Dudley Do-Right parodied early 20th-century melodrama and silent film genres in hilarious fashion! Our hero is a dim-witted, but conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who is always trying to catch his nemesis, Snidely Whiplash. And a snide whip of a lash he is if ever a snide whip there was! Wait, what?
His damsel in distress was Nell Fenwick, daughter of Inspector Nathaniel Fenwick, Dudley’s long-suffering camp commander. He often tries to rescue her as he is deeply infatuated with the girl, but he usually succeeds only by dumb luck or because his horse, named “Horse”, is a better Mountie than he. A running gag throughout the series is Nell’s great affection for Horse and her disregard for Dudley. In the standard intro, Dudley is seen mounted backward on his horse. Before you laugh, riding backwards on a horse takes skill! Not that I would know. Ahem.
The collectible featured in this post was sold as an exclusive at the 2018 Fan Expo Canada convention in Toronto, Canada, which ran from August 30th to September 2nd:
Fan Expo Canada is an annual speculative fiction fan convention. It was founded as the Canadian National Comic Book Expo in 1995 by Hobby Star Marketing Inc. Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television and related popular properties, the event has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture and fandom elements.
In recent years, the selling of “exclusive” products to attendees has become common at the convention. The vast majority of the exclusives offered are licensed properties of popular movie, comic book and related characters. Such as… yup: Dudley Do-Right! This Pop! Animation figure was limited to just 3,000 units.
You can see above that the back of the box encourages that we ‘Collect Them All!’ But… there’s only one in this exclusive figure set, so… Mission Accomplished, Inspector!
Dudley Do-Right enlisted with the Mounties in 1969 and was voiced by Bill Scott. Other voice actors you may recognize from the series are Hans Conried (Snidely Whiplash) who also voiced Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan and Disney Legend Paul Frees (Inspector Fenwick) who also voiced Professor Ludwig Von Drake.
If you missed the convention and would like one of these figures for yourself, no worries! eBay has you covered with offerings ranging from just 20 USD all the way up to 90 USD, plus shipping. I’d recommend buying the cheaper one. They’re exactly the same. Oh, and it looks like eBay Sellers are presently offering about 1,000 of the 3,000 originally released. “Oh, Nell! No need to hurry!”
By the way, I only paid $20 CAN, no shipping.
I’m probably weird because whenever I show one of these Funko Pop! figures, I always include a shot of the backing card. Most people probably think there is just an image printed on the inside of the back of the box, but there is actually a removable backing card with a cool image on it! Thinking about it, it would be impractical to do a double-sided printing of the box itself, so it’s for ease of printing that we are treated to this little extra.
FUN FACTS: Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald had the idea of a permanent force to patrol the North-West Territories. He first named the force the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) when formed in 1873. The force added “Royal” to its name in 1904. It merged with the Dominion Police, the main police force for all points east of Manitoba, in 1920, and was renamed the “Royal Canadian Mounted Police”. It is a Federal agency.
The RCMP also has an aviation security division, called the Sky Marshals. How cool is that?!?