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Martin Luther is the Most Popular Playmobil Figurine Ever

You read that headline correctly. Yes, that Martin Luther, the 16th century theologian who wrote The Ninety-five Theses and launched the Protestant Reformation. And yes, those Playmobil figurines with the eerily flat faces and two-pronged hands.

The toy was released in Germany as part of the festivities during the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation next year. And all 34,000 first edition mini Martins—each equipped with equally diminutive quills and German-language Bibles—sold out in the first three days. "That's absolutely the fastest we've ever experienced," spokeswoman Anna Ermann said.

Although more little Luthers have already been ordered from Playmobil's factory in Malta, the company demurred on the issue of giving him his own miniature Wartburg Castle, despite a Facebook campaign to create a themed set.

"I like the fact that Playmobil Martin Luther is smiling, because usually he’s portrayed as a crabby fellow, which he was," Seth James, a practicing Lutheran and the son of a Lutheran minister, told Slate. “Having him have a cute little smiling face and a cute little hat makes the infamously angry reformer a lot more approachable." Which might help to explain his sudden popularity.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Is Getting the Funko Treatment
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Though the New York Toy Fair—the largest trade show for playthings in the western hemisphere—won't officially kick off until Saturday, February 17, kids and kids-at-heart are already finding much to get excited about as the world's biggest toy companies ready to unleash their newest wares on the world. One item that has gotten us—and fans of fine parody songs everywhere—excited is "Weird Al" Yankovic's induction into the Funko Pop! family. The accordion-loving songwriter behind hits like "Eat It," "White & Nerdy," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana" shared the news via Twitter, and included what we can only hope is a final rendering of his miniaturized, blockheaded vinyl likeness:

In late December, Funko announced that a Weird Al toy would be coming in 2018 as part of the beloved brand's Pop Rocks series. Though we know he'll be joined by Alice Cooper, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, and the members of Mötley Crüe, there's no word yet on exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on Pop! Al. But knowing that he's coming is enough … for now.

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