Remember Funko Pop! Collectables? Those stumpy little vinyl toys featuring musicians, actors, athletes, fictional characters and pop culture figures that you’re technically not supposed to take out of the box after you buy them? Well, the company has released its most recent figurine, and it’s one that will register well with your taste buds.
The Tapatío Funko Pop! is now available for purchase. It’s the toy version of the Mexican man featured on the bottles of the popular hot sauce. The mustached Tapatío man is wearing a sombrero and mariachi outfit and holding a bottle of his own salsa picante.
Tapatío man (Marvel, are you listening?) is one of dozens of Latino Funko Pop! collectables the company has produced over the years. Before this newest one, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the late Queen of Tejano, was honored with a figurine late last year.
Since there are so many Funko Pop! toys out there, we’re sure you haven’t seen them all (unless you’re a collector yourself), so we’ve decided to remind you of some of the Latinos who have been given the Funko Pop! treatment. Here are 13 that you should seek out now—then never play with them.
Here, the Colombian reggaetón singer is sporting some colorful camouflage pants and the detailed tattoos across his forearms are pretty impressive. We know Balvin is a collector of sneakers, but maybe he’ll start collecting Funko Pop! toys, too, if they start producing more reggaeton stars. Bad Bunny must be next, right?
The Mexican and Native American drummer of powerhouse, heavy metal band Metallica comes with long locks and his own tiny bass to rock out on. We wonder how “Master of Puppets” would sound on such a small guitar and if the song might change its lyrics to “Master of Funkos.”
As miniature as he is in toy form, the late WWE superstar looks like he’s ready for a fight. He has his wrists and fists taped up, but we’re not sure any of the other Funko Pop! figurines will want to brawl with Guerrero. He was a WWE Champion in 2004 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame posthumously in 2006.
Not only did part-Mexican actress Lynda Carter kick some major butt when she played the titular D.C. Comics superhero on the Wonder Woman TV series in the 1970s, she also made a cameo at the end of the most recent Wonder Woman movie, Wonder Woman 1984. Something tells us Carter isn’t quite done with her superhero career, so buy her classy toy before she wraps you in her golden lasso.
Portrayed by actress Christian Serratos (TV’s Selena: The Series), The Walking Dead character has managed to survive getting her brains eaten for seven seasons and is scheduled to return for the upcoming 11th season. Funko Pop! sells zombie versions of Marvel characters, so maybe if Rosita doesn’t make it through the series this year, they can make a Zombie Rosita for fans to remember her.
Actor Oscar Isaac, we’re certain, has plenty of movie characters that his fans would like to see Funko-fied. His character in the Star Wars film franchise is an obvious one, but we wouldn’t mind a toy based on his Ex-Machina character either. Make it happen, Funko!
There are many versions of Spider-Man but none like the Latino comic book character made famous in the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Remember, we want to see a live-action version of Morales in the next Spider-man movie. And then another toy to go along with it.
It was probably too hard to figure out how El Cucuy should be designed since the Latino boogieman could mean different things to different people, but we’re also not sure if Funko Pop! captured the essence of this Latino legend either. It just looks like an alebrije version of a mangy dog. We’d still pet it though.
“The Fastest Mouse in All Mexico” hasn’t been cancelled like his animated colleague Pepe Le Pew (he has a Funko Pop!, too, by the way), so adding this vinyl rodent to your collection will bring a smile to many Mexican fans of the cartoon character. Plus, if you have him and Tapatío man, they can wear each other’s ascots.
The Guardians of the Galaxy character isn’t necessarily Latina, but she’s played by actress Zoe Saldana, so we’re totally claiming her. Speaking of non-Latina roles that Saldana has played, why on Earth isn’t there a Funko Pop! version of Neytiri, her character in Avatar, yet? You’d think the biggest box office movie in cinematic history would be worth a little vinyl, no?
Actress Génesis Rodriguez lends her voice to the chemistry whiz in the 2014 Oscar-winning animated film Big Hero 6. It’s never confirmed that Honey Lemon is Latina in the movie, but we know she is because when she pronounces Hiro Hamada’s name, she calls him “Iro” and rolls that R with conviction.
Guillermo del Toro
This is probably the one thing the Mexican filmmaker can hold over the heads of his fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. All of them have Academy Awards, but Cuarón and Iñárritu aren’t depicted as toys – just yet. What’s up Funko Pop!? Even Pale Man from del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth has a creepy (and cute) toy already.
There are a lot of Latino athletes in the Funko Pop! family – from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays to former NFL player Victor Cruz. Carmelo Anthony, who is half Puerto Rican, is another who has had an incredible career and should technically have at least five different Funko Pop! characters with the number of teams he’s played on. How about Funko Pop! sports toys with interchangeable jerseys? Million-dollar idea. We want royalties, please.