Funko Adds Rudy Ruettiger to Its Pop! Lineup
Proving there is no property that can escape their attention, Funko recently announced that a Pop! figure of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the real-life football underdog portrayed by Sean Astin in 1993’s Rudy, is headed for shelves in November.
The Rudy figure joins other sports offerings from Funko, including figures based on NFL franchises, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, and fictional palooka Rocky Balboa. Astin advocated for the release in response to a Funko poll about sports film projects in January, wondering whether Funko would aim for Ruettiger in uniform or wearing his varsity jacket.
.@OriginalFunko Looks like I'm not the only one who wants a RUDY POP.
Big decisions, Notre Dame Jacket or Football Uniform with Golden Helmet. I don't envy you :-)))
For the record, I LOVE, CRY & CHEER during A League of Their Own, Field of Dreams & Remember the Titans!!! https://t.co/O5og5VFtVM
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) January 9, 2018
Why Rudy? In addition to being a beloved sports film about Ruettiger’s determination to play for Notre Dame despite a dearth of athletic ability, it’s also the movie’s 25th anniversary. Speaking with USA Today, Ruettiger, now 70, said that the movie endures because of its timeless message: “When you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”