Despite the series being named “Naruto,” one of the biggest characters in the story, there’s another character of extreme importance. So important that they were basically left alone to carry entire arcs, like the Capturing of the Eight-Tails, and the Attack on the Kage Summit. Sasuke got almost as much love as Naruto’s swing set, and his space in the story has earned him so many pieces of merchandise, and a not-insignificant portion of them are Funko Pops!
I’m Evaluating the Funko Pops! Three Different Metrics
By “Quality,” I’m referring to more than just the surface detail of the Funko Pop! Funko tends to all meet a decent standard for surface details, so I’m looking at the posing and other special features of the figure, like does it glow in the dark? Or have a metallic sheen or reflective glitter? These are small things, but they go a long way to making Funko Pops! themselves look cool on their own or even in a collection.
What I mean by “Availability” is how easy is the typical Funko Pop! to find in stores like Amazon or other retailers like Walmart. Beyond that, I’m also looking at the price of the Funko Pop! The more affordable Funko Pop! is easier to obtain than something that’ll eat up your monthly budget. Funko Pops! tend to have pretty good prices, so I don’t expect this to switch around too much, but a few Funko Pops! really do have insane prices attached.
“Serialization” refers to if the Funko Pop! is part of any series outside of the franchise branding. This can refer to things like specific line-branding, such as the Harry Potter Anniversary collection, or if there are multiple Funko Pop! with special features like glowing in the dark or being a part of the Funko Pop! Rides! line of figures.
Now let’s get the guide started!
Bottom Line Upfront
The best Funko Pop! you can buy is the Funko Pop Animation: Naruto Shippuden – Sasuke Curse Mark Collectible Figure, Multicolor. I like this Funko Pop! because not only is it from one of the more iconic moments of the series, that being Naruto and Sasuke’s first battle in the Final Valley at the end of Part 1 of Naruto, but it’s also a good Funko Pop! The details of the Curse Mark, the 3-tomoe Sharingan, and the orange-eye are really nice, alongside the pose. All of these details combined make the Funko Pop! look much better than most. Its only real downside is how expensive it is, at $20, which is more than a Funko Pop! is typically priced, but when looking at anime figurines in general, that’s a pretty good price.
This is the Sasuke we all know and love from the end of Naruto: Shippuden. We’d witnessed his journey from lowly revenge-seeking Genin, to a feared member of the Akatsuki, to the final fight of anime’s Big 3. He was iconic, synonymous with rivals in anime for a reason. This will set the standard for almost all other Funko Pops! It has no special bells or whistles, and it doesn’t stray too far from Funko Pops! usual style or strategy. It has Funko’s usual squarish style with a basic, non-offensive pose. They definitely could have done better, but they could have also done much worse.
- Quality 7/10: This Funko Pop! looks good. It’s Sasuke’s standard get-up from the end of the series. My only problem with it has little to do with the Funko Pop! and more that this outfit is too similar to his old one, which is the original author’s fault. Other than that, it’s a pretty good figure.
- Availability 10/10: Even by Funko Pops! standard, this Funko Pop! is super affordable. It was just over $10, which is super nice! This Funko Pop! is also one of the most popular Funko Pops! from one of the most popular franchises. It’s easy to find.
- Serialization 9/10: Despite Sasuke being incredibly popular and Naruto as a series is even more popular, there aren’t that many Sasuske Funko Pops! If you want to create a collection of Sasuke-specific Funko Pops! your options are limited, but if you’re going for Naruto in general, then you have a HUGE swathe to choose from.
- A solid figure that sets the standard of what to expect from a Sasuke Funko Pop!
- Overall, the figure is boring. The pose isn’t anything special, nor does it have a special quality like glowing in the dark or being reflective.
Boruto, regardless of what you think of it, has some pretty good designs. Sasuke’s adult design was never my favorite, but I do appreciate the changes made to make him more distinct from his previous incarnations. This Funko Pop! also has the nice additional detail of Sasuke holding a Chidori in his hand. It’s a small detail, but it goes a long way to making the Funko Pop! stand out. However, I do wish they had paid more attention to Sasuke’s hair. Something about it just looks… weird. Maybe it’s the blocky nature of Funko Pops! or how they deliberately leave some details out, but I don’t like the hair.
