Simba, Timon & Pumbaa together? Yes – these three Lion King characters are all walking along a log. Designed by Jim Shore, this Lion King collectible figurine is perfect for any collector. Did you know the character of Simba was heavily inspired by Kimba the White Lion, a Japanese anime from the 1950s? Timon is a historical Greek name, taken to mean “he who respects.” And Pumbaa’s name is derived from the East African language Swahili.