You may have gulped it down in one sitting or maybe you think it’s so good you’re (like us) enjoying this new series slowly, but there’s no doubt Netflix′s original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a contender for the best series of the year in any category. Lisa Henson and The Jim Henson Company have created something special here, and we’re now seeing some of the first tie-ins from this reboot of The Dark Crystal franchise, which began only two years ago with Caseen Gaines’ authoritative look at Henson, his inspiration, and his original Thra creations in The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History (reviewed here at borg). If you’re enjoying the new series, you’ll want to dive in to learn about the Hensons and how they created the world of Thra from the very beginning.
Funko has six 3 3/4-inch action figures to add to its earlier The Dark Crystal collection (first discussed here in 2016, these figures sell for top dollar on the aftermarket, with a few still on Amazon like Jen, Kira & Fizzgig, Chamberlain, Aughra, Landstrider, Garthim, and UrSol). For the new TV series Funko’s first wave of figures have better sculpts and paint work than the prior series. They feature gelflings Deet and Rian, Hup the podling, Aughra the Oracle, the Hunter Skeksis, and a Silk Spitter (see larger images below, and click on the names to learn more and order these at Amazon, currently about $10 each).
The tie-in books to choose from truly have something for all ages. Look for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Inside the Epic Return to Thra, Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra. Below, check out a 10-page preview of the beautifully detailed behind the scenes art book The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Inside the Epic Return to Thra. Each book is now available for pre-order from Amazon, and the publisher descriptions of each book is included below:
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Inside the Epic Return to Thra, by Daniel Wallace. Explore the creation of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix’s highly-anticipated new prequel series from The Jim Henson Company, with this all-access look at the show’s journey to the screen. Delving into the incredible creative process behind the series, this deluxe volume reveals how Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, legendary character and costume designer Brian Froud, and director Louis Leterrier brought Thra and its characters to life alongside the artists and puppeteers who are continuing the legacy of the original film. Filled with exclusive interviews with the creative forces behind the show, plus concept art, set photography, puppet designs, and more, this is the definitive exploration of The Jim Henson Company’s epic return to Thra.
Here is a preview of the book, courtesy of Insight Editions:
Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, by J.M. Lee. When you’re not adventuring with the Gelflings when watching Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix, take to the page and explore this visual character guide to the fantastical world of Thra. Meet the extraordinary cast of creatures from Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This exclusive character guide, featuring stunning full-color photos from the show, will have you feeling as knowledgeable about the world of Thra and its inhabitants as the wise and all-knowing Aughra.
Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra. Fans of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will treasure moments spent with the all-knowing Aughra in this magical gift book illustrated by Cory Godbey. Doesn’t everyone get their advice from a feisty three-and-a-half-foot creature with ram horns, a detachable eye, and unlocked secrets to an entire fantasy universe? Allow Aughra to guide you with wisdom beyond this realm and advice only she can give.
And these are larger images of each Funko action figure in Wave 1:
The books are available for pre-order, and Funko, Amazon, and other online retailers state that the action figures will be shipping soon.