Cool Funko Pop figures for book fans

Pop figures and toys are appealing for fans of pop culture of all ages and are great fun to collect.

The range of cool Funko Pops celebrating our favourite characters from pop culture and fandoms is ever growing and constantly changing.

In this post, I’m going to share some of the best Funko Pop figures which also happen to tie-in with great reads for children and grown-ups.

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The best Pop! Funko book characters to collect

The Funko Pop collection contains many characters from books, from movies based on books and which have bookish connections. If you are looking for holiday season gift ideas, they certainly make great gifts for book fans and fans of popular culture.

I find the cute and bookish Funko Pop figures great to decorate bookshelves alongside their companion or related books.

Funko Pop Book characters specifically focus on book characters while other figures also have bookish tie-ins. You can even find literary Funko Pop authors such as George R.R. Martin to really complete a GoT Funko fan’s collection!

Funko creates a range of pop toys, plushies and Funko Pop Vinyl figures that both kids and grown-ups love to collect. I’ve paired up some of the best TV, movie and book Funko Pops with great books to compliment each one.

Funko Pop figures and the books that inspired them – a quick overview

Whether the film inspired the book – or the book inspired the film or TV show – there are loads of great screen and page pop culture tie-ins. They are celebrated in many great pop characters, and you can find a quick overview of our favourites below. Scroll down past the table for more details on each figure from the list.

If you are in a big hurry, here is a quick link to my current top choice of book-related Funko figure – a new treat for Harry Potter fans for Winter 2019 ! This is just perfect for a really special gift for fans of the Harry Potter books and particularly of Fang!

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The Grinch from
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss

and Dr. Seuss himself


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and Dr. Seuss here

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Cthulhu from
The Call of Cthulhu
by H.P. Lovecraft

Check out the availability and prices of the Funko Pop literature character Cthulhu here

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Hermione Granger from
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J. K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express from
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

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Check out availability of all Harry Potter Funko figures here

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Demiguise from
Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them
by J.K. Rowling

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Albus Dumbledore from
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
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Jim from
Trollhunters
by Guillermo del Torro and Daniel Krauss

and Guillermo del Torro
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and the Guillermo del Toro Funko here

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Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi from
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
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Vulptex from
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
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Yara Greyjoy from
Game of Thrones
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Daenerys Stormborn from
Game of Thrones on the Dragonstone Throne
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Quick tips for when you buy Funko Pop figures

One aspect to consider when you buy Pop online is to beware of fake copies. Check around different retailers for Funko Pop price guides. The prices of figures should be fairly uniform.

If you come across unusually cheap Funko Pop figures, you may be getting a bargain or sadly you may be getting a knockoff.

If in doubt, it’s worth checking out close details of the figure on offer and comparing the images displayed to official Funko listings. When you are shopping online check reviews from other buyers to ensure you are getting what you want.

Our Funko Pop list

Our favourites from the Funko Pop books range

The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Kicking off our Funko Pop characters list is The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Kids love the Grinch, a classic book character created by the incredible imagination of Dr. Seuss. Funko Pop literary characters like this are great presents for nostalgic grown-ups too.

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For me, the characters from the books by Dr. Seuss bring back fun memories of childhood reading.  Horton from Horton Hears a Who!was a big favourite of mine and is also available in the Pop! Books range.

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Fans of the author will be pleased to know that Dr. Seuss himself has also made it into the Funko Pop writers hall of fame!

Check out the Dr. Seuss figure here

Cthulhu from The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

Pop dolls are not just for young readers and fans! Here’s a great option for older readers who love horror and book character Funko Pops. Get the figure to accompany a gift of one of Lovecraft’s books featuring the Great Old One himself.

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The figure will go perfectly with The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. This edition includes ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, and 22 other weird stories by Lovecraft, along with additional material from other authors and artists.

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Harry Potter Pop figures

Hermione Granger in herbology class, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
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Fans of the boy wizard and his friends can find an incredible selection of Funko Pop characters, whoever their favourite character is, from Fawkes to Ginny Weasley ready for the Yule Ball!

Personally, I love the character of Hermione Granger who loves to study and is often to be found in the library. This Pop! Vinyl figure captures the scene in herbology class when the Hogwarts students learn about the healing powers and care of the Mandrake root.

