Sierra Madre, CA
What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?
I mainly collect Pop!s, though have gladly gotten into Pint Size Heroes to sit with their Pop! brethren. I currently have 325 Pop!s, and a couple dozen Pint Size Heroes and Mystery Minis.
How long have you been a collector?
I have been a collector since September 2015 with Force Friday that year, and the new Force Awakens Pop!s. I had the Loot Crate Joker, Spock, Daenerys, and Daryl for about a year before, but those weren't planned collectibles. Having a few already gave me the basis to really look at all of the Force Awakens Pop!s.
I was super excited for the relaunching of Star Wars, and just had to get Rey, Kylo, Finn, Poe, etc. Then, the movie came out, and I absolutely loved it. Shortly there after, I learned about all of the different possible store exclusives, and all of the other Force Awakens Pop!s there were. It was the jumping off point to other Star Wars Pop!s, which led to learning about all of the other Pop! depictions of my different fandoms.
What are your favorite fandoms?
My fandoms might be too many. Star Wars leads the pack, but Marvel and Disney aren't far behind, or do they all count as Disney? There's just so many movies and TV shows that I love including 90s Nickelodeon, TMNT, Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Simpsons, Looney Tunes, Power Rangers, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and so many more. Horror and Batman aren't lacking in my collection either.
What was your first Funko item?
My first Funko item was the Loot Crate Joker Batman Pop! from the December 2014 crate.
What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?
I have too many "favorites" but if I had to pick one, it would be FN-2187. It's an amazing design, that got my collector fervor going. When you collect what you love, a lot of favorites build up like Metallic Genie, Ace Ventura, Freddy Flux Zenith, Bloody Sharknado, and Metallic Mars Attack Martian, but without FN-2187, I would have never gotten any of the others.
Tell us your favorite Funko story!
I have hinted at it above, but getting FN-2187 is my favorite Funko story. At the time, I didn't know much about exclusives, and was really just getting into collecting with the Force Awakens line. The Target weekly ad for the week of April 4th, 2016 had the FN-2187 highlighted as being in store that Tuesday. So, on that day I went down to my local Target with the ad clipping in hand, only to find nothing on the shelf, and a Target employee saying nothing in the back. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your perspective, I have a dozen Targets within about 20 square miles of my house. I decided to just keep going from Target to Target until I found it. After talking to a few employees, I found out that the FN-2187 Pop! sold out a couple weeks before it was even placed in the flyer, but sometimes they get lost in the back or scattered in the toy section, so maybe the next Target would still have one. Eleven Targets later, I still didn't have the FN-2187 Pop! and decided to call it a day.
A couple hours after I got home, my friend Brian texted me with a picture of the FN-2187 Pop! The text said, “hey man, I found this at Target over the weekend. I know you started collecting these, so let me know if you want it.” Once the "seriously?!" expression wiped off my face, I got it from my friend, and decided from that point onward to research all I could about Funko Pop!s to make sure that Target trip would never happen again. That lead to finding out about different lines, store exclusives, vaulted Pop!s, local comic book shops with Pop!s, SDCC, Fundays, NYCC, ECCC, the Funatics forum, local collectors, flocked, metallic, glow, chrome, color variants, display cases, and finally the feeling of running out of room. The local collector group has stayed with me the most to lead to friendships with people I would have never met otherwise. That connection has lead to the great Funko events of the past year including Fundays 2017, the Funko HQ grand opening, and the Funko movie premiere- and it all started with a one day chase of FN-2187.
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