Touring Wonka Pops with Mike Teevee’s Paris Themmen

Paris Themmen was young, living in Germany and working alongside the great Gene Wilder on the set of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and about to experience every boy’s dream.

Or so he thought.

Representatives from a toy company were on hand this particular day taking measurements for Themmen’s very own action figure: the first Mike Teevee collectible.

“Eleven-year-old me thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Themmen, now 60, said of the anticipation. “But it never happened.”

So you can image Themmen’s glee at the initial sight of Pop! Mike Teevee.

“Now I’m a 21st century version of an action figure,” Themmen said.

The 1971 fantasy film still resonates with the actor and world traveler, as well as with millions of fans worldwide.

“They show it to their kids, who show it to their kids once they’re older,” Themmen said of the film that inspired an entire Willy Wonka franchise. “Which is pretty cool.”

Wonka Pop!s

Themmen’s former world of pure imagination is now a Pop! Willy Wonka reality. The actor is offering a variety of Wonka Pop!s via his Pop Price Guide Marketplace Store Miketv59 and website Wonka Pops.

This is the only place you’ll find a complete set of Pop! Willy Wonka children that comes with a rarity of just 375 sets — all assembled by Themmen himself.

The collection features autographed Pop! Figures of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), Augustus Gloop (Michael Boellner) and Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole), as well as Mike Teevee (Themmen).

Rounding out the set is the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Violet Beauregarde (not autographed).

Each Pop! features a numbered holographic label along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Themmen. It also comes with a Replica Golden Ticket, as well as an autographed 8×10 photo personalized by Paris/Mike Teevee.

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One chocolate factory to another

The process of assembling the set was a production in and of itself.

After buying close to 500 Pop! figures of each Wonka character, Themmen set out to personally collect all 375 SDCC exclusive Violet Beauregarde figures that he would need via eBay and other outlets.

“Every day I would come home and there would be a pile of these things waiting for me,” Themmen laughs of the tediously-fun process.

From there it was a matter of unboxing each Pop!, flattening the box and carefully shipping them to his fellow Wonka kids in New York, London and Munich to be autographed.

Once the boxes were returned signed, they were re-boxed and affixed a hologram to go along with a certificate of authenticity.

“It was like Lucille Ball and the conveyor belt,” Themmen chuckles.

Taking the tour

Ever wonder if someone who has their own Pop! Figure also collects Funko merchandise?

The answer, for Themmen and his wife Nikki Grillos, is yes. The family’s Pop! collection includes figures from their favorite movies, including Jaws and Back to the Future.

But the Pop! Alex Trebek might be the personal household fave of Paris and Nikki, both of whom appeared on Jeopardy, the latter as a two-day champ.

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The Wonka Sale

The collection prices at $179 and is limited to a run of 375 sets. Find yours in Themmen’s PPG Marketplace store at Miketv59 and his personal site Wonka Pops. Enjoy 10 percent off on the entire store through the end of the year.

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2 thoughts on “Touring Wonka Pops with Mike Teevee’s Paris Themmen

  • November 23, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    I own one of the pictures with all 5 autographs I have to say its my favorite thing I own and the fact it came from Paris himself is even cooler!

    • November 25, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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      : )

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