Click here to find out more about Funko Hermione figures, available from Forbidden Planet now

Although the screams of Mandrake roots can cause terrible damage to students ears, they also have incredibly useful powers. These were crucial to the plot of the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

When students, (and a cat!) started to turn-up petrified during mysterious goings-on at Hogwarts, Mandrake roots were used to un-petrify them.

Potter fans, old and new, will love the house themed editions of the Harry Potter books. Although I’m Hufflepuff myself – in honour of Hermione I’m illustrating this book choice with the Gryffindor version!

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Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
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Take your Harry Potter and Funko fandom to the next level with this special Pop Bobblehead and train. Relive Harry’s amazing journey to Hogwarts! The figure of Harry can even be placed in the Hogwarts Express model to ride along.

Harry is depicted in his oversized checked shirt from his time living with the Dursleys, which he wore on his first eye-opening journey on the train to Hogwarts.

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The Funko figures and train set are a perfect match for the first book in the magical series. On that first train ride to Hogwarts, Harry meets his soon to be best friends Hermione and Ron. Harry learns a lot about the magical world he is entering into.

The twentieth-anniversary special editions of the Harry Potter books are perfect for those Potterheads who know exactly what house the sorting hat would place them in! I’m a loyal Hufflepuff so this version is perfect for me and goes to the top of my bookish wishlist!

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Fantastic Beasts Pop figures

Demiguise from Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling
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In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander has dedicated his life’s work to understanding magical creatures through the study of Magizoology.

This Funko figure captures the thoughtful, haunted presence of the Demiguise, a chameleon-like creature with pre-cognitive abilities and a kind heart. It’s a great addition to any fan of Fantastic Beasts collection of figures and memorabilia.

Click here to check out the availability of Fantastic Beasts Funko figures at Forbidden Planet now

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Newt Scamander’s guide to finding fantastic beasts is a classic read in the wizarding world. This beautiful edition has imaginative illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill.

The book features a detailed study of the many magical creatures and wildlife which can be found across the five continents but which are rarely seen by Muggles.

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Albus Dumbledore from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, featured the greatest wizard, Albus Dumbledore himself, as a younger wizard. It was fantastic to see the younger Dumbledore in action at Newt Scamander’s side.

Check out the availability of Fantastic Beasts Funko figures at Forbidden Planet now

There are several Crimes of Grindelwald book tie-in options for book fans who love Fantastic Beasts, including the screenplay of the new film, which is available now.

The Spellbinding Cinematic Tour will also make a great addition to Fantastic Beasts fans’ libraries. The collection of imagery and details from the film would be a great option for reluctant readers who love the wizarding world.

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Trollhunters Pop figures

Jim from Trollhunters by Guillermo Del Torro and Daniel Kraus
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My son has been loving the Trollhunters Netflix TV series and recently read the original book which inspired the show. The book was written by Guillermo del Torro and Daniel Kraus.

Jim’s life is transformed when he finds a mysterious amulet and becomes the Trollhunter. He must work with his friends and a group of friendly trolls to defeat the evil trolls which threaten both the human and troll worlds.

This Funko figure captures the look of Jim in the TV show, and he is accompanied by the cute and helpful Gnome Chompsky (whose name references the linguist Noam Chomsky).

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Film director del Torro also wrote and produced the show and an author Funko Pop is available of del Torro too! The Trollhunters dramatic story of a hidden underworld full of trolls is gripping and exciting.

Find the Guillermo del Toro Funko Pop holding book figure here

While the book Trollhunters by del Toro and Kraus differs from the TV show it is a great read for older fans of the show and other readers who love fantasy.

Like the show, it is a thrilling adventure, as Jim journeys into the underworld to battle trolls.

In the book, Jim has been brought up by an over-protective father who lives in fear after his own brother went missing.

While the TV show’s animation created by Dreamworks is aimed at fairly young children, the book is more suitable for teens and is more gruesome and shocking than the animation.

In the opening pages, it is revealed that a huge number of children are missing. The opening sentence, “You are food” sets the tone!

Get the Trollhunters book from Amazon here

Star Wars Pop figures

Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
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There is a huge range of fantastic Star Wars Pop Vinyl figures, many of the characters from the ever-growing film franchise can be collected. The Pop! Vinyl Movie Moments collection depicts awesome movie scenes.

