Critical Role's first Funko POP! figure is this Vex'ahlia figure, which depicts the popular Ranger played by Laura Bailey riding on her iconic broom. It went on sale yesterday at Funko and Best Buy, but sold out quickly. but your second chance to grab one is happening right now. The Vex Funko Pop figure is back in stock at Best Buy (Exclusive) for only $9.99 while it lasts. If you miss out again, or you want to guarantee that you get an SDCC exclusive sticker as opposed to a standard summer convention exclusive sticker, you'll need to grab one from eBay.
Critical Role is a popular web series featuring a group of voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons. The series launched on Geek & Sundry back in 2015 and has turned into a web behemoth, spawning comic book series and art books, selling out theaters for live shows, and eventually spinning out into its own studio and production company. Critical Role even broke records when it raised over $12 million on Kickstarter for an animated series, which was later picked up by Amazon Prime and renewed for a second season. The series recently returned from an extended hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ComicBook.com broke the news last year that Critical Role had entered into a licensing agreement with several companies, including Funko. This is the first figure released as a part of that licensing arrangement, but we'll likely see even more in the coming months. Penguin Random House has also announced a new book as part of the aforementioned company, and agreements were also met with MacFarlane Toys and the apparel company Ripple Junction.
You can check out new episodes of Critical Role every Thursday at 7 PM PT on their Twitch channel, with VOD posted the following Monday on YouTube. You can find out all of the details about tonight's SDCC / Virtual Con Funko Pop releases right here.
On a related note, a new Dungeons & Dragons cooperative board game debuted yesterday from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast that's designed as a fun and fast way for new players to explore the world of D&D (side note- they also released a D&D My Little Pony figure set). Players can choose and customize their characters before traveling together through the lands of Neverwinter where they will slay their way up to a boss monster that's terrorizing the realm. You can even choose which monster your party will face - Felbris (Beholder), Orn (Fire Giant), Deathsleep (Green Dragon) or The Kraken. Adventure Begins players will also get a taste of what it's like to be a Dungeon Master, with the role passing from player to player with each turn (2-4 players).
With the popularity of Dungeons & Dragons skyrocketing in recent years, we've seen more material that's focused on entry-level players. The Adventure Begins board game is ideal in that respect, as it bridges the gap between board games and the full Dungeons & Dragons RPG experience. If you want to give it a shot, pre-orders are live here at Entertainment Earth for $24.99. You can also grab it here on Amazon with a release date slated for October 1st.
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