I have an addictive personality. Fortunately, my compulsions haven’t manifested in drug use and I’m very cautious with my alcohol consumption. Instead, I just tend to collect stuff.
This ‘stuff’ has included magazines, DVDs, books, and Lego. Most recently, however, I’ve started collecting Funko Pop vinyl figures.
I’d seen them on-line but hadn’t purchased any until I received one as a gift. My first Pop was Superman and I’d gotten it as a thank you from my colleagues. I assume I got Supes because I’m a comic book fan but I prefer to think it’s because I did a super job at being Head of Department while the boss was away.
The second Pop I got was through one of those geeky gift box things, specifically Loot Crate. It’s a weird design; a Batman/Joker hybrid. It’s quirky but it doesn’t have a lot going for it beyond that.
Nevertheless, having these two got me started down the road to buying my own. I picked up a couple of throwbacks to cartoons I used to enjoy in Super Saiyan Goku (from DBZ) and a Foot Soldier (from TMNT) but the majority of my collection is horror themed. Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees kicked these off, then I received Pinhead (as a Father’s Day present from a special chickadee at work) before picking up The Crow today.
My favourite so far is Slimer. The design is awesome as it has slime ‘dripping’ from his body.
There’s another Pop purchased but I have to wait until Christmas before I open it – speaking of which, the kids are getting two Pops each as X-Mas presents to compliment the ones they already own (Princess Celestia from My Little Pony, and Iron Man).
Anyway, I think what I like about them is the Chibi style design. I’ve always found super deformed characters endearing, ever since I found baby versions of Muppets (TV) and X-Men (comics) when I was younger. This especially works when you consider the juxtaposition of the horror characters and these super-cute versions of them.
Funko have recently released Pops for Orange is the New Black, Pitch Perfect and a bunch of other lines I would have thought weren’t ‘nerdy’ enough for this sort of collectible. I can’t wait to see what else they bring out.