I’ve recently been going through all of my Funko Pops, for a reason that I’ll explain in another post. But it’s weird, because back in the day, I never wanted to collect them at all. I remember seeing people talking about them on all of the toy collecting forums and I was simply not interested. Bobbleheads? To a “serious” action figure collector like me? Nonsense!I think it was the first year that Wondercon was in Anaheim that I changed my mind though. I remember the first day being very disappointed in the selection of action figures in the dealer’s room. I spent the day wandering around, not finding anything I wanted. I don’t think I spent a red cent that first day and I came home going “what the hell is the point”?
So I logged onto the forums to voice my disappointment and there were, as always, people talking about Pops. So, not wanting to be further frustrated with the dealer’s room, I went back the next day saying I’d just look at some of the Pops and maybe buy a few, just for the heck of it. I think the first day, I bought 10. They were cheap and plentiful. I could get them anywhere. Anything I wanted, I could easily have and people were fighting for my business.
By the last day of the convention, I had 40-50 of the things and I was hooked. In fact, I’ve pretty much given up collecting action figures, for reasons I’ve detailed elsewhere. I’m almost entirely a Pops collector now, at least in the toy realm, and they keep coming out and I keep getting them by the ton and have never really regretted my decision. I only wish I had started earlier.
Why do I like them? They’re cute, they’re readily available in virtually every facet of geek life and they come in cool boxes that stack easily. Consistency actually makes collecting them and storing them easier. Unlike action figures, new ones come out constantly and I never have a lack of interesting subjects, shows and movies to collect them in. So long as that is the case, I will be a Pops collector.
Now that I’m finalizing my preparation for Wondercon, I just thought I’d take a quick look back and how I came to this point in my collecting life. It isn’t where I thought I’d be, but I have no regrets actually being here.