3. modern hip-hop/r&B artists
in recent years, funko has released pop! figures for plenty of artists regardless of their genre of music. we have seen michael jackson, "weird Al" yankovic, and even justin beiber get their own figure. it seems like funo is a bit timid to release any based on hip-hop artists. they have only released pop!s of tupac and the notorious b.i.g., and had it not been for the release of the new biggie figures late last year, the tupac and original biggie pop!s were released in 2011. the demand for new hip-hop artists in pop! form is there, so what is funko waiting for? let's see JAY Z, Eminem, and snoop dogg get a proper release.
2. WWE - nxt & hall of famers
the wwe has no problem selling merchandise, especially their funko line. their first-line of figures are highly sought-after online. with that being said, it is a crime that no figures have been made for hall of famers such as edge and eddie guerrero. with them being omitted, the love for nxt is at a staggering low. johnny gargagno, tomasso ciampa, and velveteen dream have been doing a superb job in nxt for years, yet ronda rousey, who debuted early last year, had her own figure by the end of the year.
1. rockstar games
the grand theft auto series is one of the most recognized video game franchise in the world. with every new entry, records are broken, and money is made. the same can be said for rockstar's other main franchise, the red dead series. to capitalize on the successful release, consumers would love to take home a pop! of arthur morgan, john marston, or dutch van der linde. rockstar seems to be incredibly protective of their merchandise, as they are meticulous with the type of merchandise they release to coincide with the property being released. it might be a long time before you can have an official bobble-head of niko bellic or trevor phillips in your home, but with how much revenue that would bring in to rockstar, it seems impossible that they have not taken that into consideration.
happy new year!