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    Default Funko producing Blade Runner (1982) Pop figures - has licensing been sorted out?

    As the title says, Funko just put Pop figures based on the first Blade Runner up for preorder. This is super interesting, as I've been under the impression that merchandising hasn't been allowed for it?

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    Maybe that Sideshow Deckard could possibly be released? I'd love to see NECA produce some 7" figures too.

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    The REM song “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” just popped into my head...

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    Funko Pap more like.

    But it would seem to offer hope. If you can license the movie it's just a matter of then licensing the actors....isn't it?

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    I would imagine. Harrison Ford probably wouldn’t be too big of an issue, I mean NECA already got his likeness for 2049. I’m not sure about the other actors though, or Rutger Hauer’s estate.

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    I saw this and thought the same thing, hopefully they got it figured out and we will be seeing some Blade Runner figures soon.

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    I'd buy every character in every outfit from every company. I'd even buy animated figures, as long as it's not disproportionate like these Funkos or Hot Toys equivalent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Clown View Post
    As the title says, Funko just put Pop figures based on the first Blade Runner up for preorder. This is super interesting, as I've been under the impression that merchandising hasn't been allowed for it?
    No, it's not that licensing was not allowed. It's that the likenesses were never included in the licensing.

    Pops can do whatever they want since the faces never look like the actors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwedishHeat View Post
    No, it's not that licensing was not allowed. It's that the likenesses were never included in the licensing.

    Pops can do whatever they want since the faces never look like the actors.
    I think it was more than that otherwise there would have been figures from NECA by now. They have shown great willingness to get actor likeness rights on older movies so if that were the only issue they'd have done figures from the original movie back when they were doing 2049.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a-dev View Post
    I think it was more than that otherwise there would have been figures from NECA by now. They have shown great willingness to get actor likeness rights on older movies so if that were the only issue they'd have done figures from the original movie back when they were doing 2049.
    Isn't that the point? If NECA could've done them, they would've.

    They're willing to go after the actors, but if the actors say 'No', there's nothing NECA can do. Presumably they got the 2049 figure to Harrison or his people for approval. I'd bet dollars to donuts they sent an OG Deckard proto along with the 2049 just to see if he was willing to sign off.

    But I'm sure his 2049 contract aid he was required to participate in merchandising, whereas the OG contract had no such clause. And he's just one of those old fuddy-duddies who doesn't see the point in toys.

    Funko has done a ton of Pops for "un-licensable' properties like GBU, Die Hard and all those other 1/6 wishlist items, and it's all because Pops don't need likenesses.

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