Ahsoka Tano And Maul Return With New Funko Pop!


All Image Credits: Funko, Disney

As if you needed another reason to part ways with your hard-earned money, there are new Funko Pop! bobbleheads! Culture Slate previously reported an earlier Star Wars Funko Pop! release. Now, Ahsoka Tano, Maul, Gar Saxon, and several more return in a new Pop form series.

Let us take an in-depth look at the details with Funko’s senior designer. The latest designs are from the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As fans watched the seventh and final season of the animated series earlier this year, the Funko team was finalizing their latest Star Wars bobblehead series. They updated their heads to account for the maturity in the characters as they marched toward the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

Funko senior designer Reis O’Brien stated the following:

“The paints on the Pops needed to feel like they properly represented the rendered animation, which led us to many rounds of trying different techniques of weathering, paint wipes, and dry-brush techniques. But it’s always fun to see it all come together in the final round and go ‘That’s it!’”

The series features updates to Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul. Bo-Katan Kryze and Wrecker have also been Funko-fied. The new series does a fresh take on the stance and mannerisms of each of the figures. They wanted to capture the rising tension that the characters were feeling towards the end of the Clone Wars.

Ahsoka Tano

Let us take a closer look at Ahsoka first. The Funko team has given us two designs featuring our favorite Togruta. I did not need to keep this extra money I had lying around. “We wanted this one to have the feel of coiled tension like she’s facing danger and ready to strike,” said O’Brien in regards to Ahsoka Tano. Her look is modeled after her appearance in the Siege of Mandalore. 


Ahsoka gets a second, more relaxed look wearing coveralls. It is taken from a point when Skywalker’s former Padawan meets the Martez sisters while exploring the depths of Coruscant. O'Brien continued:

“This Ahsoka had to still feel like her character but needed to stand out from the other version in this series. So, we relaxed her pose considerably and gave her a more casual stance.”


 Darth Maul

O’Brien says that Maul is tough to interpret into the Funko Pop! form. O’Brien admits, “He’s the farthest thing from cute, so we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of the inherent cuteness in Pops when it comes to characters like him.” This new version has him ready for battle with Ahsoka. In fact, if you pose him with her Siege look, they appear to be facing off. O’Brien says, “…you get a bit of storytelling. A tense moment of two foes facing each other in the few breaths before the fighting begins.”



Gar Saxon

The team really wanted to ensure that Gar Saxon’s eyes were done just right. O’Brien states that it was a delicate balance between the helmet sculpt and the character’s piercing eyes.

“This one had to be menacing, so we tweaked and nudged the angles on the helmet and visor to give it a bit of a cold stare. Another new thing we did for this whole series is to try some newer dry-brush techniques to match the colorization and shading style seen in the animation.”



Bo-Katan Kryze

Fans have been wanting a Bo-Katan Funko Pop! ever since she made an appearance on the show. Her return to free Mandalore from Maul presented the perfect opportunity. O’Brien says, “since her character is so beloved by the fans, we wanted to make sure we did her justice. We took special care in the details of her armor and helmet to make sure she stood out on her own.”

While the Funko team has done Mandalorian armor previously, they did something subtly differently with Kryze’s overall look. Regarding his appearance, O’Brien states the following:

“The subtle — but massively important — differences in the Mandalorian helmets and armor took a lot of tweaking to get just right. Mandalorian helmets are deceptively simple. Raising the corner of the eye-slits too far, for example, can throw the whole thing off. And translating the helmet shapes and proportion to the classic Pop! head shape is never an easy task. So it feels like a victory every time we finally nail it.”

They have certainly captured the fearless and determined Lady Kryze of Mandalore. 



Clone Force 99 – Wrecker

Wrecker really challenged the team. The design team had to play around with Wrecker’s Funko Popped proportions to get them just right. The paint was also an issue in its own right. O’Brien had the following to say:

“The paint on his armor was another problem altogether. We had to find a way to make those brushstroke-style skull marking on his helmet look great in production using pad prints. Working through the challenges of the brushed-on graphics and seeing how great they turned out is exactly the thing a toy-lover like me geeks out on. He really turned out stunning!”

All of these challenges made Funko Pop Wrecker just as unique as the Bad Batch clone character he represents.


Mandalorian Super Commando

The paint challenges continued with the Super Commando as well.

“We spent a lot of time trying to get the weathered look of the armor just right. These are not pristine-looking characters — in the tradition of the used universe look of Star Wars — so it was important to us to help capture that."


In reviewing these designs, O’Brien sounded like a proud papa: “Sculpt-wise, they are all amazing in my eyes. Truly a testament to our creative team.” Though he does admit, he is the most delighted by Ahsoka with her lightsabers. He likened it to a dance move frozen in time. I personally cannot pick a favorite. All I know is that my wallet will be nice and thin. You can pre-order your own Funko Pop! bobbleheads from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars today!

Source(s): starwars.com