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Elvira Funko doll causes PR nightmare at Spooky Empire

Elvira Funko doll causes PR nightmare at Spooky Empire

A reportedly very poorly handled Funko doll release at Spooky Empire on Friday left many fans incredibly upset and frustrated, with some even vowing never to return to the convention. 

The anger was over a limited edition Funko Pop doll of Elvira, which fans were told they could purchase for $55 and get autographed by Elvira herself. However, Elvira was only signing autographs on Saturday and Sunday, so those patrons who purchased the doll would have to return on Saturday or Sunday if they wanted it autographed. The lines to purchase the Funko started at 5 P.M. Friday for regular guests, and 4 P.M. for VIPs. 

Apparently, however, things soon dissolved into a nightmare when over 700 guests waited for 10+ hours in line (some even all day) for the limited edition Funko, only to learn that the dolls had not yet even been delivered to the venue. In addition, only the first 60-70 people in line were given vouchers for the dolls. The rest were told to leave or be removed by the police.

In a statement released by Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, she apologizes for her fans that may have been “negatively affected” by the angry commotion caused by what she refers to as “Scammers and Resellers” upon them being told that they needed to leave or be escorted out by police. In her statement, Ms. Peterson chalks the complete lack of Funko dolls up to the freight company not delivering the order on time, and says that both she and Spooky Empire are doing their best to get more dolls to the show this weekend. A screencap of her statement has been posted below. 

Below is just a mere sampling of the multitude of people who tweeted their disgust over the Elvira Funko Disaster of 2018. While some fans expressed their anger over not obtaining the coveted doll, others expressed their belief that it was those in line to get the Funko doll that caused the issue when they overreacted at the news and began causing a scene. Superficial Gallery intends to dig deep into this and hopefully get a comment from the show management.

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Jackie Torrance

Jackie Torrance grew up in the cornfields of the American Midwest near Gatlin, Nebraska. She was a small, strange child with an affinity for playing near the sewers and setting things on fire. However, as she aged, the plainness and quiet of the Midwest failed to satisfy Jackie's growing yearning for adventure, and on the night of her senior prom, she stole her boyfriend's vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury, and headed out west to Colorado. There she spent several weeks hiking in the mountains and writing a novel whilst staying at the Overlook Hotel. Upon the completion of said novel, she restarted her roadtrip and drove east until she reached Maine. After living a few years in the town of Derry working as a librarian, she relocated to Castle Rock, where she is currently employed as a reporter for the Daily Call. In all seriousness, I'm a Midwestern girl in her senior year of college to get a major in film studies and a minor in screenwriting. I enjoy reading books, listening to classic rock, writing, and drinking whiskey. The only thing true about the above bio is that there's a cornfield across from my house.

4 Comments

  1. DAMEMEOW

    Aww this is a real shame. I’ve never been to Spooky Empire but have seen Elvira at several conventions… She’s always seemed nothing but kind and grateful for her fans. Hard to believe she had anything to do with this.

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  2. Andrew

    I think the people trash talking Elvira are taking it a bit too far. If there really was a shipping mistake and far too many resellers trying to snatch them up it could definitely cause this kind of problem and there’s nothing she could have done to prevent it. It definitely sounds like Spooky Empire didn’t handle it particularly well either. Not being on the ground and witnessing the issue it’s hard to say who’s blowing this out of proportion but it clearly sucks, either way.

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  3. Mells Bells

    I love Elvira. She’s been an idol since I could remember – especially the late night shows she hosted. Thank goodness my mom is just a twisted as I am. I think it’s pretty effed up how they are blaming Elvira when it’s so much more than that.

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  4. jane

    This super sucks and I don’t understand why they wouldn’t tell people waiting in line that they were out of the dolls? WTF? I don’t think people need to blame Elvira though. Calm TF down.

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