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.

Buy it: Amazon

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.

Buy it: Amazon

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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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home

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It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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