- Quality 6/10: This Funko Pop! has some things going for it and some downsides, specifically how it has the Chidori in Sasuke’s hand, which is cool! Unfortunately, I don’t feel they quite captured Boruto: Next Generations Sasuke quite well enough.
- Availability 8/10: For a Funko Pop! it’s kind of expensive, sitting at just over $15. For anime figures in general, that price is pretty good. Although, I would ask myself if this Funko Pop! is really what I want. For a few more dollars, you could probably find a better Sasuke figure that’s more accurate to the look of the show.
- Serialization 8/10: As I said before, your list of Sasuke Funko Pops! is kind of short. However, you can get a lot of Naruto-brand Funko Pops! to make up for it. This Funko Pop! in particular, could also fit in a Boruto-themed Funko Pop! collection.
- The Funko Pop has some interesting things going for it, like both of Sasuke’s kekkei genkai eyes and a Chidori in hand, which is more than some other Funko Pops! can say.
- Something about the way Funko translated Adult Sasuke’s design into a Funko Pop! just doesn’t mesh well.
Everyone remembers how the first part of Naruto ended. Two friends splitting up at the Valley of the End. This Funko Pop! is from that moment, right when the battle started, and Naruto realized just what Sasuke intended to do. It was a great moment when it finally hit the audience that this wasn’t a trip to save Sasuke. He’d gone along willingly, and it was up to Naruto to beat some sense into him if we ever wanted Team 7 to stay together. There were so many emotions flying it was utterly insane that the world didn’t explode. And the knowledge that Sasuke won the confrontation and would thus depart the village! Oh my god, the entire playground lost its mind, and it was something I’ll never forget.
- Quality 10/10: This is a REALLY good Funko Pop! The Chidori in hand makes the pose more interesting than if it was just standing there, and I like how they have both the orange cursed eye and the Sharingan. The addition of the Curse Mark crawling across Sasuke’s body is just aesthetic perfection.
- Availability 6/10: For a Funko Pop! this one is pretty expensive. Most Funko Pop! never reaches beyond $12, but this one goes over $20. That’s still not a totally bad price in general, but it’s way more than a Funko Pop! should be.
- Serialization 7/10: Per the usual, the selection for Sasuke Funko Pops! is limited, but there’s a lot in the general Naruto brand. However, I do have to take a point away from this one since the selection of Funko Pops from Part 1 of Naruto is smaller than the ones from Shippuden. It was the only Funko Pop! for Sasuke from part 1 that I could find, so it’s not like there are many choices if you don’t like this one.
- This Funko Pop! looks really cool. From the posing to having both and Sharingan and the Curse Mark across Sasuke’s body.
- It’s expensive for a Funko Pop! at $20
This Funko Pop! is very similar to the first Sasuke Funko Pop! we covered. It’s the end-of-series, Shippuden Sasuke with the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan and Rinne-Sharingan. The Chidori in his hand is a nice extra detail. It’s good enough to look great on its own, but that’s not all. This Funko Pop! glows in the dark! Each eye and the Chidori each glow a different color (red, purple, and blue, respectively) in the dark!
- Quality 10/10: This Funko Pop! is so freaking cool! I love everything about it, from the pose to the glow-in-the-dark feature; I just love it. It’s a great Funko Pop! if you want something from the end of Shippuden. I don’t see any particular downsides to the quality of this Funko Pop! that isn’t universal to all Funko Pops! For example, the way Funko’s squarish style makes all of their figures off-model or the almost universal lack of a mouth.
- Availability 3/10: This Funko Pop! is hard to find. Not only is it the one in the most demand, so the supply is limited, but it’s a special edition that further constrains things. That has led to the price shooting up to over $30, which is insane for a Funko Pop! It’s the second-highest price on this list, with the only one exceeding that price being a much larger Funko Pop! that’s way more elaborate than this one.
- Serialization 7/10: Once more, this Funko Pop! is subject to the usual serialization, fitting in a generalized Naruto collection, but it is limited if you want specifically a Sasuke collection. I also knocked away a point or two due to the demand and limited supply. If Funko’s short-printing them, either by accident or on purpose, then I can’t give it full marks in this category.
