Whether you’re in a physical store such as Barnes and Nobles or browsing online, you’ve probably seen these cute bobble head type of funko pops. Maybe, they’ve peaked your interest enough where you want a collection of your own. But the big question, most people ask is where do I start? There are so many places to find them and so many options that it can be daunting to figure out which pop vinyls you should get. We are sharing with you the top secrets that will help you in cultivating a collection that you are going to be proud of. So, let’s get started.
Collect what you like
I know this probably does not sound like a tip or a secret, but, the thing is that you cannot start Funko Pop hunting with this idea that I should make purchases only for unique and valuable figures. Or ones that are rare and are not available easily at stores or online.
Start by collecting the figures that you like. Simply select a franchise you want the most and then choose your favorite character. It is an amazing way to dip your toe into the world of Funko Pop collection. There are online checklists where they will tell you every funko pop available in a specific characters. For example, let’s say you love Marvel comics. Start by collecting you favorite hers and villains. Every pop you get, check them off on the list!
Later on, you can move on and try to anticipate what other people are going to like and what they are going to get.
Keep the Boxes
Make sure you keep all of the boxes after you purchase your pops. It may seem meaningless, but you may want to resell them later. Having the box allows you to prove that you have the original Funko Pop because there are licensing agreements and codes in the back to prove it’s authenticity. Also, we think it’s cooler if you have the boxes displayed along with the Funko Pop!
Follow the news on Pop Vinyls
What really separates the pros from amateurs are the pop collectors who are well-versed about what is coming out next. And the only way you can do that is to keep up with the daily feed of what is going to be released this week, possibly next week or even next month. Braf the bat you have the first-party sources, the news that comes from Funko themselves and there are three excellent sources to follow. They include the original Funko youtube channel, their original twitter account, and there is also an official Funko blog. So, if you follow all three of those and you check in every day to see if there is any news, you are going to have a significant advantage over a would-be collector that is not following those daily sources of information.
If you want to be even more concerned about it, then there are third-party sources as well to keep you up-to-date. For example, following a youtube channel rather than the original Funko channel in which some individuals do shows about the daily updates of the Funko collection will help you a lot. They actually put everything together in one nice package.
Moreover, you can gather information through official forums. The super leverage of these third-party sources of information is that you become familiar with the pop figure that is going to come. Whether you like it or not, but it will eventually be a part of your collection. Because the Funko Pop figure collection is all about diversity.
First come first serve
One of the realities of collecting Funko pop is that most of the time official release dates are not announced by Funko or by retailers themselves. Now they will usually have a window, or they will say like something is coming, maybe it is coming next week. Very rarely do they will say something like Oh this Funko is coming out on Feb 20th. So, you have to check back in with those retailers quite often and early. It means that you just have to pound the pavement.
This scenario shows that the most viable option is to go to the mall or stores on the days that are highly recommended for showing up early. Consequently, you will get hands-on exclusives Pop figures. However, there are days, for instance, weekends that also have the latest figures on display. Thus, regardless of which day you go, get there right when they open the stores.
Trust me; this is the only way you will be able to get what you actually desire.
Ask about the new release pops from sellers
Finally, at the end of the blog, I am revealing the secret and that is get to know the people who work at the stores and sell the Pops you fancy. What you have to do is just go to the stores and talk to their sellers. Ask them when are the new Pop figures coming in or when do you think they will be launched. What are the best days that you recommend me for checking the things?
Befriend with the sellers will benefit you in many ways. As they would know about your likes so there are higher chances of holding your favorite pop figures. You can also inquire them about pre-orders.
Don’t Wait Long
Don’t wait long before buying the pops you really like. Some of the most common pop vinyls sell out extremely fast. For example, a simple spongebob figure may run out due to it’s limited quantity. Manufacturers only produce a limited amount. Rare editions tend to have a few hundred at most, and sometimes less than 100 total! If you can get your hands on these, you can likely re-sell them for thousands of dollars later!
I hope you will find these tips useful and you will apply them to your journey in your Funko Pop hunting. Happy hunting!