The first look at the official War for the Planet of the Apes Funko figures has been revealed. After making his cinematic debut in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in this remarkable Apes prequel trilogy promises to bring the story of Andy Serkis’ ape leader, Caesar, to an emotional and dramatic conclusion. With a tone and epic scale fitting of Caesar’s legacy too – both in the Apes franchise and the film world as a whole – it doesn’t come as much of a surprise then that War for the Planet of the Apes has emerged as one of this year’s most promising and exciting blockbuster films.
Both Rise and Dawn proved that the Apes prequel series could be more intellectual and emotional than a majority of the other major blockbuster films being released in theaters right now, without ever sacrificing the large-scale action sequences that make those titles stand out either. And based solely on the footage that’s been released so far, it’s looking more and more like War for the Planet of the Apes will just continue that trend when it finally is released theatrically in just a few weeks.
In anticipation of that very release, Funko has officially unveiled the designs/images of the War for the Planet of the Apes POP figures that will be released in conjunction with the film itself. In addition to figures for both Caesar and his right-hand Ape, Maurice, the War Funko line will also include a figure for one of the franchise’s newest additions, in Steve Zahn’s Bad Ape. You can now check out the images for yourself in the gallery below.
Taking place several years after the events of Dawn, War picks back up with Caesar and his tribe of Apes in a world where any and all friendly ties between the Apes and humanity have been severed. And once Caesar comes into contact with Woody Harrelson’s Colonel, a ruthless and strategic human military leader, the battle for the control of the planet finally reaches a breaking point, when Caesar and the Colonel (and all of their respective forces) collide on the battlefield.
Taking over for Rupert Wyatt at the helm of Dawn, director Matt Reeves has done a truly skillful job at escalating the scale of conflicts in the final two chapters of Caesar’s story, with War promising to be the largest and most catastrophic installment in the prequel series to date. Much to the excitement of fans of the franchise, early reactions to War for the Planet of the Apes have been extremely positive, with many critics calling it one of the best films released in 2017. Whether or not it’s able to live up to that hype remains to be seen, but all signs are pointing towards War being the emotional, thoughtful, and action-packed film that moviegoers have been hoping for.