It's impossible to think of Kentucky Fried Chicken and not have its founder Colonel Harland Sanders come to mind to remind you that his fried chicken is "Finger-Lickin' Good." Now, KFC has recently announced a partnership with the worldwide pop culture collectibles company Funko that will produce two distinct Pop! vinyl figures that will pay homage to the famous fried chicken salesman with his iconic white suit, glasses and goatee.
"We know Funko Pop! fans are as obsessive about their collections as Colonel Sanders was about his famous chicken," KFC U.S. chief marketing officer Andrea Zhumensky in an official statement. "Now people can add the world's greatest chicken salesman to their collections. I hear he's best admired alongside a $20 Family Fill Up."
"Its great to offer a beloved figurine that has captured the hearts and stomachs of consumers across the world," Funko President Andrew Perlmutter added. "Colonel Sanders name and image have been synonymous with the fried chicken restaurant since its inception [in 1952] and we are excited to honor his influence on pop culture."
The last toy tribute to the Colonel was in 2002 when KFC celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of a limited edition Colonel Sanders Wacky Wobbler bobblehead.
The Colonel's official debut as a Pop! holding a bucket of his memorably delicious fried chicken will be available for preorder on Amazon beginning January 23 at 9 a.m. and will be available in select retail stores as well. An exclusive figure of the Colonel and his signature cane will only be available via the Funko website beginning at 2 p.m. today, and both versions will be available for a limited time, while supplies last.