“Oh! Well, I’m Pennywise the Dancing Clown! Now we aren’t strangers, are we?”
In my opinion, the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s “It” was astounding. And some disagree, but I think Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise is absolutely excellent. He’s sometimes goofy, sometimes cheesy, and often quite, quite disturbing. I love him, so of course I need some collectibles of him!
In this video we show off two 2017-version Pennywise collectibles. The first is a 5 Star figure from Funko, and is actually my first figure of that type. The second is the NECA Ultimate Pennywise, with a twist: it’s the Gamestop Exclusive version!
As of the filming the video, the NECA figure was actually a gift for our friend Nick, which we had permission to show off on the channel first. However, I’m pleased to let you know that we now also have him for our own collection. Go us!
Now, let’s take a look at these two very different versions of Mr Skarsgard’s Pennywise.
Funko 5 Star Pennywise Figure
Funko’s 5 Star series is a stylized line of smaller-scale figures. They’re smaller than a Pop, a bit bigger than a Dorbz, and more detailed than either. In my opinion, the style works with some characters but doesn’t with others. The horror line is one of the sets that I think does work.
5 Star Pennywise has a big head (made bigger because of his hair puffs) and a child-like body. Details feature lots of folds, wrinkles, ruffles, and pom-poms on his costume. But it’s the face that I love the most. He has that creepy face-paint, a big-toothed smile, and huge yellow eyes on either side of a red nose. He almost looks happy and innocent, until you look a little closer. His eyebrows are drawn in and narrowed, showing off that bit of evil and sinister intention.
He also comes with a couple of fun little accessories. Fair warning! For some reason Funko felt the need to put multiple tie wraps on these tiny accessories. Think you overdid it a bit, Funko?
Shown in the photo above you can see Pennywise holding the SS Georgie paper boat.
Shown below you can see him holding the iconic (and strangely creepy) red balloon.
Both accessories are just neat little additions to the figure. They give you the option to display him in a couple of different ways.
It’s a simple figure, but affordable and adorable in that “creepy-cute” way.
Gamestop Exclusive NECA Pennywise
NECA are excellent at capturing figures in movie-realistic ways. Those skills did not go to waste at all on their “Ultimate” version of Pennywise. More than one Pennywise figure was released from the 2017 remake, and the one we picked up is the Gamestop Exclusive. One of the main things that makes this figure “exclusive”? He’s covered in blood.
Mouth, fingertips, and neck ruffles are all doused, with a splatter or two on the rest of his clothing for good measure. When it comes to horror figures I love a bit of blood, so that detail is an automatic win for me.
And speaking of details: there are tons of them in this figure. Wrinkles and ruffles, seams and folds and bunches. Great care went into making Pennywise’s outfit match the movie realization. From the rope-like embellishments to the laces on his shoes and the little fuzz-puffs on his toes and buttons, everything is definitely there.
But of course it’s not just about the outfit. His head is amazing. They’ve carefully painted the strands of his hair and the paint-chip-like cracking all over his forehead. The tiny-pupil yellow eyes are as frightening on this figure as in the film. And the way they smeared the blood all over his lower face? Shudder! That is one creepy sonuva…
As with all of NECA’s Ultimate line, this Pennywise figure comes with a bunch of accessories. He has two flat waving hands, but also alternates for different poses and holding options. In the photo above you can see he has a special hand for holding his red balloon accessory. The balloon sports the “I <heart> Derry” logo, and comes attached to a flexible wire “string” that can be easily manipulated.
He also comes with an alternate head which, believe it or not, is far creepier than the first one:
The alternate head’s brow is furrowed, eyes narrowed, and his disgusting, needle-sharp teeth are protruding from his face. Blood is splattered on this face as well, and gobs of it are dripping through his teeth. It is pretty damn horrifying, if I do say so myself. Images like this one make me understand coulrophobics.
But guess what? It gets creepier, because another accessory is a little kid’s severed arm.
Yes, NECA included Georgie’s arm as an accessory in this set. The arm that Pennywise literally bites/rips off in a splash of blood and screams. Put that together with the bloody, protruding-teeth head, and you might have the most disturbing horror figure NECA has ever made.
Of course, that’s just my opinion, but what’s yours? What do you think of NECA’s Gamestop Exclusive Pennywise? How about the non-exclusive version? Do you like the creepy-cuteness of the Funko 5 Star figure? Maybe you’re partial to another company’s take on the creepy dancing clown? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t have any Pennywise in your collection yet? You can find tons of collectibles of the original and new versions of Pennywise at Entertainment Earth, including the non-exclusive NECA Ultimate and the 5 Star figure shown in this post.
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