Project Pop Rebuild Pt 1
As I spoke about in my previous blog entry, My Distractive Pop Plans, I’m reworking my Funko Pop Collection to completely reorganize it and better display it and to keep myself distracted from real life. A few of the things I’m doing are hanging a new shelf, moving a few shelves around, rearranging several sections of Pops, building new risers, finally coming up with a system to keep track of my Pop boxes and more.
I started by building a little stage the other day to put my Pops in for photographs. My idea is to retake photos of each individual Pop but to do so in this stage so that all the Pop photos have the same exact background and lighting. That’s the idea anyway. My stage, at left, obviously isn’t perfect, far from it, but I’m still working on it. My knife was too dull for one thing. I made it out of white foam board and an empty shipping box that I cut the flaps off of. Since taking the photo at left, I noticed that the edges where the pieces of foam board meet are too rough and show up too much in my test Pop photos. So yesterday I used my Mod Podge and some extra strips of white cotton fabric to cover those corners. Since I let it dry, I realized it now doesn’t look much better. I’m thinking I might paint the inside a solid color. Maybe a dark blue to match my blog and make it easier for Photoshop to isolate the background so it can be cut out if I want to do that? Then again, it might not even look good painted. I may get one large piece of fabric and cover the whole thing with one piece so there are no seams. Then I can decide about painting it. I haven’t decided yet and before I do, I want to make up my mind whether to keep working on this stage or just start completely over. I do have more foam board and plenty more shipping boxes. I could start over and, hopefully, learn from my mistakes. We’ll see. I’ll think about that while I work on other parts of this project.
The night before last, I was able to hang up my newest 23″ long shelf for my Marvel Pops. It’s 10″ deep so I was able to fit three levels of risers on it instead of just two like I had originally thought… which means I miscalculated when I purchased my foam blocks the other day so I was six blocks short (had to make an emergency run the night before last to Walmart for six more blocks and another huge jar of Mod Podge). The new shelf is the white shelf in the top right in the photo at right. I also lowered the smallest white shelf down about three or four inches to make it a little more level with the risers of the shelf beside it without it’s braces getting too much in the way of the Pops below it. Once the shelves were in order and I figured out how many risers I would need for all of my Marvel shelves, I got to work crafting my new sets of risers! (If you would like to know how I craft my risers, see here: How To: DIY Pop Risers) I crafted three 3-block risers for the new top shelf and one 2-block riser for the smallest shelf. (That 1-block riser seen in the photo is for another shelf somewhere else in my Pop room.) I ran out of Mod Podge before I could finish the third and final 3-block riser so I had to wait until today to craft that one. Once it dries, I’ll put all the new risers in their places and then get to organizing the Marvel Pops into their new places. I do plan to rearrange most of them once I’m able to.
A few days ago I started work on a brand new database to store information on all of my Pops. You can see my form for entering info about each Pop into the database at left. I’ve got the basic info about each Pop in there already but I still need to enter more crucial information; namely where each Pop’s box is located. Last night I went through each place where I store my Pop boxes and wrote down in a notebook where each and every Pop’s box was located. Once I had all that info wrote down, I booted up my computer and entered that information into the database.
I just finished writing another list of Pops and their ID #s in my notebook so that I have a list to make sure I take photos of every Pop and put the correct new ID # sticker on each Pop as I take photos of them. I’ll also be recording info about each Pop that needs to go into the database like if I needed to glue any broken parts on the Pop, glue it to an acrylic base, it has scratches on it, etc.
As I took the Pop boxes out of their various locations, I decided to re-sort them and put them back in place a little neater than they had been before. At right you can see my old entertainment center now filled with Pops and Pop boxes that have just been re-sorted and reorganized. That 1-block riser that I crafted earlier in this post? It went on that white shelf at the very top to extend the 3-block riser that was already there.
I can see that I now have room for several more Pop boxes in the center of the entertainment center which is great. Not a whole lot of Pop boxes but enough for my current slew of pre-orders and what’s on the way. After it fills up though, I have no idea where else to put Pop boxes. That is going to be one hell of a conundrum to figure out when the time comes! I also noticed that my Movie Pops have filled overfilled their riser and are spilling out. I may need to possibly move the rest of my TV & Toons Pops from the top riser down to the center shelf or… something so there’s more room for Movie Pops. I don’t think I plan on more Movie Pops though in the near future. Maybe I can figure something else out. I’ll have to think on it a while.
I moved my collection of 30 year old National Geographic Magazines out of my Star Wars bookcase (I intend to sell them; let me know if you’re interested), and moved my other books down to the very bottom shelf. That opened up another shelf for my Star Wars Pops! I moved the Prequel Pops down to the newly opened shelf with it’s newly crafted risers and moved all of my Mandalorian Pops to the top of the bookcase. This is very good because I have more Mandalorian Pops on pre-order with most of them coming in October, unless they get pushed back. (Ignore the Captain America and Leia 04 Pops in the front there. I meant to move them before taking the photo but forgot. I moved them there temporarily because I intend to sell those two among others. Again, let me know if you’re interested.)
Due to the face I now have (and will soon have some more) Star Wars Pops, I am going to break up my Star Wars Pops Collection Post into two parts soon. That should speed up loading time since there will be less images per page.
Once all of the new risers were dry, I put them in their places on all of my new Marvel shelves and got to work reorganizing my Marvel Pops. I will be using the brand new shelf for all of my MCU TV Pops, the middle shelf for Avengers Pops, the smallest shelf for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the bottom largest shelf for all MCU movies that I collect. The top left shelf will remain for Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy because why not? Plus, it’s hard to reach. LOL I may move the Winter Soldier though. He doesn’t look “right” there. He’d be better suited to the bottom shelf. I can always move him when I take each Pop down at a time to take photos of them once I get my stage done… if I ever do.
There are now well over 100 Pops on my Marvel Pops Collection post. I’ll soon be deleting it and replacing it with three new posts that have my collection split among them so that the posts will load faster and hopefully not get bogged down by too many images too quickly.
Finally, while I was going through most of my Pops, I had to fix several of them while I was at it. A very few needed some loose part glued back on (poor Captain Jack Sparrow broke his sword off!) and others were so unstable they needed to be glued to acrylic bases because even globs museum wax could keep them in place. Still others, like the Dr. Ian Malcolm Pop at left, needed some esthetic fixing. Why oh why did Funko release this Pop with clear glasses? He doesn’t have clear glasses in the movie and he doesn’t even have clear glasses on the Pop box! Huge factory error here! At left you can see my attempt to rectify this grievous error with some tiny pieces of window tint. They’re not glued on, Dad said to just use warm soapy water? It seemed to work. I still need to trim the edges a bit. It’s not perfect but damn does it look so much better than it did before! It wasn’t easy either, I only had a very small long strip to work with. It may or may not look like it, but there are four small pieces on his glasses, not two.
I still need to take all those individual Pop photos then load them up to this blog and display them. I also need to create the new, smaller display posts I spoke of for the Star Wars and Marvel Pops once I get those photos taken and uploaded. First and foremost though, I have to finish crafting my photo stage!
Stay tuned for the exciting(?) conclusion in Project Pop Rebuild Part 2! Coming soon to this blog near you! No ETA yet because I have no idea how long it will take me to take all those photos. As long as it takes my mind off what’s going on IRL, I’ll be happy. So far, it is doing just that. Thank you for viewing as always.