Monday, December 22, 2014

Pop! Goes the Funko Vinyl Figure & Pop! Goes the Collection Bug!

So, as anyone who knows me, or anyone who has ever been to my house (which I suppose are two groups who overlap rather well in the ole Venn diagram of life) knows, I like to collect things. I have a Pez collection that is nearing 2500 dispensers. I have a comic book collection which has outgrown their storage containers. I have a souvenir shot glass collection that also includes snow globes and other fun kitschy items gathered up during the travels of my lovely wife and I. I have a movie trading card collection that includes old tobacco cards as well as newer bubble gum style cards. I have my Eaglemoss superhero figurine collection in all its hand-painted leaden glory. All of these collections are proudly on display in that aforementioned house of ours. I also used to collect TV toys from the 1960's through the 1980's (the hey day of TV toys), but much of that collection was sold on eBay years ago. The remaining toys still living in plastic bins either in the basement or the attic. I also count a few mish-mash of items (a Mego Captain America figure, a Super Friends Colorforms set, some random superhero and/or TV and movie glassware, a cigar box full of random foreign and collectible coins) among my collections as well. Basically, what I am trying to get across here, is that I like to collect.

Now, I can add another collection to the aforementioned slew of collections. This new one is my Funko Pop! Vinyl Collection. For those who do not know, Funko is the company responsible for just about every bobble-head and wacky wobbler on the market. In 2012, the company began producing a series of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inch vinyl figures, called pop! figures. There are a ton of different series inside the realm. Marvel Heroes, DC Heroes, a TV series, a movie series, plus other more specific series, like Game of Thrones, Muppets, Star Wars, Disney, My Little Pony, and a bunch of others. There are Pop! figures for just about everything. The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Kiss, The Beatles, Big Trouble in Little China, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, the NBA and NFL, Sons of Anarchy, Rudolph and pals, and so on and so on and so on. They are releasing a Breakfast Club and a Seinfeld series in 2015. Something for everyone. There are also vehicles (Ecto-One, the Batmobile, Daryl Dixon's chopper) and larger figures (the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Hoth's very own Wampa) as well. Even Freddy Funko, the company mascot, gets in on the fun (see just below). And these are the cutest freakin' figures you will ever see. Just check out the pic of Spidey up there. And just since their inception in 2012, there are already hundreds of different figures, including many chase and exclusive figures made for cons and various toy stores (including Hot Topic and even Walgreens). My collection currently sits at nine strong, but that's pretty good considering I just started four days ago. Yeah, I jumped all in, baby!

On Thursday evening, I went to Barnes & Noble, with my 20% off coupon in hand. I had been eying up these Pop! figures for a while now, and decided to finally take the plunge. So In walked out of there with my first Pop! figure, Superman. Then, on Sunday, I traveled to two other stores, 2nd & Charles and BAM. They were having sales on their Pop! figures, and combining that with more coupons, and other various in-store discounts, I found myself gathering up eight more figures, and all for the price of just three. pretty good deals. And another great thing about these guys is the packaging. Unlike most figures, you can easily take these guys out of their boxes to display them, and then if you decide you would rather display them in box (the graphics on said boxes are almost as great as the figures themselves) you can pop 'em right back in with no problem whatsoever. Easy peezy, lemon squeezy. So there ya have it kids. My new collection. I am sure I will never gather up every single one (some of the already released chase and exclusives may be quite out of my current price range) but that is the fun of collecting. Not having them all, but trying to get them all.

I'll close with a glam shot of my still budding collection, which includes the aforementioned Superman, as well as the Silver Surfer, the sexy blue evil mutant Mystique, Donatello of Turtles fame, Hannibal Lecter (movie version), Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbuster extraordinaire, the Elf on the Shelf, the mad meth-making genius known as Heisenberg, and Baby Groot himself. A tenth figure will be added tomorrow (another Barnes & Noble coupon) but who it is, is still to be determined. And then on into 2015 and more Pop! figures. So many from which to choose. Gee, I love collecting things. That's it gang (for now). See ya 'round the web.


  1. You have quite the collection. I gave the PEZ, still wrapped with the actual candy of Darth Vader to my ex as a gift (along with the original board game). I would love to see your old silent actor film cards. The Elf on a shelf is just creepy

  2. Thanx B! And the Pez Collection began with just 8 dispensers my wife had in her bedroom, back when we first met. Perhaps I will share some of my movie cards in a future post. As for the Elf...I think he's cute.

    Thanx for stopping by. See ya 'round the web.