JUSTA LOTTA FUNKO: Tanya Tate Reviews The Hot Topic Exclusive Hipster Belle POP Vinyl Figure From The Disney Series
If you have been following me on twitter you would know that I have been extremely busy the last few weeks. So I have not been able to shoot any new Funko POP! video reviews. With so much cool stuff coming out, I thought I would do a written review. Not as fun, but still you get to see some great pictures of the new stuff that is out now.
Today we’ll take a look at the Hot Topic exclusive Hipster Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I reviewed Belle and the Beast figures a long time ago when I first started to make POP! video reviews, so it’s a bit of fun to revisit her in this new variant.
What is all the “Hipster” business? Well, its started as an Ariel The Little Mermaid meme. Hipsters fancy themselves as the cooler-than-you lot. When you google “what is a hipster” you get “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions,” but I think it’s a little more than that. Anything somewhat cool is old to them and they look to be obscure as though it gives them some sort of “street cred”.
An annoying lot, in short, LOL. So, someone created a “Hipster Ariel” based on a screen grab of the mermaid wearing “nerd” type glasses that hipsters are prone to wear to take the piss. It because very well known in pop culture leading to the other Disney Princesses getting the hipster treatment and we now have Belle, hipsterized in Funko POP form!
Bloody hell, enough with the backstory and let’s get to the review!
Here she is in her box, number 67 in the Disney series and on the bottom right, there is the Hot Topic Exclusive sticker.
On the back of the box, listed are number 66 and 68 - Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Jasmine (Aladdin).
The back of Belle.
Comparison of the Belles. The bodies are identical, the differences are all on the head. The Hipster Belle’s eyes are only half open. Her hair is a little darker, which I think is just a different paint and not really intentionally changed. A little more rosier cheeks on Hipster as well.
Paint job is good. I think because the paint work on this figure is not too intricate, there is not that much to go wrong on. Articulation on the head only.
I think it’s a good choice for an exclusive variant. If you are not into the ‘Hipster’ Disney gals, you can just pass these over without feeling you have a hole in your collection. But if you are a “completeist” there is some legitimacy to it in pop-culture. For me, my displayed Disney collection is more straight forward. So I won’t be displaying the Hipster ladies, but I am glad I picked this one up.
Are you going to be adding Hipster Belle to your collection? LMK by leaving a comment below OR you can tweet me - @TanyaTate!