Luc Besson earned a place in science fiction back in 1997 with The Fifth Element and recently revisited the genre with Lucy, in 2014. Besson is once more coming back to sci-fi with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. The comic follows spatio-temporal agents Valerian and Laureline as they travel the universe through time and space. With the release date approaching, marketing for the film is on the rise, and one of the audience’s favorite toy lines couldn’t be left behind in the game.
Funko has announced six Valerian Pop! figures that will be available for purchase in June. These figures include Igon Sirrus, a character that comes from Besson’s mind, and who has been described as a mercilessly violent pirate. Da, a small alien with a yellow suit and helmet; alien trio Doghan Daguis, who in the comic are called “the Shungouz”; Commander Arün Filitt (played by Clive Owen) the man behind Valerian and Laureline’s missions; and, of course, Valerian and Laureline themselves, all suited up.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set in the 28th century, and follows spatio-temporal agents Valerian (played by Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who, as an assignment from the Minister of Defense, undertake a mission to Alpha – an ever-expanding metropolis where various species from across the universe have united their talents and resources for the betterment of all. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens not only the citizens of that planet but the rest of the universe as well.
Also starring are Rihanna as Bubble, a shapeshifter entertainer; Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp; Kris Wu as Captain Neza, and John Goodman in a voice role.
Funko usually releases toys ahead of some of the most anticipated cinematic releases – more so if they are fantasy/sci-fi related. With Valerian also being the most expensive film in French history, it was only a matter of time until they announced the release of these figures. Hopefully, and if the film does well in the box office, they will release other variants in a near future. And with the film boasting plenty of fascinating new characters, it seems like Funko will want to capitalize on the collectibility of what looks to be a fun summer movie.