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With another tale to spin.
Continuing our series of reviews of the 1st wave of the Funko Disney Afternoon Action Figure line, we have Baloo from TaleSpin.
History of TaleSpin Baloo Action Figures
This Funko action figure release is not the first action figure for TaleSpin Baloo. In 1991, the toy company Playmates released a series of TaleSpin action figures and accessories. Playmates also made a series of Darkwing Duck Action figures. The TaleSpin action figure series included the following TaleSpin characters: Baloo, Kit Cloudkicker, Louie,Rebecca Cunningham, Molly Cunningham, Colonel Spigot, Don Karnage, and Dumptruck. A special 12 inch version of Baloo was also part of the series. Playmates also released Baloo’s Sea Duck plane and Don Karnage’s plane to go along with their action figure line. I do not own any of these figures, but I may pick some of them up off of eBay one day for nostalgia reasons. If anybody would like to send some my way, please do. 😉
Figure designs of Wildcat and two more of Don Karnage’s air pirate crew are pictures on the back card of the action figures. These figures were ultimately cancelled because Disney ended their licensing agreement with Playmates.
The Box Art
Just like the other action figures in the Funko Disney Afternoon action figure line, Baloo’s figure comes on a card that has amazing box art. Collectors will have to decide whether or not they keep the figure mint on card or open the package for more diplay options. I choose to open the packaging for my figure because that is how I roll.
The back of the box features an image of Baloo, Molly Cunningham, and Wildcat from the TaleSpin episode Flight of the Snow Duck.
This colorful figure is a great representation of Baloo in his yellow shirt from TaleSpin. The original Playmates action figure version of Baloo had him wearing his bomber jacket. The figure has eight points of articulation including head, arms, elbows, waist, and legs for high pose ability and movement. I have no complaints on the paint job of this figure. Baloo’s hat is attached on this figure.
This is the second Baloo TaleSpin figure that was released by Funko last year. The other release was from the Disney Afternoon Mystery Mini series. Here is a side by side comparison of those two figures. Funko has released the Jungle Book version of Baloo in their POP! and Pint Size Heroes line. There is a full line of TaleSpin POP! figures being released this summer.
I highly recommend that you buy this Baloo figure. I really hope that these figures sell well so that more characters from TaleSpin can be added to the Funko Disney Afternoon line in the future. Personally, I would love to see Funko add King Louie and Don Karnage Action figures to this line. Rebecca Cunningham would also be a great addition. Which TaleSpin character would you like to see Funko add to this series of Disney Afternoon action figures line?
Where to Buy?
I have seen this figure range in price from $9.99-$12.99.
TaleSpin Baloo’s Funko action figure can be purchased in several online retailers and in stores. Some of the stores that I have personally seen this Baloo figure include Target, GameStop, Hot Topic, and ThinkGeek.