Friday, September 26, 2014
Scary Toy Review: Pennywise from It from POP! Movies by FunKo
NECA's bloody version of Carrie from the 2013 adaptation of Carrie. In that review, I talked about how ever since I was a young teenager I've always wanted toys based off of the works of Stephen King. For years the only thing I had was a die-cast Christine from Johnny Lightning, so finally having a Carrie action figure was a big deal. This year, not only is there an action figure of Stephen King himself from NECA's new The Simpsons line but we also now have this toy of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 1990 TV adaptation of King's novel It. Part of the movie branch pf FunKo's expansive POP! vinyls toyline, Pennywise is a stylized interpretation of Tim Curry's portrayal of the titular demonic entity in its favored guise of a creepy clown. Since so many people are terrified of clowns (which is called coulrophobia), I think Pennywise is an excellent subject for a review as we look forward to Halloween, don't you? For more evil clown goodness, join me after the break...
The only articulation Pennywise has is a swivel neck which allows him to eerily look to his left and right. He stands quite well on his own although, due to his hair, he tends to topple over rather easily if bumped. I know these figures all have a similar stance, but I do like the decision to give Pennywise a creepy "hands out as if to grab you" pose. He looks great!
While a casual observer might just see this as a generic evil clown (which makes this toy no less disturbing), comparing the toy to some images of Tim Curry's portrayal of the character definitely shows some fine attention to detail. Even though the style of these figures is to simplify the characters, the big fluffy buttons on Pennywise's outfit, his vest, and the frilly collar all match the onscreen look. The sculpted facial details like the Bozo-esque hair and sharp teeth also greatly help to add to the unique look of Pennywise. The creepy, pointed fingers definitely bring everything over the edge in making this a scary little guy that anyone who hates clowns will definitely shy away from.
Pennywise, like pretty much every other Funko POP! vinyl that I'm aware of, does not come with any accessories.
I've only reviewed one other POP! vinyl figure on here: Sam from Trick 'r Treat.