2 Inch Scale
The 31 Days of Halloween continue with a look at Funko’s Mystery Mini version of the man who provided A Nightmare on Elm Street. I’d say he probably provided a lot of nightmares elsewhere too. But now here he is in a tiny, fun little desktop toy. I’ve held onto this little guy for about a year, just so I could review this figure (and several of his friends) in our Halloween Countdown. That’s either dedication or procrastination, I’ll let you be the judge.
Freddy once claimed in a popular rap song that “You’ve got the body and I’ve got the brain”, and I think that’s apropos here because now we can get a good look at what’s inside my brain as I take a look at this little figure of his body. Funko has cranked out quite a few of these Mystery Minis in recent years, riding the popular super deformed blind box trend. It’s annoying for customers as sometimes our favorites are hard to track down, but it’s obviously a pretty good strategy for sales. So is burnt up Fred worth tracking down?
Freddy is obviously one of the heavy hitters as he’s front and center on the packaging here.
The back of the package shows the case rarity of each figure. There’s also bonus variants of the figures that are even harder to track down. Freddy is pretty easily gotten, as he’s 2/24. Unlike some blind box manufacturers, Funko’s Mystery Minis have no way of telling who is inside. It’s truly a bling box.
The inner bag is completely black and looks a bit like a body bag. I have no idea if that was intentional or not.
Freddy Krueger was almost instantly a marketing success, with tons of toys, dolls, games and even a phone hotline in his day. So this is far from the first time Freddy has been made into a toy. But this might be the “cutest” attempt at Nightmare on Elmstreet’s devilish deviant.
When I first saw this guy, I knew I had to have him. Freddy has always been one of my favorite horror characters. I’ve had this guy for quite a while now and it wasn’t until recently that I realized this might not be based on the Robert Englund Freddy.
It’s hard to say for sure, but studying him up close I started to get the feeling that the burns were closer to Jackie Earle Haley’s version. Which is really too bad, as that Freddy was pretty dreadful. None the less, I’ve chosen to ignore that and pretend this is the real homicidal Mr. Sandman.
Of course it’s also possible that Funko intended this to be “classic” Freddy Krueger. The design is sot stylized, it is hard to tell for certain. He has a nice paint job, with little smudges of dirt and such on his attire that are almost unnoticeable if you’re not looking too closely.
Funko Mystery Minis have no articulation whatsoever.
These figures don’t come with accessories. They are true nerd hummels.
If you can find this guy for $5 or $6, he’s a decent value. He’s not really meant to be a toy in the traditional sense. Just something to adorn your desk. In that way he’s pretty cool. Unfortunately because it’s a blind box toy, you could spend much more than that trying to track him down.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 7
Articulation – N/A
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
I like this guy, but I also was able to grab him on my first try. Your mileage may very. Certainly this feels a bit like something that would have come out of a nicer gum ball machine in the 80s. But the times have changed and if you want Freddy to carve up your desk in this delightful little caricature style, you’re going to have to pay a bit more than that.