Because of the fact that Maz Kanata was a fully computer-rendered character and merchandisers didn’t have final reference materials for her until late in product development, we haven’t gotten much Maz merch to-date. In fact, Hasbro only released one 3.75″ Maz Kanata figure in a box set. But there’s one company that releases two figures of Maz Kanata–Funko! Let’s take a look at the Target Exclusive Maz Kanata POP Vinyl figure without glasses…
But as it turns out, there are really only four figures of Maz Kanata in circulation: a Hasbro 4″ figure, a LEGO Minifigure and two POP Vinyls. I decided to review the rarest of the four tonight: the glasses-less Maz Kanata Funko POP Vinyls figure.
I’ll talk about the authenticity of the body developed for this figure in a bit, but big thumbs up for making this a truly unique figure and not just a repack with a new head. I love when Funko goes the extra mile.
In past years, Funko has really missed the mark (literally) with some of their paintwork. Luckily, they’ve gotten worlds better in the past few years, and the paint apps on all of Maz’s detailing are cleanly-applied and her colorful apparel looks terrific.
I’m ashamed to say that I had to actually go back and watch that scene to verify it, but Maz Kanata does indeed pull up her goggles while discussing Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber with Rey! High marks for authenticity and attention to detail for sure!
Honestly, I’ve got nothing. This is a straight-up fantastic figure. Beautiful work by Funko here, and easily one of their best Episode VII POPs.
Overall: This is a cute exclusive variant of Maz Kanata, and the lightsaber-holding pose created for the glasses-less look for her was a very nice surprise. This is one of the more adorable Force Awakens POP Vinyls and a character variant we’re not likely to ever see revisited. For under 10 bucks at Target, she’s a great buy for fans of Maz Kanata and The Force Awakens. Recommended.