- The Funko Pop! glows in the dark, which I love more than I should.
- $30 is very expensive for a Funko Pop!
- The Funko Pop! is super hard to find in stores and its price online is always high.
This Funko Pop! is something a little different from the rest. Rather than being a figure, you can put on your desk, this Funko Pop, like the name implies, is a keychain! It’s a really nice thing to have, especially if you’re a bit dire for space on your shelves (like me) or if you’re in the market for something you can use to show off your love for Naruto in public. One of the downsides of this Funko Pop! is how small the line of Naruto Funko Pop! keychains are, so don’t expect to have a full keyring of these things. I could only find two at all.
- Quality 7/10: This Funko Pop! isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just limited by the fact that it’s a keychain, so they don’t have much to work with. The pose is basic, but I do like how we get mid-series Sasuke rather than the usual end-of-series or fresh from the beginning. Everything else about the Funko Pop! is pretty basic. Sasuke’s just standing there without doing anything special, which is pretty lame. It could have Sasuke doing a multitude of poses or actions, like holding his sword at least, but all he’s doing is standing there.
- Availability 9/10: This wasn’t actually that easy to find. I had to do some digging to uncover it, but most of its points in this section are due to its price. It’s actually on the lower end for a Funko Pop!. It sits at around $10, which is a great price. If you’re looking for a small piece of Naruto to carry with you, then this should be more than suitable.
- Serialization 5/10: I actually have to take off more than a few points for this one. Because this Funko Pop! is a keychain rather than the usual, sit-on-your-desk figure, it’s too small, making it look out of place with the rest. And you can’t even really collect a bunch of Naruto Funko Pop! keychains because there just aren’t that many. I did some digging, and I could only find two: one for Naruto and one for Sasuke.
- A nice, small collectible that you can carry around.
- It’s not a figure you can keep on your desk, which isn’t what some people are looking for when buying a Funko Pop!
- It’s made to fit on a keychain, so it’s pretty small
I don’t think we will ever forget where we were when Naruto: Shippuden finally came to its conclusion. The battle built up for an utterly insane amount of time, over a decade of the build-up to one ultimate conclusion! And the battle really was something to be seen. Sasuke pulled out all the stops when he evolved his Perfect Susanoo beyond its limits to fire Indra’s Arrow, and we really got to see how far Naruto came as a ninja. The boy who struggled to just use clone jutsu in the academy, pulling out trick after trick, throwing out jutsu that should’ve been forever beyond his reach. It was just awesome!
- Quality 10/10: Any fan of Naruto, or anyone with even a passing knowledge of the series, would absolutely have to love this! Rather than being a normal figurine, this is more of a diorama for display. It shows Naruto and Sasuke’s final moments as Sasuke throws down his inferno-style Chidori into Naruto’s Rasengan. I really like the quality of the water and just everything else about it. It has a level of quality that most Funko Pops! I just don’t have, and I can see why. The price of this thing…yeesh.
- Availability 3/10: This Funko Pop! isn’t subject to any shortages that I could find. Even Amazon seems to have a full stock of these. What takes away most of the points for this is the price. It sits over $70, which is utterly beyond crazy for a Funko Pop! One of the strong suits of Funko Pops! are how cheap they are. Yet this one seemingly discarded all of that to be one of the most expensive Funko products I’ve ever seen.
- Serialization 3/10: Aside from the price, this Funko Pop! is poorly serialized. Despite Naruto being one of the most popular animes everywhere, and how there are so many moments etched into anime history like Sasuke finally confronting Itachi, or Naruto using the Rasengan for the first time against Kabuto, this is the only Funko Pop! Anime Moments! figurine I could find. It seems like a real missed opportunity to me on both Funko’s and Shonen Jump’s part. I’ve also taken away points since this doesn’t exactly fit in a Naruto Funko Pop! collection since it’s not a normal statue.
- This Funko Pop! looks amazing. The detail on the water and the lighting and wind effects for the Chidori and Rasengan are remarkable.
- It has both Sasuke and Naruto, so you can get both in one thing.
