According to Bleeding Cool” Funko, the manufacturer of the popular vinyl toy line Funko POP, is being sued by guitar manufacturer Gibson over what they see as the unauthorized use of their guitars designs on POPs of rock stars.”
Gibson has trademarked the shape of their guitars. They are not the only guitar company to do so (Fender has done the same.) If a company uses guitars that represent those trademarked shapes without permission, it can spell legal trouble.
Funko has created various vinyl toy pops featuring Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan. Metallica members James Hetfield, Kirt Hammett and KISS Members Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley have been represented on Funko’s line of vinyl figures.
The claim from Gibson names specific action figures including Slash, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield. These figures have guitars accompanying them. If Gibson is successful in their lawsuit it could mean these figures maybe disappearing from shelves very soon. Lucky for me I bought my Guns N’ Roses figures about a year ago. Check out my review of them below!
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