Funko’s line of Pop! figures might have an iron grip on the licensed, cutesy collectible market, but one artist has taken the toy line and elevated it to an art form. Carlo Wendell Gomez’s custom Funkos company, iGeek Customs, adds a highly-detailed flair that simply isn’t present in the original minimalistic Pop! figures, which bank on extreme stylization and accessibility in lieu of the detail often found in licensed figures.
Gomez’s Funkos build on the base figures’ simplicity, retaining the large eyes, wide heads and squat bodies that have come to define the brand. The result is a premium line of collectibles. One of his latest creations depicts Doctor Doom seated in an intricately ornamented metal throne, robed in a green cloak, braziers blazing on either side of the imposing figure.
Doctor Doom is the first in Gomez’s line of premium figures and includes an accompanying box that mirrors the giant, swinging wooden doors of Castle Doom, headquarters of the mad Latverian tyrant. Soon, Gomez will release a symbiote series, which looks to bring together Marvel’s four toughest symbiotes: Venom, Carnage, Antivenom and Toxin, and he’s already crafted a series based on the entire Batman family.
Gomez has been making custom Funkos since 2015, but he’s far from the only game in town. Custom Funko Pop! figures are a burgeoning gray market, with everything from Pokemon to “Silent Hill’s” Pyramid Head boss for sale if you know where to look.
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