When I was a wee little pre-teen witch, I (like many other Nerdist writers, editors, and readers) was obsessed with creepy kids movies. From The Witches to Return to Oz to Little Nemo in Slumberland, films that weren’t afraid to spook and scare their young viewers, that created fantastical heroes and even more impressive monsters, were my inspiration. I grew up idolizing Wednesday Addams, trying to contact the dead through Ouija boards, and dancing along to David Bowie’s “Magic Dance” on repeat. And one fateful evening, when I was scouring the local Blockbuster (RIP) looking for more ghouls and goblins to meet, I stumbled upon Jim Henson’s predecessor to The Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal. I fell head over heels instantly and have loved the film–its whimsy, its practical effects, its weird, WEIRD creatures–ever since.
That’s why grown-up me is losing her DANG MIND because Funko POP! is rolling out a line of The Dark Crystal vinyls! The upcoming release includes figures of Jen and Kira (who comes with Fizzgig!), Aughra the Astronomer, the forever whimpering Chamberlain Skeksis, and UrSol the Chanter. Basically all they key characters are represented here, including a closed-mouth Fizzgig variant, which… yes. And look at the intricate details on them (more in the gallery below)! These are downright gorgeous, which means I will be collecting ALL of them for my desk/making them talk to each other in sinister voices. Damn you, Funko, you vile temptress.
For those who have NOT seen the movie, The Dark Crystal is a British fantasy-adventure (you’re already sold, aren’t you?) directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, with concept art by Brian Froud. It tells the story of Jen, an adorable lil Gelfling (like an elf, see below) on a quest to find a mysterious, broken Crystal that has the power to heal his world. The world is populated by many strange and curious creatures, including the peaceful Mystics and the scary-as-all-get-out Skeksis, both of whom are dying. The film features an amazing scene where the Emperor of the Skeksis slowly falls apart and decomposes in real time, and it is SO. EFFING COOL. Watch the trailer and see for yourselves:
The Dark Crystal Funko line rolls out sometime this summer, so keep your eyes peeled and let us know in the comments below which figure is your favorite.
Rachel Heine is the Editor-in-Chief of Nerdist and still gets creeped out by the Skeksis. Chat with her about The Dark Crystal on Twitter @RachelHeine!