Funko Uh-Oh…WDW 50th Anniversary Pop Series Features Wrong Castle!
Megagiant toy producer Funko opened preorders for a new line of 50th Anniversary Disney Pop! figures this week. The series features Mickey Mouse on Space Mountain, Goofy on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a Pop Queen of Hearts on the Teacups, and the Pirates of the Caribbean’s beloved prison dog holding the guard’s keys. But the big featured 50th Anniversary Pop! collectible – two versions of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella Castle! Except….well, that’s not Cinderella Castle.
— Funko (@OriginalFunko) November 1, 2021
It didn’t take Disney fans long to notice that Funko’s Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary castle looked suspiciously like Funko’s Disneyland 65th Anniversary castle from 2020. You can see both collectible toys below.
It’s pretty obvious that the older Funko Castle got a royal makeover in the new pink, blue and gold paint scheme of Cinderella’s 50th Anniversary. (Oddly enough, the 65th Anniversary Disneyland Pop! figure actually sports a more gray and blue look than it’s real life counterpart, which has been varying shades of pink and blue since the theme park opened in 1955. The lighter gray scheme was strangely similar to the pre-2020 Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.)
But as all Disney fans know, a paint job does not a Castle make!
The two princess dwellings may both be royal things of beauty but they are structurally very different buildings.
There’s an obvious height difference, no question there. Sleeping Beauty Castle also has notable central windows, lower and wider square spires, and a wall over the passthrough arch rather than a clocktower.
Now we’re obviously talking about vinyl likenesses, here; no one is expecting 100% realism and this is a decent makeover to pass off from a lesser company. Maybe Funko is having some supply issues like a lot of industries are. Or maybe that Cinderella Castle Pop mold is sitting on a cargo ship somewhere. Perhaps it was even an honest mistake? But whatever the reason for the goof, Funko Pop! is big business and Disney fans are hardcore. Passing off one castle for another would never fly with Disney Funko diehards.
Twitter was alight with collectors denouncing their pre-orders and calling out the toy company, some laughing at the mistake, others wondering if someone lost their job for the error.
As of this writing, Funko hasn’t made a comment on the Castle snafu and the Earidescent Mickey and Castle Pop is still available for pre-order on Amazon for $34.99 and Target for $29.99 with a December 21 release date. The Pirates dog is also available for pre-order while the Ride Pop! collectibles are already on sale at Target.com from $24.99-$29.99.
If you’re a Disney Funko Pop! collector, what are your thoughts? WIll Funko acknowledge the error and make a change? Does the wrong castle actually make this Pop MORE valuable to collectors?
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