Remember when I was drooling over those Breaking Bad Pops a few months ago, and I pointed out that neither of the Jesse Pinkman variants looked anything like Jesse Pinkman?
It definitely bummed me out, because I always saw Jesse as the emotional center of the story. If Walter White’s story was akin to Mr. Chips transforming into Scarface, Jesse’s story was Rocky Balboa transforming into Rocky Balboa from the sequel. He deserved a better Pop.
Funko seemed to take notice and, lo and behold, released a Pinkman variant at San Diego Comic Con that would’ve made Sly Stallone proud.
Aw yeah, bitch! This is the Pinkman Punching Bag that we all know and love from the show!
I love how this outfit is based on one he wore multiple times throughout the first two seasons, and yet his wounds are almost copied-and-pasted from the season 3 episode “One Minute.” Such a good episode, by the way…seriously, if you’re not watching this show, what’re you doing with your life?
The heartbreaking thing about Jesse is that, through and through, he always got it far worse than Walt ever did (except, you know the whole cancer thing). Loved ones have died, his emotional psyche has been shattered, he’s been held prisoner on more than one occasion, and, oh yeah, he gets the everloving magnets kicked out of him at least twice a season.
To me, this is Jesse. Beaten up and left for dead, only to pick himself back up and continue his rollercoaster of a life, either to the chagrin or sinister delight of “Mr. White.”
All of the Walter variants look amazing and fit the look of the character so well, but I honestly believe that this is the only Jesse I’ll need. It captures the vibe of who and what he is throughout the series so much better than the others, and it’s so much more visually striking, as well.
Also, this is my first SDCC Exclusive Pop, so…milestone?