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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers Custom Funko POP! Figure

You've likely seen the beady eyes of the hundreds of vinyl POP! figures produced by Funko over the past few years including characters ranging from Darth Vader to the Beatles. While everyone has their own personal ideas of what the next POP! figure should be (personally, I'd buy a Beastie Boys set in a second), not all good ideas come to find their places on store shelves. As a result, the creative minds of collectors are left to create their own custom POP! figures -- filling in the gaps that they feel are left by Funko.

Yesterday I was browsing some photos on Instagram when I was met with the image of something I knew had to be coming at some point.

Of course, I had to look into this further knowing full well that others were likely to see this same image at some point and that's when the questions start coming my way. A little ahead of the game on this one, here are a few details about this fantastic custom POP! straight from the designer himself, Mr. Jim Gordon.

Who created this custom? Funko or fans?

My sister and I created the custom. We used an existing production piece made by Funko as the base for the figure. We then made our modifications to the piece to create what we feel was a good representation of Mister Rogers in POP! form.

Is this available in stores? If not, will it be?

No. This isn't a production piece made by Funko and therefore isn't sold in stores by Funko.

Can I buy this custom Mister Rogers?

Sorry to say but we only made one custom Mister Rogers and he is for my personal collection. I can't say that another person wouldn't make a similar custom and sell it on eBay but the one featured here is not for sale.

Why a Mister Rogers custom?

Why not, lol!!! Funko makes an amazing line-up of POP! figures. Many of which trigger the little kid in us, adults and bring back great memories of our childhood. Being that Funko can only produce figures for the items they have licenses with, it opens the doors for others to create customs of figures not produced by Funko. For my sister and I, Mister Rogers was a very big part of our childhood and I wanted him to be a piece in my collection. Fred Rogers was an amazing man and it's awesome that what he created years ago is still enjoyed by people today.

Many thanks to Jim who was kind enough to share some other detailed images of his custom POP!

 

 

10-Feb-2014

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