DC’s cast of colorful characters are nothing if not malleable. Years of creative Elseworlds stories, Batman Ninja, Gotham City Garage, Bombshells—I could go on, but you get the picture. So while I couldn’t help but laugh when I first saw Funko’s Primal Age line of ancient, warrior-clan DC action figures, I wasn’t really surprised. After seeing Primal Age up close and personal at Toy Fair in February, I succumbed to curiosity, and I asked Funko to send some out so that I could review them for Batman News. If you’ve been wondering what to make of these, read on!
This post originally appeared on Comics Now. Used with permission.
If you’re used to Funko’s numerous popular vinyl collectible lines, the biggest difference in Primal Age’s packaging is that it isn’t resealable. Whereas Pop!s and Dorbz have boxes with plastic inserts, these figures—like Funko’s Stranger Things line of action figures—come in blister packs. So you’ll need to commit to displaying them in the package or out, because once you open them, the decision is made. Considering that Primal Age debuted at Target, though, I suspect the target audience might be children, and not collectors.
With the exception of King Shark, all of the figures Funko sent me feature six points of articulation, with (forgive my toy industry ignorance) post joints at the arms, waist, and neck, and ball joints where the legs connect to the body. This limits your display options somewhat, but it also makes for a sturdier figure with fewer points of failure and wearing out. At any rate, my youngest son hasn’t complained about how he’s able to position his guys.
The character designs
So here’s where things get interesting. If the target audience is indeed children, I think it might be a tough sell. Yes, kids know Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman et al really well, but will they want them in this cave warrior aesthetic? I honestly don’t know. If not, then it’s a question of whether or not enough adult collectors will scoop them up. As for the designs themselves, most of them are neat and fun, and a few of them are actually quite clever.
While her look is great, she’s very hard to stand up, and it took me a bit to pose her for these photos. The lasso is also permanently rolled up, which makes it somewhat less useful. And if you’re a kid playing with this instead of an adult collector, then you may become frustrated with how easy it is for the lasso to come off of the hook at Diana’s side. With a display-only lasso, I think maybe Funko should have permanently attached it to her side instead of making it removable.
While the audience is maybe a little unclear, Funko’s Primal Age line manages to capture the essence of most of its characters. If you’re looking to add something uniquely Elseworlds-y to your collection, this would be a fun way to do it. And if you’ve got kids that are just as nerdy as you are (as I do), then they’ll probably enjoy playing with them, too—I know mine do.
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