Funko Star Wars POP Vinyl collectors knew something was up when Gamestop stores cancelled thousands of pre-orders for the Qui-Gon Jinn POP Vinyl earlier this week, and now we know why. The Star Wars NYCC 2016 Funko POP Vinyls exclusives have been announced: a Bistan from Rogue One and a sure-to-be-rare Qui-Gon Jinn POP Vinyl limited to just 2000 pieces produced!
This is definitely a surprise, as both of these characters had previously been believed to be released in stores. First, let’s take a look at Bistan. We’d previously seen the Bistan POP Vinyl boxed with an FYE Exclusive sticker, so presumably this exclusive is still going to be shared with FYE Stores.
As far as the figure itself goes, well… honestly, I had no idea this figure was meant to be the “Space Monkey” gunner seen in the trailers until I looked it up. I don’t know if Disney gave Funko bad reference materials or what, but this just does not look like the alien from the movie to me. Good choice for a limited release, IMO.
Qui-Gon is a main character Jedi from the movies that millions of fans know and love, and tens of thousands of collectors will want to display with their Darth Maul POP. I don’t know if Funko is underestimating the demand for Qui Gon Jinn or if Disney wants prequels merch confined to conventions or what, but I can easily see this NYCC Qui-Gon Jinn POP being the hot exclusive of NYCC 2016.
I believe that these will be the only Star Wars exclusives being released for New York Comic-Con 2016, but I’ll send out an alert via the Star Wars Toy News Facebook Page if any other exclusive toys are announced for the show. Stay tuned to our social media!
What do you think of the two exclusive 2016 NYCC Star Wars POP Vinyls, Star Wars collectors? Did Funko make a mistake by limiting Liam Neeson’s character so much, and what are your thoughts on their take on Bistan?