Who can forget the iconic duel between Sith Lord Darth Vader and his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi? For many of us, it was this film that began our epic journey to a galaxy far far away.

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Noooooo!!!!

Get amazing Star Wars Funko sets from Forbidden Planet now 

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Pair up the Funko duel set with this stunning book full of interviews and archive materials from the making of Episode IV, and you have the perfect gift set for bookish fans of A New Hope.

The book, written by J.W Rinzler, with a foreword by Peter Jackson, features hundreds of images and shows how Star Wars evolved from George Lucas’s initial ideas to the amazing movie it became.

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Vulptex from Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
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Now here’s a really adorable alien Pop Bobblehead. The crystal fox-type aliens helped save the day for the surviving members of the resistance in Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

The Vulptex Funko figure captures the translucent crystal creature and would make a great gift for fans of the most recent Star Wars films.

Check out availability of Star Wars Pop Vinyl Bobbleheads at Forbidden Planet now

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Here’s the perfect book to accompany the Vulptex or other alien Funko’s including the latest “love them or hate them” cute Star Wars aliens – Porgs.

The newly released Alien Archive is a comprehensive guide to all the species featured in the Star Wars galaxy. It’s great for old and new fans from young reluctant readers to older fans.

Get the book now! Copies of the Alien Archive are available at Forbidden Planet now

Game of Thrones Pop Figures

Yara Greyjoy from Game of Thrones
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Now to move on to something that’s definitely for the grown-up pop culture fans! Game of Thrones Pop Vinyl characters are great for those who love George R.R. Martin’s books and the TV show inspired by them.

This figure of Yara Greyjoy really captures the strength and fierceness of the Ironborn leader.

Add this new Pop Vinyl figure of Yara Greyjoy to your collection now

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Have you watched the show but not read the book series by George R.R Martin yet? The first in the series,  A Song Of Ice & Fire sets up the drama and conflict which quickly spreads across the Seven Kingdoms.

Get the first in the series of the books that inspired the TV show here

Daenerys on the Dragonstone Throne
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Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen has earned many titles through her journey. During Season Seven of the TV show, she took her place on the Dragonstone Throne.

If you are team Dany, what better way to celebrate her – while she still fights for her place on the Iron Throne – than with this sweet but powerful figure?

Click here to get the Daenerys Funko from Forbidden Planet now

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Find out the history of the Targaryen family’s legacy and rule in this new book Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin. It begins the story of the powerful dynasty 300 years before Dany began her struggle to retake the Iron Throne.

Order the illustrated hardcover edition of Fire and Blood from Forbidden Planet now

You can also check out the Game of Thrones Mini Funko Pop series. Take your chances when you buy the blind boxed minis, you could get any character!

Funko Pop Exclusives

By releasing rare Funko Pops and exclusive Pop Vinyl figures, Funko attracts many collectors to look out for opportunities to find rare Pop figures.

Special events like Comic-Con events often feature an exclusive release. Check out these exclusives which are currently available at Forbidden Planet.

More of our favourite Funkos

There are so many Funko figures out there, and I’d love to talk about them all day, but this article has to end somewhere! So I will end with a few quick mentions of some more of our favourites, including some of the best Pop Heroes!

Preorder moody 80th Anniversary Batman Pop Vinyl. Then we have Marvel’s heroes like Funko Pop Spiderman in Far From Home, End Game Captain America Funko Pop.

More gift guides and ideas

Look out for more great Marvel Funkos in my guide to books and gifts for Marvel fans.

Star Wars fans should check out our guide to Marvel’s Star Wars graphic novels here

If you are on the lookout for gifts for Minecraft fans, check out our Minecraft gift guide here.

And if you are are a fan of Harry Potter you might also enjoy our article about our favourite majestic creature in the wizarding world.

Alternatively if you are looking for gifts for bookish coffee lovers check out some great options here.

I hope this guide to our favourite Pop! Funko figures has given you lots of fun ideas for gifts for book fans or to help you create your own Funko Pop display.

Do you have a favourite bookish Funko character? Feel free to add your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.

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DJ Sakata

These look fun

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    Angela Stapleford

    Thanks DJ!

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