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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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.
Top choice for 2020: If you are in a big hurry, here is a quick look at my current favourite book-related Funko figure.
This is a new treat for Harry Potter fans for 2020! It is just perfect for a really special gift for fans of the Harry Potter books and particularly of Fang!
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss
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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 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 Vinyls 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 complement each one.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harry Potter Pop figures
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.
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!
Take your Harry Potter and Funko fandom to the next level with this special Ron Pop Bobblehead riding a chess piece!
Ron is depicted heroically showing great skill at the game of wizard chess involving larger than life pieces in the basements of Hogwarts. This allows Harry the chance to pass this obstacle and face further challenges so that he can go on to find the philosopher’s stone.
The Ron and the chess knight Funko figures are a perfect match for the first book in the magical series, where Ron used his chess skill to great effect.
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!
Fantastic Beasts Pop figures
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.
Newt Scamander’s guide to finding fantastic beasts is a classic read from 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.
And of course fans of Fantastic Beasts will love this figure showing Newt Scamander himself holding an egg.
The figure pulls off the look of Eddie Redmayne in the role and would be a great addition to a Wizarding World bookshelf.
Fans of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will love this stunning book which explores the design process of creating the creatures portrayed in the film.
The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a beautiful collection of imagery and details from the film. With snippets of text surrounded by sketches and photographs, this would be a great option for reluctant readers who love magical creatures.
Trollhunters Pop figures
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).
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.
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!
Star Wars Pop figures
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!!!!
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.
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.
Here’s the perfect book to accompany the Vulptex or other alien Funkos including the latest “love them or hate them” cute Star Wars aliens – Porgs.
The 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.
Game of Thrones Pop Figures
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.
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.
Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen has earned many titles through her journey. She fought bravely against the Night King and the army of the dead. And Jorah Mormont stood loyally by her side during the momentous Battle of Winterfell in one of his finest moments.
For me, this was the most gripping episode of the show’s final season.
If you are still team Dany, what better way to celebrate her than with this new Pop Funko that immortalises this moment of bravery?
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 tells the story of the powerful dynasty starting 300 years before Dany begins her struggle to retake the Iron Throne.
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 availability of Funko exclusives here.
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 (and villains)!
I’ve recently become a fan of 1980s inspired TV show, Stranger Things. It’s hard to pick a favourite from the strong cast. If I had to chose from the great range of Stranger Things Funko figures, I’d go with Pop figures Stranger Things Eleven.
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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