Funko Game of Thrones Legacy Collection Jon Snow Review
Funko recently took toy collectors by surprise, announcing a new line of six-inch, fully articulated figures dubbed the Legacy Collection. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, the first series in the Game of Thrones Legacy Collection line features Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryan, Ned Stark, a White Walker, and The Hound.
The packaging looks great, with the figures clearly visible through the window, and in a nice touch it looks like a book from the side view. While Funko is known for the charming, adorable POP! vinyl figures and the newer ReAction 3 and 3/4 inch retro figures, this is the company’s first foray into the realm of realistic, highly poseable figures, and as such it’s understandable that they haven’t completely nailed the first go-round.
Don’t get me wrong – this is a respectable first attempt, and in general the figure looks good – in fact the detailed clothing and dusting of snow covering the figure look fantastic. That said, those looking for a spot-on likeness of actor Kit Harrington will be let down a bit – it’s just not quite on the level of releases from veterans in the six-inch figure business like NECA and McFarlane Toys. While the head sculpt and paint job (aside from the well-painted clothes) on Jon Snow leave something to be desired, it looks as though Funko is already making great strides in this area – the photos released for Series Two of the Game of Thrones Legacy line look much, much better.
The Funko Game of Thrones Legacy Jon Snow figure is outfitted in the standard Night’s Watch gear, which is reproduced quite faithfully. The sculpting of the suit is stellar, with lots of nice touches such as individually molded straps, white speckling to convey a dusting of snow, and the meticulous sculpting of the fur on Jon’s cape. While the paint job on Jon Snow’s face is a bit messy (especially on his beard and eyebrows), the painting of his outfit is much cleaner.
Jon Snow comes with one accessory – the mighty sword Longclaw, entrusted to him by Jeor Mormont, with the direwolf sigil of House Stark on the pommel. It’s a pretty good recreation of the famous weapon, with lots of texture and intricate detail, although there are a few quality issues here. One end of the sword’s guard fell off immediately when attempting to put Longclaw in its scabbard, as you can see in the photos. Also, the sword was bent from the get-go, and perhaps should have been molded from a harder plastic. Still, it looks nice and I’m very glad they included it.
A few other quality issues of note: one of Jon’s legs fell off while taking him out of the packaging (it went right back on, thankfully), and there are some slight painting mishaps throughout, such as black paint from the hair smearing along Jon’s forehead. Also, the black paint used for Jon’s boots rubbed off quite easily on the white background that I used for these photos, which hasn’t happened with any other figures I’ve reviewed so far.
While Funko doesn’t exactly hit it out of the park with their Jon Snow Game of Thrones Legacy Collection figure, this is a solid action figure that any fan of the show and character will want to own. Jon Snow features a high degree of articulation, overall excellent paint application, and a decent — though certainly not perfect — likeness of actor Kit Harrington. For a first attempt at a six-inch figure line, this is a good result, and it seems as though Funko’s Legacy Collection figures are already improving due to fan feedback. I look forward to checking out some of the Series 2 figures when they release.
- + Excellent paint application
- + Good articulation
- – Inaccurate head sculpt
- – Some quality control issues