Alexandra Trese Funko Pop Figures are Out
Funko has launched a collectible vinyl figure based on Trese, the hit Filipino comic book series created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo.
The Alexandra Trese Funko Pop figure will be available exclusively at Filbar’s stores starting November 27. The collectible will come in two variants: a regular colored figure and a limited-edition Black and White Chase figure. The chase variant can be bought as part of a six-piece bundle of Trese Pops. The collectibles will be released under Funko’s POP! Comics line.
The Pop! Comics line has previously produced several figures based on iconic comic book series, including Archie, Garfield, Hellboy and Dilbert.
“We’re ecstatic that Funko has collaborated with us to bring this Filipino-favorite komiks character into the POP! Multiverse,” said Jacob Cabochan, co-owner of Filbar’s, the country’s longest-running chain of comic and collectibles stores.
“Trese fans have been clamoring for a Trese POP! for many years now. All this while we’ve been trying to make it happen behind the scenes with Budjette and Kajo. We’re thrilled to see it finally become a reality,” Cabochan added.
“Early on, a lot of fans started to make their own custom Trese POP! figure. So it's great to finally have the official figure which will provide protection from aswang... well, maybe it will," recalled Trese writer and co-creator Budjette Tan.
Trese, which was first released as a graphic novel series in 2005, is set in a fictional version of Manila where the mythical beings of Philippine folklore live amongst humans. The series’ main character, Alexandra Trese finds herself taking on the criminal underworld of supernatural creatures. The komiks was recently adapted into a Netflix animated series and immediately became a fan-favorite. Its viral ad campaign also made headlines for blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
“This is for the Trese fans who have always wished for their own little image of Alex on their shelf or desk," adds Trese artist and co-creator Kajo Baldisimo. “May it constantly remind them of the 'magic' of the komiks.”
Funko is no stranger to the Philippines, having produced several Philippine-exclusive Pop! which have become highly sought-after collectibles in recent years.
“Earlier this year, Funko released figures based on the Ateneo Blue Eagles and De La Salle Green Archers mascots, which are also sold exclusively by Filbar’s,” Cabochan said.
They are part of an ever-expanding line of Filipino Pop! collectibles, which includes Jollibee mascots, comics hero Darna, sports icon Manny Pacquiao, and even mythical creatures like the Aswang, White Lady and Siyokoy.
Known for their line of collectible Pop! figures and bobbleheads, Funko has over 150 licenses spanning the most popular films, TV shows, and comics, as well as sports and music icons.