Steven Pansoy
West Sacramento, CA

What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?
I started collecting Funko Pop! but I now also collect Wacky Wobblers, Hikari, Mystery Minis, Dorbz, Vinyl Idolz, and Pop! Tees. I have approximately 55 Wobblers, 250 Pop!, 150 Mystery Minis, 10 Hikari, 57 Dorbz, 2 Vinyl Idolz, assorted Funko catalogs, all four volumes of World of Pop!, and 16 Pop! Tees for a total of 540 pieces in my collection.

How long have you been a collector?
22 months.

What are your favorite fandoms?
Games (Blizzard Entertainment related) and anything Freddy Funko themed.

What was your first Funko item?
Man of Steel Superman Pop! (from Lootcrate)

What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?
Storm Trooper Freddy Funko Pop!

Tell us your favorite Funko story!
A short time after getting into Funko Pop!, my love of collecting revived an old hobby of mine, which is photography- especially long exposure and light painting. I was intrigued to see how well I could capture the glows of certain Pop!s and how I could use low light and light painting to enhance a frame. Soon I was taking photos daily as well as working on some in Photoshop, and sharing them on my social media accounts. I looked at it as my way of sharing my love for Funko, and spreading Funko spirit. I love seeing other Funatics share their photos and sharing their own imagination. It is like taking a peek at how someone else views their passion for collecting Funko stuff, and their way of spreading their own Funko spirit. It is just something that I think keeps gaining momentum as more people contribute.

Through sharing photos and collecting, I have made many new friends and have found a home where I can be part of an awesome community while getting to collect some really cool stuff. I have also learned more about Funko's rich history as a company, and all of the Funatics that support and follow them. When I detached from the military I missed the sense of community I shared with my fellow service members. Funko filled that gap as I found the same type of comradery I had shared with the brothers I served with. Now my fellow Funatics that I have spent the last 22 months collecting with are more extended family than just folks who have similar collecting interests. I always look forward to hanging out with Funatics and getting to chat about what awesome stuff Brian and the art department could be thinking of making or talking about what other fandoms they might make. Whenever there is a get together for me it feels like a family gathering. I can't wait to get back and just hang with other Funatics and talk all things Funko. A Funko veteran once mentioned a motto that I feel holds true for me even more so than when I first started: "Come for the fun, stay for the people!"

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