Funko Pop Review: Mary Poppins Returns

As the crown jewel in Disney’s crown Mary Poppins a classic of note. Fifty-four years later she returned with the release, late last year, of Mary Poppins Returns.

With the incandescent Emily Blunt in the starring role the film is utterly charming in every way. Read the review here.

It goes without saying that Funko would jump on board the Mary Poppins train and produce a wave Pops featuring the world’s most famous nanny.

 Mary Poppins with kite

This is likely the pop that attempts to capture the most iconic moment in the film: the arrival of Mary Poppins.

Upon first inspection the Pop hits all the right notes – it includes the famous carpetbag and Mary Poppins is clutching the kite that she flies in on. However, when more closely scrutinized the Pop lacks a bit of detail in comparison to the movie version. For one, the coat is black and blue in the film while the Pop is solid navy blue. Funko did ensure that the red scarf is adorned with black polka dots but did forego the silver accents on the buckle and buttons of the coat.

While these smaller lapses in attention to detail could be overlooked what cannot be so easily dismissed is the fact that this Pop does not include the umbrella. Although Funko isn’t in the business of making exact replicas they have chosen to recreate what is likely the most iconic scene of the film and, therefore, should’ve gotten it spot on.

I do also wish they would have angled the feet slightly outward as a nod to the famous Mary Poppins pose.

Mary Poppins with bag

Taken from the bath scene, which includes the performance of Can You Imagine That, this Pop is somewhat perplexing. But let’s start with the pros. The outfit on the Pop is mostly correct when compared to the film. She’s sporting a bright blue skirt and a white shirt adorned with polka dots. But not only are the polka dots the incorrect colour but she is also missing an apron. What’s more, the Funko version wears the same hat as the first Pop reviewed in this article. Why is she wearing the hat? Beats me. She does have the red bow-tie and carpet bag which do appear in the scene.

 

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Mary Poppins at the music hall

On the way to the Royal Doulton music hall Mary Poppins, Jack, and the children are transported in an animated carriage. The interesting thing about the costuming in this scene is that the clothes have the appearance of being hand-drawn. Funko reproduced the light-pink dress and fascinator, complete with blue and pink birds, beautifully.

However, this is also one of the scenes in the film where Mary Poppins is most obviously a redhead. By far the most glaring mistake in this wave of Pops is the hair colour. If you haven’t seen the film a simple Google image search will reveal that Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins is a redhead. But for reasons unknown Funko has opted for all the Pops in this range to be brunette.

Overall, the Mary Poppins Returns wave of Funko Pops is rather a letdown due to its lack of detail and puzzling choices [insert incorrect hair colour]. In conclusion, if you were interested in this wave it would be my advice to wait until they go on sale.

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