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Who, What, Where are Funko Pops?

What Is A Funko Pop Vinyl?

A Funko Pop Vinyl is a stylised vinyl collectible figurine manufactured by the Funko company in Everett Washington USA. They are identifiable by the uniquely embellished oversized heads on springs which bobble about when shaken, hence the term Bobble-Head. Although the majority of Pop Vinyls have bobbling heads, this is not possible with all characters. Some heads are fixed firmly in place with glue. Funko has licenses to produce 1000’s of different characters from Popular Culture like Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics. You can stay up to date with new releases by following Collekt on social media.

Display In Box Or Out Of Box?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and there really is no definitive answer as truly it is a matter of personal preference. Some things to consider when making your decision:
Do you intend to keep your Pops forever or is it possible you might trade or sell them? If you intend to keep all of your Pops, it is fun to take them out of the boxes because they look so cool. If you think you might be interested in trading and selling, a MIB (Mint In Box) collectable will always be more valuable as it is clean and never touched or played with.
Do you have a lot of space to display your collection? If you find yourself diving deeper into collecting Pops, they will eventually take up a lot of space, this forces some people into taking them out of their boxes so the collection can be displayed in a smaller area, and storing or folding the boxes away carefully so they can be put back into action if required.

What Are The Stickers – Should I Take Them Off?

The stickers on the clear plastic part of the box indicate that the item is some sort of exclusive or rarity (EG a SDCC sticker). You definitely DO NOT want to remove them even if they obstruct the view of the Pop, as these are part of what makes it exclusive and valuable.

SDCC Exclusive sticker

Should I Keep The Boxes?

If you decide to display your Pops out of the box, it is well worth keeping the boxes because you never know, one day you might want to sell one, and it is way more valuable in the box. If you are certain you don’t want to keep the boxes, they are worth money, and there is a demand for them. Try selling them on Ebay or trading/selling them in your favourite Pop Facebook group.

How Much Is This One Worth?

For UK/EU:

Pops are all worth different amounts due to their exclusivity, availability and interest at the time. Some are produced by the thousands, while others are produced in very limited numbers. The best ways to figure out what a particular pop is worth to look for it on eBay, filter the search to UK only (for example), look at completed sales and see what it has been selling for recently. Please remember that eBay current listings are not a indication of value as people can ask for whatever price they like, only a sale is a true mark of value.

Pop Price Guide is not really relevant for anywhere outside of the US, as many pops considered exclusive in the U.S are regulars here, and vice versa.

For Americans:

For those in the U.S, poppriceguide.com is the way to go.

What Is An Exclusive?

Jack Sparrow Hot Topic Excluisve

An Exclusive is a Pop that has been produced in a limited amount of numbers, often for specific stores in the US, such as Hot Topic, FYE, Game Stop etc and for  special events like Comic Conventions. They are identifiable by a sticker placed on the clear plastic part of the box. The Pop itself can be different from the mass produced common version, featuring variations like different colours, metallic paints, and glow in the dark.

What Is A Prototype?

Before a Pop is mass produced and released into stores for you to buy, several original prototypes of the character are made. These are used for testing and assessment of the new idea. Sometimes they are painted, sometimes they are not. These are considered Highly collectible and very valuable. Please be careful when purchasing prototypes, with the rise in popularity of Funko Pops, so comes counterfeit products. 

What Is A Chase Pop?

When Funko ships stock to retailers, some contain a ratio of Chase Funko Pops. Like other exclusives, this is usually the same character but will be slightly varied from the rest, making it rare and more collectible. Usually, Chase Pops have different colours or paint, and have a unique sticker on the clear plastic.

Chase sticker

What Is A Flocked Pop?

A flocked Pop is covered with a fur like material which gives them a soft feeling when touched, and makes characters feel more realistic than the regular smooth painted vinyl surface. Flocked Pops are usually exclusives and harder to find.

Flocked Scooby Doo Funko Pop

What Are Dorbz, Vinyl Vixens, Mystery Minis, Hikari etc…?

They are other kinds of collectible figurines made by the Funko company. They are parallel product lines similar to Pop Vinyls and feature characters from the same licences. They too have very active and vibrant communities and are just as addictive!

Funko Dorbz

What Is Legion of Collectors/Disney Treasures/Smugglers Bounty Etc…?

They are limited edition subscription collectors boxes that are released bi-monthly, and contain exclusive Funko Pops that cant be purchased anywhere else. These boxes are only available for order in the US and Canada but we bring you them without any fear of customs, shipping or subscription. You can find all available boxes under Subscription Boxes on the Collekt website.

 

What Is A Grail?

Grail is short for “Holy Grail”. In other words, a very special, rare, desirable, and usually expensive pop. However, this can be also be a personal Grail, so something not ultimately rare but been someones desired Pop for some time.

Where Can I Trade/Buy/Sell?

There are numerous places online to buy, sell and trade pops. If you are looking to buy brand new Pops at regular retail prices, you cant go past Popcultcha.com.au. If you want to find something rare or retired quickly, Ebay.com is your best bet, but you will probably pay a premium for it. If you are looking to trade or swap, as well as buy and sell, there are a lot of Facebook Groups dedicated to this. Check out our Link List for more info.

How Can I Protect My Pops?

There are two sure fire ways to protect your pops, one is the harder to find in stock, and more expensive Pop Stack (official Funko product) the other is the soft Pop Protector, available for sale on Collekt

How Can I Charge Up Glow In The Dark Pops?

Glow In The Dark Pops generally don’t just glow in the dark. They need to be charged. We've found that the best method for charging them is placing them under U.V. lights, taking them out into the sun, or placing them in front of a high powered flashlight for a few minutes.

The most popular method seems to be purchasing a cheap UV Torch/Flashlight of Ebay. 

GITD Funko Pops

Who Is Freddy Funko?

Freddy Funko is the Funko Companies mascot. There is even a blog page on Funko’s blog where Freddy gives a tour of Funko Headquarters.

Freddy Funko

What Does The Code On The Bottom Of The Box Mean?

The Letters of the code (eg. JJL) denotes which factory the pop was manufactured at, and the numbers (eg. 150820) is the date the pop was manufactured backwards (eg. 20th August 2015)

What Does It Mean When A Pop Is Vaulted?

A vaulted Pop simply means that it is not being produced by Funko anymore. Funko’s web site describes it as:

Vaulted items are figures and characters that are soon to join the ranks of hard to find collector’s items! These figures are headed into the Vault, rarely ever to emerge again. Funko will not be creating more of these in the same way, so grab them while you can!

You can view all of the Pops that have been Vaulted on Funko’s web site.

What Do All The Acronyms And Lingo Mean?

GITD = Glow In The Dark
ISO = In Search Of
MIB = Mint In Box
NFS = Not For Sale
NFT = Not For Trade
OOB = Out Of Box
SDCC = San Diego Comic Con

BUMP = When lots of new posts are added, it pushes your post further down the page, so people will type “Bump” in the comments to make their posts go back to the top of the page again. If someone else “Bumps” your post, don’t worry, you are not in trouble. It just means they think your post is important, everyone should see it, so they have sent it back to the top for you.

Tailored article for the Collekt website, with thanks to popvinylfaq for the original source