Saturday, September 17, 2016

Funko Reveals Smuggler's Bounty Exclusive 'Rogue One' Pop! Figures

By: Benjamin Hart

Apart from the plethora of Pop! vinyl figures that will be accompanying Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year, Funko has unveiled two new figures that will be exclusively available in an upcoming Smuggler's Bounty box. Smuggler's Bounty is Funko's bimonthly subscription box that includes an assortment of collectibles, includes Pop! figures, T-Shirts, pins and more. It has been announced that the next box, which is scheduled to be shipped on November 16th, will be Rogue One themed and will include two Pop! figures; Jyn Erso(in mountain gear) and a Death Trooper.

In addition,'s Dan Brooks spoke with Funko’s senior product designer Reis O’Brien about creating these Pops and previous ones. You can see some highlights from the interview below, and read the full article on Let’s dive into two new Rogue One figures in the upcoming Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box. First, Jyn Erso in her mountain gear. What was the creative process for Jyn? What assets were you given from Lucasfilm to inform her look, and how did you develop her to get the right look and pose in the final figure?

Reis O’Brien: We were fortunate enough to get amazing reference photos from Lucasfilm, which is something that toy designers dream about, believe me! The photos we received left out no detail, so we were able to go into this pretty confidently.

As far as “capturing the character” goes, that’s a bit trickier. When I first started designing the initial concepts, we hadn’t seen the first trailer yet, so I had no idea how these characters moved or sounded or carried themselves. So there was a lot of guess work. What did that guess work involve? Was there a lot of trial and error before you felt like you nailed it?

Reis O’Brien: Looking at the pictures of Jyn in her costumes, I just sort of got this feeling that she was the type of person that shook things up, maybe had a touch of attitude. So I tried to show that in something as subtle and seemingly unimportant as a lean onto one hip. And honestly, that’s about as much as you’re going to get out of a Pop!, which by nature are very rigidly posed. But we’re starting to push that more and more and experiment with action poses and whatnot, so I imagine that we’ll be able to show more personality in future figures. It wasn’t so much a matter of trial and error, since I just went with my gut and, luckily, Lucasfilm liked what they saw. Now, the Death Trooper. Was it a challenge to keep him (or her?) looking menacing while incorporating the Pop! style?

Reis O’Brien: Actually, no. When a Pop! has its face exposed, and there you are, looking at these big black teddy-bear eyes, it can be very difficult to make a character look menacing. But when I first saw the design of the death troopers’ helmets, I knew that I didn’t need to be overly concerned with cuteness. The helmet’s design is simply dripping with menace! All I had to do was make sure that I captured the right elements that gave it that creepy look.

If you want this box, be sure to subscribe before the deadline on November 15th! To learn more and place your subscription, click here!


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