Intro to Pop Collecting
In December of 2015, a friend sent me a Doctor Who Tenth Doctor and TARDIS Funko Pops. Then I bought a few more Funko Pops to display along with those two on top of my desk (as seen in the photo above). Then I traded for a few and bought a few more. Then it snowballed. Now I have well over 200 Pops in my collection. I don’t know why but I love these damn little things and I just can’t seem to get enough of them; and I’m not alone. Pops are very popular collectibles recently and are available just about everywhere. Read on for a quick introduction to all things Pop collecting.
If you’re just starting out, here are some basics:
First, what are Funko Pops? Well, they are 3.75″ vinyl figures with large minimalistic heads and detailed bodies based on people and figures from pop culture. They are highly collectible and available almost everywhere for a relatively good price (around $10 to $12 USD for brand new Pops) and hold their value well unlike most collectible fads.
How do you find out how much a Pop is worth? The best go-to resource is Pop Price Guide or the Official Funko App though neither should be your only resource. Also check what they are selling for on eBay (not just being listed for but actually selling for; check out sold auctions not unsold auctions). Another place to check is Amazon which usually keeps up with Pop prices quite well but not always. To be honest, it can be a little like following the stock market except you’re usually unlikely to bottom out unless you have the worst luck ever.
What pop culture license does Funko have? It seems like almost all of them because what they don’t have now, they’re working on getting soon. The most popular licenses are Star Wars, Marvel, and DC though they also have a lot of television shows, movies, animated shows, and games. It’s best to just look and see though, like I said, if they don’t make a certain Pop yet they most likely will be soon.
Where to buy Pops? A lot of stores carry Pops now where it used to just be comic book shops. The main sources for Pops including exclusive Pops are Hot Topic, Walmart, Target, FYE, Walgreens, and GameStop. As for online sales, my go-to place is Amazon. What is an “exclusive Pop”? Exclusives are just that, exclusively sold at one store and only that store. Some exclusives are harder to find than others (Walgreens exclusives are the hardest to come-by for me personally.) They are also usually valued more though are normally the same retail price as regular Pops… if you can find them in their original retail setting.
Are you supposed to take them out of the boxes? That’s the question of the century! Some collectors would rather cut their own arm off than take a Pop out of its box while others toss the box aside like yesterday’s trash. It’s up to you but keep this in mind: Pops retain nearly half their value in their boxes. Meaning? If you want to sell a Pop worth $20 for $20 you had better have it in a pristine box. If it’s without the box you’ll be lucky to get $10 for it. That why, although I display all of my Pops out of their boxes, I keep my boxes safe and in good condition!
For more information, please check out my My Funko Pop FAQ for common terms and aspects of Pop collecting and other common questions associated with collecting and my answers to them.