Completing the '80s nostalgia loop, a new line of action figures for Stranger Things has been unveiled. While Stranger Things' success and cultural status was built mostly on its stellar cast and captivating story, a lot of credit also goes to the entire package of the show. Mixing in nostalgia for '80s horror and sci-fi along with a fantastic soundtrack inspired by John Carpenter, the show hit a sweet spot between old and new. From the shots and setting to the very logo of the series, viewers were transported to another time which paralleled the in-universe world of the Upside Down.
With the new season wrapped and ready to debut on Halloween this year, Netflix and the minds behind the show are keen to make sure this year is even bigger than the last. Luckily, the show's trappings enable it to utilize a lot of clever marketing. We recently saw that the soundtrack would not only be coming out on cassette, but packaged inside of a VHS tape. Now, kids of all ages will be able to play-act with their favorite characters from the show thanks to a new line of toys.
Funko has just released the first images of their upcoming Stranger Things set of action figures. The two 3-packs feature Will, Eleven (complete with Eggo waffled), Dustin, Lucas, and Mike, plus the horrifying Demogorgon. Each figure is 3 3/4 inches with articulating limbs, and they'll be available this August.
The detail on the toys is wonderful, streets ahead of similar figures that were released in the ’80s alongside shows and films. They even come with a few accessories, including a Campbell’s soup can and slingshot. The Demogorgon, however, is the main draw, adding some discomforting detail to the creepy creature.
The detail on the toys is wonderful, streets ahead of similar figures that were released in the '80s alongside shows and films. They even come with a few accessories, including a Campbell's soup can and slingshot. The Demogorgon, however, is the main draw, adding some discomforting detail to the creepy creature.
Funko is well-known for their Pop! line, which features everything from Star Wars to James Gunn. They've slowly been expanding their traditional figure lines, however, and these Stranger Things toys are a great addition.
While fans wait for the release of the figures, more and more news continues to come out about the new season of the show. We've heard the horror will be more personal, with the focus on monsters and less straightforward than the first season. We've also heard expectations will be subverted. Hopper will be going in a whole new direction, while preconceived notions about the series will be upended.
All told, the new season of Stranger Things looks to be both familiar and innovative, and we'd expect nothing less from the Netflix series
Stranger Things season 2 will premiere on October 31, 2017 on Netflix.