New York Islanders: Suggestion for an Islanders Funko Figure
The next set of Funko NHL themed figurines have been announced. And again, there isn’t one with a New York Islanders logo on it. If they’re looking for an idea for a New York Islanders figure, here’s one.
Funko, the company that makes those popular large-headed black-eyed figurines for TV shows characters to sports personalities is releasing a new set of NHL figurines. None of them have a New York Islanders logo on them.
The next set of figures will feature NHL mascots. Funko will be making six NHL mascot figures: Philadelphia Flyers Gritty, Chicago Blackhawks Tommy Hawk, New Jersey Devils NJ Devil, Boston Bruins Blades the Bruin, Vegas Golden Knights Chance and Toronto Maple Leafs Carlton The Bear (only in Canada).
Gritty may not be as incredibly popular as he was when he first hit the scene, but for a mascot, he’s still wildly popular. Mascots are wacky and different and probably fun to make. So I get why Funko is making these.
But as you scroll through the NHL catalog of figures I noticed that there wasn’t a single one with a New York Islanders logo. The Edmonton Oilers have five different figures. They have Connor McDavid in all three different Oilers jersey’s and the other two are Wayne Gretzky. The Rangers have two figures one of which is
Why Not Number 22?
I kind of get why they don’t have a New York Islanders figure in the catalog. The Islanders don’t have the largest following in the NHL. A small consumer base doesn’t make for a good target for a new product. There’s also the idea of what New York Islanders player could they even make into a Funko figure?
John Tavares was about as lively as a blank sheet of paper. He’s not what you would call a marketable star in the league.
Mathew Barzal is growing into one, but this is only year three in the NHL. His stock is growing but it’s not likely high enough to make Funko decide to make him into a figurine. Although Jeff Carter has one and again, Mats Zuccarello.
If Funko is looking for a suggestion, I offer this one up, totally for free.
Rather than a current player, how about taking one that has his number retired by the team, is in the hockey hall of fame, is one of the top 100 NHL players off all time, and the player that has the highest goals per game ratio (0.76) ever in the NHL*; Mike Bossy.
(*For players who played at least 200 NHL games. Out of 2926 eligible players, Boss ranks number one.)
Not only is the Montreal native emblematic of to the Islanders and a dynasty that hasn’t been seen since he skated, but his figure could be hella fun to make too. Just use Bossy’s famous flowing curly locks as the basis for the figure!
I’m 100% positive I wouldn’t be the only one to buy a Mike Bossy figure when it becomes available. I’ve already got a few lining my office. From Mr. Bean, to Diablo, to Arcot Ramathorn. I’d love to add an Islanders player to the mix.
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I know, in terms of things to be concerned with this is indeed very low on the priority list. But it’s the middle of July and with nothing else going on in the hockey world I’ve got nothing better to do with my time.