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Funko to can NASA astronauts as limited-edition Soda vinyl figures

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Funko’s new, limited edition NASA astronaut Soda figure is dressed in a white spacesuit and holds an American flag.
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NASA astronauts are finally crossing into “Pop” culture.

Funko, the collectibles company best known for its line of Pop! brand vinyl figures, has revealed its first product depicting a NASA astronaut (opens in new tab). Part of Funko’s popular Soda line, the new spacesuit-clad toy is due out this fall.

“The newest selection of Funko Soda figures has arrived!” the company stated on its website (opens in new tab) earlier this week. “This line of Funko Soda figures includes … a NASA astronaut.”

First introduced two years ago, each Funko Soda features a 4.25-inch-tall (10.8 centimeters) vinyl figure and collectible disc packaged inside what looks like an aluminum soda can (but without the carbonated beverage inside). There are now hundreds of Funko Soda figures spanning many genres, from cartoons and anime to comic book and movie characters to advertising icons and television personalities.

The new Funko Soda vinyl NASA astronaut is modeled in a white with red stripes extravehicular mobility unit (EMU), or spacesuit, like the type that was developed for the space shuttle and is still in use today by crew members on the International Space Station. The figure includes the NASA insignia on its chest-mounted display and control module and is posed holding an American flag on a pole.

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The “chase” version of Funko’s NASA astronaut figure, packaged in one of six cans, features the space agency’s new Orion pressure suit. (Image credit: Funko via is an alternate “chase” version of the astronaut, too. One in six cans will include the variant, which is modeled after the bright orange Orion Crew Survival System (OCCS) pressure suit that crew members will wear aboard NASA’s new Artemis capsule on missions to the moon (opens in new tab). The suit is a modified version of the advanced crew escape suit (ACES) that space shuttle astronauts wore for launch and landings.

The normal and chase versions of the Funko Soda vinyl figures are limited to a total of 10,000 in the United States and 7,000 outside the country. The domestic and international versions feature the same figures but can be told apart by the design of their cans. The U.S. packaging has a red border at its bottom, while the overseas version has a blue border and the Funko crown and globe icon.

Although Funko has previously released space-related figures, including Pop! vinyls of Astronaut Snoopy (opens in new tab), Dr. Frank Poole from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Big Bang Theory’s” Howard Wolowitz in his Russian Sokol pressure suit, this is the first time the company has depicted a real astronaut and used the NASA logo for any of its collectible product lines.

The Funko Soda NASA astronaut is expected to ship in late September and retail for $14.99 each. Some Funko retailers are taking pre-orders now.

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Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for and co-author of “Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.

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