- This Funko Pop! is crazy expensive at over $70, which is way more than what Funko Pops! usually, go for.
- This is the only Funko Pop! Anime Moments! Diorama for Naruto, so you couldn’t get a collection of them going.
While I’m partial to the way Funko decided to portray Adult Sasuke from the Boruto series, I really have to appreciate what they did. Rather than just standing or doing some mild pose, the entire body is positioned in an interesting way. Sasuke’s holding out his sword, staring down some unseen enemy. A far cry from the way they usually do things, and it’s to the statue’s benefit. It looks really cool and stands out from the crowd. I wish Funko would go ahead and do more stuff like this since it really shows that Funko Pops! can be more than the cheap option for someone looking for a collectible from their favorite show or movie.
- Quality 9/10: Like I mentioned in the blurb above. the fact that this Funko Pop! is actually doing a cool pose has to give it a lot of points, if only because Funko Pops! rarely do. However, I can’t give it full marks because it has some noted problems. Specifically, how adult Sasuke just looks a little weird when made into a Funko Pop! and how they just have his regular black eye. I mean, come on! This is Sasuke! The guy is known for having magic eyes, and you’re not going to at least give him his Sharingan? And they covered up his Rinne-Sharingan with his hair too, which is just two missed opportunities.
- Availability 7/10: This Funko Pop is pretty easy to find on stores like Amazon, but I wasn’t able to find it in my local Walmart. The price of this Funko Pop! is also fairly decent, coming in at around $20. It’s a fair price for what it is, but it is more expensive than what a Funko Pop! usually sells for. But this Funko Pop! that at least manages higher quality than most, the price tag seems justified to me.
- Serialization 7/10: This Funko Pop! has normal serialization. It doesn’t belong to any special lines within or outside of the Naruto Funko Pop! brand. This means the kinds of collections you can make with it are fairly limited in scope. There aren’t many Sasuke Funko Pops! to buy, but there actually is a relatively large collection of Naruto Funko Pops! in general, which can make for a decent-sized collection.
- This Funko Pop! has a really cool pose.
- $20 is more expensive than Funko Pops! usually sell for.
- It’s pretty basic without anything special to make it stand out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where’s the Best Place to Buy Funko Pops?
Answer: The best place to buy Funko Pops! is usually Amazon. They have a great selection of all of Funko’s offerings, and they also sell second-hand, so you can sometimes get a good one for a cheap price. However, I will also put some respect on Funko’s own website. They usually sell their Funko Pops for MSRP, which might be higher or lower than what you see on websites like Amazon, whose prices tend to fluctuate.
Question: Which Funko Pop! Would Make the Best Gift?
Answer: The Funko Pop that would make the best gift is likely the Funko Pop that I decided was the best all-around Funko Pop! that being the Funko Pop Animation: Naruto Shippuden – Sasuke Curse Mark Collectible Figure, Multicolor. It’s got a lot of things a good gift should have, like having a broad appeal. The price may be a pinch point, but it’s not bad when looking at anime and manga figurines in general, so it’s not that bad of a purchase.
Question: How Long did Naruto’s Original Run Last?
Answer: Naruto was one of Shonen Jump’s big 3 series that kept them going for a long time. The manga managed to last from 1999 all the way to 2017, which is a full 18 years.
The anime for Naruto, combining Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden managed to last from 2007 all the way to 2017, which is a full decade of episodes that I’ll remember fondly.
Shonen Jump, and anime in general, wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of Naruto. It was a massive series that inspired creatives from the world over. One of the main tropes it propagated was that of the Shonen Rival. We’ve seen it before in series like Dragon Ball with Vegeta and after with Bakugo from My Hero Academia, but Naruto really was built around that concept. Sasuke really benefitted from Kishimoto’s work, he had a sympathetic past and the ups and downs of his journey really cemented him as one of anime’s most iconic characters. Despite that, he didn’t get treated too well in the area of Funko Pops! other series have had much better runs than the last remaining Uchiha. Maybe that has to do with Naruto as a series ending around the time Funko Pops! were really starting to hit it big, but I suppose the only thing we can do to show Funko Pop! how much we want more Sasuke Funko Pops! is to buy them.