Funko would not be the same without all of the wonderful Funatics that come together to help make up the Funko Family. To show our appreciation we're taking some time to introduce you to other Funatics in the community, and with that, please say hello to Lanett Grant.
Thank you for taking the time to share your Funko experience with us, Lanett.
Can we start with when and how you first learned about Funko? Did you start collecting right away or did it develop over time?
"I was gifted one by a friend and didn't realize there were so many different lines to collect! I started collecting in earnest several years later at SDCC 2014 when you could just walk up to the booth, and I bought several as gifts for family/friends. That started me down the slippery slope of collecting my favorite fandoms!"
Why are you a Funatic? What does Funko Family mean to you?
"I became a Funatic when I started to unearth the "community" associated with the brand. From joining the boards, finding similarities amongst myself and other collectors, attending my first Fundays, there were such great people everywhere! It seemed that every event I attended, I arrived as a "collector" and left as someone's friend. The experience can ONLY be distilled into 'Funko means Family' because that's what happens!"
What Funko lines and fandoms do you collect?
"All.The.Lines, haha! Pops!, Dorbz, Blox, Bobble Heads, Wise Cracks, Vinyl, Mystery Minis, apparel, Loungefly, Protos, Hikari, Funko Soda, you name it, I probably have a few.
My fandoms equally diverse, I would classify loosely as things that make me smile. Saturday morning cartoons, favorite past times, and happy memories. Most represented is Star Wars, classic animation (MOTU, Thunder Cats, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera), video games, and Batman - because we can all be Batman."
Do you have favorite fandoms that hold special meaning to you?
"I watched sci-fi and martial arts shows/movies with my dad all the time when I was a little girl and I find those fandoms mean the most to me. Star Trek, Bruce Lee, and Yosemite Sam hold a special place in my heart because they remind me of those times!
I also have certain pops that travel with me for specific purposes:
1. There is always a mini Batman or Harley Quinn in my purse
2. Fawkes the Phoenix hangs out when it's intense
3. Rainbow Unicorn goes on all my business meetings and is put on the table next to my coffee"
What was the first Funko piece you added to your collection?
"I was gifted the Boba Fett computer sitter for my birthday by a friend, it was my first foray into Funko and I didn't realize other products existed at that time!"
Is there anyone you share your fandom with?
"I find that Funko makes great gifts so I usually buy them for friends and family and it allows me to expand my collection vicariously through them, haha!! But my go-to people are my dad (Yosemite Sam), my hubby (Dragon Ball Z), my nephews (Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Spider-Man), and my niece (Harry Potter)."
How do you display your collection? In box, out of box?
"In box mostly. Protos, Mystery Minis, Pint Size Heroes are displayed in fun ways throughout the house. If any Pop! is out of box, I have extras; 'one to rock and one to stock.'"
How many figures would you guess you have in your collection?
"I stopped counting a few years ago (because it's not an obsession if you don't admit it, haha), but I stopped counting around 600. Soooo yeah more than 600!"
What movie/show/video game are you currently watching/playing?
"My husband and I are watching Voltron: Legendary Defender. It's such a great cartoon! I'm also playing a beautiful indie game called Sayonara Wild Hearts - it's fun, the music is fantastic, and it's been a nice little escape."
What's your favorite Funko memory?
"Oooh, this is a tough one, I've had so many great memories! I would have to say being surprised by Nichelle Nichols and being able to be part of the Making Fun documentary was absolutely life changing! She is such an incredible human being and so inspiring! It also took such thoughtfulness by Mike Becker and his amazing team to put it all together... I felt incredibly special!"
What motivated you to start photographing your collection and to share the photos on Instagram
"It was the photo challenge contests that prompted me to think about my collection differently (i.e. something yellow, food, pets, etc.), but then I just found fun ways to incorporate Funko pieces into my pictures. For instance, on Batman Day I went to a museum and just took pictures of my Batman Mystery Mini in crazy places all around the museum."
What advice do you have for other Funatics taking photos of their collections?
"I don't think I'm that great at lighting and all the technical aspects of photography, but I do challenge myself to take pictures from my unique point of view. For instance, I also collect watches, so in one of my pictures, I added several of them to the photo to create MY unique view. I think that is an important element anyone can bring to their photos is the combination of their passions to create something unique."
Is licensing wasn't an issue, what would be a Pop! collection you'd like to see made?
"I would love to see a Flight of the Conchords two pack or What We Do in Shadows! They are both so funny and unafraid to see the world differently."
Thank you again Lanett, for taking the time to share details about your Funko experience with the community
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