8 of Our Favorite Funko Pops Based on Real People

You'll find Bob Ross, Bill Nye, and many other Funkos based on actual people.
You'll find Bob Ross, Bill Nye, and many other Funkos based on actual people.
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Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for a picky loved one or just want to add some personality to an empty desk or lonely shelf, chances are there's a Funko Pop! out there that fits your needs. But if you're not into the superheroes and movie characters that make up a majority of the company's figures, don't worry, because there are also plenty of vinyl Pops based on real-life heroes and icons. These are perfect for science lovers, history buffs, and bookworms, and you can find them all for under $15.

But fair warning: You just might be tempted to buy them all.

1. Albert Einstein; $10

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Albert Einstein, best known for his theory of relativity (and his incredible head of hair), is the perfect companion for the desk of any aspiring scientist. This Funko, complete with its E=mc2 sign, will ensure that no one forgets one of science’s most important equations—or one of its quirkiest figures.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Bob Ross; $11

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Bob Ross proved that life is all about happy accidents and happy little trees. But he wasn’t always the hippie-like painter that audiences—and ASMR fans—know and love. He spent two decades in the Air Force, where he served as a Master Sergeant until he retired in 1981 and made his foray into public television. Ross, who took painting classes while in the military, wanted to share his own “joy of painting” with others—and after he got his hair permed, he became the icon we all know and love today. This Funko Pop! is the perfect way to celebrate his legacy, and to bring a little more happiness into your own home.

Buy it: Amazon

3. George Washington; $9

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There’s only one word to describe this Funko Pop!: Iconic. Modeled after the first President of the United States, this George Washington Funko Pop! comes complete with Revolutionary War regalia and powdered hair. (Although he’s not smiling, so you can’t see his hippo, ivory, gold, and brass dentures.) Buy this for any history buff who won’t shut up about the founding father who holds the highest-ranking officer title in U.S. history—sort of.

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4. Bill Nye; $6

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Bill Nye is a science luminary—and it’s not just because of his hit TV show. The author, educator, engineer, and aspiring astronaut (he was rejected by NASA four times) is the CEO of the Planetary Society and worked on the Mars rover space mission. He’s made science more accessible—and a whole lot more fun. (You can watch Bill teach science using emojis here and here.) This Funko Pop! is great for the goofy scientist in your life who embraces the power of the bow tie and never takes themselves too seriously.

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5. Edgar Allan Poe; $11

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Never say “nevermore” with this funky Edgar Allan Poe figurine, which is currently available for pre-order and will ship in the spring. The poet and writer behind “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” was despised by his contemporaries. Ralph Waldo Emerson cast him aside as a “jingle man,” and of “The Raven” said, “I see nothing in it.” But English majors, hopeless romantics, and high school teachers know that Poe was nothing short of a genius. Help them to honor him with this Funko, which is sure to spark creativity (or just to give your home a little literary-inspired flair).

Pre-order: Amazon

6. Benjamin Franklin; $8

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Contrary to popular belief, some historians and scientists debate whether Benjamin Franklin even conducted the kite experiment on that faithful night in 1752. But nevertheless, the image of the founding father braving a lighting storm in the name of science is forever part of history—and the Funko Pop! collection. Along with holding a kite and key, this Funko also sports Franklin's signature shoulder-length hair and bifocals, which he invented.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Stephen King; $10

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Stephen King, the master of the horror genre and the author of over 70 novels and 200 short stories, is one of the biggest bestselling authors of all time. With masterpieces like It, The Shining, Carrie, Pet Sematary, and many more under his belt—and with countless movies, TV shows, and even operas based on his works—he’s made himself a household name when it comes the art of writing. And the work he’s done championing other writers makes him something of a literary philanthropist. This Funko is guaranteed to bring you some positive SKE (Stephen King Energy). Just make sure never to turn the lights off when you put it on display.

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8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg; $13

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a.k.a. The Notorious RBG), can bench press 70 pounds, dissent like there’s no tomorrow, and can even drink her own custom beer. In August 1993, she became the second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and she's still going strong after serving for nearly 27 years (and beating cancer four times). Channel your inner RBG with this Pop! and defeat all who might oppose you—even if that just means deciding what to binge on Netflix this week.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Harry Potter LEGO Sets to Get Fans This Holiday Season

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The magic of Harry Potter continues to amaze children all over the globe, especially when the cherished series is combined with the LEGO brand. And if you have a builder on your list who's obsessed with the series, we've compiled a list of 10 great sets you can pick up for the holidays.

1. Diagon Alley; $400

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This set includes more than 5000 pieces to use to build storefronts, props, and the interiors of Diagon Alley. From Flourish and Blotts to Fred and George Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, you’ll be able to go shopping here every day.

Buy it: LEGO

2. Attack on the Burrows; $100

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Many fans will remember when the Death Eaters attacked the Weasley home in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). This set helps fans build their topsy-turvy house just before Bellatrix arrives to destroy it all.

Buy it: Target

3. Hogwarts Astronomy Tower; $100

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The Hogwarts Astronomy Tower is a truly iconic location. Just below the top of the tower, fans can build the Ravenclaw dormitories and common room. Below is Professor Slughorn’s potions office, where he keeps many secrets.

Buy it: LEGO

4. Quidditch Match; $40

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Throughout Harry’s time at Hogwarts, not only has he managed to save the school every year, but he also carved out plenty of time to play Quidditch. This set lets fans build the pitch, complete with viewing stands for each house; three goal posts; and all the tools needed to play the game, like a Quaffle, a Bludger, and, of course, a Golden Snitch.

Buy it: LEGO

5. LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar; $40

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As we start to inch closer to Christmas day, many like to celebrate with Advent calendars. This Advent calendar made by LEGO features elements from the Potter films, including minifigures and props.

Buy it: LEGO

6. Hogwarts Castle; $400

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For the ultimate LEGO Harry Potter experience, building the Hogwarts Castle is a must. With over 6000 pieces, fans can build each area the castle has to offer, from the Great Hall to the Chamber of Secrets deep below.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hogwarts Express; $64

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So many great memories have happened at Platform 9¾, and now, fans can make the journey themselves with this 801-piece set, complete with platform, train, and a wall to go through. There might even be an enemy aboard, but you’ll have to find them.

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8. Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue; $60

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Hagrid is the honorary fourth member of the gang, and by proxy so is Buckbeak, his Hippogriff. The pivotal moment when Hermione and Harry go back in time to save Buckbeak has now been transformed into a set for fans to build.

Buy it: LEGO

9. Hogwarts Clock Tower; $90

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This 922-piece set shows fans everything that goes on inside the clock tower, from the Prefects' bathroom to Dumbledore’s office to the Hospital Wing. Reenact the Yule Ball with all the icy decorations and minifigures of Madame Maxime, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Beauxbatons' Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts; $50

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If you are going to build the Hogwarts Express, it seems fitting to also build another iconic mode of transportation: the Beauxbatons' carriage. In the Goblet of Fire, the all-girls French wizarding school decided to arrive at Hogwarts in style with this flying carriage. The carriage even has some secret compartments that will make the journey even more fun.

Buy it: LEGO

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