Updated: May 5, 2019
Yes, at one point, I used to be a huge Lord of the Rings fan, least the movies. The original trilogy. Yes, blasphemy since I didn't read the books. But regardless, I will always be a big fan of POP and the more intricate and unique they look the likelihood of me nabbing them for my collection. So is the POP Witch King unique and intricate? Let's get on the toy review and find out.
If my memory serves me right, the Witch King was the Nazgul that Eowyn fought and said her famous line: "I am no Man!". I haven't seen the movie in some time but I still retain my liking of the Nazgul and their leader. I always thought they looked so menacing. The combination of tattered clothing and their armor definitely leans towards my preference and how I like my characters to look. It was also pretty cool that they rode those odd looking dragons. In their POP form, I think they still managed to keep some of that sinister look but still holds true to Funko POP's stylized form. Can't complain, really. I wonder if there are the regular Nazgul in POP form? Maybe I should check that out and see if they will be an addition to my over POPulated collection, eh?
I'm sure there is an Aragorn POP somewhere. Maybe not on this wave but in another one. Might get him since he was my favorite character aside from Gimli and, of course, Legolas was also cool.
One of the things i can't get over with the Witch King is the way Funko really out did themselves with making the cloth look like clothing. The texture has these sculpts that really gives it a worn out garb and makes it distinct. They could have just gone with a smooth plastic but they didn't. They put some effort into giving it the look it needed to make this POP as close to its movie counter part as it can be. The way it is sculpted and 'drapes' on the POP is also something to appreciate. Then the armor is also something I can stand by. Although it's only his face and his hands, the armor looks like armor. Although most of the details really falls on the helmet, the fact that it can easily pass as metallic, I do say that this is done quite well. Not only that, the 'face' looks haunting and definitely a homage to the way it looks in the movie. Last but not least is his flaming sword. Funko had shown its ability to do effects before but to see it in this way is something else. I like it. It looks like fire, that's all there is to it.
I've seen better posing from Funko before but this isn't anywhere near bad or plain. It show cases enough of the Witch King and that is good enough for me. He is standing and looking ready to slaughter some Hobbits.
Along with the sculpting of the clothing, the grey color adds to the illusion of the plastic looking like cloth. The juxtapose between that and the way the 'metal' parts are colored silver truly gives the distinction between metal and cloth. Then, of course, there is the translucent plastic that gives the 'fire sword' that flame aesthetic. It goes from light orange and then dark red orange at the tip. Definitely a good finish.
When I was hunting for POPs, I didn't plan on getting him but when I saw him, I immediately knew that he would be a worthy purchase because of the positive things I mentioned with his sculpting, colors, and his overall look. I can't say that I will be getting anymore POPs for the LOTR other than maybe Aragorn, but the Witch King definitely paved the way for more purchase. Great job on this, Funko!
Until Next Time!