Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve definitely see Funko Pops – in fact, you may have a collection of them yourself!
Funko Pop! first came onto the scene in 2010, though the company has been around since 1998, and have since achieved huge success. They offer a wide variety of pop culture figures, from movies to TV shows to video games, in cute collectible formats. And I have to confess that I, like so many other people, have a bit of a weakness for them.
My Pop! collection started almost two years ago when Jane bought me a Marceline figure (we all know how much I love Marcy). Since then, I’ve made it my mission to collect most of the Harry Potter figures – but I refuse to fall into the duplicates trap, no matter how precious they are! Mostly, my HP collection is made up of the core figures and I have to work hard to avoid picking up any variations: Quidditch robes or Yule Ball outfits or what have you. I also don’t collect all of the characters – I have no burning desire to own a Cedric Diggory or a Dobby (sorry not sorry that Dobby always annoyed me), and I don’t know why anyone would want a Dementor hanging around their house. I was, however, STOKED beyond all words when I found Newt Scamander in Chicago!
The only time I broke my “no duplicates” rule was when it came to Sherlock’s archnemisis, Moriarty. The crown jewel of my collection, I managed to find the exclusive Moriarty-post-Tower-of-London-break-in in a random store in Vancouver, so I had to buy him, even though I already had the standard apple-holding one.
My problem with the Pop! line is the simple fact that there are SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. For example: I adore my little Marceline, but I feel like collecting the other Adventure Time figures would lead me down a slippery slope of spending all the money I have (it doesn’t help that I work around the corner from Hot Topic, which has an entire wall dedicated to Pops!). One Pop! on my wishlist though is the Jake car – not only is it a reference to a great episode, but it’s a JAKE CAR. And it comes with a Finn figure!! But at approximately $30, it’s twice the amount of what I’d like to pay for a collectable (the figures typically run between $10-15, depending on where you buy them).
I’m also debating whether or not I start the Sailor Moon collection. I already have small Sailor Scout dolls, so do I need a different version of them? (The answer is probably yes.) At the same time, I’m worried that I’ll have to dedicate a lot of time and energy (and money!) to finding all of them: as a child, it took me YEARS to find a Sailor Mercury doll, and I really don’t want to have to go through that again (Mercury is my fave scout).
And I haven’t even tried to dive into the Disney collection: it takes a lot of effort for me to say no to a Tangled or The Jungle Book related Pop!, but my bank account will thank me. And nevermind the fact that there are hipster princesses who are too sassy for words. I know some people find Pops a little weird with their big blank eyes, but I think they’re a fun way to represent your favourite fandoms, whatever they might be.
Let us know in the comments if you collect Funko Pops and which ones are on your wishlist!