Thursday, November 5, 2015

Funko Fridays: Show & Tell

This Funko Pop is pretty special to me: The Aswang Pop, which is part of their Legendary Creatures and Myths line. This is the first time that they've come out with a Pop that's distinctly Filipino, and so when it was released locally at this year's ToyCon, I had to get my hands on it. Below is the flocked variant, but I have the regular model at home. An orange Aswang variant has also been released at last month's Funko Funtastic Party.


I've heard stories about the aswang from my folks ever since I was a kid. It's a lot like our local version of a vampire. It's supposed to live in the far-flung provinces; and at night, it flies and perches on a roof, finds a hole somewhere, then extends its long, tube-like tongue inside and sucks out your liver while you sleep. In other versions, it feeds on the unborn children of pregnant women.

They say that when it's still far away, you can hear the flapping of its wings. But the closer it gets, the sound grows fainter. When you don't hear it at all, that's when the aswang is nearest. The Pop's eyes are even red, which is a pretty cool detail: as humans, their eyes are supposedly always bloodshot from staying up all night looking for prey.

The thing about the aswang is that they're shape-shifters. Unlike Western vampires, aswang are daywalkers. When the sun is out, they look like humans and live in the same villages. They're usually quiet and keep to themselves, so as not to draw attention. That's what really freaked me out about these stories; the idea that the monster may be living among you and could be one of your neighbors.

The aswang is but one of many in Filipino mythology. I'm pretty proud of how rich and diverse our folklore is, and so I really appreciate the brand for making a Pop based on it. First Grimm, now Funko! 

7 comments:

  1. This is SO cool! Really interesting story about your Funko Pop. Thank you for sharing it with us and linking up.

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    1. Thank you! I've really enjoyed writing about Funko Fridays!

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  2. This is really cool - great to learn more about this as well.

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  3. That's super interesting! I had never heard of an aswang before, but how incredibly creepy!! Very cool Pop, and it's great that it's so special to you.

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    1. Thank you! Haha, yeah, I love this one Pop especially!

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  4. Have you ever seen a show called Destination Truth?? They did a story on this and some other Legends and Creatures of the Philippines.

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