Lauren Solmonson

Maple Grove, MN

What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?

I collect Pop!, Dorbz, Ridez (Pop! and Dorbz), plush, Pint Size Heroes, Mystery Minis, pens, Pop! Home. There's probably around 400 pieces on my collection (but I've never actually added them all up - I'm a little scared to, haha).

How long have you been a collector?

Since early 2013, but really dove into the community in 2014.

What are your favorite fandoms?

Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney, Hunger Games, Gremlins, Mars Attacks, Power Rangers, Michael Jackson, Marvel, Space Ghost, and so many more!

What was your first Funko item?

Star Wars: Slave Leia Pop!

What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?

My custom made Dorothy Dorbz by my friend Priscilla. I love Wizard of Oz and Priscilla made a Wizard of Oz custom Dorbz set for Fundays 2015 and allowed me to take home the Dorothy piece. (Harry Potter proto is a very close second).

Tell us your favorite Funko story!

I have so many favorite Funko stories. Despite having started collecting Funko in 2013 I didn't know anything about Funko Fundays until 2014 when I decided that since I liked collecting maybe I should go to the event. It was insanity and I loved every minute of it! That was the reason I decided to join the Funko Funatic board and I haven't looked back since.

During Fundays 2015 I was able to get a selfie with Brian Mariotti while in my cosplay of Han Solo. The next day I went to the Funko booth and he was there! I was able to express how much I enjoyed Fundays and was happy to be able to talk to him one on one.

And there's also so many wonderful stories about my time with fellow Funatics. I've had such a great time meeting my fellow Funko Good Vibe members at Fundays 2016 and going to Funko Fright Night, which gave me a chance to meet even more of my Funatic friends. Throw in Midwest Wobbler Summit, Funatics Day Out, meeting the Funkast Crew at Star Wars Celebration and I'm have an amazing time just enjoying the community that Funko has.

And because apparently all my favorite stories involve Fundays my absolute favorite story is from this year's Fundays where the Funko Funatic community voted me as the winner of the Spirit Award. Words cannot describe how humbling it is to have a community/family you love recognize your involvement. I cannot express how grateful I am to the Funatics and love being part of the boards (and if you haven't joined the boards make sure you do!). I can't wait to see more of them at the opening of Funko HQ and any future Funko events I may attend.

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