the Funko Funkast, where he was a special guest and had a short interview. Why is there no "i" in Vynl you may ask? Because there are always two of them! That's correct - all Vynl are 2 packs.
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Vynl is actually based on artist Kibooki's original style and design. At the time he worked for A Large Evil Corp, U.K. based animation studio. The studio has been working with Funko since 2014, mostly being known for making their awesome subscription based animated teasers, such as Smugglers Bounty. In December of 2017, Funko acquired A Large Evil Corp for approximately $4 million, essentially bringing the animation in-house. Kibooki is also behind the designs for Vinyl Idolz, a Funko line releases in 2016 that lasted about a year.
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During the development process, Kibooki's unique style is brought in line with Funko's design language and is tweaked to satisfy various licensing restrictions and requirements (e.g. making some of them bobbleheads, having a base, etc.). In other words, Kibooki blocks them out and Funko's artists do the rest.

Almost immediately after the announcement many begun questioning if Star Wars will be amongst the licenses to get the Vynl treatment. Funko hinted as much but then it was quiet for months. This remained the case until April 2018 when Brian said it's coming soon.
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And what do you know? On July 6, 2018 - exactly one year after the official reveal of the line - Funko announced the first Star Wars Vynl. Ironically, the Vynl 2 pack was of Solo. The duo of Han and Lando is a common with clear/white bases and is set to release in August.
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Expect to see other well known characters such as Rey + Kylo, Vader + Stormtrooper, OT Han + Greedo and others soon!

Funko also added Vader and Stormtrooper to the August 2018 upcoming list.
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Re: Vynl Star Wars History

Postby Pryde72 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:02 am

Seriously looking forward to this line.

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Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:40 am

Pryde72 wrote:Seriously looking forward to this line.


It will be interesting to see how much popularity it gains with the Funko collectors community and beyond.

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Postby mohawkjones » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:31 pm

maythefunkobewithyou wrote:
Pryde72 wrote:Seriously looking forward to this line.


It will be interesting to see how much popularity it gains with the Funko collectors community and beyond.


Hopefully not too much! I enjoy being able to walk into a store and find new VYNL sets without the pop frenzy mayhem... ;) lol
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Re: Vynl Star Wars History

Postby Zero_Mistro » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:38 pm

Will these figures be bobbleheads as well? I am hoping not.

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Postby Lonikins » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:43 pm

Good thing they're not numbered so you don't have to throw a fit when honest mistakes are made.
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Postby mohawkjones » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:50 pm

Lonikins wrote:Good thing they're not numbered so you don't have to throw a fit when honest mistakes are made.


lol truth.
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Postby mohawkjones » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:52 pm

Zero_Mistro wrote:Will these figures be bobbleheads as well? I am hoping not.


Yup, says so right on the front of the box.

Picked up the Cable/Deadpool set, they are bobbles too and in my opinion it's not as noticeable on these as it is on pops or minis.
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Re: Vynl Star Wars History

Postby Zero_Mistro » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:12 pm

mohawkjones wrote:
Zero_Mistro wrote:Will these figures be bobbleheads as well? I am hoping not.


Yup, says so right on the front of the box.

Picked up the Cable/Deadpool set, they are bobbles too and in my opinion it's not as noticeable on these as it is on pops or minis.


Thanks! I didn't see the fine print there. Good to know they are not as noticeable.

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Postby acbernardez » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:10 pm

Well done! I'm really looking forward to this line! The possibilities are endless!
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Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:37 pm

mohawkjones wrote:
Lonikins wrote:Good thing they're not numbered so you don't have to throw a fit when honest mistakes are made.


lol truth.


If they are also free of typos, we just might not have to :colors:

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Postby badger » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:45 pm

I feel like I’m in the minority that loves VYNL! They just look so appealing to me, and those Star Wars concepts like the Princess Leia and yoda just look amazing!
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Postby Pryde72 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:19 pm

badger wrote:I feel like I’m in the minority that loves VYNL! They just look so appealing to me, and those Star Wars concepts like the Princess Leia and yoda just look amazing!


I really like the looks of them, but I’m trying to limit the lines I collect :)

Unfortunately, Star Wars will always be a “must have” for me

I actually don’t hate the bobbles either

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Postby Shalee04 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:06 pm

These Star Wars ones are adorable, especially R2D2 \:D/
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Postby Libertyroxx » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:55 pm

As if I don't spend enough $ on Star Wars Funko items as is! lol

Really though, these are great and I am extremely excited to add the Star Wars Vynl to my Funko collection!!!
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Postby wenhol8710 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:28 pm

I have not bought any Vynl sets yet because I have run low on space and have to be super selective, even though the Harry Potter and Rick and Morty sets have been really cute. HOWEVER if that Leia concept becomes a real piece...they will totally have me.hooked. lol
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Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:17 am

The ultimate baddie of the galaxy is coming in Vynl form in August, later this year.
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Postby lunarembrace » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:21 am

I'm really tempted to get the Star Wars Vynl sets. It may not be as bad as trying to collect all the Pop!s. But I already collect so much. But the more I look at them.....but I only told myself I was collecting creatures and movie moments. Oh my.
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Postby LatinFunko » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:09 am

maythefunkobewithyou wrote:The ultimate baddie of the galaxy is coming in Vynl form in August, later this year.
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These look frickin awesome! Can't do it. Won't do it.. ](*,)
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Postby drehill » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:35 am

Loving that Vader / Trooper 2 pk.

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Postby funkystark » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:28 pm

That is sharp!! Loving the VYNL figures!
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Postby badger » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:47 pm

maythefunkobewithyou wrote:The ultimate baddie of the galaxy is coming in Vynl form in August, later this year.
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That looks great, I can’t wait
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Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:45 am

lunarembrace wrote:I'm really tempted to get the Star Wars Vynl sets. It may not be as bad as trying to collect all the Pop!s. But I already collect so much. But the more I look at them.....but I only told myself I was collecting creatures and movie moments. Oh my.


Might be best to just wait for these to hit stores, seeing them in person, and deciding then.

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Re: Vynl Star Wars History

Postby PopCollector » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 am

Nice write up on the history of Vynl!!!

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Vynl is actually based on artist Kibooki's original style and design. At the time he worked for A Large Evil Corp, U.K. based animation studio. The studio has been working with Funko since 2014, mostly being known for making their awesome subscription based animated teasers, such as Smugglers Bounty. In December of 2017, Funko acquired A Large Evil Corp for approximately $4 million, essentially bringing the animation in-house. Kibooki is also behind the designs for Vinyl Idolz, a Funko line releases in 2016 that lasted about a year.



I believe the original Vinyl Idolz was also based on Kibooki's design
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Postby maythefunkobewithyou » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:10 am

PopCollector wrote:Nice write up on the history of Vynl!!!

I believe the original Vinyl Idolz was also based on Kibooki's design


Yes, that’s absolutely correct. Sadly those came and went in 2015. Let’s see how Vynl does.


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