Aardman Studios is a British operation that creates primarily stop-and-go animation using clay figures. You may know their work from movies such as Chicken Run, Flushed Away, The Pirates, or of course, Wallace and Gromit.
Peter Lord and David Sproxton began their animating partnership at school. In 1972 they registered the name Aardman Animations. Peter and David met Nick Park at the National Film and Television School when he was working on his student film A Grand Day Out (where we first meet Wallace and Gromit). He joined Aardman full time in 1985. And the rest is animation history!
“Cracking cheese, Gromit!” says Wallace in his signature excited way. Wallace is a man of many talents but with little success, instead relying on his faithful companion Gromit to make his schemes work.
The teeth of a stereotypical Englishman! But it’s okay for Aardman to poke fun at British culture being as they themselves are from the Isles.
Some collectibles are best kept in the box while others you can ‘free’ to live a ‘life’ of dusty display. Some Funko Pops have gained enormous value, but I don’t think these large release figures will do so. So I may remove them from the boxes and display them, but keep the boxes for later if I choose to sell them.
The back of the boxes for this three-figure set are basically the same with only the key character on the left changing to match the figure in the box.
Gromit is a beagle who is Wallace’s pet dog and best friend. He is very intelligent with a knack for engineering, knitting, and cooking. He is often the one who thwarts the plans of the villains he and Wallace encounter in their adventures.
All three of these figurines have heads that swivel but have no other range of movement. This is pretty common for Funko Pop figures.
Shaun was first introduced in the 1995 short film A Close Shave. If you’re wondering why a sheep made of wool would need to wear a wool sweater, check out the Short. It’s very funny!
Now let’s get a closer look at that sweater:
This was the figure I just had to have, but it was my need for completion that made me spring for the entire set of three figures.
Funko Inc. is an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines, like the ones in this post, and bobbleheads. Founded in 1998 by Mike Becker, Funko was originally conceived as a small project to create various low-tech, nostalgia-themed toys. The company’s first manufactured bobblehead was of the well-known restaurant advertising icon, the Big Boy mascot.
FUN FACTS: Funko first made coin banks in the likeness of Big Boy but they failed to sell and the franchise filed for bankruptcy protection. Funko remained in business after licensing the rights to produce bobbleheads for the Austin Powers movie franchise, which sold 80,000 units.
And that concludes the post, baby. Oh behave!