With no conventions or toy fairs to attend, the beginning of the year is a little bleak. All of the announcements and press conferences are digital and we’ve lost that…human touch. However, that doesn’t mean new things aren’t brewing at your favorite companies, and that includes Funko’s board games division, who have announced their first round of games released for 2021.
ESPN Trivia Night
Release: April 2021
Funko Games branches out into the man cave/sports bar sphere with their first game released with a theme from ESPN. While it does revolve mostly around the trivia aspect, Funko has apparently built the game to appeal to everyone and not just the hardcore sports fans. Part of that is the “Instant Replay” challenges, which are tiddly-winks-esque flicking games themed around the major sports (get it through the field goal, in the hoop, etc.). Something intended for a “beer and nuts” sort of scene, it also makes a good early Father’s Day gift.
Fast & Furious: Highway Heist
Release: May 2021
Funko Games doesn’t just make games for the family, they also make games about family. Based on the hit action series starring Vin Diesel, The Rock, and that one cool song from Tokyo Drift, this will also be Funko’s first 2021 release from the Prospero Hall design collective, who might be some of the most consistent designers in the industry. The scenarios that PH love so much make another return here, with each one having different stunts that have to be performed by the players, together. It’s a co-op, and its about family. Coolest part? The semi-truck mini actually opens up and the car minis fit inside!
Disney Princess See the Story Game
Release: June 2021
For those unfamiliar, Funko Games has a line of games that are “Babysitter Approved,” which are simple games for young kids that can be set up and played quickly. They’ve got sturdy construction, easy instructions, and only a few parts as well as a carrying handle. Their first one this year is a cute little Disney Princess game of simple matching and memory built around a rather clever little wishing well.
Funkoverse: Alice In Wonderland
Release: April 2021
Another “expandalone” two-pack, the first Funkoverse release of the year will star Alice and the Queen of Hearts as they rush in to join the likes of Batman, Harry Potter, and the Kool Aid Man on the battlefield. They can be mixed in to any other Funkoverse game as usual, but also come with a new scenario that is, naturally, croquet themed.
Images via Funko Games
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