Following the successful release of six Funko POP! Vinyl Queen figures in 2018, it has been announced that a further three figures are due to be added to the Queen collection, with an expected release date around the first few months of 2021.
The three new figures will be dedicated to Freddie Mercury (x2) and Queen's 1977 studio album cover "News Of The World"
Freddie Mercury - Live Aid 1985
This particular figure of Freddie Mercury is inspired by his performance during the iconic Live Aid relief concert, held simultaneously at the Wembley Stadium in London and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia on 13 July 1985. The figure has Freddie dressed in a white tank-top and blue jeans, exactly what he wore during the 22 minutes Live Aid set.
The following video shows Freddie performing at the 1985 Live Aid relief concert.
The Freddie Mercury 1985 Funko POP! Vinyl continues the POP! Rocks collection and will be the 183rd of the series. It is due for release around February/March 2021.
Royal Freddie Mercury
This particular figure of Freddie Mercury is inspired by his appearance at the end of Queen's show during the famous Magic Tour of 1986; the tour was to be the final tour Queen performed with Freddie.
Freddie appeared with the famous cape and crown just after the final number "We Are The Champions" ready for the closing "God Save The Queen"
The following video shows Freddie dressed in the iconic royal cape and crown costume at the end of each of the 1986 Magic Tour shows, this one filmed at Wembley Stadium.
The Royal Freddie Mercury Funko POP! Vinyl continues the POP! Rocks collection and will be the 184th of the series. It is due for release around February/March 2021.
News Of The World
This particular figure, a silver, red-eyed robot, usually known as "Frank", is inspired by the album artwork cover for Queen's 1977 studio album "News Of The World".
The album cover itself was inspired by the front cover of an issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine from October 1953, which featured a giant intelligent robot holding a dead body of a man. Queen was so inspired by the cover that they contacted the American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas, who agreed to modify the artwork by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members.
Frank comes packaged in a hard protector case, with a backdrop of the famous album cover.
The News Of The World POP! Vinyl continues the Funko POP! Albums collection and will be the 6th of the series. It is due for release around February/March 2021.
The original six POP! Vinyl Queen figures, which were part of the POP! Rocks range, included three dedicated to Freddie Mercury with the remaining figures dedicated each to Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Black and White Harlequin Freddie Mercury
This particular figure of Freddie Mercury is inspired by his performances during the 1970s in the full-length bodysuits, of which Freddie wore an array of designs, most of which boasted a plunging scoop neckline that bared his chest.
The black and white harlequin costume was one of Freddie's most recognisable stage designs; it was actioned at Bonhams Auctions in 2012 and sold for a staggering £22,500.
It is believed that Freddie was inspired by a costume worn by the ballet dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, in Carnaval.
In an interview in June 1977 with 'New Musical Express', Freddie was quoted saying
"I'm into this ballet thing, and that's why I'm trying to put across this Nijinsky costume' and trying to put across our music in a more artistic manner than before. A lot of people just dismiss it and say I'm wearing a silly little outfit, rather than being critical and saying that formal ballet may not be quite right for rock 'n' roll."
"I want to do different things. I don't want to keep playing the same formula over and over again, otherwise you just go insane. I don't want to become stale. I want to be creative."
The following video shows Freddie performing 'Love Of My Life' dressed in the black and white Harlequin costume during the 1977 News of the World album tour.
The Black and White Harlequin Freddie Mercury Funko POP! Vinyl continues the POP! Rocks collection and is the 92nd of the series.