London’s Toy Fair was the perfect scenario for various new releases from Funko and its Pop! line of toys. Among those announcements were some highly anticipated figures such as Twin Peaks, Space Jam, Parks & Recreation, some music-related figures like Jimi Hendrix and Joey Ramone, and some classics that excited fans all over the globe, like figures from Reservoir Dogs and a nostalgia trip with Rugrats and Aaahhh!!! Real Monsters.
Funko usually reveals movie-related toys ahead of the release of the those films, just like they recently did with those Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 figures, and with so many sci-fi releases coming this year, we can expect a bunch of new toys in the following months. One of this year’s big releases is the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, and the toy company is once more ahead of the game with three vinyl figures from the movie.
The first figure is that of the main character, Major (played by Scarlett Johansson), wearing the sleek white suit seen in the trailer. Next is Batou, the second-best melee fighter in Section 9, played by Pilou Asbaek; Batou has robotic implant eyes, giving him that peculiar look. Next is the Geisha, who also appears in the trailer. Check out images of the figures below:
Ghost in the Shell is based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. It follows an extension of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission known as Section 9 which combats cybercrime and cyberterrorism. This section is led by Commander Motoko Kusanagi (Major), an augmented-cybernetic human in a long-distance future where computer technology has advanced to such degree as to where people possess cyberbrains and can interface their biological brain with various networks. Such level of cyberization makes them vulnerable to attacks from hackers.
The movie, directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White & The Huntsman) from a screenplay by Jamie Moss and Ehren Kruger, will follow Major and the task force Section 9 as they face a new enemy who wants to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s artificial intelligence technology.
These Ghost in the Shell figures are a treat to fans of the series, and although there’s no word on more toys based on the movie being released soon, there’s a fair chance more characters and variations of the ones already released will get the Funko treatment once the movie comes out – more so if it becomes a box office hit and proves its detractors wrong.
Source: Funko (via CBR)
- Ghost in the Shell (2017) release date: Mar 31, 2017